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Lobby Day 2019 with the Virginia Citizens Defense League.

0445 hours my cell phone alarm woke me up playing the VCDL theme song.
 “Load, rack, ready trigger finger pew, pew. Police, military or an ordinary dude. VCDL state wide is my crew, let me show you what the 2A do”
Pew Pew: VCDL ThemeUnreleased Corey “Sage” Fauconier

With the heat nowhere to be found, I wore long johns, lounge pants, three pair of Dickies socks, my favorite Banana Republic sweater, favorite pair of Levi’s blue jeans (sorry Levi’s, I know you all have spoken out against the second amendment), my favorite pair of Adidas high tops and my super duper  Weatherproof winter coat.
I departed my home in Henrico County to make the short drive to the General Assembly for Lobby Day 2019 with my brothers and sisters of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (known herein as the VCDL). The VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental human right.
On my way I listened to two songs on the radio, the King Holiday song and Lift Ever Voice and Sing. What stood out to me was, “Don’t play on the holiday, work to find a better way” Grandmaster Flash King Holiday Chorus and Holiday Crew from 1986

It was to be my second year as a Lobby Day Team Lead for the VCDL. I arrived at 0545 and stood outside the park on the corner of Bank Street and N. 9th Street in the dark and cold. Just spending some quiet time with God before I went inside. There was calm in the cold just looking at the lights that lit downtown. People moving about driving to work. One by one my brothers and sisters began to arrive and we engaged in small talk learning where people were from and just breaking the ice learning about each other.
Folders with legislation prepped with business cards and hand outs about potential bills the group strongly supports, supports, were neutral on, oppose, or strongly oppose.
Not many African Americans out there with us. I believe that I counted four or five. That made me feel some sort of way. But, my second amendment brothers and sisters showed me lots of love and respect.
My team meetings started at 0900 0830 Hours Atron Yohai Legislative Aide to Democrat Delegate Vivain Watts0900  Hours Democrat Delegate Mark Levine0930 Hours Democrat Delegate Ken Plum1000 Hours Democrat Delegate Mark Sickies1015 Hours Republican Delegate Terry Kilgore1030 Hours Shani Shorter Legislative Assistant for Republican Les Adams 1045 Hours Republican Delegate  Mark Cole
Delegate Levine only agreed to meet with us on two conditions. First no guns, we were requested to remove our fire arms to yo provided access to the Delegates office. That was a “no” and we explained to Jacob Weinberg his Chief of Staff that we were responsible for our fire arms and they were best left holstered and with their owners. The second request is that we needed constituents of the 45th district. Well one out of two is not bad. So we met with Mr. Weinberg.
Our best conversation was with Delegate Mark Cole. Delegate Cole opened his blazer to show us he too was carrying,  a supporter of the second amendment, member of the VCDL and is a strong ally of gun owners in the Commonwealth. He was happy that the VCDL, Gun Owners if America and the National Rifle Association were working to defend the second amendment. We spoke about the future of the Republican Party as well as the future of the Commonwealth. I shared with Delegate Cole the importance of speaking to the African American community.  
From a report shared via email by Philip Van Cleave President of the VCDL:Gun bills that were voted on Monday during Lobby Day:

“* SB 1164, Senator Saslaw, universal background checks PASSED out of committee, but heads to the Finance committee, where it died last year.

* SB 1078, Senator Howell, and SB 1467, Senator Saslaw, both protective order bills that would take away a person’s gun rights while in effect, were both KILLED in committee.

* SB 1024, Senator Black, church carry, PASSED out of committee by a 7 to 5 vote and heads to the Senate Floor.

* HB 1656, Delegate Cole, allows private or religious schools to have armed school security, passed out of committee by a 20 to 0 vote!  Heads to the House Floor”
After all the morning we had our rally at the Bell Tower. A VCDL member came up to me and gave me a big hug and told me he was glad that I was there and that he wanted me to make sure I spoke to people in my community about the importance of the second amendment. I smiled to him and we shared a brief conversation about how we came to stand in the park on a cold Janurary day.
After a group of VCDL members met at Pupatella Pizza (1 N. Morris Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220) for lunch, to unwind, fellowship, get warm and connect. It was a pleasure to see familiar faces and also connect with new brothers and sisters. Kenneth Van Wyk, Teas Alishire, Matt Gottshalk and many others.
Lobby Day was great. What I am taking away is as a Libertarian I should be able to bridge the gap between the Democrats and the Republicans. At this point, the Republicans in Henrico County are open to speaking with me along with members of the Tea Party. The Democrats do not really reach out. So in 2019, I am going to connect with the Republicans but, also reach out more to Democrats to see if we can connect on any issues.
For any readers members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League have an open invitation to you to visit the gun range. We will show you what we know and share with you our love and respect for the second amendment.

About Corey Fauconier

Corey “Sage” Fauconier is a native of Cambria Heights, Queens, New York who currently resides in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He is a graduate of Hampton University with a degree in Political Science (1994) and a Paralegal Studies Certificate (1996). Former Libertarian Candidate for Virginia State Senate (2017). First Black Communications Chair of the Libertarian Party (2016), Lobby Day Leader for the Virginia Citizens Defense League, second amendment supporter, volunteer with Generation Hip Hop VA and host of independent podcast Talks Over Drinks in Richmond, Virginia.

One Response to “Lobby Day 2019 with the Virginia Citizens Defense League.”

  1. Bob Shannon

    Thank you Corey for your selfless giving of your time in defense of our treasured 2nd Amendment.

    We appreciate the commitment you’ve made to defend this principle, knowing of the slings and arrows coming your way from the usual suspects.

    Bob Shannon King William


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