by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
The situation in Virginia in regard to the Second Amendment seems to be in a state of flux.
On a recent podcast Brion McClanahan made the following statement: “Richmond Marxists cannot confiscate any firearms in the State. Now it can ‘govern the militia, but it cannot ‘disarm’ them. Confiscation of any firearm would be disarming the militia, ‘the body of the people’ according to the State constitution.” His comments should be visible on https://youtu.be/spvckl70xYw
One thing Mr. McClanahan noted in his podcast was that if the governor of Virginia sought to disarm the militias then he would be violating both his State’s constitution and the Bill of Rights in the US Constitution. And he noted Article 1, section 13 of the Virginia Constitution where is says “That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed…” In fact McClanahan suggested that possibly a proper title for what is now going on in Virginia might well be “the Article 1, Section 13 Movement.” He thought this might be more effective than calling it the “Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement.”
An article on https://www.ammoland.com recently observed that: “In Virginia, the movement is in full swing…Gun Owners of America, Virginia Citizen’s Defense League, United Patriots of Virginia, and Oath Keepers have all been busy contacting local elected officials and sheriffs to urge them not to enforce Draconian gun laws that violate the people’s natural rights. The reception, for the most part, has been great…The goal of the Second Amendment sanctuary movement in Virginia is to get the majority of counties to declare themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries. By accomplishing our goal, it will give us the power to approach the Virginia legislature with the knowledge than any anti-liberty law that they pass will be ineffective…The time where we can sit back and hope for the best is over. If we don’t fight for our rights today we will lose them. The longer we wait, the more those God-given rights are in jeopardy. Gun Owners of America is here to help. I am here to help. Do not hesitate to contact GOA or me. We will help you get started.”
The author of the above article is John Crump, an NRA instructor and constitutional activist.
Another article I ran across, posted on December 18th, stated that: “Even now, 79% of Virginia counties have enacted some form of 2nd Amendment sanctuary laws, and that number is only expected to grow…Despite this, the state’s Democratic leaders continue to threaten the use of force to bring its residents to heel.”
For how many years have we been told by legislators that they run for office so they can “serve the public.” Now I hate to burst that bubble for some folks, but that’s the biggest pile of cow chips you will ever find in a West Texas cow pasture. These people who fill us full of such whoppers have no interest in serving, but they have every interest in ruling, and doing so with an iron hand! Does anyone with a brain think this new governor in Virginia gives a rip what the people in his state want? He couldn’t care less! He is nothing more than yet another Marxist mentality who managed to get himself elected, probably with help from Michael Bloomberg, and he has a Marxist agenda he wants to force down the throats of Virginians whether they want it or not. And if they don’t want it he will do his utmost to force it on them.
Ben Joseph Woods is a police officer in Virginia and he has grave concerns about where politicians are trying to take Virginia. He said: “I work plainclothes law enforcement. I walk around without a uniform, people don’t see my badge, people don’t see my gun, and I can tell you: People are angry.” Woods has stated that the situation in Virginia is becoming “so dangerous that he is close to moving his own wife and unborn child out of the state.”
You have to wonder if the politicos, from the governor on down, realize what they are doing to the people of Virginia. With my suspicious mind, I’d be willing to bet they do–and it’s all part of their agenda. One thing you have to understand about Marxists–they don’t care who they hurt–their agenda is everything–and if people are harmed by it so what!!!
The Second Amendment sanctuary movement in Virginia may be successful in backing the Marxists in Richmond down. But if they do, and I pray God they will, then they will have to be constantly on guard from then on. They can ill afford to take the position that they won the fight so now they can just go home and relax and enjoy their victory. You don’t dare do that with Marxists, as they never quit!
If they don’t persevere over you now, then they will be back later and try again, and again, and again.
Years ago, here in Louisiana, there was a big fuss over having fluoride in the water. The folks here that fought against that pernicious chemical in the water won their struggle and kept it out. But that was not the end of it by any means. Just a few years ago the fluoride folks were back and we got to do it all over again and this time they prevailed because their adversaries were mostly asleep.
I can remember one good lady here saying, “We already fought this battle.” And you did, once! Unfortunately, that was not the end of it. The anti-fluoride folks had won a battle but not the war!
It will be exactly the same situation with the Second Amendment sanctuary movement in Virginia. You may defeat the Marxists on this go-round, but you can never go home and go back to sleep because the Marxists and their agenda will always be back and you have to learn that “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”