OK, I am not a Virginian, yet, but will be early next month, and it seems people like me are drawing the scorn of the Cult of Gun Control. Bearing Arms ha s a piece today that shows just how low the opinion of people who grasp liberty is among gun control zealots who are really bent out of shape because counties in Virginia are making clear they will not enforce any new draconian gun control measures the left is dreaming of passing
I think strategically, this was a bad move by gun control advocates. If, as they claim, these Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions are meaningless, it would be far better to ignore them than attack the movement as a “fairy tale” led by “a traveling circus of AR-15 toting white men”, which is exactly what Lori Hass, the executive director of the Virginia Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has done in a column for the Roanoke Times newspaper. For something that’s supposedly not a threat to her gun control agenda, she sounds awfully bothered.
The handful of counties in Virginia that have passed these symbolic gestures are mostly rural, conservative areas. They have been bombarded with Van Cleave and his followers, armed to the teeth demanding sanctuary from policies that are supported by 90% of Virginia citizens. Requiring universal background checks or establishing an Extreme Risk Protection Order in Virginia will do nothing to infringe on the rights of law-abiding, responsible gun owners in the Commonwealth. All of the bills in the governor’s package presented this past summer have been upheld by courts across the country.
None of them have been upheld by the Supreme Court, though the Court certainly hasn’t heard every challenge to a gun law that’s come before it. More importantly, Haas is wrong when she says that universal background checks and a red flag law won’t infringe on the rights of legal gun owners. That’s exactly who these laws target. It’s criminals who illegally possess firearms that are ignored by virtually every one of Ralph Northam’s proposals.
Haas also conveniently leaves out bills that would turn Virginians into felons if they hang on to their semi-automatic rifles. As the National Shooting Sports Foundation points out:
Virginia Democrat State Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, who represents portions of Alexandria, Fairfax County and Falls Church, all suburbs of Washington D.C., sponsored S.B. 16, which would prohibit the sale, transfer and possession of so-called “assault firearms” and certain magazines. Violating the measure would be a state felony.
The text of the proposed legislation goes further than the states with the strictest of gun control laws. If passed, Virginia’s lawmakers would instantly turn lawful owners of America’s most popular-selling centerfire rifle into instant felons, unless they dispossess themselves of their legally purchased modern sporting rifle. There are way more than 16 million modern sporting rifles in private ownership in America. While the exact number of these popular rifles in Virginia isn’t known as state-specific estimates don’t exist, it’s important to note there is no proposed grandfather clause to exempt the likely several hundreds of thousands of rifles already in legal possession or even to register them.
State Sen. Dick Saslaw, who represents a blue district in the D.C. suburbs of Fairfax County, has introduced SB 18, a gun control bill that not only imposes universal background checks on firearms transfers, but makes it a “Class 1 misdemeanor for any person knowingly to authorize a child under the age 18 to use a firearm except when the person is under the supervision of an adult.”
When I was in Amelia County last night, I heard several folks in the crowd talking about their kids not being able to go hunting or plinking on their own property if this bill passes, and by my reading, that’s exactly right. In fact, the bill would prohibit juveniles from being able to access a firearm in self-defense, even if you’ve taught your daughter how to use a firearm and believe she’s responsible enough to use one if necessary. If she’s home alone, she better not have access to a gun. If she uses one in self-defense against a burglar, Sen. Saslaw wants the state to argue that the girl would’ve been better off not being able to protect herself, and to charge mom and dad with a misdemeanor.
Miscreants like Saslaw and Hass do not believe in liberty in any meaningful form. They are of the left, and, as such are Collectivists. Collectivists, are, of course, the mortal enemies of Individualism, which embraces natural rights. No natural right is more essential than a right to self-defense. Thus, no natural right more is detested by the left than that right. This is why we cannot sacrifice such a right, or any portion of it on the false altar of “common sense legislation”. Never forget this folks.