Democrat lawmakers in Virginia are considering the deployment of the National Guard if the police do not comply and help with gun control measures. The police also face prosecution if they're not helping the lawmakers push the laws they pass.
These Democratic lawmakers are saying that any local police who are not cooperative with any new gun control laws passed in Virginia could be prosecuted, which could then lead to the lawmakers calling on the National Guard to take their place in the matter.
One big response to what happened in their local legislative elections is that VA residents are creating "Second Amendment sanctuary counties" where "the authorities in these municipalities uphold the Second Amendment in the face of any gun control measure passed by Richmond," as reported on the Washington Examiner, by Kerry Picket.
Over 75 counties in Virginia have so far adopted such Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions in the commonwealth, the latest being Spotsylvania County. The board of supervisors voted unanimously to approve a resolution declaring that county police will not enforce state-level gun laws that violate Second Amendment rights.
Picket's report continued, stating that any local law enforcement supporting the sanctuary counties could be faced with stiff consequences for not following the new laws passed by state Legislature. Virginia's Rep. Gerry Connolly even hoped that any law enforcement who declines to follow the new gun control measures would resign instead of breaking their oath.
“I would hope they either resign in good conscience, because they cannot uphold the law which they are sworn to uphold, or they're prosecuted for failure to fulfill their oath,” Democratic Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly told the Washington Examiner of local county police who may refuse to enforce future gun control measures. “The law is the law. If that becomes the law, you don't have a choice, not if you're a sworn officer of the law.”
To be fair, the same law enforcement also believe in the Constitution and second amendment, which was made to protect us from government.
To make matters even more extreme, the Democrat lawmakers also threaten to stop funding counties who don't comply with the new gun control laws, if they're passed.
As per Democratic Virginia Rep. Donald McEachin:
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“They certainly risk funding, because if the sheriff's department is not going to enforce the law, they're going to lose money. The counties' attorneys offices are not going to have the money to prosecute because their prosecutions are going to go down,” he said.
McEachin also noted that Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam could call the National Guard, if necessary.
So far the Democrats hope that police resign, threatened to cut funding, and next up is the threat of deploying the National Guard.
“And ultimately, I'm not the governor, but the governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law,” he said. “That's his call, because I don't know how serious these counties are and how severe the violations of law will be. But that's obviously an option he has.”
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring blamed the numerous Second Amendment resolutions in the state on the “gun lobby” as a tactic to frighten state residents.
To be fair, I don't believe that many people in the National Guard would go along with this. Just like many police officers won't agree with any new gun control laws that include confiscation of legally owned firearms from hardworking American citizens who deserve the right to defend themselves in the criminal face of evil.
Residents in Virginia are seeing the consequences of their recent elections as Governor Ralph Northam targets gun control. Virginia recently lost the majority of Red seats and the state has turned Blue.
Just this week we witnessed an armed good guy taking out an armed bad guy in a church, which proves exactly why the 2A needs to be respected by all. There could have been a massacre in that Texas church, but the damage was limited. To make matters worse, the suspect had a history of crime and clearly he did not follow any laws, because criminals don't follow laws.
Can Virginia deploy the National Guard to enforce the gun control laws? Yes, they can.