A sheriff in Virginia just doubled down on his support for the 2nd Amendment.
“The right to bear arms—some believe that the Second Amendment gives us that right, when in fact it’s a God-given right. If you don’t believe in God, it’s a law of nature that every creature can defend their lives from threats,” said Scott Jenkins, Sheriff of Culpeper County in Virginia.
“If the legislature decides to restrict certain weapons, I feel harms our community, I will swear in thousands of auxiliary deputies in Culpeper. There’s no limit to the number of people I can swear in. Personally, I don’t think some of the bills that are proposed will pass, I don’t think we’re that far left in Virginia.”
Sheriff Jenkins is not alone in that sentiment. Almost half of the counties in Virginia have established themselves as 2nd Amendment Constitutional Counties. In New Mexico, 31 of the 33 counties there have done the same thing.
Constitutional counties are, in essence, the same thing as sanctuary cities. The difference being that Constitutional counties are on the right side of the law and protect our freedoms. Sanctuary cities harbor criminal immigrants.
To our knowledge, Jenkins is the first to verbalize publicly that he could and potentially would deputize thousands of law-abiding citizens.
The Sheriff took to Facebook the morning after the Board of Supervisor’s meeting.
“Every Sheriff and Commonwealth Attorney in Virginia will see the consequences if our General Assembly passes further unnecessary gun restrictions. “Red Flag” laws without due process will create enormous conflict as well.
America has more guns than citizens and murder has long been illegal. At best, the proposed gun restrictions will disarm or handicap our law-abiding in their defense and possibly cause a criminal to choose another tool for evil.
I’d like to thank our Board of Supervisors for their resolution of support of our citizen’s natural right to self-defense as protected by our Constitutions. My office will always encourage and support our citizens in firearms training, concealed carry permits, and the ability to defend themselves and their families.
I remain very optimistic that our General Assembly will not pass the proposed bills. Obviously, if passed, there are many of us willing to challenge these laws through the courts. In addition, if necessary, I plan to properly screen and deputize thousands of our law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms.”
-Sheriff Scott Jenkins
“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves…and include all men capable of bearing arms.” (1788)
-Richard Henry Lee
This past Tuesday night, the 7-member Board of Supervisors held an open forum meeting, where they voted unanimously to declare the county a safe-haven for law-abiding gun-owners.
“All my adult life, in the military and in local government, I’ve sworn to uphold the Constitution and I’ll be damned if any politician down in Richmond or anywhere else is going to get me to change my mind,” said Supervisor Bill Chase, a Vietnam veteran.
According to the Culpeper Star-Exponent, the overflow audience in attendance erupted in applause at this statement as Chase invited Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins to the podium to share his thoughts on the Second Amendment.
Jenkins said thousands of Culpeper citizens hold concealed carry permits, including for guns with large capacity ammunition magazines, an issue that could see attempts at legislative restriction next year. He quoted Founding Father Richard Henry Lee, of Virginia, in further emphasizing his point:
“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves and include all men capable of bearing arms.”
Supervisor Jack Frazier, adding his support for the resolution, said,“I am hoping that by standing by our neighboring counties that this will send a message to our governor, legislators and the folks in Richmond that the people of Culpeper County know best as to how we can protect ourselves and our families.”
County Attorney Bobbi Jo Alexis drafted the two-page resolution that states, in part:
“The Board of Supervisors implores the Virginia General Assembly, the United States Congress and other agencies of the commonwealth of Virginia and the United States government to preserve, uphold and protect the rights of the citizens to keep and bear arms under the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States by rejecting any provision, law or regulation that may infringe, have the tendency to infringe or place any additional burdens on the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms.”
Not everyone in the county agrees with the decision to pass the resolution.
Donna DeAngelis said,“As a citizen of Culpeper County, I ask that you not support a resolution that would sanction gun violence,” she stated. “It is time that common sense prevails, and we all unite behind reasonably regulated, responsible, safe gun ownership. Our forefathers in all of our wisdom could not have predicted what a single-shot musket would become almost 250 years later.”
Ah, yes, the “founding fathers could not have envisioned the AR-15 when they wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights” talking point.
In 2016, Eugene Robinson wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post. Here is part of what he had to say:
An Islamic State sympathizer was able to go into a gun store days or weeks agoand buy both a pistol and an AR-15-style semiautomatic assault rifle, which he used to kill 49 men and womenat the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Had he been armed with the pistol alone; he still would have killed people — but not so many. Keeping military-grade combat weapons out of the hands of maniacs should not be a controversial idea.
The Second Amendment enshrines the right to keep and bear arms, and the Supreme Court has ruled that this is an individual right, not a collective one. The court has made clear, however, that this does not preclude reasonable gun control measures. Not all weapons must be considered suitable for private hands.
When the framers wrote of “arms,” they were thinking about muskets and single-shot pistols. They could not have foreseen modern rifles or high-capacity magazines. They lived at a time when it was impossible to imagine one man barging into a crowded room and killing more than one or two people before having to reload and surely being subdued. Today it is not only imaginable but also tragically commonplace.
To both Donna and Eugene, are you both really that naïve? In 1791, when the 2nd Amendment was written, there were more than just single-shot pistols and muzzleloaders available for private ownership.
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Ever heard of a cannon? Have you seen the type of damage those were capable of? They could create mass casualties from a much greater distance.
Yup, you guessed it. They were privately owned.
And as far as what the framers could envision, try this one on for size.
When they wrote the 2nd Amendment, which was created to allow free men to fight against a tyrannical government, they framers knew that individuals would have the same grade of weapons that a military force would have.
There was no separation between military grade and consumer grade. The framers envisioned building into our inalienable rights, the ability to fight for our freedom with equal force. Nowhere do we find evidence that our founders expected us to maintain a single shot capacity while the military might advance beyond that.
The framers new there would be advancements, as most of them were alive when swords were a viable weapon on the battlefield. And for the record, the first revolver was introduced less than 30 years after the 2nd Amendment was written. At that time, we did not have people screaming for a reduction in capacity or capability of weapons because the framers never envisioned a multiple-shot weapon be created.
People keep screaming for common-sense gun laws. I think we just need to have common sense. I am not seeing it in the arguments of the gun-grabbers of today.
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