Governor Northam takes credit for de-escalating 'what could have been a volatile situation'
21 Jan 2020 — #Homefront
Based on unrevealed “credible intelligence” from Virginia law enforcement agencies that there were “groups with malicious plans” for the rally, Governor Northam denied the Second Amendment rights of thousands of law-abiding citizens with an executive order that relied on a dubious interpretation of the law.
But, not satisfied the situation had been “de-escalated” enough, a large cage was then constructed around the Virginia State Capitol building, snipers were deployed on surrounding rooftops and a heavy presence of law enforcement with tactical equipment was brought in.
Does any of that sound like de-escalation to you?
It should, according to a statement from the Governor's office: “We are all thankful that today passed without incident. The teams successfully de-escalated what could have been a volatile situation. This resulted from weeks of planning and extensive cooperation among state, local, and federal partners in Virginia and beyond,” the statement said.
“I will continue to listen to the voices of Virginians, and I will continue to do everything in my power to keep our Commonwealth safe.”
In what should have been an easily foreseeable result, thousands of rally attendees chose to carry their firearms legally and openly right outside of Northam's cage, and did so without shooting themselves or anyone else.
So what was the real purpose of the fence?
In the future, the Governor may want to evaluate his own actions, forgoing any that may be seen as unnecessary provocations, and consider that everyday Virginians are perfectly capable of keeping the Commonwealth safe without his particular brand of “help.”
We are all thankful that today passed without incident. The teams successfully de-escalated what could have been a volatile situation. I will continue to listen to the voices of Virginians, and will do everything in my power to keep our Commonwealth safe. https://t.co/xrHxhOczvv— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) January 20, 2020