As the Second Amendment rises to the top of the issue list in the wake of a pro-gun rally that took place on the grounds of the Virginia Capitol on Monday, President Donald Trump reiterated his support for the Constitutional right to bear arms in a tweet.
“I will NEVER allow our great Second Amendment to go unprotected, not even a little bit!” Trump tweeted on Monday afternoon.
I will NEVER allow our great Second Amendment to go unprotected, not even a little bit!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2020
His promise to protect the Second Amendment came on the heels of several previous tweets that signaled his support for law-abiding gun owners in Virginia and across the country, urging people to vote Republican if they want to continue to enjoy the rights afforded to them by the Constitution.
“The Democrat Party in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia are working hard to take away your 2nd Amendment rights. This is just the beginning. Don’t let it happen, VOTE REPUBLICAN in 2020!” Trump tweeted on Monday morning.
The president also retweeted video of a group of pro-gun demonstrators in Virginia who were singing the Star-Spangled Banner during the massive Second Amendment rally.
2A Protesters in Virginia singing the Star Spangled Banner.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 20, 2020
The rally, which was hyped by several Democratic politicians, including Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, to be a potential power keg of violence initiated by pro-gun militias and the like, went off without a hitch and no incidents of violence were reported.
CNN reported the same, running a story with the headline: “Virginia gun-rights rally concludes peacefully despite earlier fears of extremist violence”
Without any basis or credible threat, the outlet reported that before the rally took place, there were fears of violence, presumably because thousands of people with guns were expected to show up — and did — carrying firearms. According to the Virginia Division of Capitol Police, about 22,000 people attended the event in total, though the numbers were disrupted by some on social media who attended the event and claimed many more than that were actually on the ground.
Twitter users quickly pointed out that guns are only bad when the wrong people use them for the wrong purposes. As was displayed at the Virginia rally, thousands of law-abiding, firearm-toting citizens attended the rally and not a single shot was fired, though CNN and other outlets were fast to point out that the rally was taking place near Charlottesville, which was the scene of a mass shooting several years ago.
President Trump, since taking office, has repeatedly asserted his support for the Second Amendment and has been endorsed several times by the National Rifle Association due to his level of support for Americans to own firearms.