Last week a Donald Trump supporter, Daniel Parks, sat outside of a Democratic Palmyra, VA campaign office for 12 hours in an attempt to draw in more Trump supporters. Later, another Trump supporter arrived and the two worked cooperatively to be voices for Trump supporters leading up to election day. Neither broke the law in any way as they both openly and legally carried a firearm.
Congressional candidate Jane Dittmar (D-VA), who’s campaign was using the office, was bothered by this and created a Facebook post to tell supporters to dial 911 if they felt “uncomfortable” with people openly carrying firearms. One of Dittmar’s volunteers didn’t like how long Parks made a presence. She claims he stared into the office all day. She said, “If he wants to support his candidate that’s fine, but don’t come here and stare into the office all day.”
Parks told CBS 19, “I’m just trying to provide a voice for some of the people that might be closet supporters of Trump. Other people that are a little worried to speak out because of possible persecution and stuff. I just wanted to provide you all with a voice and let you know that there’s more of us out there than you think.
He continued, “As a service member, I was charged with working on different weapon systems for the U.S. military, and if I had done a quarter of what Mrs. Clinton had done, would be serving 10 years in a federal penitentiary.”
Those in the Palmyra campaign office were bothered by the fact that they could see Park’s gun when he turned to the side and so could those walking past him. Dittmar said on Facebook, “We’d like you to be aware of a situation at our Fluvanna County campaign office. There is a Trump supporter who has been sitting outside of our Fluvanna [County] campaign office who is armed. We have alerted local law enforcement who are monitoring the situation. If you feel uncomfortable at all, we encourage you to call 911. Everyone please stay safe.”
Dittmar fully supports gun control and has called for criminal background checks for every gun purchase. Dittmar believes that these criminal background checks will save lives and keep the guns out of the hands of people we know to be violent, mentally ill, or associated with terrorism.”
Her call for these background checks came just a few days after the Orlando terror attack. How could these criminal background checks have stopped such a tragic incident as the Orlando attack? The Orlando attacker had more than one weapon and has passed a criminal background check for both, one of which was an AR-15-type assault rifle and the other a handgun.