The intent of the petition declaring Frederick County a gun sanctuary, is, according to the Dec. 7 Star editorial, to "'send a message' that Americans' gun rights are not to be trifled with." The question is, is that, in fact, the message being sent?
Democrats have waited a long time for the opportunity to enact some common sense gun safety regulations. Their proposed new laws are apparently well-regarded and endorsed by most Virginians, given how they voted in November. Background checks on all gun sales; banning high-voltage weapons, bump stocks, and silencers; allowing one gun purchase per month; requiring that lost or stolen firearms be reported within 24 hours; prohibiting anyone subject to protective orders from owning firearms; and allowing localities to enact gun laws stricter than state law: none of these proposals seem too outrageous to most of us, including many gun owners. We can expect, and demand, that all the proposals be carefully crafted and constitutional, and if, once we see what comes out of Richmond, gun owners feel that their rights under the 2nd Amendment are infringed, our system allows them to take their case to court.
The real message, then, seems to be that guns are more important than the interests and wishes of the majority of voters; more important than the rule of law, so treasured and insisted upon by our founders; more important than our union and our nation.
That is a frightening message indeed.