I’m sick and tired of people saying that we are racist,” said Chase, who in February announced she’s running to be the state’s next governor. “Because we are not racist. … I’m all for peaceful protest.
State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, held a black megaphone in one hand and balanced an assault-style rifle with the other. On Saturday afternoon, she spoke to a group of about 250 proponents of Second Amendment rights with her back to the Virginia Capitol.
Those who attended were largely armed, some with handguns, others with assault-style rifles. And they represented numerous factions, including right-wing extremist groups, a gun club, Black Lives Matter supporters and white supremacists. Police monitored nearby, mostly from a distance.”