Today, January 20th 2020, is lobby day in Virginia. Thousands of civil patriots from across the Commonwealth of Virginia will gather at our State Capitol to lobby and safeguard our second amendment rights. Today, we also honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an American patriot and freedom fighter. Just as MLK led a movement to achieve equal rights for all, Virginians are peacefully assembling to send a strong message to Governor Northam and Virginia lawmakers – our constitutional rights shall not be infringed.
In Virginia, we lead the way.
As Democrats motion to strip away constitutional rights, 2A impassioned voices must be heard. We are law abiding citizens who simply revere the right to defend and protect ourselves and should not be restricted by ill guided attempts to address gun violence when in fact, the proposed laws impact legal gun owners and do nothing to address the criminals who only intend to inflict harm upon others. We’re stepping up to share our message with the Virginia General Assembly and beyond, including those facing similar infringing laws across the Nation.
There are many who would love to see us remain silent; they would love for our message to be usurped by violent agitators who seek only to cause pandemonium. Governor Ralph Northam has already called for a State of Emergency – his focus should be assuring that his pro second amendment constituents are able to peacefully assemble, free from radical groups who seek nothing more than to interrupt our purpose and simply change the narrative.
Let us not be distracted. On this year’s Lobby Day, as we peacefully assemble on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let us commemorate the importance of his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement by remembering and honoring the discipline of his nonviolent movement, which will forever stand the test of time in our country.
“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The delivery of our message is pivotal, now more than ever. We cannot deliver our message with ill intent, anger, or egregious action. Let’s continue working to effectively communicate our message to create and foster future progress with lawmakers.
I strongly encourage everyone to speak up – be the voice of reason which is rooted within our conservative values. As we come together in Richmond, we must also hold ourselves accountable to ensure a safe, protected space as we stand for our God-given rights.
“What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.” – Thomas Jefferson
By: Omari Faulkner, Candidate for U.S. Senate-VA