momScott Morefield for the Daily Caller reports that the Richmond based Antifa Seven Hills will join conservatives in a second amendment protest. It seems Antifa strongly opposes the Virginia Democrat gun measures, now likely to become law.
The Democrats won control of both Virginia houses last year. Antifa wants Democratic leaders in Richmond to know their position.
Bipartisan, diverse pro-gun protest
The result is going to be a bipartisan, diverse gathering of pro-gun protestors. They will arrive in Richmond Monday. If they follow through the protest could include an unlikely ally, the local Antifa group.
The Antifa has a spokesman James said, “I think it’s been pretty important for us to focus on the fact that gun control in America has a legacy of racist enforcement… Like taking guns away from black people, because black people were perceived as a threat to property and the sanctity of the state… This is our fight as much as anyone else’s… It’s our state, and we are left largely out of the debate. The presence of an armed left is not discussed, it’s not understood.”
The local Richmond Antifa group is Antifa Seven Hills. Their spokesman is a self-identified anarchist. James withheld his real name. He is fearful of doxxing. James says to the “armed left,” gun control represents the rise of a police state. It is the oppression of minorities made powerless by disarmament. Disarming citizens is a class issue as well, harkening back to the 1850s.
Marxist rhetoric and the Second Amendment
Vice reports, Antifa Seven Hills believes they have much in common with working-class white Virginians. Far more than they do with moderate Democrats. It was the moderates whose votes led to the Democrat party win control of the Legislature in November. Antifa Seven Hills sees the coming January 20 rally as an opportunity. They will try to extend an olive branch to other gun owners. At least those who don’t align with the far-right militias or white supremacists… Maybe they are coming around to what the danger really is.
Antifa groups in other areas often practice and condone violence. Ostensibly against their political enemies but actually against reporters and the general citizenry. They have even been called “a major organization of terror” by President Donald Trump.
James says his group takes a different approach: “I think what’s particular about the South is that we have to be a bit more creative and sensitive to the people around us… instead of fulfilling some sort of meme of what Antifa is. That’s really what we’re trying to work against right now… by talking to conservatives and showing we aren’t just a black-clad group of rabble-rousers who are out for attention and have jobs funded by George Soros.”
James declined to “discuss” the group’s “plans” should white supremacist groups join the protests. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency. He has banned firearms on Capitol grounds. On Thursday, the FBI arrested three men suspected of belonging to a neo-Nazi group. They allegedly had weapons and had discussed attending the rally. If authorities’ fears come true and white supremacist groups join the fray Antifa Seven Hills could be in an awkward position.
When Vice asks James if there is a plan to switch from conservative outreach into a more combative role? James did not articulate a response saying only, “We’re not going to discuss our plans at this point.” Amazing really isn’t it? All guns matter. They are the only thing between the citizen and tyranny. A truth whose time may have come again. Keep your eyes and ears open. The times are changing, affiliations are shifting. An Antifa group is to March with Pro-Gun Protesters in Richmond. What’s next?