By Tank Murdoch

(TNS) Long lines filled with Virginians concerned Democrats are going to take away guns and gun rights lined the corridors of the state capital Monday, as gun rights groups urged President Donald Trump to weigh in on the growing controversy.

Gun groups believe with the president’s involvement, he could help turn the state red again after Democrats picked up a majority in the Assembly in 2019 and he lost there to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

“Gun owners are wide awake. Donald Trump is going to be the big beneficiary of this,” said Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, the Washington Examiner reported.

“He should be tweeting more stuff on it, taking advantage of it, activating his base,” he added.

The Examiner’s Paul Bedard:

In reaction to plans by the state’s new Democratic legislative majority to pass sweeping gun control measures and bans, some 100,000 gun owners and supporters have flooded into county and city meetings in the past two months to call for “gun sanctuaries” to ignore any new state law.

The state GOP has attended many of those meetings to sign up new voters.

In threatening several new gun control measures, said Van Cleave, Democrats “woke a sleeping giant” that should help the GOP this year.

“They basically declared war on gun owners,” he said, adding, “People are now active, awake, and they’re angry. They’re not just saying, ‘Oh, it’s irritating.’ They’re mad.”

As we reported this week, many gun control measures are getting traction not just because Democrats control all levers of power now but because they are massive political hypocrites.

Gov. Ralph “Coonman” Northam, a Democrat, came under fire a year ago after a medical school yearbook photo of him either in blackface or wearing a KKK outfit surfaced.

He denied everything, but at the time state and national Democrats called for him to resign. Obviously, he didn’t.

So, as ‘payback,’ Northam is now embracing several new Democrat gun control measures because political expediency and racial hypocrisy outweighs Garbage Party morality everyday of the week.

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