Update: 7:37 p.m. EST — Exclusive interview with Culpeper County Sheriff Scott H. Jenkins during the gun rights lobby day and rally today in Richmond, Virginia:
Initial summary of rally from Richmond, Virginia:
Update: 4:33 p.m. EST — We are reviewing footage and will be releasing more videos from the rally later tonight. Stay tuned!
Update: 1:00 p.m. EST — Ford Fischer of News2Share is live talking to protesters on the ground asking them why they attended the rally.
The Second Amendment rally in Richmond has formally ended, but thousands of gun owners are still out on the streets. No known violence has occurred.Filmed by Ford Fischer
Posted by News2Share on Monday, January 20, 2020
Update: 11:45 a.m. EST — Derrick Broze is LIVE again for The Mind Unleashed working his way through the huge crowds in Richmond.
Broze expressed that the protests have been very peaceful and said he doesn’t expect any “violence or false flags” to occur. He added that surveillance drones have been seen in the area and pointed out snipers on the roof. He may go back through security to get closer to the Virginia capitol grounds where guns are not allowed during today’s lobby day rally.
According to reports on the ground, the permitted event inside the capitol grounds will be ending at any moment. The event remains peaceful without any reports of violence. However, there was a report of a suspicious arrest of an individual detained on the roof of the Mutual Building on E. Main Street in Richmond, according to a local news outlet Times-Dispatch.
The outlet wrote that Chuck Potts, senior regional operations manager for Admiral Security Services, reported the man was unarmed.
Big theme I’m hearing from speakers and attendees at this gun rights rally: the idea that activists must stop gun restrictions here in Virginia or they will spread across the country.
— Sarah McCammon📻 (@sarahmccammon) January 20, 2020
And the winner of today's coveted "least secured firearm" award is… pic.twitter.com/iPevhc22Qz
— Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@IwriteOK) January 20, 2020
— Andrew Kimmel (@andrewkimmel) January 20, 2020
Update: 11:30 a.m. EST — Derrick Broze just uploaded a video update for The Mind Unleashed to explain what’s happening right now in Richmond, Virginia!
Here’s what Broze has seen on-the-ground so far at the gun rights rally:
Update: 11:15 a.m. EST — Sheriffs and police officers have expressed to Luke Rudkowski that they are down on the ground to “support the constitution against unconstitutional bills that repeal gun rights.”
Update: 11:00 a.m. EST — A local reporter on Twitter, Maria Abiges, reports that women have started a march chanting, “no white supremacists” as counter protesters responded with chants for Trump to have “four more years.”
A group of women has started chanting “no white supremacy” and men with gun saves lives stickers are responding with “four more years” pic.twitter.com/8XJpYaZ5Jc
— Marie Albiges (@MarieAlbiges) January 20, 2020
Update: 10:41 a.m. EST — Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change is experiencing live streaming issues with YouTube. He has switched over to Facebook live.
LIVE: RICHMOND VIRGINIA
Posted by Luke Z Rudkowski on Monday, January 20, 2020
Rudkowski reports that over 1,000 police officers have been mobilized to keep crowds under control.
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) January 20, 2020
Meanwhile, News2Share‘s Ford Fischer is experiencing similar issues on Facebook but is providing updates on Twitter.
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) January 20, 2020
Update: 9:54 a.m. EST — Derrick Broze is charging up his battery and will restart the stream here in about 45 minutes.
Early estimates put the number of protesters above 10,000 according to several news outlets.
LOBBY DAY AT VA CAPITOL: Thousands of people have made their way to the #Virginia State Capitol for Lobby Day. @8NEWS has several crews there. Follow live updates here: https://t.co/p1abYMjDSk #VirginiaRally #2ARally #LobbyDay pic.twitter.com/VzcZGKyH6y
— 8News WRIC Richmond (@8NEWS) January 20, 2020
Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of gun-rights activists and other groups are descending on Richmond, Virginia for a massive gun rights rally which begins at 11 a.m. EST. 11 a.m. However, rally goes are already being heard chanting “four more years” for President Trump and “Northam out” in reference to Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam.
Investigative journalist Derrick Broze started streaming from the rally live around 8:35am EST.
In anticipation of the rally, Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, banning all weapons including guns from the rally on Capitol Square. However, outside of the gated area Derrick has shown that there are heavily armed protesters in the early stream.
Local Virginia NBC media outlet WAVY reports there are hundreds of police ready to respond to violence if it occurs.
We’re about 3 hours out from a gun rights rally at the Capitol and these are the crowds we’re seeing. We’ve seen *HUNDREDS* of officers on Capitol grounds and on surrounding streets. @8NEWS pic.twitter.com/JYqPQBSw6A
— Delaney Hall 8News (@DelaneyHallTV) January 20, 2020
Here is a list of banned items inside the Capitol gates:
- knives, scissors, needles, razors, and other bladed weapons
- spring sticks or batons
- metal knuckles
- nunchucks, chains, or other flailing weapons
- throwing stars, knives, darts, or other throwing weapons
- stun guns, tasers
- sticks, poles, bats, baseballs, softballs, glass bottles
- shields, helmets
- toy guns and toy weapons
- drones/sUAS, laser pointers
- caustic substances (pepper spray), aerosol containers
- hazardous materials, fireworks, torches, and open flames
- other dangerous items or items that may be used as weapons
News2Share’s Ford Fischer also reports via Twitter that he was asked to hand over his tripod while entering the gated protest area.
By the way, I can confirm VA state cops made me surrender my tripod on the way in.
I didn’t bring helmet because it’s on list of banned items, but behind me an old man was also made to surrender a lawn chair.
Also cigarettes and lighters being confiscated.
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) January 20, 2020
The Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun rights group which organized the rally, said it expected up to 50,000 people.
Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change is also live today:
For even more footage from another perspective, see News2Share’s Ford Fischer:
Part 2: Thousands of gun owners assemble in Virginia for a 2A rally that has caused VA’s governor to declare a state of emergency.Filmed by Ford Fischer. Support N2S: Patreon.com/fordfischer
Posted by News2Share on Monday, January 20, 2020
Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida
A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.
In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.
“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.
Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.
Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.
Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.
Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.
However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.
Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son
A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.
The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.
The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.
The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.
The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.
The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.
The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.
Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter
The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.
However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.
In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.
It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.
The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.
Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.
The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.
The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.
The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.