LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Thousands of people are heading to Richmond, Virginia for the gun rights rally on Monday. Which means the city will be ground zero for gun and anti-gun activists.
“I hope it’s peaceful. I hope everybody behaves. We have to show that we are professionals when we go there. We have to represent that we’re safe and responsible gun owners,” says Marko Galbreath.
Galbreath is the owner and instructor of T4Tactics in Lynchburg. His company trains civilians in active shooter, and response awareness. He also teaches people about firearm safety training as well. But he’s hoping Monday’s gun rights rally is about utilizing action through passive resistance.
“We’ve got to go up there and keep our cool heads. You know it’s kind of like carry-conceal, and go unnoticed. It’s a legal process and that’s what I’m hoping everybody does,” explains Galbreath.
The rally in Richmond comes just two and a half years after the incident in Charlottesville that left many people injured, and one dead. For Galbreath, any gun or anti-gun activist groups looking for a fight should just stay away.
“When I was a police officer, I taught in the police academy. I used to tell police officers that when you curse and when you get angry you lose respect and credibility. So any side that goes up there and starts showing violence, I would say to anyone going up there don’t go,” states Galbreath.
Galbreath isn’t about banning AR-15 rifles or semi-automatic handguns. He is for universal background checks. Galbreath wants those who may be afraid of these weapons, and those who use them, to understand that Monday in Richmond will be a lesson in responsibility.
“I have never had one person in this class that appears to be out of control. They’re all safe and responsible gun owners. The majority are good law-abiding safe responsible gun owners,” says Galbreath.
Governor Ralph Northam has issued a state of emergency ahead of the rally in Richmond. He has also banned firearms and other weapons as well.
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