Demo in the US “All gun control is racist” policy

Demonstration against tougher gun laws in Virginia:“All gun control is racist”

More than 20,000 people demonstrated in Richmond, Virginia, against the governor’s plans to make gun possession somewhat difficult.

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As if it was about going to war. Protesters gather in Richmond, Virginia to demonstrate for the fullest possible gun ownership.

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What: AP

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Several thousands protest in front of the Capitol in the capital of Virgina. Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, promised to tighten gun laws in the state ahead of his election. Many people are relieved about this – but obviously many are also angry.

Gun Rights Advocates From Across U.S. Rally In Virginia's Capital Against Gun Control Legislation

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“Come and get it” – some gun owners make it clear that they do not want to hand over their guns without resistance. The governor has not announced that he wants to collect weapons, for example. However, it should be easier for judges to instruct the police to take the weapons away from suspected dangerous people. Apparently this protester thinks he is such a person.

People who are part of an armed militia group arrive near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond

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More heavily armed than the police: Members of a militia in front of the Virginia State Capitol. The organizer of the demonstration, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, had asked to protest without weapons. However, very many demonstrators did not adhere to this.

Gun supporters gather in Richmond, Virginia

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Many gun owners see themselves in the tradition of the revolutionaries of 1776 and consider themselves defenders of civil rights and freedom.

Gun Rights Advocates From Across U.S. Rally In Virginia's Capital Against Gun Control Legislation

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With camouflage clothing, flags and weapons, the demonstrators protest against the governor’s intention to forbid, among other things, the purchase of more than one handgun per month and the use of a firearm in public.

Gun Rights Advocates From Across U.S. Rally In Virginia's Capital Against Gun Control Legislation

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“Armed citizens are free. Unarmed citizens are slaves,” claims this demonstrator, alluding to the American Revolution.

People who are part of an armed militia group arrive near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond

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The weapons turn the event into a demonstration in two senses: Many are not only protesting against Governor Northam’s plans, but apparently also want to show their firepower.

Gun Rights Advocates From Across U.S. Rally In Virginia's Capital Against Gun Control Legislation

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Since many gun owners assume that their rights are guaranteed by the “Second Amendment” of the American Constitution, they consider stricter gun laws to be unconstitutional. However, this is more controversial than many think.

Gun supporters gather in Richmond, Virginia

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Why does a private person need a sniper rifle? What are the militias preparing for?

A person holds a sign stating 'all gun control is racist' on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond

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“Any gun control is racist,” claims this demonstrator.

Gun supporters gather in Richmond, Virginia

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“The American Revolution was sparked by less,” warns another gun owner. He means less than the planned restrictions on gun ownership.

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