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Changing political landscape triggers protest

January 29, 2020 - 05:00
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This week’s column was going to be about President Trump’s impeachment, but something equally important also happened. Despite smears and scare tactics from law enforcement and mainstream media, over 25,000 protesters gathered in Virginia’s capital in response to an anti-gun agenda pushed by the new solid-blue state government. While large protests aren’t unique, this captured the media’s imagination because it consisted of their favorite villain: a largely white group of armed men who support Trump. “Charlottesville 2.0,” some predicted. But this protest was only superficially about guns. Drilling deeper, you’ll see it also represented a valid fear surfacing in the state’s increasingly powerless rural population,

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