Shannon Watts, Moms Demand Action blame Charlottesville violence on NRA, gun laws

Shannon Watts, Moms Demand Action blame Charlottesville violence on NRA, gun laws
Moms Demand Action president Shannon Watts / Source: Bearing Arms

[Ed. – Don’t ask. You’ll get a headache.]

Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts took to Twitter on Saturday to vilify the National Rifle Association and gun laws in Virginia as the reason behind the violent protests taking place in Charlottesville.

Watt began retweeting various tweets with the same phrase: “The radicalization of America has been encouraged by the @NRA and open carry laws, which enable armed intimidation. #Charlottesville.”

Watts retweeted a photo by Washington Post staff writer Joe Heim that showed two armed men.

According to the two men, they were at the protests to make sure both sides did not get out of hand.

The Moms Demand Action account then sent out a series of tweets condemning members of the armed militia, saying they were there to intimidate protestors.

The gun control group then went on to say open carry laws in Virginia played a major role in Saturday’s violent protests.

Under Virginia law, open carry is allowed with or without a Concealed Handgun Permit, although there are some stipulations. Most federal buildings, airports, K-12 schools, universities and religious institutions prohibit carrying a firearm.

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