Liberty is once again the victor against tyranny, as Virginia senators voted against instituting an “assault weapons” ban that Gov. “Coonman” had been clamoring for for a while now.
The AP reports: “Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s push to ban the sale of assault weapons has failed after members of his own party balked at the proposal. Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a committee room packed with gun advocates. Four moderate Democrats joined Republicans in Monday’s committee vote, rejecting legislation that would have prohibited the sale of certain semiautomatic firearms, including popular AR-15 style rifles, and banned the possession of magazines that hold more than 12 rounds. The bill was a top priority for Northam, a Democrat who has campaigned heavily for a broad package of gun-control measures.”
A few things to say about this.
First, the bill technically is not completely dead. Like the report said, the senators voted to shelve it for the year, deciding to run a study to determine whether or not such a ban would be beneficial to the state (it wouldn’t be, at all, but we shall see what the study decides to say). So this is, by no means, the end of the story. Virginia Democrats will be irate at this (as will other Democrats in general) and will seek to bring this sort of thing back if they have the chance to do so.
Which brings me to the second thing: this particular bill, as it is currently put together, is more than likely dead for good. I know that sounds contradictory to what I just said, particularly in saying that it’s technically not completely dead, but I have good reason to say this. While Democrats are, obviously, vowing that they will try again in 2021, Sheriff Scott Jenkins believes the bill “will die”, largely because 2021 is an election year for Virginia, one of only two states in the country (the other being New Jersey) where state elections happen in off years.
If you remember, I covered the latest Virginia state elections to some extent (alongside Kentucky and Mississippi). It was in the 2019 state elections when Democrats took complete, though fairly narrow, control over the state legislature, with Democrats having won 21 out of 40 total seats in the House of Delegates and 53 out of 100 seats in the Senate. Again, narrow, but a majority nonetheless.
So when this “assault weapons” ban began to be brewed up, we honestly expected it to go through with little problem. After all, Democrats tend to be unified, right? They never stray from the collective, never dissent and never disagree, right? Well, the Democrats don’t seem to be as perfectly unified as the mainstream media would have us believe, and this clearly goes well beyond the circus that is the Democrat Primary process.
The idea behind the bill is still alive, as Democrats will always attempt to take away our rights, especially as it pertains to our right to self defense and gun ownership, but the particular bill will not likely be passed in a year, regardless of what the study will indicate.
Which brings me to my third point, the four “moderate” Democrats that voted against the “assault weapons” ban. I will give them credit for having voted this way, as I will give credit wherever it’s due. But they are not “moderates” by far. According to Hot Air: “These ‘moderate’ Democrats all voted for the ‘Virginia Values Act,” a bill which “will give Virginia some of the nation’s most left-wing employment laws, and the $15 minimum wage, which will wipe out 100,000 plus jobs.”
What’s more, the “assault weapons” ban is not the only gun control bill being discussed in the state legislature. There is a bill that would limit handgun purchases to only one a month and there is a proposed “red-flag” law being considered. I don’t exactly expect Virginia Democrats to be divided on these things.
But there is definitely cause for celebration considering the “assault weapons” ban is pretty much dead and “Coonman” doesn’t get to play communist dictator in the state of Virginia. This is a major blow to the communists and the gun control lobby (but I repeat myself), considering the major headlines that came out of this bill.
Many people went out into the streets to protest this bill, voicing their desire and commitment to protect their Second Amendment rights. Even multiple counties and county sheriffs voiced their displeasure with the bill, saying that they would refuse to enforce that law and many counties outright stated they would become “sanctuary” counties for the Second Amendment, refusing to follow the state’s radical gun control laws should they pass.
And while the media, unsurprisingly, tried to characterize the people that attended that march as “racists” and that it had the potential to become “violent”, given the open carrying of guns in that march, nothing of the sort happened or even really had the potential for happening (point to me someone who would be willing to fire at a crowd of armed people and I will point you to the dumbest person in the world) and I believe some people took notice. This bill had the potential to be an absolute killer for the Democrat Party in Virginia.
The ONLY reason they won as many seats as they did in 2019 is because many of those seats were utterly uncontested. There were no Republican candidates to run against the Democrats, so naturally, the winners were the unopposed Democrats. If the Virginia GOP had any sort of spine, they wouldn’t have allowed any race to simply go to the Democrat and the state likely wouldn’t be where it is now. “Coonman” may still be governor (again, if the Virginia GOP had a spine, they would’ve destroyed Northam on his blatant racism and hypocrisy but never ran on this), but the legislature would most likely still be in Republican hands, even if it is a fairly slim majority like what the Democrats have now.
There isn’t much room for error in that legislature and if the people of Virginia are irate at them, they will voice that irritation both in the streets (as they clearly showed) and at the ballot box.
But for now, let us celebrate the victory of liberty over tyranny, knowing that the Second Amendment won’t take a massive blow in Virginia (for now). Let us also remain wary at the desires of the communist Democrats. They will not rest until the people of Virginia (and the people of this country) cannot protect themselves with guns. They won’t rest until the people are incapable of fighting against the authoritarianism these people wish to bring about.
Celebrate this victory but be ready to continue this fight.
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