a sparse crowd of gun rights guys ignoring the demonstration zone outside of the albemarle county office building, where the meeting including discussion about a firearm ordinance would be held, except it’s on zoom.
regardless of your feelings about whether the county should outlaw carrying a gun to a public meeting, i am willing to bet a solid 80% of these people do not actually have cause to worry about it because they do not engage in local govt until their gun rights club tells them to
the rally was put together by VCDL, the virginia 2A lobby group whose president philip van cleave once got tricked by sacha baron cohen into filming a PSA in support of giving guns disguised as stuffed animals to toddlers
the crowd has relocated to the designated demonstration area along the sidewalk on ridge mcintire
kicking off the rally by pledging to the big flag
steve harvey (i know, not that one) from VCDL says there’s “no problem,” and the last time there was any gun violence on property belonging to albemarle county was in 1781 (as part of the revolutionary war)
the strange thing is, i do agree it’s a bad ordinance. it opens up a whole world of opportunities for cops to bother more people. a lot of these location specific gun ordinances are not written carefully, leaving tons of questions for people trying to follow or enforce them.
… and yet? they still default to bizarre scaremongering tactics about how they NEED their guns in all these places to play out their weird hero fantasies or whatever and/or scaring each other with made up stories about how they personally may experience state repression.
honestly the county should let people demonstrate on the shady part of the grass & i’m so glad the gun people have set a precedent that it’s ok to do it if you want to. i’m sure the local indivisible group will be allowed to do the same.
in their member bulletins, social media posts, & speeches tonight VCDL has emphasized that the county is LIMITING PUBLIC COMMENT TO SILENCE GUN OWNERS, which is how i know they don’t attend these meetings…
both the city & the county offer a limited number of slots for open matters by the public at the start of the meeting. in that comment period, you *cannot* speak on matters for which there is a public hearing on the agenda.
during the *public hearing* on this ordinance later on the agenda, there is typically unlimited public comment. the county has made no special announcement that any limit would be applied to the public hearing.
these people just haven’t come to any of the meetings they are so convinced they need to be able to bring guns to 😂
anyway, i don’t think the average constituent is inherently responsible for knowing the procedural intricacies of a board of supervisors meeting, but this isn’t grassroots… this is a well funded lobbying group with professional staff
don’t get me wrong, i love being able to go a whole day without seeing a cop, but it’s noteworthy that i have seen not one single cop or cop car, which is not typically the case when there is a planned demonstration in this location (a popular spot for them)
they should’ve brought a van full of IT guys if they want this crowd of retirees all signed into a zoom webinar on their phones
got a new constitution, totally worth coming out
i will not be tuning into the county board of supervisors meeting to find out if any of them managed to make their public comments, but i’m sure @craftypanda will have all the details!

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