“House Republicans reject any attempt by any group to infuse any kind of twisted or extreme worldview into this fundamentally democratic exercise,” [House Republican Leader Todd] Gilbert added in his statement on Saturday. “So there’s no mistake, this is my message to any group that would subvert this event: you are not welcome here.”
The Virginia Citizens Defense League, the organizers of the rally, are expecting thousands of people to attend the demonstration on Monday. The group’s Facebook event page indicates that more than 6,000 people say they are attending.
My statement on Monday’s 2nd Amendment rally in Richmond: pic.twitter.com/41imrpW6Ey
— Todd Gilbert (@cToddGilbert) January 18, 2020