Ralph Northam, Virginia’s Democratic governor, has appropriated funds for additional personnel to implement Red Flag Laws, registration and universal background checks on every firearm transfer, banning of AR15’s and AK 47’s, and all guns holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and prosecution of violators who fail to report lost or stolen firearms within 24 hours. He has violated his oath of office to honor, protect, and defend his state’s constitution, and the U.S. Bill of Rights, and has reprehensibly dishonored Virginia’s three U.S. presidents, their patriotic leaders and historical past as noted below.
In 1623, Virginia forbade its colonists from traveling unless well armed; 1631, they required the people to bring their firearms to church and have target practice on Sundays; 1658, every householder was required to have a functioning firearm within his home; and in 1673, the state purchased firearms for those who were too poor to afford them. In 1776, Virginia was the first colonial state to adopt a constitution confirming the militia included the people with the right to keep and bear arms which shall not be infringed. In 1789, the U.S. constitution was ratified and the Second amendment was included in the Bill of Rights in 1791. It too validated Americans right to keep and bear arms that shall not be infringed.
George Washington, America’s first president declared, “A free people ought to be armed.” George Mason concurred, “The militia was the whole people, and to disarm them was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” Richard Henry Lee agreed, “A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves and include all men capable of bearing arms.”
Virginians were willing to sacrifice their honor, fortunes, and lives for independence after the British banned and then confiscated the colonist firearms in Boston, gunpowder in Williamsburg, Virginia, and attempted to confiscate their weapons at Lexington in 1775 that ignited the Revolutionary War. Patrick Henry had warned, “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approached that jewel.” Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, (gun rights) you are ruined.
Thomas Jefferson, our third president, drew up the Declaration of Independence in 1776 which proclaimed governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.
James Madison, our fourth president and father of the constitution confirmed, “What the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation is the advantage of being armed, which forms a barrier against the enterprises of (political) ambition.” Remember! It’s always first registration of firearms, next banning, then confiscation, and finally genocide, which occurred when dictators murdered 174 million unarmed citizens during the 20th century.
WILLIAM L EMICK
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