Virginia’s Second Amendment Under Attack, Citizens Push Back

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USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Virginia Governor Ralph Northam apologized for his medical school blackface stunt, but he will have much more to apologize for if he signs into law a bill that attacks Virginia citizens' Second Amendment rights.

The measure is Senate Bill 16, which would ban “assault” firearms and certain firearm magazines. Since Democrats have seized control of Virginia's General Assembly, they are likely to push hard for strict gun control laws. Those laws will have zero impact on Virginia's criminals and a heavy impact on Virginia's law-abiding citizens who own or intend to own, [semi] automatic weapons for hunting or their protection. As a friend once explained to me, “I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.”

I am proud of my fellow Virginians' response to the attack on their Second Amendment rights. Firearm owners in the state have joined with sheriffs to form Second Amendment sanctuary counties. That means local authorities will be required to protect Second Amendment rights in the face of any attempt by Virginia's General Assembly to abrogate those rights. Eighty-six counties — over 90% — in the Virginia commonwealth have adopted Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions. Spotsylvania County's board of supervisors voted unanimously to approve a resolution declaring that county police will not enforce state-level gun laws that violate Second Amendment rights.

Sheriff Chad Cubbage said, “Be it be known that the Page Sheriff hereby declares Page County, Virginia, as a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary,' and that the Page County Sheriff hereby declares its intent to oppose any infringement on the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.” Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins made a vow during a board of supervisors meeting, where the board unanimously agreed to declare the county a Second Amendment constitutional county, to “properly screen and deputize thousands of our law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms.”

Don't Do Us Any Favors

In an attempt to appease citizen resistance, Northam suggested there would be a ban on only the sales of semi-automatic rifles. He would allow gun owners to keep their current AR-15s and similar rifles as long as they registered them. Otherwise, they must surrender the rifles. I'd urge Virginians not to fall for the registration trick. Knowing who owns what weapons is the first step to confiscation. Governor Northam further warned, “If we have constitutional laws on the books and law enforcement officers are not enforcing those laws on the books, then there are going to be consequences, but I'll cross that bridge if and when we get to it.” Some Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill say that local police who do not enforce gun control laws should face prosecution and even threats of the use of the National Guard.

Virginians must heed the words and capture the spirit of their two most distinguished citizens, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who wrote the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions. These resolutions referred to the federal government but are just as applicable to state governments in principle.

They said: “Resolved, That the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government … and whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.”

Too many Americans view the Second Amendment as granting Americans the right to own firearms to go hunting and for self-protection. But the framers of our Constitution had no such intent in mind. James Madison, in Federalist Paper No. 46 wrote that the Constitution preserves “the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”

Thomas Jefferson wrote: “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”

Similar quotations about our founders' desire for Americans to be armed against the possible abuses of government can be found at www.walterewilliams.com/quotations/arms/.


Walter E.Williams
Walter E. Williams

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

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NoneYaBiz
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NoneYaBiz

Any legislation passed by the Virginia Legislature will be in direct contradiction and violation of Article 1 Section 13 of the state of Virginia Constitution! To whit: 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, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under… Read more »

DC
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Yes Virginia, there is a S.C., (Sanctuary County, or City). Actually, there are many in the state. They are areas where people are committed to upholding our U.S. Constitution, not just the ill-advised edicts of politicians that are trying to tear down the Bill of Rights and put us in danger. Who is leading the 2nd Ammendment Sanctuary movement? Sherriffs and other Law Enforcement professionals, people that see crime and handle weapons daily. They know, first hand, that the best defence against bad guys with guns, are good guys (& girls) with guns. They also read the facts, published studies… Read more »

Core
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Core

The governor and his “agents” are currently violating Article VI within the US Constitution. Any citizen has the right to remove him from office if the SCOTUS and POTUS will not do it.

JoeUSooner
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JoeUSooner

Governor Northam’s statement “If we have constitutional laws on the books…” is pure manure from the start. Those proposed laws are absolutely NOT constitutional. In any way, shape or form. I do not know what part of “… shall not be infringed.” is beyond that worthless ass’s comprehension, which word is outside his vocabulary, but Northam is a clownish excuse for a public leader. Personally, I quit giving a tinker’s damn about WHAT that jackass and his ilk like, dislike, want, or “demand.” Let them just drive themselves ecstatic writing whatever excuse for legislation (put all the damned ink-on-paper) that… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Joe, wait until Northam gets his “late-term” abortion idea passed, wherein killing newborn’s is okay. We will just refine, as Democrats like to do, the definition of a newborn. We can then just legally abort them. No sense in committing a crime, when it can be done legally.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

How about retroactive abortions? Tyrants and traitors are worthy of that right?

Arm up, carry on.

Boz
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Boz

Northam says, “…but I’ll cross that bridge if and when we get to it.”

That will be the bridge at Lexington and Concord that you will be crossing, guvnuh! Better read a history book.

Taterv92
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Taterv92

Do not all National Guard members take the oath to protect and preserve the Constition of the United States of the United States of America. Anything else would seem to be a direct defiance and subject to a treasonable act.

Arizona
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Arizona

Just because some police officers abuse their office does not mean we should categorize all of them by the actions of those few.

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

I wish people would quit treating the 2nd amendment as if that is where our right to keep and bear arms comes from… Be it UNDERSTOOD! NO ONE has CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS or 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS! PERIOD! OUR rights are based on natural law. They are the rights to life, liberty and property. The rules on the paper (Constitution) explain to those who we are allowing to be agents for us WHAT THEY CANNOT DO. These prohibitions are AGAINST those agents. They are NOT TO infringe on our right to defend ourselves. (Right to bear arms) They are NOT to search… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

C.L. The constitution is law that guarantees the law and righteousness of Scripture has given us already. Mankind is given unalienable rights from the LORD, the constitution, bill of rights, the amendments and even the declaration of independence reflect that fact. No matter what anybody uses for an excuse, the LORD’s existence is clearly seen in nature. You may have meant this? If not, grab your BIBLE and look up Luke 22:36. You will find the MANDATE of the LORD, from the LORD that requires mankind to be armed. There is simply no higher authority than the LORD. It all… Read more »

Arizona
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Arizona

In United States v. Cruikshank (1876), the Supreme Court ruled that, “The right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence. The Second Amendment means no more than that it shall not be infringed by Congress, and has no other effect than to restrict the powers of the National Government.”  The second amendment did not grant a new right, but enshrined and protected a pre-existing right. It was written specifically to prevent Congress and the federal government from interfering with the right to bear arms.

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

Walter E Williams is a beacon of truth that shines bright wherever his writings are placed. Thank you for your service to freedom! If I was in Virginia I wouldn’t register ANYTHING the governor wanted registered in the way of firearms.

Ryben Flynn
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Ryben Flynn

The Governor cannot use the State National Guard to enforce his anti-gun laws if passed. It would be a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act. Excerpt from Naval History and Heritage Command. When has the Army or Air Force been used “to execute the laws”? Existing case law and commentary indicate that “execution of the law” in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act occurs (a) when the armed forces perform tasks ordinarily assigned not to them but to an organ of civil government, or (b) when the armed forces perform tasks assigned to them solely for purposes of civilian government.… Read more »

Finnky
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Finnky

@RF – You misread the Posse Comitatus Act. Restriction is from the FEDERAL government using military for domestic law enforcement. It places no restrictions upon how a state uses their national guard within their own state. In fact, if Northam asks and other states agree – Virginia National Guard could be joined by NG from any combination of adjacent states. Would not surprise me if he does just that – using NG from other states for aggressive “collection” acts and using VA-NG to protect the capital (and himself). After all – VA-NG might have dissention in the ranks when ordered… Read more »

JPM
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JPM

Excellent article. I’m wondering when the term “push back” is going to become “fight back”.

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

Mr. Williams, Thank You Sir for the edification from some of our FOUNDING AUTHORS.

joefoam
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joefoam

Northam continues to sell his anti-gun rhetoric as being for the safety of the citizens. In fact it has nothing to do with safety, it’s all about control and how far he can push it. It seems that the tipping point has been reached there and the citizens have had enough and are pushing back.

Arizona
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Arizona

Or as another document begins… “When in the course of human events…” The Supreme Court noted over 100 years ago in Presser v. State of Illinois (1886) that “It is undoubtedly true that all citizens capable of bearing arms constitute the reserved military force or reserve militia of the United States as well as of the states, and, in view of this prerogative of the general government, as well as of its general powers, the states cannot, even laying the constitutional provision in question out of view, prohibit the people from keeping and bearing arms, so as to deprive the… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

In the 1930’s Hitler registered firearms; “For a kinder, gentler nation” — and the world lived haply ever after. Most of us already know that the 2A defends and preserves all the other rights and freedoms. Those who would trade their freedoms for security will have and deserve neither. Franklin. Tyranny and treason go hand in hand. The 2A is not there just as a defense from outside attack, it’s there to provide the last, final stop to government overreach. Any law that is contrary to Scripture or the constitution is treasonous. Treason has a legitimate, legal and lethal consequence… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Yup, U S A, I listened to her and she is correct. Short of Devine intervention, the 2A, along with the men and women who won’t back down, is all that stands in the way of socialism, communism, terrorism and the left from turning the last of the free worlds best hope into the cesspool of slavery, poverty and no hope of anything getting better. So far their attacks on us have been death by a thousand cuts but now they want the whole enchilada; give us your guns or else. That is tyranny and treason. They are doing the… Read more »

Arizona
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Arizona

Freedom and the Constitution are always only one generation away from being lost.

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

“Most of us already know that the 2A defends and preserves all the other rights and freedoms” REALLY? And here I thought that WE had to do that. But I guess I’m wrong, some writing on a piece of parchment does it. Never mind…Even if there was no 2nd amendment you and everyone else alive have an UNALIENABLE RIGHT to their life, liberty and property. And that means you have an UNALIENABLE right to DEFEND those rights by WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY which is why I just bought an Apache helicopter.

Finnky
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Finnky

@CL – Seriously? If you really did, any way to wrangle a ride?

Degforyou
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Degforyou

ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Will
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Will

@USA,5/8”-3/4” Manila/hemp rope is perfect for stretching traitor necks.