Question: what does the state’s politically-active population do on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?
Answer: come to the State Capitol, of course!
Because many people have the day off from work, groups often try to coordinate massive showings at the Captiol on MLK Day, in hopes the display of numbers will sway lawmakers (it’s questionable if the tactic actually works).
Just take a look at what’s on tap for Monday:
*The Virginia Tea Party says it is busing in between 2,000 and 3,000 of its members from across the Commonwealth. They will rally in Capitol Square at 10 a.m.
*The Virginia Citizens Defense League — a pro-gun lobby — will arrive en masse first thing Monday morning, estimating between 300 and 500 attendees. Some will be carrying firearms, which is legal to do, provided they are carried openly or with a valid concealed handgun permit. They will rally outside the Capitol at 11 a.m.
*Members of the gun control lobby will also be in Richmond Monday. That group includes relatives of those killed in the Virginia Tech massacre. They plan an outdoor event at 1 p.m.
*Finally, about 200 environmentalists plan to lobby legislators on Monday. No word if they, too, plan to hold a rally outside the Capitol.
Oh, and on top of all that, Bob McDonnell will give his first speech to a joint session of the legislature on Monday night, following his inauguration as governor over the weekend.