Virginia Rising Against The Advancing Political Sickness

Opinion By Alan J Chwick & Joanne D Eisen
“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” ~ Mao Tse Tung Nov, 1938

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State of Virginia Flag, Sic semper tyrannis is a Latin phrase meaning “thus always to tyrants”. It suggests that bad outcomes will or should befall tyrants. iStock-ronniechua

Virginia, USA – -( Most gun owners know Mao’s quote, but few remember the entire statement. Mao wrote, “Every Communist must grasp the truth; Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” You can bet that US democrats fully understand this truth and so, hysterically, fear weapons possessed by the voting civilians who have educated themselves about the failures of leftwing societies.

Our Founding Fathers knowingly stole that possibility of a violent coup from any group who might have hopes of trying. We may willingly give away our sovereignty, but it cannot be taken from us.

But the forces of the Left, and of big government, keep trying to disarm the peaceful civilians.

Recently, in Virginia, Democrats gained political power of the Executive and Legislative (House of Delegates and Senate) Branches and quickly prefiled new restrictive firearms laws. We know that the new laws will affect the law-abiding gun owners and not the criminal element in society. They include so-called “assault rifle” bans, Universal Background Checks, and Red Flag Laws.

It would appear that Democrats have an uncanny ability to choose the most harmful path for our society to take, and then, lie about how great life will be when we all obey their demands – NO DISSENT ALLOWED.

You know they’re lying when they rant about a safer society. Virginia AG Mark Herring promised, “The law is the law … What we’re talking about here are laws that will make our communities and our streets safer.”

Virginia’s Governor, Ralph Northam is selling the proposed laws as a path to a better society. He says, “Things like universal background checks… getting rid of bumpstocks, high volume magazines, red-flag laws…are common-sense pieces of legislation… and because of that Virginia will be safer.”

We all know that restrictive gun laws do not work as promised because of the thriving black market. We all know that peaceful societies do not result from restrictive laws.

Gun banners know they are intentionally lying, but at least this Democrat lie is fully outdated. Gunowners no longer react to it the way Northam thinks they will. We are finished with such lies.

Democrats then made a great error. Feeling drunk with power, they gleefully leaked their intent to use government power to implement those laws. Virginia Rep. Don McEachin said, “…the governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law.”

Virginians quickly responded. As of this writing, almost all of Virginia’s 95 counties have declared themselves to be Second Amendment Sanctuaries, where the new laws would not be enforced.

As per Philip Van Cleave, President of Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), even some blue counties, like Accomack County, where Gov. Northam was raised, have declared themselves a Second Amendment Sanctuaries.

Although Democrats have used the word ‘sanctuary‘ recently to indicate that they would not abide by laws with which they disagreed with, the Democrat Attorney General Mark Herring refused to accept the legality of these new events. He declared, “localities and local constitutional officers cannot nullify state laws and must comply.” Now, isn’t that just like the current breed of Democrats?

He is hypocritically wrong! The passion of Virginians can nullify those laws with their ballots, their juries, and with massive civil resistance and disobedience. If Dems think they can essentially eliminate police protections required by society, which is not a Constitutional Right, gun owners can nullify laws designed to prevent legal gun possession and self-defense, which is a Constitutional Right.

However, if Virginians fail, and Dems successfully impose these restrictive laws and regulations on firearms owning Virginians, the way Gov. Cuomo did in New York State, the Democrats will be emboldened to continue the trend of passing even more restrictions, also the way Cuomo did.

Cuomo recently signed into law four more “gun safety bills.” touted as “significant progress…advocated for over many years” by the gun banner New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

In New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, a.k.a the SAFE Act, which became law in January 2013. It was a law banning new so-called ‘assault weapons’, requiring registration of grandfathered weapons, universal background checks, unless between family members, and many other restrictions. Its purpose was to create a database of NY State long gun owners.

In New York, 52 of 62 counties passed angry resolutions, and many upstate law departments intend to not enforce the SAFE Act provisions. A very large majority failed to register their grandfathered weapons. Only 23,847 people registered 44,485 guns. It is estimated that up to one million guns, or more, are still not registered.

But those NYS gun owners are no longer law-abiding citizens. If discovered, say during divorce procedures, because an Order of Protection was issued, they face the possibility of years in jail.

We still do not know how well Virginians will fair, in staving off this Constitutional attack. A march is planned, and hopefully, a groundswell of well-led and organized opposition will spring up.

The forward-thinking Philip Van Cleave (VCDL President), told us in a recent interview, that they “hope, at the end of all of this, to roll back some of the useless gun laws all across this country, including New York.”

It will be about the character and resolve of the gun owners who are the Commonwealth of Virginia. Are they up to the task? Mr. Van Cleave thinks so.

We should all be rooting for and supporting them.

How they act will affect the rest of us.

If the Virginians fail to repeal these new laws, gun ownership will still mostly be legal, but the slippery slope will become more slippery. No one yet knows what the final restrictions will be. Self-defense will still be legal, but many common self-defense firearms will not. Although other firearms could substitute at this time, the democrats would feel very comfortable banning many more guns that frightened them.

The Democrats could, and would, expand the list of banned weapons, increase penalties, increase reasons to invoke Red Flag Laws, and slowly pinch away the strength of the Second Amendment.

In effect, gun banners would then, slowly, criminalize guns and gun owners, until, like what they did in the United Kingdom, the right to own firearms and use them for self-defense, would no longer exist.

The Second Amendment has enemies and is only as strong as its defenders.

Right now, Virginia is the bellwether state, to be the indicator of the Second Amendment’s future, and the leader of our culture, to stop THE ADVANCING SICKNESS of the Left. Sic semper tyrannis, let us see if they hold true to their flag?

About the Authors:

Alan J Chwick has been involved with firearms much of his life and is the Retired Managing Coach of the Freeport NY Junior Marksmanship Club. He has escaped New York State to South Carolina and is currently an SC FFL & Gunsmith  ( [email protected] | TWITTER: @iNCNF

Joanne D Eisen, DDS (Ret.) practiced dentistry on Long Island, NY. She has collaborated and written on firearm politics for the past 30+ years. She has also escaped New York State but to Virginia. [email protected]

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Deplorable Bill

It sure looks like history is about to repeat itself. It has already gone through the part about the colonies, king George and parliament. How far is it to Lexington and Concord? Not very far now.

Arm up, carry on.

Will Flatt

Just a couple clicks at this point.


Yep. Colonel Smith told off three companies and detailed them to “secure” the North Bridge at Concord. When Isaac Davis’ men of the Acton Militia approached taht bridge determined to cross it, because they wanted to stop the town from burning up thanks to the crazy Lobsterbacks, the Brits, without orders, fired upon the Yanks, one volley. Two men dropped dead (one of them being Isaac Davis) one more lightly grazed (Luther Blanchard, the fifer), Davis’ men, despite the loss of their beloved and supremely competent leader, returned one volley, then reloaded and returned a second with half a minute.… Read more »


I don’t wish to nag, but we need to remember that the current state of Virginia was preventable. Republicans and conservatives voting could have–indeed would have–made the outcome different. Ten minutes in the voting booth is better than ten hours of protests after the fact. The lesson of Virginia must be learned by the rest of the nation. 124 million gun owner VOTING will make the difference…or we can just sit at home and wait for the confiscators.


They seem to view their victory in the elections as a mandate, despite the fact that Republicans gained 37,000 more votes than Democrats. If a mere 9.6% of the population (823,000 Democratic voters) can dictate to the other 90% of the population what it can and cannot do, and make felons out of millions of law-abiding gun owners with the stroke of a pen, that is tyranny. One need only look at the Virginia flag to see what Virginians think of tyrants.


Thinking about it or doing something about it. Which will we as a nation, do?
Tyranny, effects everyone.

Courageous Lion - Hear Me Roar - Jus Meum Tuebor

I look at it like this…IS LIFE SO SWEET and PEACE SO DEAR as to be purchased with chains and slavery? I know not course others may take but as for me..>GIVE ME MY LIBERTY OR I’LL GIVE YOU YOUR DEATH<! If 330 million Americans voted to take away my unalienable right to keep and bear arms, I'd start loading 330 million rounds of ammunition and I would start killing every one of those 330 million because they have DECLARED WAR ON ME and that is what you do to people who have declared war on you! He who attempts… Read more »


The last time I suggested this one commenter replied that if he registered to vote he might be chosen for jury duty. I just wanted to hang my head and cry.

“In a democracy, the people end up with the government and leaders they deserve”
Joseph De Maistre


Bingo !!!I posted the same thing yesterday a PRIVILEGE TO SERVE your country, is ducked by WAY to many gun owners and citizens.
Serving on a Jury is supposed to be a FREE mans right and duty, sadly we are apathetic.

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Bowser, and this is just my opinion. It seems that if more people turned out to vote things most likely would be different in Virginia, this has been said more than a few times here. Getting straight to the point of my opinion this very well may be a good thing for the country. The democrats have woken a sleeping giant and their actions just may be uniting 2A supporters, Constitutionalists and patriots in the entire country. We need to be united and for many foolish reasons we haven’t and sadly bickering with the the very people that want basically… Read more »


Yep, you got that right!

It’s very easy to blame the crackpots that got elected for what they’re about to do, but voter turn-out was 40%. How’s that “I won’t lower myself to voting for a RINO” working for you now, Vrginia? It’s not working out so well for me!

Heed the Call-up

M4, you have no idea what you are talking about. My district had a large voter turn out. Unfortunately the county district included a piece of the city where they far our number the total population in the county district. The pro-rights candidate won handily in the county, but lost in the small piece of the city, so lost the election. It was impossible to win, even if all the county voters voted pro-rights, there would not have been enough votes.


True,there is no excuse, in Texas we have early voting, and mail in ballot voting for those that are physically unable to get to a station.Waiting till the last week before the election is a great way to TALK oneself out of standing in lines.

Heed the Call-up

And when you do vote and it gets nullified by a gerrymandered district? The pro-rights candidate in my county district won handily in the county by a good margin. Unfortunately, the district also had a piece of the city that has many more voters than the county part of the district. He ended up losing by several thousand votes. There was also a large voter turn out in a highly contested election.

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If,and WHEN the DEMS sign these Bills into law( I am sure they will pass them,because they are too ARROGANT to know what it may cost them), there will be NO COMPLIANCE, and NO ONE to enforce them. Anyone who tries will be shot.(As in a possible into into a Revolution #2) Democrats need to realize they cannot be GOD and totally ignore the CONSTITUTION and the laws of this land without consequences. It’s to the point(and hardly anyone realizes it that IF the Dems gain control of the entire Congress and presidency whatever they pass NO ONE will comply,IMO).… Read more »


Turns out to be a prank.

jack mac

Doszap: It would be our suppression of the insurrection of our public servants against the authority of private citizens.


I guess the mask is truly off. The lie that they are not coming for you guns is being shown to be a fact. If you want confiscation, if you want to lose your 2A rights, if you want to lose your right to assemble, if you want to lose the right to speak your mind, along with several others, vote democrat. Then be prepared to have yourselves taxed into oblivion to pay for all the social programs and enforcement of all the others enacted. This is what happens when democrats are allowed to run unabated.


Most here know that any new laws passed in Virginia or that have passed in NY. Have been in NY anyway not paid any attention too. Compliance has been near zero. Little Napoleon can do whatever he wants in NY. The citizens have told him take a flying leap off the nearest cliff. Same pretty much here in Florida. Own a bump stock a crank trigger device. You still have it. No one anywhere has willingly given up anything. Nor turned in anything in any meaningful amounts. Nor will they ever.

Will Flatt

I hear Tyrant Cuomo (Fredo’s bro) outlawed gun sales (even private ones) that do not include a mental health evaluation FIRST. We’re just one more day closer to the cowabunga!!


Even so, if you are in violation and get caught you are a felon and can be restricted from ever legally purchasing a firearm. Better to get the laws repealed.


Look at it like it this, since gun laws only affect the law abiding citizens, and if you were to get convicted of a felony, you can own all the guns you want! This seems to be the way it works.


“By definition, a politician is a narcissist. Here you have an individual who believes that he/she has the power to change the world. In their mind, this person truly believes that they can make a difference, introduce life-changing bills, make medical care and college free, food stamps for everyone, clean air, legal drugs; You name it, they can do it. Because they have that much power.”
Banji Ganchrow

jack mac

JIAZ: Narcissist, are psychopaths who only satisfies their own greed and desires. They only pretend to do good for others to gain power to achieve their desires.

Will Flatt

“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of the people they oppress.”
– Fredrick Douglass


Does VA have a recall provision. If so the effort should have already been started and the petitions should be out.

Charlie Foxtrot

Yes, VA has a recall provision. The VA legislature is in the process to make recalls harder by increasing the number of signatures needed and decreasing the time in which they need to be gathered. Also, recalls in VA do go to a court for trial, so the reason needs to be solid to pass the judiciary.


Lying while taking the oath of office to support and defend the Constitution should be enough. Perjury.

Charlie Foxtrot

Reasons for recall in VA are:

– Neglect of duty
– Misuse of office
– Incompetence in the performance

Everyone has opinions on political matters. Proving any of the above reasons in court is a different matter. There will be a defense!

Given that gun control bills have been PROPOSED and are being DISCUSSED, but have not been PASSED and ENACTED and have not been CHALLENGED in the courts, a recall petition now would be putting the cart before the horse.


Abuse of Power. Violation of constitutional rights of citizens.

Charlie Foxtrot

@donfranko: Given that any recall petition in VA goes to the courts, you need to PROVE that! So, other than hurting your feelings, what did Governor Blackface do that is considered “abuse of power” or “violation of constitutional rights of citizens”? Not a single gun control law has been passed, enacted or challenged in this legislative session.

PS: Here is the actual law:


Luckily he is one term limited,but he will do as much damage as he can.VA’s job is to get every person available to the polls, and clean house next election.Appears you are going to be hog tied until the next election, and find a way for the GOP takeover to GET ALL OF HIS crap off the books.


It’s not sickness, it’s evil.


It’s simple. The democrats hate America


Poor Joanne.. at the time you bailed on New York the State of Virginia looked pretty solid and safe. I had considered going there myself. But Bloomie targetted the place and now you’r back in the frying pan.
Keep slogging… it appears there may be an awakening. I hope this spreads accross the land. Many other states are tied up in Bloomies knot, too.


Minnie Mike doesn’t need to win the presidency. He can bribe state governments and get any law he wants passed


I voted in Virginia on Nov 5. I voted against these radical anti-gun, anti-American zealots. Unfortunately, only 40% of Virginians bothered to vote that day. How many people now complaining about the pending loss of rights (not just 2A!) didn’t bother to vote, or – even worse – voted for a Democrat or 3rd party??


Your states election, and the end result(Dem control )was from OPEN SEATS, and NO GOP people ran,the DEMS did.
The question is WHY did VA GOP folks not run in these open seats.?.
Easy to win when you are the only horse in the race

Heed the Call-up

The pro-rights delegate in my district lost. Many seats were lost – not in no contest districts. There are also districts where Dems do not run – for the same reason – they can’t win, too heavily controlled by one party.

Heed the Call-up

M4, I voted. My vote was canceled because the county district, where the pro-rights delegate had a large victory margin in the county, had a small part of the district, though many more votes Democrat – more than 10,000 more than the total number of all eligible voters in the county. There was no way to make-up that difference. We also had a heavy turn out.

You can shove your bs up you know where.

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Country Boy

The time has come to impeach Dem Gov.of Va. “Gun Nazi Northam”, and tar and feather him afterwards….BTW… make sure to apply the tar to make him appear to be in “blackface”…… and please… be more careful who you vote for from now on….


And just who is going to impeach him? On Nov 5, VA gave the legislature to people just like him.


Only the President of the United States can nationalize a state’s national guard. Nationalized means for the nation. Many state national guards were nationalized after 9/11. The nationalization allowed the President to deploy guard units to Afghanistan and Iraq. A state’s governor by definition cannot nationalize the guard or anything else. The National Guard belongs to the state, organically. It is under the command of the governor. Governors activate their National Guard during emergencies declared by the Governor, such as tornadoes, hurricanes,flood, riots and other events.

Charlie Foxtrot

The term used is federalized, not nationalized, which is just another sign of the incompetence of Democratic Virginia Representative Donald McEachin! Just don’t ever try to make sense of the garbage spewed by such idiots.

The federal Posse Comitatus Act does not apply under state active duty status, by the way. The National Guard can be activated by the Governor to fulfill police duties. It ain’t wise to do that, though.

Courageous Lion - Hear Me Roar - Jus Meum Tuebor

It’s the “other events” that could prove to be an issue. Like creating the sanctuaries. Who knows what the black face psychopathic control freak is waking his wife up in the middle of the night to tell her of his latest totalitarian ideas is thinking.


Never, ever, give up your rights to self defense!


Unfortunately, looking at the NY SAFE Act and California gun laws, it is easy to see where all this is going. WHEN ELECTED TO TOTAL DEMOCRAT CONTROL, DEMOCRATS WILL WIELD THEIR POWER WITH SMUG IMPUNITY TO DISARM YOU! They do not fear PEACEFUL protests. They do not fear litigation. The do not care about polite lobbying. They do not care about your “rights” – they just took them away. THE LAWS ARE ON THE BOOKS (SOON ENOUGH) VA is now NY. Once ON the books – it is damn near IMPOSSIBLE to get them OFF the books. In a “Second… Read more »


@KK – They are simultaneously playing the long game. If you retain your newly banned possessions – it is dangerous to train your family or friends. We all know how poorly children keep secrets – only takes a teacher reporting an overheard rumor to send SWAT breaking down your door. So you keep your AR, but your children never learn the skills to use it and it is very hard to build a network – because absolute trust must be built before engaging in joint training of any sort. As you say, when you die – your kids don’t see… Read more »

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“THE SUPREME COURT IS THE ONLY ANSWER!” No, the ONLY answer is going to be this…


Virginians and supporters

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Courageous Lion - Hear Me Roar - Jus Meum Tuebor

Somewhere, some time, there is going to be a second shot heard round the world. These fools are making themselves targets because they are traitors to “our” Constitution and to their oaths of office. They are, for all intents, making declarations of WAR on the ordinarily peaceful, “law abiding” gun owners of Virginia and other localities around the US. They are going to keep pushing and pushing and pushing and then ONE DAY…someone is going to take aim at the “leadership” behind this communist takeover of the US and place a well aimed shot into their head. And that will… Read more »