Reports from last night’s Manassas City Council meeting are flying in this morning, and apparently it was quite an event. The Manassas Journal-Messenger has an article which includes a photo that shows the council chambers packed well beyond anything seen before, and Philip Van Cleave said in an email this morning that he was pretty stunned at the high turnout of VCDL members, more than he’s ever seen before.
I simply don’t know what better sums it up than “!!WOW!!” There were way over 100 VCDL members and supporters at the Manassas
City Council meeting tonight.
The Manassas City Council members were clearly shocked by the numbers.
The Mayor led off by saying that he could not remember ever seeing such a large crowd for **anything** they had done before!
I brought 40 ‘Guns Save Lives’ badges that were distributed in minutes, leaving over half of the people without a badge.
We not only filled up all the seating (100 seats - about 95% of them VCDL members), we lined BOTH walls and ran out into the hall!
I talked to one of the councilmembers this morning, and he was very impressed by a lot of the points that were made by VCDL members. He thought the speakers made excellent points, were very respectful, and that the turnout at the meeting definitely helped to reinforce their points. The city is definitely taking action in response to this incident, but of course what that will be isn’t something that can be discussed yet. I’m pretty sure they’ll get this one right.
So VCDL flexes some political muscle, at least some of the city council are impressed not only with the numbers, but with the arguments, and everyone walks away pretty happy. Philip continues:
BTW, this was the single biggest turnout for a VCDL action at any city, town, or county government meeting ever! We can turn out 60 members under good conditions, but over 100 is way beyond the norm! Tidewater held the record when we attended a Norfolk City Council meeting some years ago, but Northern Virginia has just thrown down the gauntlet big time!
Now if we can only do this well on the illegal aliens issue, we’ll be in great shape, although I’m pretty certain the press coverage on that issue won’t be quite as friendly as it is with this opportunity to poke at the police and print “assclown” in the newspaper.
UPDATE: A report from the local NBC affiliate can be seen here, where they inadvertently document that the police at least encouraged the business owner to throw out the patrons who were complying with the law. The bias of this report is completely transparent, focusing as much as they can on the “they don’t need to carry guns” straw man. No wonder I don’t watch local television news.
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