In response to the ever-increasing number of potentially life-threatening confrontations of American lawmakers by political activists, one State Senator from Virginia isn’t going to take it anymore. And she is driving liberal politicians and the media right up the wall with her 'in your face' display of her constitutional and Virginia state rights.
Exercising her right to open carry in the state of Virginia, first-term senator Amanda Chase boldly carried her firearm with her onto the floor of the legislative chamber. Virginia is one of the many states in which a resident is permitted to carry a firearm either concealed or openly.
Ms. Chase says her decision to bring her 'personal protection' out into the open was spurred on by a recent incident - a scene that is, sadly, becoming all-too-familiar within the halls of government, not just in Virginia but nationwide.
Just the day before, “Pro-immigration activists confronted a fellow state senator the day before, forcing Capitol Police to be called,” the Daily Caller reported.
Vowing to never leave herself vulnerable in a potential attack, Chase decided to make a show of the firepower she would have at her disposal should a political opponent try to threaten her safety.
"Chase said she always carries her gun in concealed fashion but decided Tuesday was a good day to carry openly when she presented her bills in the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee. Her legislation included an alternative to the Equal Rights Amendment resolution that reaffirms equal protection under the law."
“It concerned me,” Chase told The Washington Post, describing her feelings about the incident. “I’ve had threats. I’ve had stalkers since I’ve been in the General Assembly. I am going to continue to represent the issues that are important to my constituents, and I’m not going to be intimidated by people who would try to physically harm me.”
Ms. Chase has already captured the attention of the electorate in Virginia with the controversial bills she has introduced and supported in the state senate. But now, she is gaining national attention with her ‘in your face’ move.
Chase says that this isn’t the first time she has ‘packed heat’ during her workday at the Richmond capital. And she’s not the only legislator to exercise their right to carry a weapon. In fact, she’s in good company.
The Washington Post reports, “In the Senate alone, at least six of the 21 Republicans regularly bring guns on the floor. But most of the time, they keep their weapons concealed. That was true for Chase too, until this week.”
While her actions have raised a few eyebrows, Chase is not apologizing for her decision. She believes that by openly carrying her firearm, she is giving other women courage to defend themselves as well. “It empowers women,” she said. “I jokingly call it my ERA.”