Some thoughts for the grassroots people
You are making headway at the local level. Every week more and more counties are signing on as 2A Sanctuary, even in other states (19 last I read). Even here in KY we are getting 2A Sanctuaries. So why on Gods Green Earth would you want to stop a successful tactic and start playing by rules not written by you? To mix it up in public with other protestors where the Law Enforcement is going to be out in droves, and the likelihood of bad actors getting in is incredibly high, is asking for a butt whoopin’!!! Look on Wikipedia for the events in Charlotte a couple years back. The original event was supposed to be very peaceful but that page shows the negative outcome and has pictures of the fringe element that flipped it over to ‘not peaceful’. There is still some question of the popo having a hand in that, and I’ll give a wooden nickel that they “had orders”,,,
Thats the point though. Why take a play thats working then hand them the opportunity to discredit the whole thing? Bracken covers this in much greater detail, even showing how the whole law thing is gonna have to go through the courts (I know, ‘trust the students to give honest grades’ argument) where it isn’t likely to survive. But if you hand them a chance to make ALL OF US look like “trouble waiting to happen” , then public opinion will hold sway and this shit WILL BE. A DONE DEAL! And then you can count on bullets flying and no support from your local guys that you have tried so hard to acquire recently. That day may be coming, but let US choose the time and place, our rules, not theirs
My two cents that likely no one is going to heed: Do not attend the Richmond event on the 20th. Instead of attending, write a letter (email or snailmail. If snailmail, get it out now so it arrives pre-event.) to those people in power in VA, stating the reasons you chose to not go. Your suspicions of bad actors, your fear of manipulated law enforcement, counter protests that have potential for friction, etc. Cite Charlotte as an example of what you mean. If you are one of the leaders getting things moving, send a copy to the local papers and television stations as well, mark it as a public opinion editorial or what not and send it attention of the editor. Send it to all of them if you can. Make your stand in a peaceful way NOW so that you maintain the high ground. To go to Richmond is to drop into the ditch with the very people you are at odds with. And believe me, they are already there and waiting with buckets of mud and shit to paint you with. .
My second point: I don’t give a rats ass if you ‘like’ to read. You MUST educate yourself and there are damned good reads out there that put forward possible futures and scenarios about this particular 300lb gorilla. Unintended Consequences by John Ross. All three of Brackens EFAD series. And thats just 4 off the top of my head. There are more out there. Yes they are fiction, and hopefully not prophetic in nature. They will give you a chance to ‘see’ scenarios, and that will give you a chance to figure how you would handle the same thing, maybe in a different manner. Some of whats coming at us is out of our control, but how you deal with that is completely your own.
Read. Think. Gather intel, decide, THEN ACT. Stop Reacting like a goosed cow, and don’t attempt to play by their rules.