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Virginia Is a Preview of What Gun–grabbers Would Do Nationally

A surprising development is occurring among staunch members of the left at the Washington Post and elsewhere. These woke scolds have come out strongly against sanctuary cities and counties. Before it was either silence or tacit approval for government sheltering a population that was “in the shadows,” which makes sense when you remember they’re running from the law.

Beeler – Columbus Dispatch

Sanctuary jurisdictions serve to protect a criminal class estimated to be 22 million strong at the expense of law–abiding citizens.

And what an expense it is.

These serial law breakers are responsible for the deaths of approximately 3,000 American citizens every year. Over the course of an average lifetime, the total cost to taxpayers for supporting people who have no right to be in our country is estimated by Center for Immigration Studies to be $746.3 billion.

And even those figures don’t include the cost to individual citizens of identity theft, property crime, lowered property values, assault, gang activity, crowded schools, packed emergency rooms and ‘Press One for English.’

The WoePost referred to sanctuary movement as “disturbing,” “reactionary,” “ugly,” and “dangerous.” Sanctuaries were even compared to “slavery” which makes perfect sense when you recall the idea behind sanctuaries is to protect cheap, controllable labor for unscrupulous employers.

WoePost columnist Petula Dvorak wrote “sanctuary cities” are populated by “extremists.” Virginia Delegate David Toscano compared sanctuaries to the Massive Resistance backlash that opposed public school integration.

Only I need to clarify. The WoePost wasn’t condemning sanctuaries that protect illegal aliens from richly deserved punishment. It was condemning the new 2nd Amendment sanctuaries protecting the constitutional rights of law–abiding citizens from undeserved collective punishment.

That’s because the extra–legal selective law enforcement the left uses to protect people who have no right to be here is out of bounds for citizens to use to protect rights granted them at the founding of the nation.

And that’s not the only contrast. Illegal alien sanctuaries are imposed on an electorate from the top down to protect a pool of future leftist voters. The 2nd Amendment sanctuary movement is a grassroots effort that petitioned elected officials to protect constitutional rights and the officials responded.

Even the WoePost admits the “movement has driven throngs of people to show up at boards of supervisor’s meetings. Their numbers are remarkable — 400, 800, even 2,000 in attendance.” As this is written over 110 Virginia counties, cities and towns have passed some form of 2nd Amendment sanctuary resolution that says that jurisdiction will not enforce or impose unconstitutional gun ownership restrictions on its residents.

Gun Owners of America Senior Vice President Erich Pratt has one of the best explanations of the 2nd Amendment sanctuary movement, “Sanctuary resolutions are important because they provide the best way for local officials to inform the newly elected General Assembly and the governor that if they rush forward to create new felony crimes to jail law-abiding Virginians — just for exercising their most fundamental and natural right of self-defense — then they cannot expect localities to enforce such unjust laws.”

Gun owners are right to be concerned. This isn’t the anodyne “common sense gun regulation” that is so innocent during the campaign. It’s always different after they win.

Richmond is now controlled by the angry left. Gov. Ralph ‘Coonman’ Northam has discussed requiring all owners of so–called ‘assault rifles’ to register their weapons with the state. And he requested an increase in the prison budget to cover the “increase in the operating cost of adult correctional facilities resulting from the enactment” of gun grabbing laws.

When gun confiscation speculation was running rampant in Richmond, US Rep. Don McEachin suggested the governor call out the National Guard to confiscate weapons.

Del. Dan Helmer introduced a bill that would ban indoor shooting ranges in buildings with more than 50 employees. Ranges that survived would be required to keep an Orwellian log of each shooter’s name, address and phone number.

Presumably so the state police could call ahead and have the owner pack his weapons for faster confiscation.

Del. Mark Levine’s bill would confiscate any magazine that held more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Those who didn’t turn their property over would be felons.

And that’s just the beginning.

There’s nothing “common sense” about these precursors to confiscation, which is the end game for the left. These despicable people subvert the law to protect their protected class of illegal aliens and future Democrats while using the law as a club to punish gun owners who vote Republican.

David French hit the nail on the head when he described the left’s gun fixation, “All too often gun-control proposals operate as a form of collective punishment on the law-abiding while serving as barely a speed bump in the path of the criminal.”

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  1. A point of clarification that is very important. The right to keep and bear arms comes from our unalienable right to protect our own lives and property which comes from our being born human. Those rights came from Nature and the Creator of that Nature. NOT government. The entire, whole, complete and ONLY purpose of government is to give the force of Law to the individual to EXERCISE THOSE RIGHTS!

    Any right man offers is not a right but a privilege. Privileges can be given (even discriminately) and therefore taken away – by man. But we as humans possess, indiscriminately, our natural born rights and anyone or anything that attempts to take them away without just cause (defined as the individual violating the rights of another human being) is unjust and crosswise to the Truth. The consequences of such actions are dire!

    Let’s look at an example of this dynamics. In 1973 the Supreme Court exceeded its limits of power by creating Law out of the case Roe v. Wade. Since that time this nation has sanctioned the murder of over 60 million unborn children. In 2001 – the first year of the new millennium – the Hand of Grace was withdrawn from this nation and we have been spiraling down into chaos and even cold civil war ever since. Mock as you may this equation but, it is as plain a fact as one plus one equals two. We’ve shed unimaginable innocent blood – the consequences is the destruction of our nation.

    Think about it.

    The Constitution (including the Bill of Rights), a document written by righteous men, does not give us Rights. It only guarantees protection of those rights. If we stand upon those ideals and we do all that we can to stop the bloodshed of the unborn and innocent then That which is greater than ourselves shall hear us and the destruction will fall only those who refuse to repent and stand with us.

    God Bless the Citizens of Virginia and the United States. Let those of us with ears HEAR!

    P.S. I’m not afraid of the government! I know that I know whatever evil they bring against me is only an opportunity for that evil to be turned against them.

  2. An unarmed nation is weakened. A weakened nation is more easily conquered……and destroyed

    Common Sense and all forms of logic are lost art with this type of action. Texas has a grassroot effort started for SANCTUARY COUNTIES FOR GUNS.
    Ft Worth Project Tarrant County (facebook page)

  3. This is what the communist want to do.
    These methods use by Virginia government was published in 1960 in a book You can trust the communist to do what they say

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