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Whenever D/S/Cs have sufficient political power, on the local, state, or national levels, among the very first things they do is go after law-abiding gun owners. Some surely understand that they can never have a leftist utopia unless Americans are disarmed, and their anti-liberty legislation is driven by the knowledge. Others simply hate Deplorables and everything they cherish and believe. For others, it’s an article of faith: guns and those that own and appreciate them, are stupid, low class, smelly WalMart shoppers, evil, and to vindicate D/S/C virtue signaling, Deplorables must be crushed, even, and for some particularly, if that involves killing them.
The most popular article I’ve ever written was Connecticut: The Coming Storm, in March of 2014. It was a fictionalized account of a police gun raid on a law-abiding citizen. I was inspired by events then occurring in Connecticut where the governor–an angry, arrogant leftist–and his state police, were gearing up to seize citizen’s guns and magazines. I ended that article:
Have no doubt. If Connecticut politicians decide to punish the peasants, the State Police SWAT teams will raid the homes of the innocent. People will die. The social contract will be irretrievably broken, and the police–and politicians–will be seen as, and treated as, the enemies of Americans. They will have earned it.
If Connecticut’s legislators have any common sense, any honor, any decency, they will, at the very least, leave this alone and let this ultimately be decided by the courts. If they’re actually smart, they’ll repeal these unconstitutional laws before lives are lost.
Any bets on which path they’ll take?
The backlash against Connecticut politicians and the state police was so overwhelming, they were forced–thank God–to back down. I’m glad I was able to play some small part in that. A multi-part series (type “Connecticut” into the SMM homepage search bar to find them all) followed. In Connecticut, The Coming Storm, Part 3: Police Thinking, I wrote:
Most police officers, even if they are not avid gun guys and girls, have absolutely no problem with honest, law-abiding people owning and carrying as many guns as they like. As people who must actually apply the Constitution on a daily basis, they appreciate the need for honoring all of it. They simply assume everyone they meet could be armed and act accordingly, which does not mean with paranoia. They know most citizens are no threat to them whatever, and for the rest, competent tactics and observational skill will usually give them the edge.
Unfortunately, the battle is about to be joined again, this time in Virginia, where the black-faced/KKK, baby killing Democrat Governor Ralph Northam, has joined with the newly elected Democrat-controlled legislature to give it to the Deplorables, good and hard, as Bearing Arms.com reports:
Democrat Congressman Donald McEachin’s comments about using the National Guard to enforce Governor Ralph Northam’s proposed gun control laws in Virginia has caused a storm of controversy in the state, to the point that the Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard has issued a statement, after scores of phone calls and emails from concerned citizens and curious media figures. WSLS-TV in Roanoke was the first to report on the comments by Major General Timothy P. Williams.
‘We have received multiple questions regarding proposed legislation for the 2020 General Assembly session and the authority of the Governor of Virginia to employ the Virginia National Guard in a law enforcement role. Please make sure you share this message with your all of your personnel.
We understand and respect the passion people feel for the U.S. Constitution and 2nd Amendment rights. We will not speculate about the possible use of the Virginia National Guard. I encourage everyone to be patient while we allow our elected officials to work through the legislative process.
We have not received any requests from the Governor, or anyone on his staff, about serving in a law enforcement role related to any proposed legislation.
I expect our Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force to be professional and respectful in their discussions about this subject. As private citizens, our personnel are free to express their opinions to their elected officials, but they should not engage in any political activity while in a uniformed status.
We will provide regular updates when appropriate during the General Assembly session. Please utilize your chain of command to direct any questions or concerns to my office, and we will do our best to address them.
What’s happening is many Virginia counties and cities have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, and the law enforcement agencies there have declared they will not enforce unconstitutional gun laws. This is a deeply ironic situation. D/S/Cs across the nation have declared themselves immigration law sanctuaries in direct defiance of lawfully constituted law–to protect actual criminals–and in defiance of the constitutional authority of the federal government as administered by the executive branch. But when law enforcement agencies, cities and counties declare themselves sanctuaries in support of an enumerated right of the Constitution–protecting non-criminals–D/S/Cs go berserk, claiming the very foundations of the republic are being shaken.
Congressman McEachin’s threat to use the National Guard against local police and citizens is an evil echo of standard totalitarian practice. How dare Deplorables defy their betters?! Some might suggest the Posse Comitatus Act prevents this, but there are exceptions under which a Governor can use the National Guard under his control for this kind of tyrannical abuse. In the old Soviet Union, and in China today, conscripted soldiers were and are sent to serve in posts distant from their homes, so they would be more willing to oppress people they don’t know. In Part 3 of the 2014 series, I wrote:
But the current controversy goes far beyond normal procedure. If officers do nothing, if they do not enforce the law, no harm whatever will be done to society, to the rule of law, to the integrity of the police, to the social contract or to any individual. The people who will be the subject of police raids are not, in fact, criminals. They have done no affirmative act to further a criminal enterprise. They have no criminal intent. They have harmed no one, nor do they intend to harm anyone. Their property is subject to seizure and they to arrest only because the legislature has decreed that entirely lawful and innocuous goods, goods that are arguably specifically protected by the Constitution, goods they purchased when they were unquestionably legal, are, on a specific date, forever more illegal and their owners, felons.
If on the other hand, the police do choose to enforce such unconstitutional laws, they will endanger not only themselves, but the citizens they choose to attack. At least some of these citizens will reasonably see themselves as resisting a tyrannical, unconstitutional assault on fundamental liberties. They will see any attempt to take their weapons as a blatantly telegraphed intention to establish a dictatorship. They will remember the words of the Founders who wrote the Second Amendment to give the people the power to rise up and overthrow a tyrannical government.
Note the tone of General Williams’ statement. He has not said the Virginia NG would carry out raids against citizens, but he has not signaled defiance of the Governor, which is as it should be. Should, however, Virginia’s political masters order the police and/or National Guard to seize arms, a genuine constitutional crisis would occur. Perhaps sensing this, politicians are trying other totalitarian methods first.
And this from The Truth About Guns:
The Washington Examiner reported that Democratic Virginia Rep. Donald McEachin ‘suggested cutting off state funds to counties that do not comply with any gun control measures that pass in Richmond.
Take the link to see how other VA politicians are threatening their own police and people.
Seventy-eight Virginia counties [emphasis mine] have reportedly adopted ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ resolutions, infuriating incoming Democrats who are threatening to pass all kinds of restrictive gun control measures in 2020.
‘These anti-rights extremists aren’t even trying to disguise their intentions anymore,” [Alan] Gottlieb stated. “’What was once the party of gun control has become the party of gun confiscation and social bigotry. Where they were once apprehensive about gun control, now they are arrogant. They despise gun owners and they’re determined to reduce a constitutional right to a heavily-regulated privilege. They will punish anyone who stands in their way.’
Democrats will consider bans on so-called ‘assault weapons’ and original capacity magazines, revive the failed one-gun-a-month restriction, expand background checks, and institute other gun control schemes. They won the legislature with help from a $2.5 million expenditure by Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund.
That would be the Michael Bloomberg who is now running for the Democrat nomination for President. Consider this from Part 3:
There will be mistakes: the homes of people with names similar to those on a confiscation list will be raided, a cell phone mistaken for a gun, a quick movement mistaken for a deadly threat, a citizen with a firearm meeting unknown people breaking into his home, trying only to protect his family. People will be injured. People will die. Honest, innocent people will be imprisoned, their lives and the lives of their families destroyed, and for what? So socialist politicians, surrounded by armed security provided at taxpayer expense, can smugly grin and pontificate about public safety?
The Constitution was written to protect minorities from the tyranny of the majority. Fifty one percent of the population may not deprive 49% of their fundamental, unalienable rights. This is one of the foundational principles of our constitutional republic. The majority may indeed write and pass laws, but may never deprive any minority of their unalienable rights. This is what differentiates America from virtually every other nation. And this tyranny of the majority is what Connecticut’s anti-Second Amendment politicians, salivating over the prospect of gaining ever-greater degrees of control over citizens, will almost certainly try to impose.
If Virginia’s tyrants press forward with this, there will be no turning back. It is clear a great number of local agencies will not participate in violating their citizen’s rights. This leaves the State Police, a force of just over 2000. Some of them will take arms against the people. Most will think it their duty. Some will delight in doing it. Every police agency has officers that think themselves the masters of the people rather than their servants. Some even look forward to the opportunity to kill under color of law. The officers of every law enforcement agency knows who those people are.
My comments from Part 3 referred primarily to the damage police operations against the people would cause. I suspect most law enforcement officers would refuse to participate. They’d be attacking their families, friends, neighbors, people they love, people who know where they, and their families, live. Being socially ostracized would be the least of their concerns. Rational police officers know very well how thin the blue line is. If they step over it, if they declare themselves enemies of the people they’re supposed to serve and protect, if they throw away the trust of the public, their lives, and the lives of their families, would be in danger. Contrary to what some think, the police aren’t stupid. Indeed, there are always some idiots in every profession, but most officers are rational and intelligent. Uncommon common sense is a job requirement. Most importantly, they operate under very strict laws and procedures very different from those of the military.
If the police won’t do the tyrant’s bidding, that leaves the military. It is probable, however, that the Guard would not take arms against the people. Oh, some would, but most won’t oppress, even kill, their friends and neighbors, to say nothing of their families.
This too is a line no rational person wants to cross. Once the police or the military started violating citizen’s rights, and particularly once citizens started being beaten, imprisoned, or killed, a hot civil war would have begun. Virginia politicians ought to consider that under those circumstances, their lives would be in danger, and everyone knows where they work and live. It wouldn’t just be individual citizens that were out for their heads, but law enforcement officers and members of the Guard as well.
But that’s treason! No one has the right to oppose the government! Consider this from The Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. [skip]
…the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
As much as D/S/C politicians deny it, the historical record is clear. The Second Amendment exists not to secure a right to hunt, or even for self-defense, important as that right is. It exists primarily to acknowledge–never establish–the right of every American to keep and bear arms to overthrow tyranny, just like that being proposed and legislated in Virginia, which was once an important state in establishing individual liberty. The Founders knew this kind of tyranny was more than possible even in the constitutional republic they created. Benjamin Franklin expressed this understanding, when after the Convention, was asked what kind of government had been established. He replied: ”a republic, if you can keep it.”
VA politicians would be wise to tone down their bloodthirsty threats and carefully consider what they do. They are likely to find far fewer police and National Guard personnel than they imagine are willing to be their storm troopers. Coming events in Virginia may determine whether we will be able to keep it.