Anti-gun Democrat former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, out of office since 2018 because state law prevents governors from serving consecutive terms, has launched a campaign to win the office a second time, according to The Hill.
McAuliffe, who was succeeded by Democrat Ralph Northam, was no friend to Old Dominion gun owners during his time in office. An ally of former President Bill Clinton and failed presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, McAuliffe is entering a crowded primary field, the report noted.
Virginia gun owners are hoping to put a Republican in the governor’s mansion after having had to endure McAuliffe and then Northam. The Commonwealth has been drifting to the left over the past few years as increasing numbers of liberal voters working in and around Washington, D.C. have been making northern Virginia their home. Their politics, along with conservative voter apathy in 2019, helped Democrats take over the Assembly last year, resulting in the passage of a gun control agenda that has cracked down on the rights of Virginians.
Earlier this year, an estimated 22,000 to 25,000 angry Virginia gun owners descended on the Capitol in Richmond, jamming streets around the Capitol to show their outrage over Northam’s gun control package. The show of force was to no avail as the Democrat majority essentially ignored their fury.
The demonstration was organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, which incidentally was honored this week as the Grassroots Organization of the Year by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, a national grassroots gun rights organization.
VCDL President Philip Van Cleave told Conservative Firing Line another rally is planned for Richmond Jan. 18, 2021, but this will consist of vehicle caravans coming from all four corners of the state. The intent is to get as many Second Amendment activists to converge on the capitol on the same day.
After that, the challenge will be to keep the momentum among gun owners going until the November 2021 election, when they would have an opportunity to flip the General Assembly back to GOP control.
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