(Tea Party 247) – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is stepping up his plan to disarm Virginians by proposing a budget in which he would receive $4.8 million that would be spent on an 18-person task force dedicated to carrying out his proposed assault-weapons ban. Perhaps he thought he would be able to just sneak this into the budget without notice but Virginians across the state are taking issue with it as they continue to fight for their Second Amendment rights.
The New American reports:
In response to the governor’s demands, pro-Second Amendment organizations are asking citizens of Virginia to attend public budget hearings around the state and to question state legislators if they intend to give the governor his gun-grabbing goons and whether they will vote to infringe in any way the right to keep and bear arms.
“We understand that this is short notice. But it would have a significant impact if many of our members could show up and make a 3-minute statement and ask questions of the legislators in attendance,” said the Virginia Citizens Defense League, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“We see in the governor’s proposed budget that he wants $4 million and 18 new law-enforcement positions to enforce a ban on commonly-owned firearms,” said Erich Pratt, Gun Owners of America senior vice president, as quoted in the same story.
Since the Dems have taken control of the state legislature last year, Governor Northam has been dead-set on disarming his constituents. Virginia is on its way to becoming the next liberal dystopia state but Virginians aren’t going to go down without a fight.
The New American says that, “Published reports claim that over 90 percent of the 95 counties in Virginia have passed some sort of resolution — all of which are non-binding — as a signal to the state’s lawmakers that they do not intend to go along with their government’s proposed gun grab.” Yet, it would appear Governor Northam is not the least bit concerned about what the people of Virginia actually want, after all, he has an agenda to fulfill.
The Governor is also not concerned with what the American Constitution says about citizen’s right to bear arms nor what the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Constitution says in its bill of rights which is very similar to what the US Constitution’s Second Amendment says. Article I, Section 13 of the Virginia Constitution says:
“That a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to 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; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.”
Key words: “shall not be infringed.” This pivotal term is originally found in the US Constitution’s Second Amendment and repeated in Virginia’s State Constitution. Our right to bear arms shall not be infringed. It seems pretty clear and straightforward yet Dems are zealously eager to violate the US Constitution and state constitutions, they claim to defend and uphold.
Northam is literally seeking millions in taxpayer funds to infringe upon those same taxpayer’s constitutionally protected rights. His proposed ban on certain firearms is an unconstitutional infringement on our right to bear arms, period, and he wants Virginians to sponsor it. It’s mind-blowing.
Virginians must step-up and hold their representatives to the task of defending the Constitution and the rights and protections it grants them. The New American reports, “Advocates of the right to keep and bear arms are planning to hold a “lobby day” on January 20 in Richmond to communicate their opposition to the state government’s proposal to impose tighter regulations on the purchase, ownership, and use of weapons.”
“With a number of extreme gun control proposals set to be voted on the next session, it is vital for as many people as possible to be at the capitol on January 20 to tell the Governor and his legislator allies that this is unacceptable,” declares a press release issued by the Gun Owners of America.
The New American continues:
There is need for such urgency and such demonstration of resolve, for not only does Governor Northam’s budget call for the $4.8 million and 18-man force, but it asks for more than $2 million in additional funds to pay for 10 more employees to enforce various other gun-control proposals, including universal background checks, a one gun purchase per month limit, and “extreme risk legislation.”
And, nearly unbelievably, the governor’s budget requests $250,000 in additional funding for the state’s prisons so that they can be equipped to handle the increased population that will result from enforcement of the following proposed “laws”:
The removal of firearms from persons who pose a substantial risk to themselves or others; prohibit the sale, possession, and transport of assault firearms, trigger activators, and silencers;
increase the penalty for allowing a child to access unsecured firearms;
prohibit possession of firearms for persons subject to final orders of protection;
and require background checks for all firearms sales.
The governor reckons in his budget request that enforcement of each of those statutes will cost about $50,000 for the prisons.
If you live in Virginia, this is your time and this is your fight. It’s time to step-up. The whole country is watching. This could be a turning point in American history. What happens in Virginia could have far-reaching consequences for all Americans. We cannot let the left gain any ground on this attack against our Second Amendment rights.