Gov. Northam Declares War on Virginia Gun Owners, VCDL Fighting Back

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has a gun control wish list he is pushing. (Screen Snip, YouTube)

U.S.A.-( Northam has declared war on Virginia’s gun owners: CHP holders, open carriers, hunters, target shooters, sport shooters, collectors, and competitors. All of us. (Northam wants to strip us of our right to self-defense and is even looking at confiscating guns.)

So be it! But we are very much in the fight

As the dust cloud has been settling from election day, my optimism that we can derail a lot of Northam’s agenda has been growing steadily.

Admiral Yamamoto, after bombing Pearl Harbor in 1941, famously said, “I fear that all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

Yes, that is exactly what Pearl Harbor did. And that’s exactly what shoving gun control down our throats will do, too!

And we are tired of so called “compromises,” that always involve us giving up some of our rights, and getting absolutely nothing in return. That is not a compromise, that’s stupid!

Virginia’s gun owners are model citizens, with CHP holders being the most law-abiding of the law-abiding. We are fed up with being punished and pushed around every time some lunatic shoots up another gun-free zone or some gang-banger kills a bunch of other criminals. We have no more patience for being abused and we won’t cede another inch without a fight.

There is no such thing as “common sense gun control.” In reality, gun control is a black hole that sucks common sense and our liberties into oblivion! It hits poor minorities and women the hardest, but it ultimately affects all good people. Criminals get their hand slapped and are released to continue their acts of mayhem with illegally owned firearms.

A government that doesn’t want its citizens to be able to protect themselves clearly has an ulterior motive for wanting a disarmed populace. We dare not turn over our guns to such a government, ever.

It’s time to organize and create a “machine” that will
fight back wherever gun control rears it’s head

We can put a major dent in Northam’s plans if we begin preparing and organizing NOW, before the new General Assembly is sworn-in in early January.

Here’s what we need to do (alerts will be going out on these items soon):

  • Strong gun-owner activism in Democratic districts. Democrat legislators in some of the more pro-gun areas of the state voted gun owners with impunity over the last 4 years because they knew the Republican majority would never let gun-control bills become law. Thus, their bad votes wouldn’t actually change the status quo and probably wouldn’t wakeup and anger gun owners in their district. With the new Democrat majority, they will own any gun control that gets passed for the next two years. Gun owners living in such districts need to be extremely active. Reach out to other gun owners in the district to get them involved, get them on VA-ALERT, and have them join VCDL. Contact your Democrat Senator and/or Delegate and keep the pressure on them to steer clear of all gun control. Go to their office and meet in person. Some anti-gun Democrats have actually told our members that they have never met with anyone who opposes their anti-gun voting! If enough gun owners do this, it WILL get their attention. Contact your Democrat legislators whenever VCDL requests you do so. Let there be no doubt: you can play an absolutely crucial role in slowing down, moderating, or stopping major parts of Northam’s agenda by putting pressure on your Democrat legislators!
  • Watch Teams for local government (WTLGs). For each locality in Virginia, we need a team consisting of one or more local members to watch everything that the Board of Supervisors or City Council is doing. The WTLGs are looking for anything that affects firearms in any way, including hunting restrictions, and keep VCDL informed of what is planned or occurring so we can react. If we lose Virginia’s preemption law, WTLGs will be critical in the effort to block local gun-control.
  • Liaison Teams for Local Government (LTLGs). For localities that have some gun-friendly supervisors or council members, we need to be able to interface with them. The purpose is to get inside-track information on any proposed gun control or hunting restrictions, as well as to work with them to implement pro-gun ordinances or resolutions. For example, making the locality a Second Amendment Sanctuary against unconstitutional gun-control laws, or lowering CHP fees.
  • Liaison Teams for Law Enforcement (LTLEs). LTLEs will interface with local sheriffs or chiefs of police who are supportive of gun owners and are willing to stand with us in preserving our rights. When an appropriate time comes, we will be looking for chief law-enforcement officers who would be willing to speak with one voice with gun owners at the General Assembly. We would also want to be looking for chief law-enforcement officers who would be willing to make their jurisdiction a Second Amendment Sanctuary against any gun control that is unconstitutional. No law-enforcement officer is required to enforce, or should enforce, an unconstitutional law.
  • More volunteers at the VCDL table at gun shows, festivals, and other events. Just this weekend in Richmond, there were gun owners who approached the VCDL table and had no clue about how precariously their rights are hanging after the election – I kid you not! We must educate our fellow gun owners on the threat that we now face. Do NOT assume they know what you know!
  • Advance litigation preparation in case we have to use the courts to stop unconstitutional gun laws. VCDL and its attorneys are developing contingency plans.
  • A huge Lobby Day on January 20, 2020 (starts at 8 am at the General Assembly Building in Richmond). Speakers for the rally (11am – noon) are being lined up and will be announced as the event draws nearer. This time the rally will be in an excellent, picturesque location on the steps of the Capitol, instead of in the field by the Bell Tower!

More Second Amendment Sanctuaries are coming!

VCDL has already been approached by several localities which want to become Second Amendment Sanctuaries! (We expect this trend to continue.) VCDL has given them some guidance and I expect to see announcements of such sanctuaries starting in January.

Patience, please, as VCDL is dealing with a flood of incoming information and requests.

I am personally getting over 700 emails a day (as I write this, I have 1,004 unread emails in my inbox since Friday), plus phone calls, texts, and Facebook contacts, as well as doing radio interviews and speaking at meetings. Please bear with me and the organization as we slog through the flood of information and requests. (The other Board members and some of our executive members are doing their best to take up the slack. The VCDL-PAC is compiling some useful information to help with the upcoming fight in the General Assembly.)

Don’t listen to the defeatists. That is exactly what our opponents want us to do. Be fearless, stand strong and united with all your fellow gun owners, and be ready to fight back when the time comes!

About Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL):Virginia Citizens Defense League

Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.

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Jude (@virginia_jude)
1 year ago

Oh, you mean this guy wants to take your guns away? Just another klansman trying to infringe on the rights of others.

GAMtns (@gamtns)
2 years ago

I recall a political cartoon in Virginia after 1865 showing Lincoln impaling Lady Liberty From the Virginia State Flag with her own spear on the ground on her back with his boot on her. History is repeating itself. The Tyrant and fellow Marxists are killing Liberty. again. Those immigrants and others dumbed down by 40 years of Marxist school systems are voting for this. These are the people who need to be awakened. Those in power will not relinquish it. Those voting for and following their Marxist leaders are emotionally immature and slow of cognition so your approach will have… Read more »

Mike Wilburt
Mike Wilburt (@mike-wilburt)
2 years ago

GOA does a great job in DC.
But our issues RIGHT NOW are in Virginia.
Here in Virginia, the Virginia Citzens Defense League (VCDL) is the powerhouse.
Go to and join. $25 annually, or subscribe to VA-Alert. The most up to date, informative Virginia gun rights newsletter available.

Stripeseven (@stripeseven)
2 years ago

In a Republic, laws are made by representatives chosen by the people and must comply with a Constitution that specifically protects the rights of the minority from the will of the majority. Get used to it.. TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242 explains in a language that everyone can easily understand, that deprivation of rights is a federal crime. No one is above the law. Serve not Rule. FREEDOM!!!

tetejaun (@tetejaun)
2 years ago
Reply to  Stripeseven

But, the American people have allowed the city, state & federal government to deny, limit or strip rights as they saw fit.
In a REPUBLIC, the PEOPLE are the masters. Government is the servant.
The American people have sat quietly for so long, it will take blood to set things aright.

gunnerdd517 (@gunnerdd517)
2 years ago

Day late & dollar short, but at least an organization plan is laid out. Just as important, keep it from being torpedoed by some past/present politician wanting to jump in front of the parade. I`m reminded of the tea party. It seemed to go well until some idiot invited Sarah Palin and the leaders got exposed. Sank that ship. I suggest vetting the vetters, before vetting others. Just be careful

Laddyboy (@laddyboy)
2 years ago

“we are tired of so called “compromises,” that always involve us giving up some of our rights, and getting absolutely nothing in return. That is not a compromise, that’s stupid!”
This statement is almost correct. What is happening across America against the Second Amendment is not only “STUPID”. This type of behavior by CONS/”representatives” who have ABDICATED and shown a DERELICTION OF THEIR DUTY to DEFEND the Constitution, is DOWN RIGHT TREASONOUS !!!!!!

joefoam (@joefoam)
2 years ago

This Governor has the nerve to broadcast on the radio how a full term baby will be delivered and then killed displays a barbaric nature that should preclude him and his supporters in the legislature from holding office. That said, there are 100+ million gun owners in this country, with that kind of voting power and a few bucks from each you could get yourself elected president. I’m really disappointed that VA has allowed this tyrant and his followers to gain power. Somehow you have to jar the gun owners awake from their complacency, get active and if nothing else… Read more »

2 years ago

If Virginia is first to become ground zero in this fight to protect the Constitution of the United States, then right here right now I swear my allegiance to it to help defend it in anyway possible, to include deleting these elected assholes that have no regard for it. They are the enemy who used to take up space at the gate who were not stopped when they should have been, that have now infiltrated because of it. As long as they breathe they will be a threat to this country. If it must be that I bide my fighting… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up (@daveeckartverizon-net)
2 years ago
Reply to  StWayne

Not only the federal 2A, but Article I, Section 13, of our Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia, that odious scrap of paper these politicians swear an oath to, but seem to always ignore. Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia Article I, Section 13. Militia; standing armies; military subordinate to civil power. That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace,… Read more »

Bill (@bill1776)
2 years ago

Very important not just to have lots of volunteers ready to do something. There needs to be clear strategy of what to do, by whom, and when. Everyone being informed and eager to make a difference can go absolutely nowhere, if there is no plan of action. Ask NRA members. (Oh, wait, their job is to send more money.)

CourageousLion (@wizardkiller)
2 years ago

Form legal county defense leagues all over the state. Sanctioned by county governments and eventually the most important 13 words in the whole US Constitution will have to be taken back into consideration. The only place NECESSARY is used in the Constitution. A WELL REGULATED MILITIA BEING NECESSARY FOR THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE…

Vanns40 (@vanns40)
2 years ago

The problem is……surprise, gun owners! Only 40% of registered voters turned out in Virginia. There’s no way you can say that if the 60% that didn’t turn out had turned out and, the gun owners among them had voted Republican, that the results wouldn’t have been different. The enemy is us.

tetejaun (@tetejaun)
2 years ago
Reply to  Vanns40

The Republican party in Virginia had voted AGAINST conservatives for 40 years.
Don’t you remember the conservative woman that was called a “witch” by the democrats and the Republicans fought AGAINST her?
The Republican Party in Virginia is an adjunct of the communist democrat party.

JPM (@jpm)
2 years ago

Ralph looks retarded in that photo, and given his actions and the fact that he’s a Democrat, that might be an insult to retarded people out there and I apologize for the insult. Someone like that who can be elected in Virginia of all places, shows how low this country has sunken. God help us.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
2 years ago
Reply to  JPM

, Gov. Retard looks like someone is explaining multiplication to him, and he does not get it!

tomcat (@tomcat)
2 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Wild Bill Or he is trying to figure what is wrong with wearing a black face.

MgM (@ironman)
2 years ago

Virginia had Fallen

Whodaty (@denx7d)
2 years ago
Reply to  MgM

Time for the South to rise again

Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Strangelove (@dr-strangelove)
2 years ago

The Second Amendment Foundation is a better, more active group, and they don’t spam me every day for donations.

Rec (@rec)
2 years ago

1) “or some gang-banger kills a bunch of other criminals…” Use the term criminal on criminal. If you mention gangs, the data show that only a small proportion of gun murder is directly “gang” perpetrated and you hurt the argument when someone cites the actual data showing it is a small number. here is the way backed up by the facts: – over 90% of shooting murder peprs prior criminals, 80% by people with felony arrest history. SAME with victims. so 90% is” criminal on criminal.” – of multiple shootings, 90% also are by persons with arrest histories – of… Read more »

Rec (@rec)
2 years ago

The GOA doesn’t have more of a presence in Washington than the national association of horseshoe makers.
If you look at their set up they are more likely to have problems than NRA did.

What did GOA do in the purple districts in Virginia where the rubber hit the road in control of the assembly to help? NOTHING.

I’m in Virginia and my local GOA fan pal didn’t even know the name of his state assembly member.

Baldwin (@baldwin)
2 years ago

Bring it Ralphy…we will not comply!

Rec (@rec)
2 years ago
Reply to  Baldwin

We need more than blurting ‘will not comply.” 99% of gun owners are complying with all kinds of nonsense laws already. We need to fight the tough fights to win in purple electoral districts, on state level and US congress level. There is lots I don’t like about Trump, but if we get a Dem in white house they will be replacing not just Ruth Ginsburg but almost certainly given health issues, Clarence Thomas as well with an ultra left. Then we will se Heller reversed and a mass of state and federal gun control that makes Northam look like… Read more »