I understand your concern... part of me worries about the same thing. With that said, publicity is ALSO one way that opencarry and the VCDL gain new members. I first joined VCDL while in Santa Barbara, California - I was born and raised in Virginia, and am from Powhatan, but I was working on my PhDoutin Californiaand read a Richmond Times-Dispatch story on-line that mentioned the VCDL, so I did a web search, found the page, then joined! I am not sure how many people come to opencarry and VCDL through publicity, but it has to be more than just myself.
Ioccasionallyread complaints about VA gun laws on this board, because we are second amendment stalwarts and things can always be even better. However, Virginia's current gun laws are almost as good as it gets... especially when compared to 47 other states (I said "almost" - don't jump on me!). After a few years of significant forward progress with Virginia gun laws, the last couple years the meeting of the General Assembly has resulted in only a few minor improvements toour gun laws (butno steps backwards). My concern about any publicity that "fires up" the other side right now would be that it may assist Democrats in taking over BOTH houses of the General Assembly this year .... so we better work hard tomake sure that doesn't happen! We could lose one house and most likely nothing would happen - no more improvements, no steps backwards. If we lost both houses, we could possibly see some steps backwards.
All in all, I fully support the Bloomberg Gun Giveaway, but let's be careful in how we present ourselves. There will be a lot of media at this event, I suspect - including New York and national media. I worry that a (very few) of us could make all of us look bad if we are not careful.... so I'll repeat something I've said before... when on TV or giving a reporter a quote, don't let yourself get carried away! Stick to the subject, and please avoid offensive silliness such asmentioning that Bloomberg is a "non-Christian" (that one really bothered me), etc.