Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Using Their Own Weapons Against Them

Let's get something out of the way--the 2nd Amendment was not written to protect hunting, and neither was it written to allow you to protect yourself in your own home.  It was written so the states and the people could protect themselves from a tyrannical government.  Thus, laws restricting the possession and transportation of firearms are, prima facie, unconstitutional.

But the governor and legislature in Virginia want to enact unconstitutional restrictions on firearms (and their owners) in the state.  I like how some Virginians are dealing with these leftwing restrictions.

Some jurisdictions are taking a page from the leftie playbook and, in an "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" way, are declaring themselves "2nd Amendment sanctuaries":
You can’t stop an idea whose time has come.

That’s a lesson we’ve seen hammered home by the Second Amendment Sanctuary movement in Virginia in the last month.
Like the leftwing so-called sanctuary cities that we have too many of here in the West, these Virginia counties have declared that they just won't follow a law they find unjust.  Entirely unlike those cities, though, firearms restrictions (so-called gun control) are not only unjust, they're unconstitutional.  The Virginia counties are saying they'll uphold the law.  Kind of a big difference, don't you think?

But wait, it gets better:
But in Tazewell County, they’ve raised the bar.

On Tuesday, December 10th, the Board of Supervisors passed two different resolutions. The first resolution declared the County to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary. The second promoted the order of militia in the county.
Using the first clause of the 2nd Amendment--who can argue against that?!
Tazewell County’s resolutions both would eliminate funding for any branch of law enforcement that would infringe on the rights of the citizens to keep and bear arms.

But if the state tried to turn the tables, they could deny the county funding in areas other than law enforcement or even attempt to remove the elected officials standing in their way.  Given the threats from Northam and Congressman McEachin this week, those are very legitimate fears.

That is where the militia resolution is in place.   County Administrator Erc Young laid out their thought process: “Our position is that Article I, Section 13, of the Constitution of Virginia reserves the right to ‘order’ militia to the localities,” Young said. “Therefore, counties, not the state, determine what types of arms may be carried in their territory and by whom. So, we are ‘ordering’ the militia by making sure everyone can own a weapon.”

If the Governor or any other State entity tires to remove their Sheriff from office for disobeying unjust laws, they’ll face a legally assembled group of armed citizens standing against them.
Defense against tyrannical government is the very purpose of the 2nd Amendment, and Virginia's own constitutional makes Tazewell County's law completely legal.  And it's not just a county here and there:
Eight Virginia localities became sanctuaries Thursday night, bringing the total to 93, including 75 of Virginia's 95 counties and 18 of its legally independent cities. The movement—which pushes local governments to declare that they won't enforce new gun laws they deem unconstitutional—has seen grassroots support from people of all backgrounds and ages in both rural and urban Virginia. It shows no sign of slowing, despite Northam promising a grandfather clause omitting preexisting owners from his proposed gun ban and threatening "consequences" for areas that become sanctuaries.

The continued momentum of the movement, especially in blue parts of the state, may weigh heavily on the new Democratic state legislature when it convenes Jan. 6. 
Virginia's motto is Sic Semper Tyrannis:
Sic semper tyrannis is a Latin phrase meaning "thus always to tyrants". It suggests that bad outcomes will or should befall tyrants.
The first battle of the American Revolution, the Battle of Lexington and Concord, was fought because the Crown attempted to disarm the local colonists.


Steve USMA '85 said...

I agree. I really think that most Americans today don't realize that the 2nd Amendment is there to protect our right to rebel against the Government when it oversteps its bounds.

Cera said...

Great blog! Americans need to wake up!