Virginia Democrats were forced to ditch or moderate their most strict gun-control ideas when thousands of NRA members appeared at the Virginia capitol building to push back against the proposals, as reported by the Free Beacon.
The NRA wants more than just these changes and plans future opposition if Virginia Democrats continue moving into a confiscation territory.
These are rights afforded by the United States Constitution and the members of the NRA won't allow the Democrats in Virginia to take any of their rights away.
"We are beyond impressed by today's turnout," D.J. Spiker, Virginia state director for the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, told the Washington Free Beacon. "You can see the passion and enthusiasm that the citizens of Virginia have in joining us in this fight."
So what happened?
After all the NRA members arrived, they were able to push Democrats into withdrawing S.B. 16 which could have confiscated AR-15s and weapons of similar nature. Democrats also changed a few other proposals in the process.
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"While there were some improvements to some of these bills, overall, it's still bad legislation," Spiker said. "Putting in more regulations and making it more onerous on the law-abiding citizens of Virginia is not something we stand for."
If you're curious of some reactions made by people, then here's what one woman said when she talked with the Free Beacon:
"I'm a single female that travels the country by myself in completely new areas," she told the Free Beacon. "I never know where I'm going to end up, and to protect myself with whatever firearm I choose is so important to me. With the bills that are written and how they're written, 90 percent of my firearms, including my carry firearms, would be made illegal, and I would be made a felon overnight."
Despite what many people think about the NRA, this is a step in the right direction. The Virginia Democrats were pushing the line on confiscation which is something many Americans, particularly those who are law-abiding citizens, would not want.
In retrospect, there is no reason to confiscate weapons from people who have not broken the law. People who follow the law are not the problem.
The problem is criminals, and criminals don't follow the law - that's why they're criminals, and that's why changing or adding more laws won't make any difference.