RICHMOND, VA, 20 JANUARY 2020: Senate Republicans today praised today’s peaceful rally in support of the Second Amendment at the Virginia Capitol.
“As has been the case every year Second Amendment supporters have come to the Capitol to exercise their First Amendment rights, today’s participants were peaceful,” noted Senate Republican Leader Thomas K. Norment (R-James City). “Every Republican Senator was here to ensure they heard from their constituents, who clearly numbered in the thousands.”
“The frigid temperatures did not diminish the enthusiasm or number of today’s rally participants,” said Senate Republican Leader Pro Tempore Stephen D. Newman (R-Bedford). “Today marked the largest crowds – by far – I can ever recall seeing at and around the Capitol.”
“Law enforcement did an outstanding job today, ensuring rally attendees gained access to Capitol Square to participate in the events,” Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan T. McDougle (R-Hanover) remarked. “Despite Governor Northam’s rhetoric leading up to today’s rally, Second Amendment supporters came out in unprecedented numbers to make their voices heard peacefully and respectfully – as they’ve done for nearly two decades. It is my hope senators and delegates took note of their dedication and commitment to protecting our constitutional rights.”
“For the second year in a row, Virginia’s Capitol played host to a rally that set attendance records,” said Senate Republican Caucus Co-Chairman Mark D. Obenshain (R-Rockingham). “As with last session’s Rally for Life, today’s attendees exercised their First Amendment rights in a manner that would make the Virginians who founded America proud.”