It looks like there’s no stopping the guerrilla activist movement that Virginia locals have started in response to state Democrats’ push for more restrictions on their Second Amendment rights.
First reported in the Culpeper Star-Exponent, flyers and posters featuring the blackface and klan image from Governor Ralph Northam’s college yearbook are showing up all around the commonwealth.
The Star-Exponent linked article found a resident who had somehow never seen the Northam blackface photo before:
VCDL founder Paul Moog, a Navy veteran and outspoken opponent of the governor’s proposed firearms legislation, paid for the signs and arranged for their posting. At least one local person complained to Culpeper police about the image on the sign. And another, Culpeper resident Joan McBride, contacted the Star-Exponent to express her disbelief.
“In this day and age, that is despicable to use any kind of intimidation or reference to previous intimidation against a segment of our population,” McBride said in a phone interview earlier this week. “The implicit message, which made my blood run cold, is that guns and intimidation and certain populations go together. It was terrible.”
McBride was not aware at first that the photo was from Northam’s yearbook. Either way, she said, it has no place in Culpeper, which McBride described as a “loving, multi-racial, multi-ethnic little town.”
Moog, of Orange, said in a phone conversation that the signs were deliberately placed in the ethnic neighborhood.
“That was deliberate,” he said. “I’ve been trying to alert the African-American community to this racist gun control the governor is pushing. The black people are woke—they know what this is all about.”
Further into the article, Moog states the truth of where the images first gained their popularity:
“The sign wasn’t implying anything was going to happen to them,” he said of neighbors around where the signs were posted. “It was talking about a gun rally.”
Moog, who pointed to “leftist groups” using a similar image around the state to promote their gun agenda, said the majority of people know the origin of its imagery.
That’s true. The Truth About Guns reported on December 28 that even Antifa was making the flyers and images more public (check out the number of Facebook shares):
The fact that there are people in the state who still haven’t seen the Governor’s yearbook photo, despite the national kerfuffle it caused when it first became public, is evidence that the flyer campaign needs to continue in order to educated Virginians as to who’s behind the effort to curtail their gun rights.
Who did this!?!?🤔
Whoever you are…
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK FELLOW VIRGINIAN! 😎 pic.twitter.com/eZKebNABjF
— JMack: Mom-At-Arms (@ShockaJilly) January 4, 2020
The grassroots ground campaign (as reported this week) has also sparked a separate group that’s working on finding a display company that will allow billboard space to be used with the image along these lines:
Here’s one billboard that was willing to acknowledge the image:
Keep up the good work in Virginia. The flyers are working.