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Link Posted: 1/14/2021 5:25:58 AM EST
is lobby day caravan still on even with increased security after capitol riots?
Link Posted: 1/14/2021 6:16:35 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/14/2021 6:17:17 AM EST by Riflenoob]
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Originally Posted By NorthPoint:
is lobby day caravan still on even with increased security after capitol riots?
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@NorthPoint


1. VCDL statement on Lobby Day 2021, January 18
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Some have wondered if Lobby Day would be canceled or changed due to the events at the U.S. Capitol back on January 6. The answer is no.  Lobby Day is on track for this Monday, January 18. Lobby Day in 2021 is like all our other previous Lobby Days - we are peacefully lobbying to protect our rights, we are not protesting anything. There are times and places for protests, but Lobby Day is not one of them.

We cannot cancel our events every time the rumor mill starts talking about possible problems caused by provocateurs.  If we did, we would have no more events and no voice in the fight to protect the right to keep and bear arms. Gun grabbers would make sure there would always be some "threat" to shut down our events.

Right on queue there are reports that all 50 states could have armed protesters over the election, with some potentially creating violence at their capitols. Luckily for us, we aren't protesting, the Capitol is closed anyway, and we are just driving through.

I'm sure you remember all the threats that were supposedly going to happen at last year's Lobby Day. We were told by various sources that Antifa, white supremacists, the government, and anarchists, were all planning to disrupt the event with violence. We were told by various pundits that we were being put into a cage to be slaughtered, like buffalos herded to a cliff. The Governor declared a state of emergency, banned guns on Capitol Square, caged in the Capitol Square and required screening of all individuals entering the cage, brought in loads of police from across the state, and even had a "no fly zone" over Richmond. Many called for VCDL to cancel that Lobby Day due to the potential for violence.

We didn't cancel. Gun owners showed up in huge numbers - over 50,000 attended. Lobby Day went off without a hitch, with so many telling me that was one of the best events they had ever been to.  The patriotism and camaraderie that day was wonderful and the magnitude of the event shook up the General Assembly and helped VCDL kill most of the gun-control bills, including bans on semi-automatic rifles.  The gun-control bills that passed were greatly watered down.

Could something potentially happen? Sure. That's always true. But liberty and freedom are worth the risk.  There should be plenty of police to deal with anyone committing an act of violence.

Here are some key points about Lobby Day 2021:
VCDL is peacefully lobbying the General Assembly to protect our gun rights. We are not protesting anything that day
Vehicles should be clearly marked in support of our gun rights. Awards going to best decked-out vehicles
VCDL has a hotline to the Virginia State Police, Richmond Police, and Capitol Police, should we need to contact each other, just like in the past. VCDL has a great working relationship with law enforcement and we expect they will be every bit as professional this year as they were last year
VCDL will have a command center to help coordinate the caravans, live stream speakers and information to your smart phones, and provide electronic maps showing the current location of the caravans so that you can merge in as they pass your location
FRS, GMRS, and HAM radio frequencies will be announced for communication between vehicles in the caravans. HAMs will be helping us to automatically track the sub-caravans, too. (HUGE response from HAMs when the call went out for help with Lobby Day!)
If you have a dash cam, leave it on to document the trip
Be a citizen journalist. When Lobby Day is over send us your best photos and/or videos. We will use some of them to create an electronic photo-album on Lobby Day 2021
While we encourage everyone to stay in the caravan, if you decide to walk around Richmond: 1) don't block sidewalks or streets and 2) be aware that some of the streets surrounding the Capitol may be gun-free zones if an event is happening at the Capitol. In that case, there will be signs and if the police notice you have a firearm, they will advise you to move outside the event perimeter. Just comply and things will go smoothly.
Green Top has run out of flags and other items and they were stocked, and restocked, heavily! They will be restocked again later today, thanks to Tom Gee, who is driving the items down from Fredericksburg to Ashland. Green Top will now have magnets and stickers, as well as more signs and flags. Be sure to get your Lobby Day items for your vehicle soon - there are stores across the state that aredistributing them. Locations and information is here.
New VCDL ad: https://youtu.be/HvzFTsMs2O4
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Link Posted: 1/14/2021 7:11:44 AM EST
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Originally Posted By NorthPoint:
is lobby day caravan still on even with increased security after capitol riots?
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VA-ALERT: Misleading Lobby Day statement by CBS 6 News in Richmond

CBS 6 news said, "Permits for the annual 'Lobby Day' on the Capitol grounds, set for Monday, have been canceled because of the potential for civil unrest."

That is totally misleading.  

VCDL's Lobby Day IS happening on Monday.  NOTHING HAS CHANGED.

What CBS was referring to was that the gun-control groups who were going to hold a rally at the Bell Tower have had their permits canceled.  As you know, VCDL did not get a permit for the Bell Tower this year and we are having a rolling caravan instead.

And because those rallies are canceled, any of the "no guns" signs on the streets around the Capitol are now not applicable!

Here's the story:  https://www.wtvr.com/news/local-news/capitol-square-closing-ahead-of-possible-civil-unrest-richmond-is-going-to-be-prepared

NOTE:  We are still having technical difficulties with the alert on Lobby Day that was supposed to go our yesterday.  We will try to get it out on Thursday.  But. everything for Lobby Day is on track!
Link Posted: 1/14/2021 8:02:13 AM EST
The bit about them cancelling the permitted events leading to cancellation of the no gun signs for permitted events is a little ironic
Link Posted: 1/14/2021 12:17:04 PM EST
So, politicians are not going to be there.
Gun control groups are not going to be there.
Link Posted: 1/14/2021 5:59:40 PM EST
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Originally Posted By stone-age:
So, politicians are not going to be there.
Gun control groups are not going to be there.
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And no press either.

But a lot of police, national guard, and authorit-ay
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 3:29:36 PM EST
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Originally Posted By homeyclaus:

And no press either.

But a lot of police, national guard, and authorit-ay
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No politicians.
No anti-gun groups.
No media.

Just gun guys, and a piss ton of armed cops and military.
Link Posted: 1/17/2021 9:28:59 AM EST
Link Posted: 1/17/2021 9:50:09 AM EST
Anyone wishing to contact the VCDL Lobby Day Caravans to wish them well on their trip, or to coordinated joining in, may contact them via FRS CH3/3 (462.6125 MHz /PL Tone 74.4 Hz).

Licensed amateur operators (Hams) may utilize 147.555 MHZ with no PL Tone or 445.9625 PL Tone of 167.9 for both transmit and receive.  You may also track the location of the main and sub caravans on the APRS.fi website by looking for stations with the comment “VCDL CARAVAN TO LOBBY DAY!” Please understand that not every caravan will be capable of communicating on every listed frequency.


Link Posted: 1/17/2021 3:30:33 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/17/2021 4:25:07 PM EST by nvcdl]
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Originally Posted By Panta_Rei:

So why not "lobby" their home turf?  Another conventional Lobby Day gives us nothing to gain anf much to lose.  A trap will be set this time and we will have played into their snare.  We need the 2A County Push and then some to occur at court houses across the Commonwealth and ignore the Racist gubna & Rapist Lt gubna ......that will make a difference. Don't play to their tune.
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This is something I have suggested to PVC.   I was never a fan of rallys in Richmond after attending a large NRA organized Rally in the fight Against One Gun A Month in 1993.  Wandering the halls in a large mass of "peasants" being mostly ignored is not something that ever felt effective.  This year I don't anyone will even be there as it is a virtual session.
Link Posted: 1/17/2021 4:16:38 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/17/2021 4:47:53 PM EST by Lexington]
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Originally Posted By stone-age:
So, politicians are not going to be there.
Gun control groups are not going to be there.
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Well, bummer. I was contemplating going (gray) just to get the live experience.
Link Posted: 1/17/2021 6:01:35 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Lexington:

Well, bummer. I was contemplating going (gray) just to get the live experience.
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I’ll be there, at least to see some of the caravans roll through.
Link Posted: 1/17/2021 11:43:51 PM EST
Are we running and Arfcom FRS radio channels?
Link Posted: 1/18/2021 6:52:52 AM EST
I'll be caravanning from Fairfax with the whole family.
Link Posted: 1/18/2021 10:06:07 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/18/2021 4:37:27 PM EST by bulldog1967]
Link Posted: 1/18/2021 12:37:31 PM EST
As of 1230 they are shutting down the caravan route on broad

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Link Posted: 1/18/2021 2:41:48 PM EST
Is this route shut-down affecting things, or is the caravan still rolling?
Link Posted: 1/18/2021 2:45:12 PM EST
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Originally Posted By DrMark:
Is this route shut-down affecting things, or is the caravan still rolling?
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I watched one VCDL Bus come thru with a schload of vehicles just before noon,

not sure where they went besides  Broad Street,
the area around the Capitol was shut down to foot traffic only, and foot traffic was probably 2/3rd reporters
Link Posted: 1/18/2021 3:05:48 PM EST
I figured there'd be more updates here.  

Was looking into participating, but we have a little Covid quarantine (exposure not infection) situation here in the household.  


Link Posted: 1/18/2021 5:54:33 PM EST
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Originally Posted By DrMark:
I figured there'd be more updates here.  

Was looking into participating, but we have a little Covid quarantine (exposure not infection) situation here in the household.  


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Thread in GD has a bit more video and photos.
Link Posted: 1/18/2021 6:53:20 PM EST
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Originally Posted By 58Teague:

Thread in GD has a bit more video and photos.
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Thanks.  Yeah, I re-found that thread.  I had to catch up on the posts since December.
Link Posted: 1/18/2021 7:02:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/18/2021 7:08:52 PM EST by jyoung_usa]
got more thumbs up than middle fingers so we called it a successful day.  did get pinched in by the RPD road blocks but I'd call the rally a success.  RPD - shame on you :(

PS.  Millennials please learn how to give the bird...thumb should never be up  (unless your in California...maybe Hawaii)
Link Posted: 1/18/2021 9:27:26 PM EST
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