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Thousands protest gun controls in Richmond, Virginia

Washington / Thousands of people, most of them men, demonstrated on Monday outside the Virginia state capitol building in Richmond against restrictions on possession and carrying of weapons that Democratic legislators want to impose in that state.

Despite the fact that many of the protesters came armed to the teeth, there was not a single violent incident during the gathering near the capitol, where for the first time in a quarter-century Democrats control both chambers of the legislature after their election victory last November.

Along with Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, progressive lawmakers have promised to move forward with state laws to exert greater control over firearms, and it is this stance that sparked the protest on Monday.

Last week, Northam declared a state of emergency to temporarily prohibit people from bringing weapons into the capitol in response to the planned demonstration called by The Virginia Citizens Defense League.

During the demonstration, several politicians, conservative experts and gun rights defenders delivered speeches against the anti-weapons laws and the Democrats.

One of the participants was Dick Heller, a security guard whose request to have a firearm at his home was denied and who then sued the city of Washington DC, a 2008 case in which the Supreme Court ruled in his favor.

The Second Amendment to the US Constitution, dating from 1791, sanctifies the right to keep and bear arms.

In his speech at the protest, Heller made reference to the movement to convert Virginia into a “weapons sanctuary,” which seeks to declare towns and counties as “Second Amendment Sanctuaries,” where no gun control measures will be applied.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” shouted Heller, who also recited the text of the Second Amendment along with the crowd.

President Donald Trump took advantage of the protest to lash out at Democrats on Twitter, saying “I will NEVER allow our great Second Amendment to go unprotected, not even a little bit!”

Earlier on Monday, the president had tweeted: “The Democrat Party in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia are working hard to take away your 2nd Amendment rights. This is just the beginning. Don’t let it happen, VOTE REPUBLICAN in 2020.”

Trump also retweeted a video of gun-rights activists singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The preparations for the protest had aroused fears about a possible eruption of violence in Richmond, similar to what occurred in August 2017 in Charlottesville, also in Virginia, where a neo-Nazi ran over and killed a person with his car during the protests that broke out over the city government’s decision to remove a Confederate statue.

On the national level, the US Congress has gone for more than two decades without approving a law that significantly limits weapons possession, in part due to the influence and congressional lobbying efforts of the powerful National Rifle Association.

The pro-gun demonstration in Richmond coincides with the celebration of Martin Luther King Day, a national holiday commemorating the birth of the civil rights activist, who was assassinated in 1968. (January 20, 2020, EFE/Practica Español)

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En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
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miles de personas protestaron en la capital de EE.UU. para que no se restrinja la posesión de armas.
B
miles de civiles han protestado con motivo de unas restricciones que se quieren imponer en relación con las armas.
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miles de personas salieron a las calles para apoyar unas restricciones que los demócratas quieren imponer en Virginia.
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En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
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unos manifestantes habían causado incidentes durante la protesta.
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ninguno de los manifestantes llevó armas a la protesta.
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no se produjo ningún tipo de altercado durante esa protesta civil.
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Según el texto... (According to the text...)
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el propio presidente de EE.UU. respalda esa medida que los demócratas quieren aprobar en Virginia.
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se desmiente que los estadounidenses tengan el derecho de poseer un arma de acuerdo con su Constitución.
C
esas personas protestaron para que no se viole uno de sus derechos constitucionales.
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En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
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ya se han aprobado numerosas leyes que están restringiendo cada vez más la posesión de armas en EE.UU.
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ningún político dio un discurso ayer en Virginia a favor de las leyes antiarmamento.
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esa protesta no tuvo lugar en el mismo día en que se celebraba una importante festividad en EE.UU.
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En el vídeo se dice que... (It's said in the video that...)
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el Tribunal Supremo de EE.UU. dictó que los civiles ya no pueden portar armas.
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aún los magistrados no han escuchado a todas las partes en un caso relacionado con la posesión de armas.
C
el Tribunal Supremo dictaminó en 2010 que la segunda enmienda protege el derecho a portar armas.
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