These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. — Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, 1776
Free citizens in the state of Virginia find themselves on the brink of a crisis. The state legislature has wasted no time in working to restrict or eliminate state residents’ God-given rights to the tools of liberty.
The legislature took a hard left turn in the last election and has introduced 24 bills for the 2020 legislative session that will regulate, control, or strip residents’ gun rights in some fashion. Some of the proposed laws will ban standard-capacity magazines over 10 rounds, ban modern sport-utility rifles such as the AR15, two bills to impose universal background checks on private-party transactions , and two bills to limit the number of handguns a free citizen can purchase per month.
In short, those who engage in what is lawful, legal, and protected by natural and God’s laws will be turned into potential felons if these bills pass.
In response, more than fifty counties have passed “Second Amendment Sanctuary” resolutions. Further, the board of supervisors in Tazewell County also passed a measure emphasizing citizens’ right to form a militia. to allow the county to intervene in any measure from another form of government that would infringe on county residents’ Second Amendment rights, and the Culpeper County Sheriff added he will deputize “scores of resident” to push back against state-imposed gun control measures.
One legislator has gone so far as to suggest the governor call out the National Guard to enforce the laws that local municipalities will not. If this doesn’t sound like a precursor to confiscation, I don’t know what is.
This is one of the most egregious overreaches by a state government in a long time.
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
Residents of Virginia, you are in our prayers.
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. — Thomas Paine, The American Crisis