Richmond, Virginia –-(Ammoland.com)- On November 5th, Democrats took control of the Virginia legislature and immediately started pushing for California style restrictive gun control measures. Joe Biden is threatening to ban all 9mm handguns if he is elected president. Cory Booker is pushing for an Australian style gun confiscation plan. Presidential hopeful, Michael Bloomberg is pouring millions of dollars into efforts to sway public opinion on gun control.
It looks hopeless, but there is a new movement sweeping the nation that could shift the debate. The Democrats for years have been pushing for sanctuary cities to protect illegal aliens from federal immigration laws. Now the pro-gun community is taking a page out of the leftist playbook and setting up Second Amendment sanctuaries across the country including my home state of Virginia.
Second Amendment sanctuaries are counties or cities that will refuse to enforce unconstitutional gun laws, whether or not they are a state or federal law. Second Amendment sanctuaries believe every elected official must defend the Constitution, or they violate their oath of office since every state official pledge to defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic.
In Virginia, the movement is in full swing. Being the Virginia Director of Gun Owners of America means I am very busy with the efforts to convince the different county’s board of directors that it is the right thing to do. Many organizations have allied in the effort to defend the liberty of the citizens of Virginia.
Gun Owners of America, Virginia Citizen’s Defense League, III% United Patriots of Virginia, and Oath Keepers have all been busy contacting local elected officials and sheriffs to urge them not to enforce Draconian gun laws that violate the people’s natural rights. The reception, for the most part, has been great. We expect to have at least 30 Second Amendment sanctuaries in Virginia by the end of the year. These counties will join the other 240 current Second Amendment sanctuaries across the country, and this is just the start.
The goal of the Second Amendment sanctuary movement in Virginia is to get the majority of counties to declare themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries. By accomplishing our goal, it will give us the power to approach the Virginia legislature with the knowledge that any anti-liberty law that they pass will be ineffective.
At Gun Owners of America, we have our sample Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance (SASO). It not only blocks unconstitutional laws from being enforced, but it fines individuals up to $2000 and corporations up to $4000 for helping the state to enforce unconstitutional gun laws.
Gun Owners of America Local Affairs Director Matthew Patterson think that we need more Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinances in Virginia as well as across the country to send a clear-cut message to lawmakers. We need to show these lawmakers that we have drawn a line in the sand, and we are not willing to cross it.
“The explosion of localities adopting Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinances is just what we need, especially here in Virginia,” Patterson told me. “The state and federal representatives need to understand that groups like Moms Demand Action and Everytown, funded by billionaires like Bloomberg, do not speak for Virginians. We have a duty to defend our liberty, and if that means that we have to resort to telling the state and federal government that we won’t subject our citizens to unconstitutional laws, then so be it. “
What we see in Virginia is what John Stuart Mill called the “tyranny of the majority” in his 1859 essay On Liberty. There are large population areas in the north of the state, the Richmond area, and the Tidewater region of the Commonwealth. These three regions lean heavily to the left while the rest of Virginia leans rights. You can say that there are almost two distinct states.
Most of the population of the left-leaning areas are transplants who have no connection to the culture of Virginia and its rich firearms history. These people share more in common with the New York liberal mindset that demonizes firearms. These liberals would rather elect a convicted sex offender and disbarred lawyer, like Joe Morrissey, than a pro-gun Republican.
This soft tyranny is why the Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinances spreading throughout Virginia is essential for the survival of our inalienable rights. We need everyone to contact their representatives at every level of government. We need people to reach out to their Sheriffs and remind them of the oath that they took to uphold the Constitution. Average everyday citizens need to speak out on their social media platforms about how important it is to support SASOs.
The time where we can sit back and hope for the best is over. If we don’t fight for our rights today, we will lose them. The longer we wait for, the more those God-given rights are in jeopardy. Gun Owners of America is here to help. I am here to help. Do not hesitate to contact GOA or me. We will help you get started.
To find out more about Gun Owners of America’s Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance and what you can do to help go to http://gunownersaction.org/saso/.
About John Crump
John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%’ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.