In the Colonial Capitol here in Williamsburg, some of our greatest founding fathers discussed, argued, and legislated as representatives for the people of Virginia. As the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s History of the Capitol states, “In this building… Patrick Henry, George Washington, George Mason, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, and others played their parts in the legislative wars that ended in revolution”.
Those who gathered here on March 24, 2018 were interested in a different kind of revolution. In the tradition of our forefathers, they came to peacefully assemble, discuss, listen to speeches, and march down Duke of Gloucester Street. This time the focus was on gun violence in our schools, churches, and entertainment centers. They discussed the limits to the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the role of the National Rifle Association in our legislative process, and the public’s safety, especially related to children, young adults, and schools.
A diverse group of people, from the very young to the very old, participated in a civics lesson at the site of the first American structure to be named Capitol, where the New World’s oldest representative assembly, the House of Burgesses, met.
Through our youth, our revolutionary heritage carries on.