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Virginians Are Pushing Back Against Gun Control Big Time

Gabriella Hoffman
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After Virginia’s General Assembly flipped blue for the first time in 25 years, with many new lawmakers promising “swift” action on guns, residents are turning their dissatisfaction into action.

In response to gun control-backed lawmakers winnings seats in both the State Senate and House of Delegates, many counties have preemptively voted to make their localities Second Amendment sanctuary counties.

As of this writing, 15 counties—and possibly 16 by the afternoon—will be 2A sanctuaries:

Some believe there’s enough momentum to recall Governor Northam and other politicians in wake of these gun control efforts. I’m sorry to say that’s a pipe dream and will never happen.

While Code § 24.2-233 states, “Upon petition, a circuit court may remove from office any elected officer or officer who has been appointed to fill an elective office, residing within the jurisdiction of the court” Virginia, like Montana, can only recall politicians through state statutes and not constitutional law, as Ballotpedia explains. If citizens successfully get a recall petition, it then moves to our state’s Circuit Courts. Plus, if blackface and infanticide scandals couldn’t force him out, nothing will.

Democrat flipping efforts have been made known for several years.

Why weren’t state Republicans combatting these flipping attempts? Did they underestimate their seriousness? Why did they not constantly drum down Northam’s, Fairfax’s, and Herring’s scandals in election ads more this past cycle?

Gun control groups affiliated with new Democrat 2020 candidate Michael Bloomberg spent $2.5M to flip the legislative chambers blue, while the NRA only pumped in a mere $300K into races. Where were these gun groups?

On my podcast this week, I broke down all the problems with 2020 legislative session gun control bills recently made public and offered three ways for fellow Virginians to fight back.

The three suggestions included:

  1. Urging their counties to become Second Amendment Sanctuaries.
  2. Attending VCDL’s Lobby Day on January 20, 2020, in Richmond, VA.
  3. Getting involved in local races and holding lawmakers’ feet to the fire.

You can listen to the full episode here or on Spotify:

One report suggests roughly 29 percent of our state’s population own guns. 635,000 of our residents, myself included, have concealed handgun permits. We have the safest living conditions of the Greater D.C. Metro Area compared to Maryland and Washington, D.C. A positive gun culture is prevalent here—unlike New Jersey and other states we are being compared to.

These flipping efforts and corresponding gun control pushes can come to a red or purple state near you. It’s important to get involved and fight back these efforts.

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