VIRGINIA- If “the law is the law” — as Virginia lawmakers said while threatening to enforce gun laws by any means necessary — then these leaders might be the biggest hypocrites we’ve ever seen. 

In case you missed this week’s headlines, lawmakers in Virginia threatened to deploy the National Guard to enforce the strict gun legislation they’re pushing for if law enforcement officials refuse to do it themselves.

They said, “the law is the law.” 

But apparently that’s a double standard in Virginia. Instead of focusing on what is and what isn’t against the law, it seems as though these lawmakers are only pushing to enforce rules that they believe are right.

Don’t believe us?

Hey Virginia politicians, I need you to listen up and pay attention.

When we refuse to learn from history, we are apt to repeat it. When you decide to turn to a tyrannical ideology and use the military to enforce laws, people in this country have a tendency to fight back…they are willing to die for a cause they believe to be righteous and worth fighting, killing and even dying for.

Another state on the east coast tried to use the National Guard to facilitate a gun-grab. Wanna know how it went for them?

 Well, as luck would have it, I am going to tell you.

As taken from American Grit, the Massachusetts National Guard were called upon to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons.  While performing their sweeps they were ambushed by elements of a para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured. Government forces were forced to withdraw.

Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement.

Gage also blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices.

The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order.

The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons. Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week.

This decision followed a meeting earlier that month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.

One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.”

Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government’s plans.

During the tense standoff in Lexington’s town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists.

Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange. Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units.

Colonel Smith, finding his forces over-matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat. Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops.

Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as “ringleaders” of the extremist faction, remain at large.”

And this, my friends, is how the American Revolution began on April 20, 1775.

The British decided to test the resolve of these rebels. I dare say that somewhere in Virginia, should you try this again, you will find another Sam Adams, another Paul Revere and another giant signature writing John Hancock.

Do you plan to test their resolve? Are you prepared for what may follow?

Before anyone thinks I am sounding a call for bloodshed, I am not. I am hoping that the imbeciles trying to threaten military enforcement of an unconstitutional law will wake up and actually support the Constitution that they have all sworn to uphold, defend and protect.

James Madison said:

“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught…how to use them.”

Thomas Jefferson said:

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

He went on:

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms. . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

And Samuel Adams stated:

“The said Constitution shall be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.” — Massachusetts` U.S. Constitution ratification convention, 1788

Tench Coxe opined that:

“The militia, who are in fact the effective part of the people at large, will render many troops quite unnecessary. They will form a powerful check upon the regular troops and will generally be sufficient to over-awe them.”

And probably the greatest statement on this current subject comes from Noah Webster, who said:

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe.

The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.

A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power.”

Did you catch that last sentence?

A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power.

Governor Northam, I hope you are listening.  

If “the law is the law” — as Virginia lawmakers said while threatening to enforce gun laws by any means necessary — then these leaders might be the biggest hypocrites we’ve ever seen. 

In case you missed yesterday’s headlines, lawmakers in Virginia threatened to deploy the National Guard to enforce the strict gun legislation they’re pushing for if law enforcement officials refuse to do it themselves.

They said, “the law is the law.” 

But apparently that’s a double standard in Virginia. Instead of focusing on what is and what isn’t against the law, it seems as though these lawmakers are only pushing to enforce rules that they believe are right.

Don’t believe us?

Take a look at what happened just a few months back in regard to a police officer cooperating with federal immigration officials. 

In late September, a Virginia cop had the nerve and the audacity to notify ICE that he had detained a subject that they had a warrant out on.

He was subsequently suspended.

Luckily, a week later, after a massive public outcry about punishing the officer for upholding the law, the Fairfax County lawman was allowed to return to work.

As reported by the Washington Times, Chief Roessler Jr. said he suspended an officer who cooperated with federal deportation officers by turning over an undocumented immigrant he encountered during a traffic stop — a move the chief said violated policy.

Chief Roessler didn’t identify the officer but said he “deprived a person of their freedom” by cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The chief called his actions unacceptable.

“Our county is one of the most diverse counties in the nation and no one should have the perception that FCPD is acting as a civil immigration agent for ICE,” he said in a statement. “This matter damages our reputation.” 

But cries from the public proclaimed that the officer was not acting as an immigration agent. He was merely extending a professional courtesy. He was doing his job.

Guess what? The subject lost their “right to freedom” when they violated multiple laws. 

Chief Roesslersaid the county officer should not have detained the immigrant to turn over to ICE. He said that move broke policy, which tells officers not to bother to confirm administrative warrants through the county’s system. The majority of administrative warrants are from ICE.

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The last time the National Guard was used to seize weapons, 72 were killed and more than 200 injured.

Matthew T. Albence, the acting director of ICE, said police departments routinely cooperate with other departments on warrants and detention requests and there is no reason they should treat ICE differently.

“I guarantee you, I can go into Fairfax County [court] today and there will probably be sheriffs from Loudoun County, sheriffs from Prince William County, maybe a couple of Marshals guys that are there waiting for somebody,” he said. “It’s a common occurrence in law enforcement. The only reason it’s being made controversial is because politicians are looking to exploit it.”

Now back to the original point about the push for full-on confiscation and bill language that would turn Virginia residents into felons overnight with the possession of certain firearms.

On November 18, mere weeks after Democrats learned they would be controlling the government in Virginia, State Sen. Dick Saslaw introduced a bill that he will sponsor next year in the 2020 legislative session. The bill will outlaw not only the sale or transfer, but also the possession of certain firearms.

SB16 provides that:

‘It is unlawful for any person to import, sell, manufacture, purchase, possess or transport an assault firearm” and makes such actions a Class 6 felony. Of note is that in Virginia, Class 6 felonies are punishable by imprisonment for between one and five years.’

This proposed bill widely expands the definition of “assault” firearms, including a wide range of center-fire rifles, pistols and shotguns.

Basically, every rifle of the common AR-15 type design, as well as a number of pistols and shotguns that are commonly used for personal defense, target shooting, and hunting would be banned.

Since mere possession of such weapons would be illegal, they would also have to be either surrendered to or seized by law enforcement authorities in the jurisdiction in which they are located.

We’ve seen in recent months that various counties have opted to label themselves as “Second Amendment Sanctuary Cities”, poking fun at locations who consider themselves a harbor for illegal immigrants while also telling the country that they won’t bow down to unconstitutional gun laws.

But now lawmakers in Virginia are pushing to gain help on a federal level and are threatening to use the National Guard to execute their proposed legislation if it passes.

While activists and Democrats in the region say “Abolish ICE” because they don’t like enforcing and following immigration laws, they’ll seek to arrest those who won’t enforce laws they personally agree with. Go figure.

According to the Washington Examiner, Democrat lawmakers on Capitol Hill are now saying that local police and sheriffs who refuse to enforce gun control measures that they’re attempting to pass in Virginia should face prosecution and even action taken by the National Guard.

Since November’s Virginia Legislature elections proved to be fruitful for Democrats, giving them control of both chambers, gun control measures and legislation has been moving forward. These laws include everything from “red flag” laws, bans on what’s deemed as “assault weapons”, and also universal background checks.

Thus, legal gun owners along with the support of several sheriffs within Virginia formed Second Amendment Sanctuary counties in an attempt to proactively counter these sorts of unconstitutional laws.

Essentially, the delineation of a Second Amendment Sanctuary status reinvests the power to local authorities to choose not to enforce certain gun control laws.

In light of the Democratic acquisition of the chambers, along with discussions of egregious gun control measures, over 75 counties in Virginia have now chosen to adopt the status. Most recently, Spotsylvania County’s board of supervisors voted consistently to approve a resolution stating that county police will not enforce state-level gun laws that violate Second Amendment rights.

Yet, Virginia Democratic officials are not taking these motions lightly. Their response is that any local law enforcement that attempts to usurp their passed legislation will face consequences.

Democratic Virginia Representative Gerry Connolly opined on the fate of local and county police who opt to refuse to enforce future gun control measures:

“I would hope they either resign in good conscience, because they cannot uphold the law which they are sworn to uphold, or they’re prosecuted for failure to fulfill their oath. The law is the law. If that becomes the law, you don’t have a choice, not if you’re a sworn officer of the law.”

Democratic Virginia Representative Donald McEachin recommended cutting off state funds to counties that don’t adhere to gun control laws that make it through legislation:

“They certainly risk funding, because if the sheriff’s department is not going to enforce the law, they’re going to lose money. The counties’ attorneys’ offices are not going to have the money to prosecute because their prosecutions are going to go down.”

But McEachin didn’t stop there either. He also mentioned that Governor Northam could call upon the National Guard to enforce their questionable legislation, if passed.

“And ultimately, I’m not the governor, but the governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law. That’s his call, because I don’t know how serious these counties are and how severe the violations of law will be. But that’s obviously an option he has.”

And they’re not stopping there. Lawmakers additionally want to make training with a legal firearm into an “illegal paramilitary activity.”

Virginia has attempted to chip away at the rights of citizens, one small hammer stroke at a time; and SB64 is going to attempt to outlaw firearm training. 

The first portion of the bill goes as follows:

“A person is guilty of unlawful paramilitary activity, punishable as a Class 5 felony if he:

1. Teaches or demonstrates to any other person the use, application, or making of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, knowing or having reason to know or intending that such training will be employed for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder”

How it will be Perceived/Explained:

The way that they drafted the bill, and the portions that will be either emphasized or broadly digested will be the portions related to people “knowing” that they’re preparing someone for some “civil disorder”.

They might even say that this law can be used against Antifa, which it could, but will it?

Talking heads will go on television, hyping up that this is a good measure that will criminalize people training for acts related to domestic terrorism; although why would we need a law for something there’s already a law for? That could be addressed already by Virginia law § 18.2-46.5.

How it can be Enforced:

The most dangerous words in this proposal are “knowing or having reason to know” and “in furtherance of”.

The reason being that intent is no longer really required, leaving every gun range owners and employees susceptible to prosecution for simply doing business. It’s plain as day why this language is the way it is, because with these key words, only loose connections need to be established to criminalize gun owners and enthusiasts.

Furthermore, civil disorder is also quite a broad term as well to be concerned about.

The second and also third portion of this bills is as follows:

“2. Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device, or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, intending to employ such training for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder; or

  1. Assembles with one or more persons with the intent of intimidating any person or group of persons by drilling, parading, or marching with any firearm, any explosive or incendiary device, or any components or combination thereof.”

Wake up, America. Our freedoms are under attack. And Virginia may just be ground zero for the war for our constitutional rights. 

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