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NAT’L – OPINION – Are Gun Rights Racist? The Media Would Have You Think So

It’s the Tea Party all over again. Way back in 2009 the press, followed by a gaggle of left-wing commentators and politicians, did a number on tea party protests, often portraying them—with little evidence—as driven by racist rage against President Barack Obama rather than principled opposition to his administration’s policies. These same tactics were on full display Monday in the coverage of pro-Second Amendment protests that took place in Richmond, Virginia. The protests were a response to the gun control policies of Gov. Ralph Northam and the state’s Legislature, which is now controlled by Democrats. Northam called for a “state of emergency” in response to the protest, and numerous media outlets predicted it would be marked by “hate” and violence, and overall would be a menacing and sordid affair. Jim Geraghty at National Review gave an excellent rundown of the most absurd headlines and statements from various national media outlets. NBC reporter Ben Collins said in a now-deleted tweet on Sunday that the gathering in Richmond would be a “white supremacist” rally. MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin said of the rally on Monday: “Right now thousands of gun-rights activists, white nationalists, militia groups—all swarming the Virginia state capitol in Richmond.” But no violence took place, and it appears that only one person was arrested for violating an anti-mask prohibition put in place by the governor. Pretty impressive, given that the crowd reached an estimated size of 20,000 on a very cold day.

Though there were some reports that racist groups were planning to attend and infiltrate the event, there was little sign of them when it took place, if it took place at all.  [full article]

 

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