- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A Virginia Democrat said Tuesday that the armed demonstrators at Monday’s pro-gun rally that ended peacefully “terrorized” the Richmond community.

Tens of thousands of Second Amendment supporters, many of them armed, took to the streets of Richmond to protest multiple bills before the General Assembly that call for stricter gun laws. Despite Gov. Ralph Northam declaring a state of emergency over what was expected to be a tense event, the demonstrations ended peacefully and with only one arrest.

House Del. Lee Carter, a Marine veteran and admitted democratic socialist, claimed he was forced into hiding during the demonstration due to death threats over his views on guns.

“The ‘pro-gun’ people that terrorized Richmond yesterday probably don’t realize that all they did was tag team with fascists, strengthen the liberals’ resolve to pass gun control bills, and force the most gun-friendly Dem (me) to not show up for a day. Idiots. Absolute idiots,” he tweeted Tuesday, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

“Leaving aside the racial implications of doing all that in a majority-black city of MLK day, which are massive and horrifying, they actively made it harder to achieve the thing they said they wanted,” he said, later adding that the demonstrators committed “terrorism.”

Mr. Carter made local headlines just days earlier after he claimed in a torrent of profanity-laced tweets that he would observe the rally from a safe house after receiving death threats, including from police officers.

“Some of the threats are coming from police shuuuuut the [expletive] uuuuuup,” he told one user.

Mr. Carter was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2018 and represents the City of Manassas.

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