At Second Amendment rally outside Capitol, a wide variety of causes emerge

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.”