Student activist, ahem, excuse me – NBC News reporter Ben Collins – deleted a tweet claiming that today’s annual gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia is a “white supremacist rally.”
The Daily Caller’s Shelby Talcott reports:
In a now-deleted tweet, NBC’s Ben Collins urged reporters ahead of the 2nd Amendment rally to “verify information” before sending it out. Collins deleted and then clarified his tweet following backlash for referring to the event as a “white supremacist rally.”
Monday’s rally was organized by Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), a non-profit pro-2nd Amendment group, not by white supremacists. They have urged for a “peaceful” event, NBC News previously reported.
Monday’s rally in Richmond will likely see thousands head to the Virginia State Capitol to rally against gun control proposals. The proposals are supported by state Democrats and Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency ahead of the event.
The sweeping gun control proposals come after Democrats flipped both the state House and Senate in November. The Virginia State Senate has already approved three gun control bills, which could be approved by the House soon, the New York Times previously reported.
VCDL hosts Lobby Day every year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to advocate for the right to bear arms.