October 23, 2020

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2nd Amendment sanctuaries in Virginia

2nd Amendment Sanctuaries in Virginia

Introduction

Virginia’s blackface-wearing Governor and now far-left legislature plan to pass and implement confiscatory gun laws this coming January and join the leftist states with restrictive gun laws. Because I live in Virginia for college, it’s something I’m following closely. Luckily, not all Americans have forgotten the importance of the 2nd Amendment. Some of those patriots are creating a network of 2nd Amendment sanctuaries in Virginia.

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What is a 2nd Amendment sanctuary and how widespread are these 2nd Amendment sanctuaries in Virginia? Both of those are reasonable questions you’re probably asking. Well, luckily for us all, the National Review recently published an article about these 2nd Amendment sanctuaries in Virginia that answers both questions!

Before starting with the article, I’d just like to clarify one thing about the 2nd Amendment and laws restricting it. The 2nd Amendment says “shall not be infringed.” That means all gun laws, even the “common sense” gun control laws liberals supposedly like, are unconstitutional. AR-15s are just as protected as hunting rifles, even if liberals want to confiscate them to create a disarmed populace.

The patriots at Lexington and Concord stood up to defend their gun rights. Now, it’s looking like patriots in Virginia might need to do the same. And remember, they might try to pass buybacks off as something other than confiscation. But make no mistake, gun buybacks are gun confiscation by another name, which is something recognized by the patriots creating the 2nd Amendment sanctuaries in Virginia.



The Article about 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries in Virginia:

First, author Robert Verbruggen writes about what the 2nd Amendment sanctuaries in Virginia are:

[2nd Amendment sanctuaries are are] counties, towns, and cities that vow not to enforce state gun laws they deem unconstitutional, in the wake of the Democrats’ taking control of the state government.

From: https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/virginias-second-amendment-sanctuaries-an-update

Next, Verbruggen describes how the number of those towns that still respect the 2nd Amendment has skyrocketed recently:

the sanctuaries have spread dramatically. They’re up to 93 jurisdictions — covering roughly 40 percent of the population, by my quick spreadsheet tally. That’s huge, though the biggest victory, in Prince William County, is likely to be overturned when the county board flips to the Democrats, and some of these places have passed vague resolutions in support of the Constitution rather than the more aggressive language proposed by the Virginia Citizens Defense League.

From: https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/virginias-second-amendment-sanctuaries-an-update

Then, he mentions how the spread of these sanctuaries and the sheer number of citizens against the bill meant that the liberals got rid of its more radical, confiscatory language:

defiance like this can put political pressure on moderate Democrats — and, failing that, can force the state government to either (A) take drastic action to stamp out resistance or (B) give up and let these places refuse to enforce new gun laws, possibly ramping up state-police activity there as a replacement.

On the politics, it’s worth noting that the state Democrats have already caved on confiscating “assault weapons,” modifying a bill so that it would still ban sales going forward but would require current owners to register their guns rather than turning them in.

From: https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/virginias-second-amendment-sanctuaries-an-update



A Map of the 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries in Virginia

After describing what the sanctuaries are and how they’re putting pressure on the leftist Virginia government, Verbruggen includes a map to show what cities and towns in Virginia are 2nd Amendment sanctuaries:

a map of 2nd Amendment sanctuaries in Virginia
From: https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/virginias-second-amendment-sanctuaries-an-update

Verbruggen also points out that some of the above sanctuaries are in blue districts, so the residents in them could flip a vote by pressuring their representative.

The Lengths Democrats Will Go to Implement Gun Control

Finally, Verbruggen ends the article by writing about how the Democrats have considered going to almost every extreme to crush these 2nd Amendment sanctuaries:

Finally, on how the Democrats will respond in the event they pass new gun laws and many local law-enforcement agencies refuse to enforce them, the governor has threatened “consequences,” and other Virginia Democrats have floated everything from prosecutions of local authorities, to cutting off state funds, to National Guard deployment.

From: https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/virginias-second-amendment-sanctuaries-an-update

They’d even send in the National Guard to round up our guns from these 2nd Amendment sanctuaries in Virginia! If that’s not tyranny, then I don’t know what is. In any case, they’ll fail. Gun confiscation is impossible.

Conclusion

Virginia is a bit like California. There are many Republicans in California just as there are many Republicans in Virginia. Unfortunately, the leftists in both states heavily outnumber the conservatives. As a result, we are stuck with laws like Virginia’s upcoming gun control legislation.

I was despondent when I heard about the upcoming laws. Not because I was worried about my guns being stolen by the government, I keep them at home in Georgia.



Rather, I was worried that the new laws meant no one in the state that is the heart of early America, the home of many of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, cared about the Constitution.

However, the creation of these 2nd Amendment sanctuaries in Virginia changed my mind. Some people out there still understand that the most important reason to own a gun is to fight back against tyranny.

Those patriotic citizens embody everything the Founders wanted in a people. Especially, they embody the spirit of rebellion seen in 1776 and are basically demanding “liberty or death” while resisting the death of individual liberty present elsewhere in America, especially California.

In some respects, these 2nd Amendment sanctuaries in Virginia are like the pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong. They’re fighting a tyrannical government despite being outnumbered and under-resourced.

Also, like Hong Kong, they need to see a freedom-loving America. We should all preserve the spirit of resistance and rebellion from the American Revolution and fight to preserve our gun rights.

By: Gen Z Conservative


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