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Virginia’s Latest Salvo Against the Second Amendment

In #SOSS, Front Page, Second Amendment by Allen West

Greetings, everyone, and welcome to another edition of our end-of-week review of insidious actions by public figures, “Stuck on Stupid Saturday.”

As you can tell by the title of this missive, y’all pretty much know the direction this is heading. First, I want to once again applaud the law-abiding citizens of Virginia who are making a stand against the tyranny of the progressive socialist left in their state. Let me remind y’all: all of this has come about because of the little narcissist American Napoleon, Michael Bloomberg. Bloomerg spent millions of dollars by way of his anti-Second Amendment programs and organizations, to support anti-gun candidates, progressive socialists, to flip the Virginia State House and Senate. His intent and objective was to have lawmakers that are beholden to his ideological agenda: gun control, confiscation. No different from Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, or Chavez. What Bloomberg did in Virginia is exactly what he seeks to do to America.

I want to share with y’all the latest insanity emanating from the state that produced George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Patrick Henry.

As reported by Fox News:

“Concealed handgun permits held by residents of 25 states will no longer be valid in Virginia, the state’s attorney general said Tuesday, drawing swift criticism from GOP lawmakers. Attorney General Mark [Blackface] Herring, a Democrat, said the state will revoke its reciprocity agreement with the states because their concealed weapon laws don’t meet Virginia’s standards. Those states hand out permits to people who are barred under the Virginia law, like fugitives, convicted stalkers and drug dealers, which undermines the state’s law and puts residents at risk, he said. “Evenly, consistently and fairly enforcing Virginia’s concealed handgun permit law, as we are now doing, means that it will be more difficult for potentially dangerous individuals to conceal their handguns here in Virginia and that will make Virginians safer, especially Virginian law enforcement,” Herring said.

The move means that Virginians will no longer be able to use their concealed handgun permits in six states that require a mutual reciprocity agreement: Florida, Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wyoming. States are currently being notified about the change, which goes into effect on Feb. 1, Herring said. The only states that have tough enough laws to maintain their reciprocity agreement with Virginia are: Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and West Virginia, he said. The states whose permits Virginia will no longer recognize are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.”

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I am a concealed carry holder in the state of Texas, prior to that, I was a CCL holder in the state of Florida. First and foremost, what I find ludicrous about this assertion by AG Herring is that Virginia leftists are proposing legislation to allow convicted felons to vote. I guess protecting and ensuring voter integrity is not that important? As well, the same rhetoric about public safety and stopping gun violence as the reason for gun control measures, which is what this is, was used by Hugo Chavez as he ascended to power in Venezuela.

Perhaps AG Herring should take a look at BATF Form 4473. It asks very specific questions about a criminal record, domestic abuse, stalking, and drug use…any questions answered in the affirmative denies the person a right to legally purchase a firearm. As well, when undergoing my CCL training and application, I had to submit fingerprints. Therefore, if I do have a criminal record, it would show and my CCL application would be denied.

It is high time to stop allowing this wanton unconstitutional behavior to be proliferated by the progressive socialist left. The problem with crime in Virginia — and elsewhere in America — is not about CCL reciprocity, but anything to undermine the Second Amendment. That is just fine with these despotic leftists. If you really think about it, the Second Amendment, in its strictest interpretations, does not say a law-abiding, legal, gun owner needs permission. It states that we have a right to keep and bear arms that shall not be infringed. Therefore, we have the defined, enumerated, right, as law-abiding, legal, gun owners to carry weapons. In the case of a concealed carry permit, a citizen — one like me — seeks the legal approval to be able to carry a weapon hidden from full public view. Again, I stress legal authority. Drug dealers are not looking for legal authority to carry a weapon. Heck, no criminal does. So, AG Herring, in his brilliantly displayed stupidity, is only enacting something that will be a deterrent to law-abiding citizens.

Case in point: does AG Herring think that his delusional declaration would have stopped the progressive socialist leftist who traveled from Illinois to Virginia to shoot GOP Members of Congress? Funny, the left did not spend much time ruminating over that shooting, did they?

I close by reminding y’all that Virginia is yet another example of what happens with progressive socialist leftist control. It evidences exactly what they will do with power, implement their ideological agenda with no sense of conscience. This is playing out in too many states that were once red, conservative states . . . and, the left centers this movement in the major population centers. Do not forget, two counties, Fairfax, and Prince William, were instrumental in the remaking of the political dynamic in Virginia . . . just like in Nevada, Washington State, Arizona, New Mexico. The same is now being attempted in Texas.

No more complacency. The left in America is telling us exactly who they are. And, only those who are “stuck on stupid” will allow them to ascend to power in our America.

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