I hear strident words from many sides on many subjects. The subjects vary, but the same stridency is heard.
One is the impeachment process.
Another is citizen gun ownership.
Democrats won the Virginia governors race and control the legislature. They dove into efforts to tighten gun control with a passion. This of course, elicited a backlash from the rural population that distrusts the big city folkand the government and treasures the right to be armed as the final insurance method.
A wave of “sanctuary city” legislation has spread through rural Virginia counties. Critics point out that these resolutions are not laws, but only statements of principle.
This last week in Culpeper, Virginia:
Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins says he will “deputize thousands” to defend gun rights should incoming Democrats use their legislative positions to enact more gun control in Virginia.
Every Sheriff and Commonwealth Attorney in Virginia will see the consequences if our General Assembly passes further unnecessary gun restrictions. “Red Flag” laws without due processwill create enormous conflict as well.
America has more guns than citizens and murder has long been illegal. At best, the proposed gun restrictions will disarm or handicap our law-abiding in their defense and possibly cause a criminal to choose another tool for evil.
I remain very optimistic that our General Assembly will not pass the proposed bills. Obviously, if passed, there are many of us willing to challenge these laws through the courts. In addition, if necessary, I plan to properly screen and deputize thousands of our law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms.
So impeachment and citizen gun ownership do seem like fulcrum issues that could push fury into the kinetic realm.