Virginia Pro-Gun Rally Prompts Virginia Governor to Declare State of Emergency

Former Canadian Armed Forces reservist, Patrik Mathews. Photo: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and banned all weapons from a rally protesting gun-control policies proposed by the state’s new Democrat-majority lawmakers. To provide justification for this ban, the FBI arrested three men who were suspected of transporting a firearm and ammunition with intent to commit violence at the rally. Reportedly, they are members of a white-supremacist group. [The facts in this story sound alarmingly similar to many similar events in which the FBI recruited and directed extremists of various kinds to prepare for initiating violence. However, the real plan was to allow the FBI to thwart the violence at the last minute, thus providing news coverage to the effect that the government had prevented yet one more vicious attack on the public. Pay particular attention Judge Napolitano’s commentary on this topic in the second video.] -GEG

A former Canadian Armed Forces reservist and two other men who authorities say are linked to a violent white supremacist group were arrested Thursday, just days before they were believed to be headed to a pro-gun rally in Virginia’s capital.

The three men, members of The Base, were taken into custody on federal felony charges in Maryland and Delaware, the Justice Department said in a news release. One of the men had discussed traveling to Ukraine to fight alongside “nationalists” and compared the white supremacist group to al-Qaeda, a prosecutor said during the defendants’ initial court hearing.

A criminal complaint charges Canadian national Patrik Jordan Mathews, 27, and Brian Mark Lemley Jr., 33, of Elkton, Maryland, with transporting a firearm and ammunition with intent to commit a felony. William Garfield Bilbrough IV, 19, of Denton, Maryland, is charged with “transporting and harboring aliens.”

The three men were believed to be planning to attend a pro-gun rally scheduled for Monday in Richmond, according to a law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss an active investigation.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday declared a state of emergency and banned all types of weapons from the gun rally, citing reports that armed militia groups were planning to attend.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gunowners of America filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking an injunction specifically against the ban on firearms. A judge upheld the ban, citing U.S. Supreme Court and other court rulings that found the Second Amendment right to bear arms is not unlimited.

In encrypted chat rooms, members of The Base have discussed committing acts of violence against blacks and Jews, ways to make improvised explosive devices, their military-style training camps and their desire to create a white “ethnostate,” according to an FBI agent’s affidavit.

Mathews and Lemley were arrested in Delaware and Bilbrough was arrested in Maryland. The men briefly appeared in court Thursday afternoon in Greenbelt, Maryland. A federal magistrate judge agreed to keep all three men jailed pending detention hearings, scheduled for Wednesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Windom showed the judge a photograph of Bilbrough participating in a military-style training camp with other members of The Base and said Bilbrough had also talked about traveling to Ukraine to fight alongside “nationalists.”

“He has personally compared The Base favorably to al-Qaeda,” Windom said.

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“A judge upheld the ban, citing U.S. Supreme Court and other court rulings that found the Second Amendment right to bear arms is not unlimited.” Actually, the CONSTITUTIONS ARE OUR GOVERNMENT, not the PEOPLE who SERVE WITHIN different governmental positions/offices; and they are ALL REQUIRED to take an Oath to support and defend the US Constitution before the orders of superiors (if any) and before the duties of the position occupied. The Oath makes it a requirement of ALL individuals to take on that responsibility or NOT SERVE WITHIN our governments, and yes, that does include judges. So that judge… Read more »