Gun-rights group musters volunteers to tidy Culpeper’s Rixeyville Road

Gun-rights group musters volunteers to tidy Culpeper's Rixeyville Road

Many Culpeper residents take pride in the county’s Revolutionary War history, when the Culpeper Minute Men helped repel a British naval landing in Hampton and vanquish English regulars in 1775’s Battle of Great Bridge. On Saturday, a new group bearing that name fought a more numerous (though less deadly) scourge: roadside trash. The Culpeper Minutemen, a subset of the gun-rights group Culpeper County 2A, mustered about 40 volunteers to tidy up two miles of State Route 229, aka Rixeyville Road. The Minutemen recently adopted the roadway under the Virginia Department of Transportation’s “Adopt A Highway” program, and invited the public to its group-wide muster on Saturday. The result was one of the largest volunteer turnouts for a roadside cleanup that VDOT’s Culpeper District staff had seen, participants said. Volunteers were broken into groups of 10 to maintain social-distancing protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic, the group’s leaders said. It was CC2A’s first trash pickup event; the grassroots advocacy group was formed last year in reaction to gun-control legislation being considered in the Virginia General Assembly. Among the volunteers were three Republican candidates for Congress: state Del. Nick Freitas and former Pentagon special-operations chief Andrew Knaggs, both seeking to challenge U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger to represent Central Virginia’s 7th Congressional District; and Thomas Speciale, an Army reservist from Woodbridge who is challenging U.S. Sen. Mark Warner. “Nick Freitas, Andrew Knaggs and Tom Speciale were there the whole time, rolled up their sleeves and picked up trash with the rest of us,” […]

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