Complacency kills. Nobody has learned that lesson faster than the average gun owner in Virginia. Ever since the state flipped blue on November 5th, the state has been on fire with pro-gun rights activity.
In the six weeks since the election, more than 40 states have declared themselves to be Second Amendment Sanctuaries.
This week alone, the Attorney General had to come out with a statement about Sanctuary Counties, sternly reminding them that they must follow the law, regardless of whether they like it or not.
Meanwhile, in Culpepper County, Sheriff Scott Jenkins has declared that he will “deputize thousands of citizens” if necessary to defend their gun rights.
Just 80 miles down the road in Nelson County, the Board of Supervisors had announced they would hold a meeting at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, December 10th.
At the meeting, they would decide whether or not they, too, would join the Sanctuary movement.
After they announced the meeting was going to be held at 2:00 pm, local gun rights activists asked them to move the event to 7:00 pm so that folks who would be at work at 2:00 could make it.
When the supervisors refused, the activists notified their Facebook page that they would be holding a rally outside the Board of Supervisors at 7:00 pm the night before the 2:00 pm vote. In Nelson County alone, there have been more than 700 people who joined a “Make Nelson County a Second Amendment Sanctuary” Facebook page that is barely three weeks old.
Seems you can’t stop an idea whose time has come.
Better Late Than Never
Meanwhile, gun rights activists are hoping that it’s not a case of “too little, too late” for gun owners in Virginia.
Virginia Citizens Defense League’s Phil Van Cleave recently gave a reason for the newfound energy gun owners are displaying:
These are people [gun owners] that were sleeping during the elections. That’s the problem with a lot of gun owners, they tend to get complacent and think, “Oh okay, nothing bad is going to happen.” They were sleeping and the elections then kind of eked out a margin for the democrats and they came on saying, “We want gun control.” “This is all about gun control.”
Time for gun owners to wake up nationwide, folks. Virginia should be a lesson to both sides of the gun control issue. It has taught gun owners that it’s not fun to be on the defense so fight before it’s too late. Meanwhile, the battle in Virginia has forced the Democrats to face a very real and very large portion of the population that they didn’t face at the ballot box.
This is a fitting time to remind Virginia gun owners of their state motto: Sic Semper Tyrannis.