Well would you look at this the mother of the Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer has came out in support of the 2nd ammendment and says the democrats have gone to far trying to take away citizens second ammendment rights. All week long the far left branded this event as a neo nazi event and Charlottesville 2.0 when in fact it was a peaceful protest by law abiding citizens. ZERO arrests were made.
- Susan Bro, mother of slain Charlottesville protester Heather Heyer, weighed in on gun control debate in Virginia
- Bro said she grew up around guns and is a gun owner herself, and she believes some of the measures proposed by state Democrats are ‘extreme’
- Virginia Democrats are backing an assault weapons ban and bills limiting handgun purchases to once a month, among other legislation
- Thousands of pro-gun activists gathered in Richmond Monday to voice their opposition to the proposed legislation
- Bro called on people planning to resort to violence during the rally to stay away from the state capital
The mother of Heather Heyer, the activist who was run down and killed during the Charlottesville race rally in 2017, has revealed she is a long-time gun owner and believes Virginia Democrats are going too far with their firearms restrictions.
Susan Bro spoke out as thousands of gun-rights activists – many carrying weapons – rallied in Richmond, Virginia, on Monday to protest plans by the state’s Democratic leadership to pass sweeping gun-control legislation.
‘I grew up with guns,’ Bro told CNN on Monday. ‘I believe in common sense gun measures, but not extreme measures. And I think that those need to be discussed. I think people need to be able to talk to their representatives.’ TOP ARTICLES1/5IMF: UK economy to growfaster than eurozone after Brexit
Bro noted that while she believes some of the gun restrictions under consideration are ‘a bit extreme,’ other parts of the legislation are sound.
She also slammed Donald Trump for using the moment to ‘push politics’ following tweets saying voters need to back Republicans in 2020 to protect their gun rights, and claimed the president ‘could care less about the Second Amendment.’
Bro’s daughter, 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer, was among hundreds demonstrating against white nationalists in Charlottesville in August 2017 when James Alex Fields Jr drove his car into the group, killing Heyer and injuring dozens of others.
Fields, an avowed white supremacist from Ohio, was sentenced to a life in prison in June 2019 after pleading guilty to federal hate crime charges.
Virginia Democrats are backing an assault weapons ban, along with bills limiting handgun purchases to once a month and background checks on gun purchases.
The new laws would also allow local authorities to ban guns in public buildings, parks and other areas.
A proposed ‘red flag’ bill would allow authorities to temporarily take guns away from anyone deemed to be dangerous to themselves or others.
On the eve of Monday’s pro-gun rally in the Virginia state capital, Bro urged anyone planning to resort to violence to ‘stay the hell away from Richmond,’ as she told The Independent.
A gun rights rally is underway today in Richmond, Virginia, amid threats of violence, according to the FBI. Susan Bro, whose daughter Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville, says she hopes “sanity reigns today.”
She also cautioned peaceful protesters seeking to come out and have their voices heard to be aware that there might be ‘foolish people’ in the crowd bent on stirring up hate.
‘I’m talking about people who are gun owners who have been pushing others to really foam at the mouth about the laws in Virginia and what the Democrats might do even before the list came out. I think the list is a bit extreme, Bro added.
‘There are some good common-sense gun laws, though, that are on that list. I hope sanity reigns today.’
As of Monday afternoon, there were no reports of violence or arrests during the rally in Richmond.
Authorities in Richmond said 22,000 people showed up, and were surrounded by a heavy police presence.
The tight security in Virginia’s state capitol was law enforcement looking to avoid a repeat of the deadly violence that was seen in Charlottesville three years ago.