A showdown is brewing in Virginia this week, as the Democratically controlled state house works to limit and obfuscate the Second Amendment in the Commonwealth.
This has been an ongoing battle for supporters of the right to bear arms, as Governor Ralph Northam and his fellow Democrats continue to make owning a firearm more and more of a hassle.
Legislation both proposed and already enacted could combine into a door-to-door gun confiscation nightmare, at least according to those who oppose Northam’s sweeping changes. As such, as rally to show support for the Second Amendment was planned for Monday at the state Capitol. Just this week, however, Northam declared a state of emergency after authorities picked up on threats to storm the Capitol itself during the rally, forcing the Governor to declare a state of emergency and ban all weapons from state house grounds.
In a bizarre twist, however, one of the persons responsible for planning this attack isn’t even an American.
Three men who reportedly have ties to a neo-Nazi group and had allegedly discussed attacking a Virginia gun rally next week were arrested and charged with breaking federal gun and immigration laws on Thursday.
Of those arrested, one of the detained was Patrik Mathews, a former reservist in the Canadian Army who U.S. officials say entered the country illegally after Canada kicked him out of the service over his suspected ties to white supremacist groups, ABC News reported.
The CBC reported that while in the force, Mathews worked as a combat engineer and had basic explosives training while serving with the Winnipeg-based 38 Canadian Brigade.
The other two arrested were American citizens — Brian Mark Lemley and William Garfield Bilbrough IV — but what the three of them had in common is that they all had suspected ties to the white supremacist group The Base, according to a federal criminal complaint filed in Maryland District Court.
Worse still is that these white supremacist scumbags were piggybacking off of legitimate concerns over the fate of the Second Amendment to spew their vile and exclusionary rhetoric.
There is no place in our nation for such hatred – especially not when the same Constitution that grants us the Second Amendment affirms that all Americans are subject to the same rights as their compatriots.