In November 2019, the state of Virginia elected a Democrat majority legislature to turn their entire state government into a Democrat stronghold. The lawmakers don’t take their seats in the legislature until January 6, 2020, but they have already promised to pass sweeping unconstitutional gun-grabbing laws, and their governor Ralph Northam has suggested he will bring in the National Guard to enforce them. The result: As of December 18, 2019, 79% of Virginia counties have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuary counties.
At a Dec. 3 meeting of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, US Marine Corps Reservist Major Ben Joseph Woods took to the microphone to warn county supervisors of the trouble that state lawmakers have stirred across the state. Woods shared about his time in the military, his federal law enforcement career and his fears about where politicians are taking Virginia:
I’m not going to address the bills themselves. What I would like to address is the fact that at this point, so many people believe that these are unconstitutional or draconian that as of last night, 30 counties in this state which have voted themselves … to be Second Amendment sanctuary counties. The ugly truth of our situation is that that is just scratching the surface of what is happening. … 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. And I am frightened to the point that I am looking at moving my wife and child … out of this state if these bills pass. The reason is because my fellow law enforcement officers … tell me that they would not enforce these bills regardless of whether they believe in them ideologically because they believe that there are so many people angry in gun shops, gun shows, at bars, we have heard it now, people talking about tar and feathering politicians in a less than joking manner. … That is a terrifying prospect and I have never seen people willing to speak about something like that publicly. … As a law enforcement officer, I empathize with concerns that people have over gun violence.
When asked to sum up, Woods concluded with this warning:
The legal precedent we would set by allowing the legislature to selectively ignore enumerated rights at will is the same mindset that 150 years ago led this country into a civil war.
Watch and listen here:
It is clear that gun grabbing lawmakers don’t understand the spirit of Americans. From the birthplace of this most exceptional nation, it’s worth pondering what made these words famous: Don’t tread on me.