Man Arrested Ahead Of Lobby Day Protest Sentenced

It’s hard to believe that Lobby Day was just earlier this year. 2020 has had a lot of weird ups and downs and it seems like it was a lifetime ago when legions of Second Amendment supporters took to the streets of Richmond to call for an end to Governor Ralph Northam’s attempts to infringe upon their rights.

It also seems like a lifetime ago when a group of white supremacists seeking to start a civil war at the event was arrested.

Now, one has been sentenced to five years in prison.

One of three men charged with plotting violence at a Virginia gun rights rally pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to five years in federal prison in what prosecutors said was a scheme by white supremacists to spark a “race war” by shooting “unsuspecting civilians and police officers” during the demonstration.

The defendant, William G. Bilbrough IV, was arrested by FBI agents after he and two others allegedly plotted to kill people at random at the January rally in Richmond, hoping to ignite what one of them purportedly called a “full-blown civil war.”

Although authorities described the scheme as potential “domestic terrorism,” there is no federal statute dealing specifically with domestic terrorism. Bilbrough, 20, of Maryland, was charged with five felony counts of transporting and harboring an alien, meaning one of his co-defendants, who had entered the country illegally from Canada.

The other two men, who are awaiting trials, are charged with weapons offenses. Bilbrough, who faced less serious charges than his co-defendants, pleaded guilty to two of the five counts against him in a deal with prosecutors.

Both sides in the case agreed that a five-year prison term would be appropriate, and U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang in Greenbelt, Md., imposed the sentence immediately after Bilbrough entered his plea.

I suspect we’re going to start seeing some laws addressing domestic terrorism because this is not something that will make people feel warm and tingly. I’m not sure that’s a good thing, mind you, but I suspect we’ll see it.

Don’t get me wrong, five years isn’t the worst sentence possible, but it’s still less than ideal.

Let’s remember, folks, these people wanted to kill us. They were looking to kill Second Amendment supporters. They were looking to kill our brothers and sisters, all so they could spark their idiotic race war and topple the government of the United States of America.

I think I’d prefer them to be buried under the prison, but that’s just me.

Now, we can turn our attention to the other two jackwagons who wanted to slaughter American citizens for their own perverse purposes.

However, let’s also understand that these people are still out there. Sure, these three are locked up, but they were also all members of a group called The Base, a group that models itself, at least in part, on Al Quida. They’re not going to just stop because three people were arrested. They’ll try this crap again and again until they either succeed or the government rounds the rest up for various crimes.

We’ll just have to see how it shakes out.

May 17, 2021 1:30 PM ET