Media lies on Richmond gun control protests

An egregious example of fake news in 2020 is the media’s manipulation and propagandizing of Monday’s protest rally held in Richmond, VA., against the gun control measures proposed by radical leftist Democratic governor Ralph Northam and his Democrat-controlled legislature. The media characterized the protest as white nationalists, racists, bigots, white supremacists, and other right-wing groups pitted against a noble governor who just wanted to stop mass shootings with a few reasonable and harmless gun control measures. The media told the public that all Northam and his Democrat buddies wanted to do was background checks and a limit on hand gun purchases to one a month. Lies of omission.

The media failed to metion that Northam and the leftist legislators had expressed intent to actually go so far as door to door confiscations of guns—and that is what was truly behind the protests. Northam backed a slate of gun control bills that would make some guns illegal and Democrat legislators are mulling over what to do about existing weapons owned by private individuals. Northam hinted in December 2019 that law enforcement may be used to enforce compliance, “If we have constitutional laws on the books and law enforcement officers are not enforcing those laws on the books, then there are going to be consequences, but I’ll cross that bridge if and when we get to it.” Another VA Democrat, Rep Donald McEachin, suggested the use of the National Guard to enforce the laws, and in doing so, confiscate guns from private individuals.

This prompted many cities and counties in Virginia to vote to become Second Amendment Sanctuaries. All this has been down-played by the media up to the rally in Richmond Monday. Then the media wrote several stories about poor little reporters who were fearful of covering the protests because they might be shot. The media was beating the drum of possible violence, which did not occur. Then AP wrote a story about how the white nationalists played nice, no violence, and that only 22,000 showed up. AP quoted a leftist representative saying that he was surprised so few people came to the protest and that it wouldn’t change his mind about the gun controls. That was the largest rally in Richmond in ages.

There is so much wrong about the media coverage of this and their willful ignoring of not only the facts, but the Constitutional rights issues involved. Criminals and leftists are perpetrators of violence, not law-abiding gun-owning citizens– which was proven Monday. To lie about the fundamental crux of the protest—the use of a police state to enforce unconstitutional gun grabs—and to pass off the anger as being generated by background checks, is totally irresponsible. Then to characterize all gun owners in Virginia as white nationalists/supremacists is reprehensible.  The media in general demonstrated clearly it is a propaganda arm for a socialist police state. It is shameful. Proverbs 13:5 says, “A righteous man hates lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and comes to shame.” And so it is in Virginia’s statehouse and media.

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Bill Wilson