Thousands of pro-gun demonstrators gathered peacefully in Richmond, Virginia, on Monday, Jan. 20, to express their opposition to the gun-control proposals. Still, Gov. Ralph Northam continues to support the new legislation.
A few hours after the rally, President Trump tweeted, “I will NEVER allow our great Second Amendment to go unprotected, not even a little bit!”
I will NEVER allow our great Second Amendment to go unprotected, not even a little bit!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2020
The president also criticized Virginia Democrats ahead of the rally, cautioning Virginia’s citizens that the Democrat Party was working hard to take away their 2nd Amendment rights.
As the rally was taking place, an overblown fear-mongering from the media about the potential for violent conflict arose, yet the rally ended with no violence of any kind.
Two days later, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, President Trump again made a statement about Virginia’s gun control law during a wide-ranging interview with Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo while in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum.
“I think it’s crazy, and I think Virginia is crazy,” the president said. “They want to take away the guns in Virginia. You have a governor that’s—I just can’t believe it—but Virginia’s very much in play. I think we’re going to win the state of Virginia.”
“They want to take everyone’s gun away in Virginia. You can’t do it. You can’t do it,” he said. “People need that for safety. They need it for hunting and other—but many people need it for safety. They need it for security.”
“They’re playing with our Second Amendment,” Trump continued. “Frankly, they’d get rid of it. I watched [Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam] on an interview. He would get rid of the Second Amendment if it was up to him, and you have many Democrats saying the same thing.”
“They’re saying it quietly, but if they win these elections, they’re going to try and get rid of the Second Amendment. It will never happen as long as I’m here,” he added.