"The size of the crowd and the expected participation of white supremacists and fringe militia groups raised fears that the state could see a repeat of the violence that exploded in 2017 in Charlottesville"
Yes, the DNC media stoked fears to dehumanize the victims of their policies. The reality of what played out showed the the media and Democrats were lying, just like they lie about Charlottesville.
When Democrats don't send their militant activists out to lynch people in the street with the help and blessing of Democrat politicians that control the police, there is never any violence.
Democrats may or may not be concerned with "gun violence" but all of their policies target their political opponents with vindictive punitive regulations that strip them of their rights and make them live under Jim Crow laws while doing nothing to address the root cause of crimes committed with guns.
It is easier to scapegoat and punish the innocent than it is to solve actual problems.