On Monday, pro-Second Amendment Virginians rallied at the state capitol in Richmond, voicing their displeasure with State Legislature’s plan to infringe on their rights as gun owners.

The three anti-gun bills being pushed in the Virginia general assembly collectively propose background checks on all firearm purchases, allow law enforcement to temporarily remove guns from people deemed to be a risk to themselves or others, limit handgun purchases to one a month, and let localities decide on whether to ban weapons from certain events.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam warned of the potential for violence and a state of emergency was called. Northam and the mainstream media cautioned of a repeat of the 2017 Charlottesville riots, during which a woman was killed by white supremacists.

The media was trying to paint the protesters as racist, confederate-flag-toting hillbillies who were intent on violence and stoking the flames for a modern-day civil war.

In reality, none of that happened…not even close. In fact, quite the opposite. The demonstrations were peaceful and the crowd was respectful to authorities and private property. An estimated 22,000 pro-gun activists attended the event.

The Washington Free Beacon reported: “The event’s peaceful procession marked a stark contrast to mainstream media portrayals of a rally filled with white nationalists and other prepared to do violence. The day’s rally concluded without a single incidence of mayhem or civil unrest.

Music, shared food, and chants of “USA!” made for a festive, fraternal atmosphere as marchers displayed their support for the Second Amendment rights in Virginia.”

Wow, sounds like a bunch of crazy racists intent on fomenting another civil war, doesn’t it?

The media lied about the protesters and continued to push their false narrative. MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin stated that white nationalists were “swarming” the state capitol. He said, “Right now thousands of gun-rights activists, white nationalists, militia groups—all swarming the Virginia state capitol in Richmond.”

Another MSNBC reporter falsely claimed that the event was a “white supremacist rally.” The media appeared to be openly rooting for another Charlottesville incident so they could label all those in attendance as white racists.

Except there wasn’t any violence, and there were MANY minority groups that participated.  The Free Beacon reported about an African-American man who “drove several hours from Northern Virginia to attend the rally and said he was happy to be at the event and was bothered by the negative media coverage in the lead up to it. ‘For me, as an African American on MLK Day, it’s critically important that we preserve the ability to defend ourselves and our loved ones…And I will not allow anyone to push a narrative that there are racist people at these rallies. It’s not true.’”

The Democrats and their media allies have tried to paint conservatives as racist for years. During the peaceful Tea Party rallies of 2009-2010, Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) claimed, without evidence, that tea-party protesters hurled racist insults at him. Nancy Pelosi labeled the movement an “astroturf” movement. Contrary to their narrative, the Tea-Party rallies were peaceful and friendly. Unlike many leftists “rallies,” the Tea-Partiers cleaned up after themselves and thanked the police who provided security for the event—and the same was true of the demonstrators in Virginia.

Despite the respectful protests, Tea-Partiers were derisively called “tea-baggers” and their character was besmirched.

Following the peaceful protests, on Monday, Governor Northam said, “We are all thankful that the situation passed without incident, adding weeks of planning and cooperation from state, local and federal partners successfully de-escalated what could have been a volatile situation.”

Northam is trying to take credit for de-escalating the situation. That is absurd. There never was going to be any violence; he was simply trying to dissuade people from attending so that his proposed legislation would have less opposition.

If anyone is a racist, it is Northam himself. As you may recall, a controversy erupted last year after college yearbook photos of Northam dressed in blackface were released to the public. He somehow escaped the scrutiny and refused to resign. Something tells me the situation would have been different if Northam was a Republican governor. However, he is a Democrat, so equal standards clearly don’t apply here.

The Second Amendment shouldn’t require a large demonstration because the government should never be allowed to pass legislation that takes that right away from the populace.

Sadly, the Democrats are intent on doing just that.

But fortunately for the country, people like that Virginia demonstrators aren’t going to take that lying down.