There’s little doubt many folks across Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley want their Second Amendment rights protected. And they are willing to take matters into their own hands, via the power of petition, to assure this transpires.

In no less than 22 of 95 of the commonwealth’s counties — Appomattox, Campbell, Charlotte, Pittsylvania, and Carroll included — petitions have been roundly circulated in an effort to stave off Gov. Northam’s gun-control initiative.

Here in Frederick County, a Change.org petition accumulated more than 5,000 signatures — we are a county of roughly 86,000 — and about 100 people are expected to take their cause to the Board of Supervisors meeting next Wednesday.

The intent, said one gun-owner? “Send a message” that Americans’ gun rights are not to be trifled with.

Further up the Valley, it is said that 4,000 people showed up in Shenandoah County to express their concern. These are serious numbers for locales not heavily populated.

In the wake of the Virginia Beach shootings earlier this year, Mr. Northam felt moved personally and politically to, as they say, “do something.” Republicans, still barely dominant in the Legislature, narrowly thwarted the governor in a specially called session to address the issue. Now Mr. Northam’s Democrats control both houses — hence one of their first moves was to eliminate the work provision as a requirement for receiving Medicaid.

Expect more of the same, especially when it comes to guns. Among the prescriptions Mr.Northam has presented include: doing background checks on all gun sales; banning high-voltage weapons as well as bump stocks and silencers; reinstating Virginia’s erstwhile law allowing but one purchase of a handgun per month; requiring that lost and stolen firearms be reported to police within 24 hours; creating an Extreme Risk Protective Order to separate a person from his guns over a certain period; prohibiting anyone subject to final protective orders from having firearms; and providing localities the wherewithal to enact gun laws stricter than state law.

We have no doubt Mr. Northam advances these solutions with the best of intentions, but the question still remains whether any of these panaceas will prevent any of the violence at which they are directed.

Perhaps the converse is true — that the resolutions signed by so many will never stand up to a legal challenge. Frederick County Board of Supervisors Chairman Chuck DeHaven does not think they will, referring to the petitions as “feel-good, knee-jerk reactions.”

But Mr. DeHaven also said something else bordering on the contradictory. He did admit the response to the petitions truly reflected the county’s mindset toward guns.

So what is it, Mr. Chairman, a “feel-good, knee-jerk reaction,” or the genuine expression of a people who fear their cherished rights are endangered? It can’t be both.

(7) comments

Rattler

I see no liberals bothered to comment on current laws. Such hypocrisy

Rattler

Spoken like a true liberal. Background checks are already done . Bump stocks are already illegal. Silencers, really called suppressor are already regulated. Strict laws and money to acquire one. The "assault " weapons talked about are made just to look like a military rifle. Maybe you should join the military so you would see the difference and learn a few things. Ars are not automatic rifles. You have to pull trigger for each shot just like a handgun. Large capacity magazines. Go watch some competitions, trained and practiced shooters can shoot off what you would call an appropriate number of rounds faster than most people can fire what you would call a large capacity magazine and with more accuracy. It is already against the law for felons to own a firearm..

As for your red flag law... who'd determine what would be a red flag. Number firearms a month. Maybe you need to see legal prices of firearms. Criminals can purchase many many firearms less than 1 legal purchase.

Again criminals and sickos that want to commit thes crimes do NOT follow the law.

I find your comments interesting since you want so many rights for your kind, wont let me type what I wanted, yet you want to deny legal firearm owners their civil rights. What a hypocrite.

DavidSparkman

We need to just criminalize criminals having guns. Wait, haven't we already done that? What about criminalizing liberals having guns? Most mass shootings are done by liberals so liberals should be OK with that logic.

Spock Here

Once again a baseless claim from Sparky, while making some sick joke he's probably cackling over....

Ping

Thank you, Supervisors, for standing up to Governor Moonwalker and his unreasonable shackling of Constitutional rights.

slowe

Get a grip. All these proposals are reasonable and good for society: “ doing background checks on all gun sales; banning high-voltage weapons as well as bump stocks and silencers; reinstating Virginia’s erstwhile law allowing but one purchase of a handgun per month; requiring that lost and stolen firearms be reported to police within 24 hours; creating an Extreme Risk Protective Order to separate a person from his guns over a certain period; prohibiting anyone subject to final protective orders from having firearms; and providing localities the wherewithal to enact gun laws stricter than state law.“

If you want to live surrounded by guns, then go join the “well regulated militia”. Individuals are not by themselves a “well regulated militia”, and should not have the rights that a well regulated militia would have. I see no problem for these regulations to be applied to individuals. I hope they are passed and made into law.

Taxpayer

Slowe.... thats fitting. Extremely Slowe would be better... do you read much?

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