Virginia law prohibits people bringing sticks to a protest in the state capital, saying they might be used as weapons, but loaded pistols and assault rifles are okay. Sticks are a public threat, you see, but loaded weapons are not.
Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America’s Gena Reeder was part of a protest at the Virginia state capital and said the group knows the rules. Or, they thought they did. When they arrived at the capital building they were told that the little American flags they held had to be scrapped because the flags were attached to wood dowels.
While the moms stood where security had stopped them and ripped apart their American flags so they could gain entrance, members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League and other gun-toting teapublicans marched right past. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that easily half the crowd was armed.
Reeder said her fellow anti-gun-violence protesters were quite taken aback, and wondered, “We are sending a message that you cannot hand carry an American flag into a state capitol, but you can bring a loaded weapon,” Reeder told reporters from ThinkProgress. “Are guns becoming more patriotic than an American flag?”
Texas and Kentucky also allow guns in the state capital. Texas hilariously confiscated tampons from women who were protesting in Texas last July, fearful the tampons would be tossed at lawmakers, but people carrying loaded guns were let through without incident.
h/t: Think Progress