Virginia Deputies Denied Raises over Gun Control Opposition

Richmond Aftermath: Is Dem Gun Control Push Political Suicide? Photo by John Crump
Despite a massive Second Amendment rally in Richmond, Virginia in January, Democrats are pushing gun control and apparently punishing sheriffs' deputies by withholding pay raises because lawmen spoke out against new gun control laws. Photo by John Crump

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- A Virginia State senator and two published reports by competing broadcast news agencies are saying the Democrat majority in the state’s General Assembly rejected a modest pay increase for sheriff’s deputies in the Commonwealth because of widespread law enforcement opposition to new gun control bills.

The controversy is spreading across social media as Reuters is reporting seven of eight gun control proposals on Gov. Ralph Northam’s agenda have advanced out of committee and are close to becoming law.

According to WRIC News, Republican Sen. Bill Stanley revealed in a post on Facebook a few days ago that he had been approached by Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, a Democrat, who told him, “Hey Stanley, you want to know why your sheriffs didn’t get a raise? —because they came to our committees and said that they weren’t going to enforce our laws.”

WRIC subsequently reported Saslaw “declined to do an interview on Monday but confirmed the post was accurate.”

“There’s no need to interview,” Saslaw reportedly told WRIC, “I said it.”

Sen. Stanley’s post has been shared some 20,000 times.

WTVR News quoted Stanley explaining, “Dick is a friend of mine. I love him dearly. He’s never lied to me, so I believe what he said was true that the reason why the sheriffs were not getting a raise is because some sheriffs dared to come up here to the people’s house and declare that they were going to support the Second Amendment of the Constitution and, I guess, that didn’t jive too well with him.”

Saslaw reportedly acknowledged, stating, “All I said was a lot of people are upset that these people come in and say they’re not going to enforce our laws. That’s all.”

Now rights activists from across the country have been weighing in on Sen. Stanley’s post. When Ammoland News checked Stanley’s post, more than 2,700 comments had been posted and more than 8,700 people had reacted.

Other Democrats reportedly also declined interviews on the subject, including Sen. Jane Howell, chair of the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee, WTVR said.

What can be made from all of this? If Democrats now in control in Richmond represent the attitude of the entire party—and many rights activists believe they do—it increases the likelihood that the 2020 “gun vote” could be massive.

Virginia taught American gun owners something about sitting out an election, and about how far and how fast Democrats will push their gun control agenda. Beto O’Rourke, with his “Hell, yes!” declaration wasn’t just an anomaly, he was saying what his fellow Democrats were thinking. At least, that’s how many in the Second Amendment movement see things, and they have “20/20 vision.”

Gov. Northam has made no secret about his desire to ratchet down on gun rights as tightly as he can. Democrats in the General Assembly appear to be telling Old Dominion lawmen and women they will be punished for daring to stand up to legislative demagoguery.

While the Northam agenda was not completely fulfilled—he did not get the desired ban on so-called “assault weapons”—WSLS confirmed other measures are moving including so-called “universal background checks,” the revived “one handgun per month” restriction, a “red flag” law, elimination of the on-line option to obtain a concealed carry permit, a ban on guns on school grounds, allowing local control over banning guns in public places and increasing penalties for not reporting stolen or lost firearms.

Grassroots Second Amendment activists have been reminding their fellow shooters that Everytown for Gun Safety, the group started and bankrolled by anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg—now a Democrat candidate for the presidency—spent a reported $2.5 million to flip the Virginia legislature via its Action Fund last year. Bloomberg’s campaign has spent hundreds of millions of dollars nationally and is heavily touting his record on gun control.

While the issue was not discussed during the debate in Las Vegas, which was Bloomberg’s disastrous first appearance with other Democratic hopefuls, it could come up at future encounters. The issue cannot be swept under a rug with more than 100 million gun owners’ votes up for grabs.


About Dave WorkmanDave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books #add on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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chiefton
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chiefton

And 2A patriots propose a removal team for the gun removal team. And by that I mean arresting them with warrants obtained by pro 2A judges and tried for treason in front of 2A jurists. After that, they will be punished per the Constitution which they are ignoring.

ras52
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ras52

Bill Stanley, if Saslaw is your friend and you love him dearly, I think you need to find new friends! Saslaw is pure evil!

None
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None

All we can do is vote straight red the dems played their hand and there are a bunch of Republicans here in Florida that took Bloomberg money too that need to go as gun owners unless we squash them at the ballot in November we”LL be shooting them by the next summer
Revolution seems to be what they want as they sure didn’t listen to us in Virginia at the ralley

Circle8
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Circle8

Remember when politicians had class and agreed to disagree but still worked for the betterment of the people and the state. Our big problem now is democrats think they are God and if you do not do THEIR bidding you are RACISTS and must be punished. I believe history tells us that democrats organized the KKK, Laws restricting the Black mans opportunities with killings and laws to prevent their progress and still do so today. I am all too familiar with democrat prejudices. I was raised in a good country and even served in that country’s military but our country… Read more »

loveaduck
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loveaduck

You had to know revenge was coming. These people are what horses leave behind as they walk.

Morrigan
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Morrigan

Little Dick Tater wanna-bes get cranky when anyone defies their Constitution shredding
‘dictats, huh?

vbirddogs
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vbirddogs

Good time for the citizens to take back their State by force. Definitely have the law enforcement on their side, since they’re not gonna get paid. Midget-Mike’s minions are gonna start a war in this country!!!

Finnky
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Finnky

Start a collection to supplement your county sheriff’s budget for paying the deputies. Only fair since they are getting dinged for standing on principle. Wouldn’t hurt to clarify who they work for.

gregs
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gregs

“either you agree with what we want or we will punish you any way possible” said Lefty.

gregs
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gregs

oh yea, that will never be abused.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@USA, Good info. Californians better get on their feet.

MICHAEL J
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MICHAEL J

What a bunch of vindictive babies. Obviously the wrong people are in charge of the purse strings.
Time to clean house.

Core
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Core

Article VI Northam TF OUT!

StWayne
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StWayne

Screw voting them out, there’s no time for that because next will come your healthcare, your retirement fund, and quite possibly your job within Law Enforcement, as each and every person involved will be slow-walked to a review board where they will receive a less that satisfactory job performance review, for which they will be terminated over, and replaced with boots that are willing to demonstrate their ability to walk in lockstep with the powers that be. To thwart what you know is coming, you arm up, and en mass, and physically throw them out of office. Reason #1: These… Read more »

JDT
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JDT

Exactly the reason the 2nd ammendment was created. Give Americans the power to overthrow tyranny.

PMinFl
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PMinFl

Another good article ,Dave, how do we get this information out to the general public? Somehow it has to be presented on the “big three” network news broadcasts. Any suggestions?

gregs
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gregs

post it to all the social media outlets you have, it will get be seen by more people that way than on the lame stream media outlets, nobody watches them anymore.

ShooterOne
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ShooterOne

THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING!!! They will use any means possible whether legal, illegal, moral, immoral, constitutional, unconstitutional, etc. They do not believe us when we say “WE WILL NOT COMPLY”. I hope it doesn’t come to a war but until they are defeated they will continue to nibble away at the Second Amendment and our personal rights. STAND AGAINST THEM ANY WAY WE CAN, NEVER LET THEM CONFISCATE ONE GUN OR WIN A SINGLE COURT CASE AGAINST A GUN OWNER.

Cruiser
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Cruiser

Best way, is to vote them out.
Shame on any Gun Owner who votes Democrat!

Rock
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Rock

Dems and liberals moving an open flame closer to a fuse they do not want to light…

None
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None

Damn right they are and they are so used to sheeple they really think we will comply and not fight back They keep pissing on us and we are the wrong people to keep shoving on
I for one was fed up when Obama got voted into office and have only gotten madder since
I am ready

Terry
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Terry

Now that sounds peri, vindictive and childish.

Oh that’s right we’re talking about Democrats.

Justista
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Justista

Here in Missouri the sheriff’s position is a county job with pay set by county commission.

DonP
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DonP

Democrats have been regularly claiming that President Trump is acting like a tyrant, despot, king, etc. in an attempt to make Americans think he is not doing his job properly. The problem with that attempt is that if it were true, the president is doing a lousy job of trying to be a tyrant, despot, king, etc. What is the first thing that those type of rulers do?… take away the the ability of the citizens to protect themselves. They take away their guns. Who IS trying to take away the American citizens’ guns? The democrats! Trump supports the second… Read more »

gregs
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gregs

lefties have always been and always will be hypocrites and liars. the lamestream media will never call them out because it advances their agenda, a supplicant society.

Stripeseven
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Stripeseven

Sounds like the creation of a hostile work environment with a lot of retaliation attached..

Red Falcon 1325
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Red Falcon 1325

Don’t forget, politicians still have to drive around, and should adhere strictly to the motor vehicle code.

Cruiser
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Cruiser

Hope they’re excellent drivers.

lktraz
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lktraz

More truthfully, politicians’ CHAUFFER/DRIVERs have to drive them around so, it won’t matter because they don’t care a bit about “the hired help”.

Gregory Peter DuPont
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Gregory Peter DuPont

You had a good chance to lose Blackface Infanticide and his Lt. Governor Daterape.
Don’t squander your momentum again.
AGGRESSIVELY out and report/Livestream all of their rampant scumbaggery,vote fraud,ballot stuffing etc.
EXPECT a lot of ” new faces” among the usual suspects,and expect them to be both provocatively violent and aggressive.
Don’t take no $hit,but expect entrapment attempts to taint the narrative.

COJONES
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COJONES

This democrat revenge proves again that you get exactly what you allow. The democrats have been the Enemy Within since the beginning of the country and they gain more ground every year, yet the other side fights the enemy with votes and prayers and are the complete laughing stock of the democrats. The democrats are way smart, Give about half of the country guns and a bunch of idiotic hobbling rules and pit both sides against each other in a losing squabbling match during which the democrats steal the country and enslave the population. See it worked. The guns at… Read more »

nrringlee
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nrringlee

File this under “You Shall Be Made To Care.” If you do not toe the party line the party will hang you at the end of a short line. Here is the bottom line. Liberty is a burden under the best of conditions. When confronted by thugs and totalitarians, or better said progressives and leftists those who stand for liberty must be willing to wager their lives, property and sacred honor. Take a walk through any national cemetery or any VA hospital and remind yourself that your freedom came at a dear price. You may never be asked to pay… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

Dont forget the new bill being put forth by the Communist Party of America (democrats) that will punish Leo’s further by taking their pensions and every other benefit if they continue to side with The People against their agenda. Has nobody else heard this yet? It’s clearly related to this story.

Will Flatt
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The Commiecrats’ actions are just going to push all of these lawmen – AND ALL OF THEIR FAMILIES – to vote GOP next election! Good job, Dimocrats!

Finnky
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Finnky

@WillFlatt – Unfortunately they don’t care. LEO + families are ~1% of the electorate. How many people just hate LEO on general principles?

Will Flatt
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It’s attitudes like yours that keeps change from happening. Lawmen come from a cross-section of the society they serve. Without getting into the wrong stuff that some cops do [that you allude to], consider this: Cops have families. Those families have friends. These are average people and they know other average people. There is influence among this slice of our society. And they tend to vote conservative to begin with. When leftist politicians essentially slap them in the face like this, they’re motiviating these people to dim their view of these politicians, and that translates into less people voting for… Read more »

Link
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Link

And that Is why gun owners should be registered as Democrats.
First off you get two chances to vote them out, first in the primary and then in the general elections.
Then when you tell them you are against gun control and are one of there registered voters the numbers matter.

The only way to change the democrap party is from the inside.
They are not going away.

Will Flatt
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ThE oNlY wAy To ChAnGe ThE dEmOcRaT pArTy Is FrOm ThE iNsiDe!!

Fat chance. Dumb move. Better to RICO this criminal enterprise and everyone in it, seize their assets, outlaw it, and send the worst apples like Hitlery to Gitmo.

Some guy
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Some guy

When you are infested with cockroaches, you don’t dress up as a cockroach and try to change them. You exterminate them.
So tired of listening to the sheep about protesting and voting. None of it is going to do anything. You are going to have to exterminate the cockroaches.

Bubba
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Bubba

The only thing going away is the term “Democrat Party”.
Please refer to it from now on as:

“The First United Communist Kingdom Empowering Radical Socialists” movement. Or “FUCKERS” for short.

Or

God bless America, Donald Trump, and all of you out there fighting for our Constitutional Rights.
While we still have a Constitution.

Knute
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Knute

Link: They ARE, indeed, going the way of the Whigs. No organization lasts forever. It just requires a long term view to be able to see that!

BowserB
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BowserB

Dave, you said it in one sentence: “Virginia taught American gun owners something about sitting out an election…” I hope that is true. 124 million gun owners–assuming they don’t want to become “former gun owners”–dare not sit out another election. The 2018 election that turned the House of Representatives Democrat had a total turnout of 118 million voters. That’s just under 50% of Americans eligible to vote, bothered to vote. The left is motivated by freebees and fake safety. We’ve got to be more motivated and vote. No matter if the GOP candidate is not your favorite. You saw what… Read more »

Terry
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Terry

Amen!

Vern
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Vern

It looks like the democrats are bound and determined to swell the ranks of the GOP this fall, that is, if they don’t start a war before then.

Will Flatt
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If they start it, then we’ll finish it, and them. We’re reasonable people until we’re backed into a corner; at which point we’ll be forced to do unreasonable things.

Some guy
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Some guy

You’ve already been backed into a corner, the corner is getting squeezed smaller and smaller……yet you’ve done nothing. And 99.9% of you will never do anything.

Will Flatt
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OK doomer.

We only need 3%, and that’s easily achieved. You forget there’s a LOT of people who don’t say squat, who will boog when things break loose. Unless you’re the direct descendant of Nostradamus, I’ll keep faith with fellow patriots!

Some guy
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Some guy

There isn’t going to be a war. These sheep will still be protesting when the democrats are herding them from the trains into the showers.

Will Flatt
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OK DOOMER. Keep your blackpills, nobody’s gonna swallow for you.

option31
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option31

This proves just how arrogant/stupid these people. They have no idea on history, go clear back to the Romans. Even they knew they had to keep the military / LEO’s on their side. No despot has lasted long without their support. This is a positive outcome for us

BowserB
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BowserB

Good luck to a VA state legislator who has to call 911.

tetejaun
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tetejaun

Sure. I hear all the time how every communist democrat in Washington, D.C, is shaking in their shoes over GOA……NOT!
GOA talks a good fight but does darn little. They do cater to the HALO and Call of Duty wimps, though, who whine about a toy bump stock.

Will Flatt
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GOA/GOF does more in a day than the NRA does in a year. NRA begs for donations to pay for Whiny LaPee-yew’s royal wardrobe and his antigun Outside Attorney while GOA & FPC file and WIN lawsuits!! GOA and FPC are reaching out to minorities and supporting them where the NRA does squat. We all know you hate GOA, FPC and all the other non-NRA groups, so you can go pound sand, Elmer.

Some guy
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Some guy

Well they sure aren’t worried about the NRA.

Ansel Hazen
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Ansel Hazen

Seems Virginia is another state that needs the #Boogaloo.

tetejaun
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tetejaun

The Virginia Tree of Liberty needs refreshing…now.

Will Flatt
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Yes it does. Many do. It’s coming. Time to recruit some Roof Koreans.

Doszap
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Doszap

I WILL be amazed if VA doesn’t flip RED in November,every body and their DOGS should vote RED.

Superman
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Superman

‘Succession’? Talk about just plain stupid. FIND A DICTIONARY AND USE IT!

BowserB
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BowserB

Spelling and grammar matter. They can make the difference in people’s reaction to what you have to say. It only takes a minute to look up a word online. Secession is different from succession. I wouldn’t zing the writer for the error, but subconsciously I might think less of his opinion. Like most here, I already have a low opinion of the kid who calls himself Superman.

Terry
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Terry

Nailed it on all points. Especially the last!

Will Flatt
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Superturd, you’re such a spelling & grammar Nazi. Go pound sand!

Terry
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Terry

Will, that’s really insulting to mules.

Knute
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Knute

“Deputies Denied Raises”
So, as the money continues to shout, the question becomes: When will the sheep listen to the soft whispers of truth?

Knute
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Knute

And yet the sheeple are NOT deaf. Only so deeply sunk into the denial of reality (cognitive dissonance), that they will soon forget even how to process oxygen. The beast that controls them cannot be beaten with weapons alone. If the sheeple will just stop feeding it, it will eat itself, in its unending search to consume all that exists. “It only stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to… Read more »