Virginia Democrats Push Forward with Gun Control, Ignore Protests from Citizens
The state Senate advanced legislation to allow authorities to take guns away
After tens of thousands of pro-Second Amendment demonstrators protested in the state’s capital earlier this week, Virginia Democrats began pushing ahead with their agenda regardless.
According to a report from the Associated Press: “The day after a massive gathering of gun-rights activists at the Virginia Capitol, the state Senate on Tuesday advanced legislation that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others."
The report added that Virginia Democrats also killed GOP-backed measures, which includes “a bill to allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit and to repeal a limit on carrying weapons in churches and other places of worship.”
The Virginia Democrats defiant move comes a day after 22,000 protesters converged the streets of Richmond to protest proposals for confiscating legally owned firearms from law-abiding citizens.
The reaction to the Democrat's agenda has been so strong that lawmakers in West Virginia are now considering accepting counties that want to exit Virginia, The Washington Examiner reported.
40 of 100 West Virginia House delegates have signed on to legislation that would accept Virginia counties and towns wishing to leave.
West Virginia Del. Gary Howel said the idea started out as a long shot but “has turned into a real thing.”
Howell introduced HCR 8 to the West Virginia legislature, which states:
These tensions have been compounded by a perception of contempt on the part of the government at Richmond for the differences in certain fundamental political and societal principles which prevail between the varied counties and cities of that Commonwealth.
In the latest, and most evident, in this string of grievances, the government at Richmond now seeks to place intolerable restraints upon the rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution to the citizens of that Commonwealth.
I will NEVER allow our great Second Amendment to go unprotected, not even a little bit!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2020
In a spirit of conciliation, the legislature of West Virginia hereby extends an invitation to our fellow Virginians who wish to do so, to join us in our noble experiment of 156 years of separation from the government at Richmond; and, we extend an invitation to any constituent county or city of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the body politic of the state of West Virginia.
President Donald Trump commented on Monday’s pro-Second Amendment rally:
“I will NEVER allow our great Second Amendment to go unprotected, not even a little bit!”
Virginia's far-left Democrat Governor Ralph Northam on Tuesday claimed that he "de-escalated" potential violence at Monday's pro-gun rights rally at the state Capitol, despite zero reports of violent behavior.
Gov. Northam had previously warned the pro-gun demonstration against his anti-Second Amendment policies could erupt into racist violence, even declaring a "state of emergency" ahead of the rally at Richmond.
“We are all thankful that today passed without incident,” Northam said in a statement as he took credit for the peaceful nature of the rally.