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Remember Virginia

WILLIAM EMICK

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Ralph Northam, Virginia’s Democratic governor has appropriated funds for additional personnel to implement: Red Flag Laws, registration and universal background checks on every firearm transfer; banning of AR15s and AK 47s; all guns holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and prosecution of violators who fail to report lost or stolen firearms within 24 hours.

So far as I’m concerned he is violating his oath of office to honor, protect and defend his state’s constitution, the U.S. Bill of Rights, and he dishonors Virginia’s three U.S. presidents, their patriotic leaders and historical past.

In 1623, Virginia forbade its colonists from traveling unless well armed. In 1631, they required the people to bring their firearms to church and have target practice on Sundays. In 1658, every householder was required to have a functioning firearm. In 1673, the state purchased firearms for those who were too poor to afford them. In 1776, Virginia was the first colonial state to adopt a constitution confirming the militia included the people with the right to keep and bear arms. In 1789, the U.S. Constitution was ratified and the 2nd Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights in 1791.

It, too, validated Americans’ right to keep and bear arms. George Washington, America’s first president declared, “A free people ought to be armed.” George Mason concurred, saying, “The militia was the whole people, and to disarm them was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” Richard Henry Lee agreed: “A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves and include all men capable of bearing arms.”

Virginians were willing to sacrifice their honor, fortunes and lives for independence after the British banned and then confiscated the colonists’ firearms in Boston, gunpowder in Williamsburg, Va., and attempted to confiscate their weapons at Lexington in 1775 that ignited the Revolutionary War. Patrick Henry warned, “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approached that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, (gun rights) you are ruined.”

Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd president, wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776 that proclaimed, “Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.”

James Madison, our 4th president and father of the constitution, confirmed, “What the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation is the advantage of being armed, which forms a barrier against the enterprises of (political) ambition.”

Remember: First is registration of firearms, next is banning then confiscation, and finally genocide, which occurred when dictators murdered 174 million unarmed citizens during the 20th Century.

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