Lori Haas, Virginia director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, says the group is canceling its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Vigil and Day of Advocacy, an event it has organized for nearly three decades.
“We have received information that heavily armed white supremacists will be seeking to incite violence,” Haas said in a statement. “The individuals who seek to turn a day which is traditionally about citizens exercising their First Amendment rights and participating in the democratic process into a platform for political violence are trying to destroy our democracy. They refuse to accept the results of the 2019 election in Virginia – in which the people of the Commonwealth voted for stronger gun laws – and they are promoting the message that ‘the people with the guns make the rules.'”