‘They’ve Awoken a Giant’: 20+ Virginia Counties Become 2A Sanctuaries Overnight

The pro-gun crowd at the Amelia County Board of Supervisor’s meeting was much too large to fit in the building. (Photo: Philip Van Cleave)

Virginia gun owners have gathered by the hundreds at Board of Supervisors meetings in counties across the state to send a message to the newly elected Democratic legislature in Richmond.

As of this writing, 23 counties and towns have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries since Michael Bloomberg flipped the state legislature from red to blue earlier this month. Second Amendment sanctuaries exist in many states across the country, but no state has seen so many in such a short span of time.

“It’s sending a message to Richmond saying we don’t want any more gun control out here,” Philip Van Cleave told GunsAmerica. Van Cleave is the President of the gun-rights group Virginia Citizens Defense League, which has been fighting for Second Amendment rights in Virginia since 1994, when they helped turned the state from may-issue to shall-issue.

Van Cleave has been active in the gun rights movement in Virginia for over 20 years, and he says he’s never seen anything like this.

“Nothing even touches the activity in Virginia right now. A lot of gun owners were sleeping, but now they’ve woke the sleeping giant. All these gun owners that have been sound asleep have suddenly woken up.”

The numbers don’t lie. Of Virginia’s 133 counties and independent towns, 23 have already declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, and another 53 are considering the measure.

“There are more coming,” Van Cleave predicted. “That number’s going to jump quite a bit.”

County Board of Supervisor meetings are literally overflowing with gun owners hoping to send a message to Richmond.

One thousand people showed up at a Board of Supervisors meeting in Shenandoah County, for example, and 700 people attended a meeting in Washington County. The meetings in Amherst and Amelia counties were standing-room-only with crowds flooding the hallways and the front lawns.

Amherst County. (Photo: Philip Van Cleave)
Shenandoah County. (Photo: Philip Van Cleave)

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On a larger scale, gun owners—when they show up—represent a massive voting block in state elections. Van Cleave pointed out that in a state of 8 million people, there are 2 million gun owners and 600,000 hold concealed carry permits.

Van Cleave admitted that when a county declares itself a Second Amendment sanctuary, the gesture is mostly symbolic from a legal standpoint. While all county employees, including any police force, are bound by the resolution, sheriffs and county attorneys are independently elected in Virginia.

But Van Cleave also pointed out that many sheriffs follow the county’s lead, and many others have independently vowed not to enforce new gun control.

More importantly, the Second Amendment sanctuary push sends a clear message to the state legislature and gives gun owners a clear mission.

“While there’s no real teeth in it, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have influence,” Van Cleave said. “It’s unifying gun owners. It’s giving them a mission and a message. And they’re sending it loud and clear.”

Unity will be key to blocking the slate of anti-gun measures the legislature plans to adopt in the upcoming session. Van Cleave believes that if gun owners can exert enough pressure on Senate Democrats in purple districts, they can block some of the most extreme anti-gun policies.

“[The Democrats] will know they’re in a fight. This isn’t going to be a cakewalk,” he said. “It’s one thing to be brave and vote along with gun control when you know that Republicans are going to kill it anyhow. Now they’re going to own it. If they pass gun control, they’re going to own it. They’ll be the target for all those angry gun owners that are waking up.”

SEE ALSO: Here’s the List of Bills Anti-Gunners Plan to Enact in Virginia

The Democrats hold a commanding 55-45 majority in the House of Delegates, but in the Senate their 21-19 majority is much smaller. If two Democrats fail to support any given bill, Republicans will be able to block it.

For now, Van Cleave and his team are focusing on what they believe will be a massive Second Amendment rally and lobby day in Richmond on the third Monday in January. If the turnout at Board of Supervisors meetings is any indication, he has good reason to be optimistic.

To gun owners in other states, Van Cleave’s message is clear: don’t get complacent.

“Don’t think this isn’t coming to your state,” he warned. “They’re looking at Virginia as a test case. What they’re doing here, they’ll do in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and North Carolina. We all have to stand up and fight. We can’t run to another state. This is a movement to disarm us.”

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Kristina krist January 16, 2020, 12:08 am

    Hi All! I am not a gun owner, and I don’t particularly like them but I do believe in the second amendment so stay strong! Are there plans to recall this Gov Creep?? I hope you can recall him out and everyone that came with him that supports him in the state legislature.

  • OLIVER E DAVIDSON January 12, 2020, 12:02 pm

    I appreciate what everyone has done and will continue,but lets agree if we had fought this hard to stop the Democrats owning our state we would not have to do this,right or wrong????

  • Jean Ernst Louis January 9, 2020, 6:48 pm

    Very happy to meet you
    May God bless you

  • Rachel ingram January 9, 2020, 12:49 am

    My guns stay with me

    • Brenda Johnson January 9, 2020, 12:13 pm

      I will never surrender my guns or my morals. We must unite and take our Country back from the radicals.

  • James January 8, 2020, 1:16 pm

    Not taking my rights away or my guns

  • Rodney Bolton January 8, 2020, 1:03 am

    Federal law goes over state law. So as long as the 2nd amendment is still a amendment there is no law broken.

  • Jeff Findley January 7, 2020, 6:19 pm

    Front laws ? Or front lawns ?

  • Lynda Farley January 3, 2020, 3:20 pm

    Why vote Democratic in the first place if they were pro guns?

    • buford t.Justice January 5, 2020, 9:29 pm

      They didn’t; democrats in the urban areas cheat. Finding boxes of absentee votes late into the evening.

  • John Moldrem January 2, 2020, 11:41 pm

    Invite the Nation … You will have hundreds of thousands at your designated location within hours! This cannot happen, and it won’t!!

    • John king January 5, 2020, 1:30 pm

      I don’t understand don’t they have to have a amendment to constitution? I hope someone will answer that.

  • Steve Light January 1, 2020, 4:12 pm

    Hold your guns Virginia.

  • Glenn Aycock December 30, 2019, 5:44 pm

    People-please read “The Deep State” by Mike lofgren. Also read about Cloward-piven theory. We are at war. One party is trying to get rid of a duly elected president, ex politicians are taking huge kickbacks for government access, billionaires like ex-nazi George Soros are funding the chaos and funding the Democrats. They are trying to take over the government. It is a coup. They want us answering to them like sheep, ripe for slaughter. They are discussing confiscating peoples land, making people move to cities.
    Sounds like Mao Tse Tung. There is something big happening here. I can smell it but it is not clear. Get rid of democrat zealouts. Keep Obama, Clintons out. Vote for Trump.

    • Donna Martocci January 5, 2020, 5:30 am

      Thank you, The Media is only showing good about Bloomberg. My teenagers are thinking he is a good choice because of it. They are not seeing all the good Trump stands for. How Great our country is… Vote Trump!!!

      • Royal Kelvin February 13, 2020, 2:14 am

        So the government of Virginia wants to take away second amendment from the people of Virginia that lead up to taking all rights from the people they making Virginia another communist state we the people cannot stand by let this happen

    • MARY Westbrooks January 6, 2020, 6:54 pm

      I AGREE WITH YOU

  • Gilbert C SAWYER December 30, 2019, 1:54 pm

    Virginia Beach, Virginia Mayor Bobby DYER, Sir you know me. Shore Drive, Ret. United States Marine. I have NEVER been arrested, why I have NEVER been handcuff. After my almost twenty-seven years in the United States Marine Corps I became a Master Mason. This past year I was WM of my lodge. In my almost seventy-three years I have taken many ‘OATH’S’ ending in “So help me God.” Like my BIBLE, I also have The CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA at my bed side. Perplexing problem here, if SB16 passes in Virginia and sticks, we have until July 2020 to comply or we automatically become felons subject to arrest. There is the rub, how do many of us then honor our solemn oath as Master Masons? Something to ponder isn’t it? If the law is passed to confiscate guns then that will leave every citizen defenseless against those who buy guns illeagally. Which means more robberies, more mass shootings and more victims. Do you honestly think a law will stop criminals or deranged people from getting guns one way or the other. If our 2nd amendment rights are protected at least that gives us a chance to protect ourselves and our children. I would rather be armed and fight back then on my knees begging a predetor to not kill me or rape my daughter or wife. As ‘WE’ Marines say —- “Now there is a LINE IN THE SAND. Let’s SEE who steps up to the LINE.” Oh! YES, “GET YOUR MIND RIGHT FOR WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO DO….it’s getting to the point I’m embarrassed to tell people where I’m from….I’ve always been proud to be from Virginia until recently…not so much any more…Dems. are destroying themselves and drag the country down with them. This is real sad for a country the world looks up to…. .
    ‘IDIOT’S’ the lot of you. ‘THE VALUE OF LIFE’. is what must be FIXED. ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ must learn that we have a common cause—- DEFENDING and SECURING the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. ” My biggest fear: Peace and Harmony, Why do “WE THE PEOPLE” need a ‘organization’ when we have The CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. On December 15, 1791 Virginia ratifies ten proposed constitutional amendments, adding the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution. If this central document of American Life were to be changed by Virginia; Virginia would NO LONGER BE FREE. Good Luck with this. In Maryland a sixty-one year old man was KILLED over ‘RED FLAG LAW’ by the POLICE at his HOME. I would GUESS his family is ‘THINKING’ this Constitution is NOT WORKING so well. Someone wake up those folk at the Supreme Court of the United States
    1 First Street, NE
    Washington, DC 20543 Time for them to go to WORK.”WE THE PEOPLE” don’t TRUST them. NONE of them. Now they want to take OUR GUNS, sound like something that has been a ‘FAILURE’ in the past. Come on ‘YOU KNOW’ —-a state of inability to do or perform a normal function adequately. Just a little thought! In 1775 the British Empire, the most successful the world had seen, came to America to take the GUNS of the colonist.—- I give you, YORKTOWN, VIRGINIA. 1775 – 2019 , Tyranny is defined today.
    As a Taxation with out proper representation.
    Through out history gun confiscation has been followed by a Genocide. The order of purpose is to remove all defense for a death squad. Oh my to control the population.. How??

    Oh! Just so you don’t have to LOOK—- AMENDMENT II —- A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.—-AMENDMENT IV —- The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Give me Liberty, or Give me Death…. I AM A UNITED STATES MARINE.—-“THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION; WHOM SHALL I FEAR? THE LORD IS THE STRENGTH OF MY LIFE; WHOM SHALL I BE AFRAID? SEMPER FIDELIS.”

    • Hunter Carlisle December 31, 2019, 12:20 pm

      Thank you Gilbert C. Sawyer for each and every word. They most surely reflect my profound beliefs in the Constitution of The UNITED STATES 🇺🇸 OF AMERICA and of our HOLY BIBLE! I raised two Marine sons to be patriots and Christians above everything else! They both are also Eagle Scouts. I would also like to convey to you sir that I greatly appreciate your service to this great nation! GOD BLESS YOU and your family and Semper Fi!!!

    • Bob Davis January 6, 2020, 11:31 am

      Sic Semper Tyranis3

    • Brenda Johnson January 9, 2020, 12:17 pm

      Thank you for your service. I’ll stand right beside you to fight and keep our rights.

  • Kathy Cralton December 30, 2019, 10:22 am

    I am 64 yrs old and have been through alot of elections for presidents and never have I ever seen so many haters towards a president and his family like with President Trumps We the ppl. needs to wake up and smell the coffee because the communists are here to take over everything in our lives. And it’s trying to in Virginia ppl needs to ban together and get that governor out of office along with going to DC. And getting rid of Pelosi and her gang they are out to take over the country and change our laws and our constitution in which they have broken many of many times I’m a rdplubicans and I will vote for Trump again in 2020.The only one who will do something about our constitution and not changing it he is appointed by God and ppl. Better be careful in what they do to him. I’m praying that the thing happening in Virginia does not come to PA. Well in my town because I will fight and not surrender my guns or no one. I have a right to own a gun a right to shoot it and a right to carry it. If they demons can take ur guns then they will be telling u when u can go and come back or there’s a tank sitting in the streets to let u know when where and what u can do or go. My family is my main priortidy and I will protect them.if u vote go vote red because it’s the right thing to do no democrat needs in office or we will relive the last Obama’s life again the Isis whom he has set up in this country right in DC. Thinks no one knows about it his wife is a he she he is gay I don’t want my grand babies growing up in this kind of a world Trump has morals dems don’t.keep ur heads up and fight for what u believe in. Not what they want u to fight for. I hope and also pray that Trump goes after them all.

    • Timothy William Gerringer December 30, 2019, 12:49 pm

      As long as the fake news and the leftie universities remain as they are in this country people will not be given the information to understand that these democrats born of the klan and the confederacy were taken over by the communists fifty or sixty years ago. When they talk about globalism they mean socalist, fascist and communist globalism. The free world is their enemy and only a landslide in the next election will diminish their power in our society.

  • Billy osborne December 29, 2019, 11:34 pm

    They going to charge us. ! With protecting our God given right! To freedom ! Well my question to the puke ass politicians is, who do you have in mind to be our supreme leader? What’s our crime? Besides having the unpleasant experience of having you trying to crap all over us! I say you idiots need to leave the USA ,go to venace Walla see if you can give these people their lives back! You ain’t welcome here ! GO to hell!

  • James December 29, 2019, 8:33 pm

    Time to turn the state from blue to red again….if you want to keep yourself free from a tyrannical government.

  • Sue Woods December 29, 2019, 7:56 pm

    Look at the bigger picture also. The Durham report is about to be released and the Democrats are ALSO using this to distract from what is going to be in it and the corruption that is will show. That is the same reason that Pelosi is withholding the articles of impeachment. She will release them when it’s time for the Republicans to go out and Campaign. They won’t be able to because they will be in an impeachment hearing. it not just about gun confiscation.

  • Robert December 29, 2019, 7:23 pm

    VIRGINIA. VOTE REPUBLICANS LETS TAKE BACK HOUSE. VOTE TRUMP 2020.
    VOTE REPUBLICANS IN OR. STATE.

    • Jules January 1, 2020, 2:46 pm

      Done even if forbid impeached. Done. Wait till I visit as they have seen nothing yet.

  • Robert December 29, 2019, 7:20 pm

    VIRGINIA. VOTE REPUBLICANS LETS TAKE BACK HOUSE VOTE TRUMP 2020.
    VOTE REPUBLICANS IN THE STATE. VOTE THE GOVERNOR OUT.

    • John December 30, 2019, 1:15 pm

      You folks need to recall him now before laws get changed really.

  • Asa J. Moris December 27, 2019, 9:43 am

    New Yorker should really consider these same tactic. Our state led by a very questionable Government just might try and do the same as Virginia. Remember, N. Y. City does not care about upstate and our current Govenor even cares less.
    Sanctuary counties for real New Yorkers maybe the answer.

  • bill seat December 26, 2019, 8:52 pm

    As of 12/26, 86 out of 95 counties are 2a sanctuaries. HOW can Va be a demonrat state??? Voter FRAUD and District Manipulations!!!

    • Jules January 1, 2020, 2:49 pm

      Absoflicking yes

  • Christopher Boatright December 22, 2019, 11:58 am

    Right now this doesn’t have popular support with only around 20% of just counties supporting this, which isn’t even representative of 20% of the actual state’s voters

    BUT!

    I support this as a states-rights issue if it DOES have local popular support. AS LONG AS VA doesn’t become the equivalent of a ‘Narco-State’ for firearms where people from prohibition states go to purchase and bring home items considered illegal there.

    That would be pretty hypocritical since we spend billions fighting a foreign war on drugs over this type of issue. So if that happens we either invade and topple Virginia to remain morally and ethnically sound or we cancel the ‘War on Drugs’.

  • ClarenceMollett December 22, 2019, 3:40 am

    STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHT TO KEEP AND BARE ARMS

  • Brian December 21, 2019, 2:05 pm

    2 Thoughts on this topic.
    1) Everyone is ok with a armed guard in every bank across this country to protect our money. Then they lose their minds at the thought of having a armed guard in our schools to protect our children!

    2) What is the first thing an atheist who believes in gun control do when their a victim of a break in?
    They call a guy who has a gun and prays that he gets there in time!

  • Msgt Richard December 20, 2019, 7:54 am

    Hi

    My name is Msgt Richard Martin…..I’m a 22 year Vet and a 2nd Amendment Advocate….I remember being in New Orleans after Katrina…..the Army Nation Guard was issued orders to go door to door gun confiscation…..several companies refused to do it because it was unlawful…..now here we are in a similar situation and it would be a mess…….because officers in the Guard are more apt to enforce illegal confiscation than NCO’s would……it was in New Orleans when a Ssg refused to go door to door and laid his 16 on the floor in front of the Commander….he was arrested but when the REST of the Company followed his lead and piled their m16’s on the floor the Ssg was released…..this will happen in all States I hope.As a Senior NCO myself I would direct my people to stand down.God Bless America

    • James Lowder December 30, 2019, 6:37 am

      Master Sargent in 4 years?

      • Sheila A Gray January 3, 2020, 12:41 pm

        He retired as a MSgt after 22 years of service. Read it and do the math.

    • Sheila A Gray January 3, 2020, 12:39 pm

      That is why the legal system ruled it was illegal search and seizure.

    • Sheila A Gray January 3, 2020, 12:43 pm

      You take an oath to obey every LAWFUL order. He was correct in laying down his weapon and refusing that UNLAWFUL order.

  • Robert December 19, 2019, 7:27 pm

    They have no right to take anybody’s guns we all have the right to bear arms any state especially Louisiana

  • Dennis Baker December 19, 2019, 8:34 am

    I sure hope every single person in these groups voted. It’s a perfect example why it’s important to take the five minutes it takes to cast your vote. If there are members of this group that did’t vote, “Shame on you!” You sure as hell better vote for Trump in 2020!

    • Jeff December 19, 2019, 7:22 pm

      Voters decide nothing. Vote counters decide everything!

      Joseph Stalin

      https://www.azquotes.com/author/13993-Joseph_Stalin

    • Meanpuppydog December 21, 2019, 8:49 am

      I do not care if it takes 2-3 hours to vote, standing in line in the rain. They do make umbrellas.
      You have to vote. All of us do.
      ♥Trump 2020♥

  • Jodie P. December 19, 2019, 8:18 am

    I typed this phrase a million times in class, wondering what it meant. Today it’s as clear as a bell; NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD PEOPLE TO COME TO THE AIDE OF THEIR PARTY. Use due diligence and Go vote

    • James December 21, 2019, 11:31 pm

      Sorry this was written for this person who seems to think all guns need to be taken away I thought some of it kinda fit the way you might be open minded some but come to the aide your party 🎈 also could be what morons do because if you already know what you will vote before knowing the thing that is getting voted on should be first then when they talk that is when the people figure out which way that votes so these decisions being made are actually being by the people who we elected making the decisions-for us nobody should be telling our representative witch way to vote if the founding fathers would see how pathetic the republicans looked saying the excuses of ways they could sound like the way certain things happened were a way to get even for Trump winning and it was revenge but everyone should know that is nonsense. I like Trump I think he’s much smarter people and I acts like that because it’s b more entertaining and he knows to say the buzz words hm get very easily manipulated by wanting to part of the loudness of the crowd because like sports and boxing movies 🎥 it gives you adrenaline Rocky movies people come out of the theater and are hyped they think they knock people out ya know it’s b tricks they have researchers finding out what things CB can he say get the best reaction from those I think I think they’re all out of line all Democrats and Republicans should be removed from office and we start over and you can’t have have been a CB political climber either it’s gonna be jury duty and get some regular people give 4 years the lobbyists are banned and we get a Congress and senate and new president because I thought Donnie the Dumbass should have been given about 20 articles of impeachment because he broke oath of office many times he is the reason why you need to impeach and it not ok even though some of those things seem not bad enough to go that but it why they made sure the pope was just some wizard infancy robes could not go around make statements that become the word because traditionally pope says something it like god said it and he was doing whatever he wanted burned women at the stake because they gave them the drowning test only survived not only after years of abusing power because can stop it once starts at first Trump was the idiot making fool of the lawn at White House now that just every day so it’s not guns guns need to be out there open carrying but crazy violent criminals an should it be withe decision before you vote blindly should not get them some people should not ha e to be bothered as much to get them but she was on attack said when the recent generations of pussys get to voting all the will be taken that sounds like the crap that seems to happen every time think that they won’t win easily and the republicans need to get more people who might go either but get scared when rumors come out I just noticed that it tends seem that way but this is what I said her and I liked the intelligent comment that you wrote so what do think??
      I think you’re just one of those nut cases that both sides have on the issue. both have people who stupidly just think they can threaten the constitution and take everything that they don’t like and I think maybe certain kids should take classes and have mental and competency test and a performance test and be able to open carry at school and if one of the friendless freaks try’s shooting up a school you have well trained kids in there to take out the loser who should have stayed home and killed him self instead of saying oh I’m so sad I should make those happy normal kids pay with massacre see how cool you look crying about your friends I killed then I’ll get suicide by cop!!and not have deal with being punished. They need to actually make it easier for the people who are responsible to get guns and aren’t committing violent crime so they can protect themselves and then there’s people who maybe get an extra background check and only rubber bullets. I was adding something I got messed up lost my place and there a third group I was gonna should guns at all or If do pretty ok the test they can use rubber bullets most cops would still get cause most cops are pretty nice don’t threaten calm people who have nothing At all get out the fin car or blow your head off and attack people then start beating people up and the only can use tasers flashlights. Now I know I went off different ways and kinda got off of topic blindly supporters with no knowledge and the elected officials who don’t even read the bills they pass this everybody reset. Button before we really too late can’t get that done and it might be too late to fix anything.

      • Road Tramp January 3, 2020, 9:06 pm

        I want some of that shit JAMES be smoking!!! WOW

        • Kerrie January 10, 2020, 9:57 am

          That guy needs to learn proper grammar and spelling before he get’s on his high horse..

    • JoAnn Smith December 26, 2019, 8:06 am

      I remember that phrase.

  • Roger Hammack December 18, 2019, 2:46 pm

    Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

    Mark 8:35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

    Luke 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

    Luke 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

    Who of the professing Christians can see both sides are debating how best to.save their lives.

    And for those already promised eternal life by the Work of Jesus Christ for atonement and ransom, do you remember His Word?

    “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
    40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
    41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
    42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
    43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
    44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
    45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
    46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
    47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
    48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
    [Matthew 5:39-48]

    All who ware fighting in this battle are doing their fathers will believing in lies and even loving to make lies. As the Everlasting Father has declared.

    • FREEMAN December 19, 2019, 6:12 pm

      All of your bible references are concerning mans behaviour to man. You do not understand that there is a HUGE difference how we react to governments, and how we react to men. Also, a very different set of rules for how government is to behave, and how we respond. We are worse than an Infidel IF WE DO NOT PROTECT our families from all threats. How would GOD have HIS children behave in Israel, when the leaders went after false prophets and false gods?

  • Gordon December 18, 2019, 10:11 am

    It is sad that it has to come to this. I love the zeal of the conservative areas in defense of the second amendment. Take this zeal and turn it into a voter registration drive and go door to door in your cities and counties and find a way to make sure every Legitimate Citizen of your state in this drive makes it to the poll and votes. Start a recall on the governor and in areas where you may be able to overturn the past results. It is going to take the same zeal for the second amendment to do this or it will never be done. I believe a lot of good people just did not vote. I believe the good people outnumber the bad, but they are passive and not must become active.

    • Rob December 18, 2019, 11:25 pm

      The good DO outnumber the bad.

      You’re just confused about who the good and bad people ARE.

  • Angie December 18, 2019, 9:01 am

    Two generations of kids (my kids, and now my grandkids) are growing up in schools that are war-zones.

    WHEN DID YOU THINK these kids would think this was OK? As the Millenial and Zoomer generations reach maturity, expect your guns to be voted right the F outta your hands.

    YOU TERRORIZED TWO GENERATIONS with your swaggering fragile-masculinity BS. They are TIRED OF YOUR BS and I bet your TOYS are gonna get TOOK faster than you realize.

    • Keith Haas December 18, 2019, 2:24 pm

      You need to get laid, lady.

      • john f January 5, 2020, 2:02 pm

        I pitty that guy.

    • Don’t worry about it December 18, 2019, 3:23 pm

      You’ve never seen a war zone and neither have your kids

    • Lane Sparkman December 18, 2019, 9:10 pm

      Looks like your the one making threats. Guns aren’t the problem. Individuals with twisted minds like yourself are.

      • James December 21, 2019, 10:11 pm

        Well I think this is stupid and my reasoning will probably surprise you and I’m pretty sure that more people might agree with me on this than with the gun people or non gun people. Republicans tend to think I’m a democrat and when I’m on the democrat sites they think republican and people who stupid figure it get confused. lol I think there should be more open carry and I think we do need to be a little bit open to only G in laws that won’t allow violent criminals to get them if they used a weapon in that crime fist fighting doesn’t count and mentally ill people that get violent they can’t get them either and they probably require a little bit more gun safety courses so the people that are going to use them know how they work and don’t pull plaxco Burris move and shout themselves at club hahaha anybody who has committed a crime should be able to get them without the long wait and the only reason why the can be taken away is if you don’t lock it up and your child gets caught with it out of your house then. I just think the crap about guns seems to be when guns are said that the Democrats are trying take away guns is always when the republicans are scared of losing elections. Now I’m saying this because it’s an observation that has really caught my attention when Obama was president well I got some good friends that are die hard gun fans and that’s fine with me as long as you’re responsible have a bunch of them I personally don’t have any myself but if someone asks if I wanna go shooting an ak 47 or something else fun I’m gonna probably go and have shooting at stuff. Now my friend started getting really paranoid when Obama was in office and nobody trying get it not something at all or maybe more than usual it’s just a political trick just the other few things that should not be issues but only come back Democrats are are threatening to take over more seats not guns cause so many times bro that’s not gonna it’s just for show and really Obama our giving speeches about being on a crazy crusade to get rid of guns but that’s just something that I think try and see when they use guns and abortion and there is definitely one other issue for getting gun owners scared. I think maybe have teachers pass a mental check and and have safety drills to kill the idiots that do bring guns to kill the happy kids cause they are sad and can’t make friends just go kill yourself and leave everyone else alone. Now I think maybe some cops shouldn’t be able to carry more than a flashlight or tasers and that is not just a joke I’ve seen videos with these people and I think they should maybe start the whole thing from scratch and just cause Places that don’t allow guns for people that just want protect the fam they have a gun safe well placed where criminals know these people could have guns so let’s not go risk it. The cities like Chicago with no guns seem make easy for criminals to arm themselves and when they’re out going breaking into someone’s house they know that they are will be safe won’t risk getting shot some idiot walks down with a bar he’s catching a bullet and he’s the one following the stupid law and facts are in on that it’s the truth. I’m sorry that I don’t use commas but try and write like I would saying so it make sense stupid people like insult comments that they don’t like and they don’t have anything intelligent to say. lol

    • Don December 19, 2019, 12:21 am

      WTF you look 35 so you had kids at 15?and they had kids at 15 which you are now getting a check from the government for trying to raise your Helion grandchildren Zoomers as you call them. Perfect example of the problem! My guns didn’t cause your problems— your decisions did ! Deal with it !

    • Danny December 19, 2019, 4:56 pm

      Um.. I dont even know where to begin with this one..

      Ok… Maybe the grammar..
      That would be TAKEN*”
      Saying “took” in a sentence like that makes you sound.. I dont know.. Like you just crawled out from underneath a rock or some cave somewhere.

      Second- how do you expect to protect yourself?
      Are you going to yell and curse and think someone is actually going to change their mind and not harm you?

      Personally. I’ve been in more than one situation that if I was armed at the time I would not have been harmed.. But of course, with me being 16 at that point in time thats declared inappropriate.

      Today, we live in a very different world. People do not and will not care for your well-being..
      There are going to be times in your life that you need to defend youself.
      How are you expected to do so?

      Losing the right to carry will only leave you vulnerable to – rapists/murders/thieves/terrorist and multiple other situations that you may or will not survive unprotected. Plain and simple.

      If you say its the police you rely on for protection.. What happens if they arive too late and you or someone you love loses their life?
      What then?

    • Donn searle December 20, 2019, 1:34 am

      Only this: As a parent the very LAST thing I would permit, would be to allow my children to attend a school classified in my mind, as a “war zone”!
      __whatever it took; if I couldn’t change the school, I’d put them in a private school. And if I couldn’t find work to pay the tuition, then I WOULD by God, home-school them!
      THAT’S what matters; NOT your animus to the Second Amendment!

    • OlCrustyVet December 20, 2019, 5:03 pm

      “A FREE PEOPLE OUGHT NOT ONLY BE ARMED AND DISCIPLINED, BUT THEY SHOULD HAVE SUFFICIENT ARMS AND AMMUNITION TO MAINTAIN A STATUS OF INDEPENDENCE FROM ANY WHO MIGHT ATTEMPT TO ABUSE THEM, WHICH WOULD INCLUDE THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT.”

      GEORGE WASHINGTON

    • Linda December 21, 2019, 8:47 pm

      There are 477 million gun owners in America… mostly all are law abiding citizens. If we wanted to really make a statement of crime or evil, don’t You think you would surely know it! Only a small percentage of very demented sick people stealing guns from someone they know and doing a mass shooting is the ones at fault trying to convince you that all guns are evil when they are not. Guns don’t kill people the person behind it does. Mass genocide in history has happened in socialist or communist country after they took away the people’s guns. Know your history… your comments are VERY misplaced and ignorant. did you ever consider that the Deep State could be behind Setting up these mass shootings? so the cool aid drinkers would believe their propaganda on getting Or pushing for gun control?

    • James December 21, 2019, 10:22 pm

      I think you’re just one nut cases that both sides the issue both have you people stupidly just think you can threaten the constitution and maybe certain kids should take classes and have mental and competency test and a performance test and be able to open carry school if one of the friendless freaks try’s shooting up a school you trained kids in there to take out the loser who should have stayed home and killed him self instead of I’m so sad I should make those happy normal pay them I’ll get suicide by cop come there is a way to actually make easier for the people who are responsible and aren’t committing violent crime and then there’s people who maybe an extra background check.

    • Kevin December 22, 2019, 4:26 am

      LADY YOU NEED TO GET A SOLID GRIP ON REALITY!!!
      YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT A (WARZONE) EVEN IS YA TWAT!!!
      ITS YOUR KIDS AND YOUR GRANDKIDS THAT ARE PART OF THE DIPSHITS THAT THINK ITS OKAY TO GO SHOOT UP THEIR SCHOOLS BECAUSE NOBODY GOT KILLED IN MY VIDEOGAME DUUUUUH!!!!
      WHEN THE CIVIL WAR BEGINS YOU WONT LAST 1 MINUTE DOUCHE!!!

    • Thomas Harrell December 22, 2019, 8:34 pm

      Dear Angie, Your statement shows your ignorance. You see you will never vote the weapons from our hands. Only shall you take them from our cold dead fingers. molon labe. You should ponder your battles and choose them wisely for the cost of some be to high to contemplate.

    • David December 23, 2019, 11:33 am

      You are a one stupid woman. When I do see just callous and stupid woman like you, I kinda think Talibans had the right idea when it came to woman like you: Sharia Law

    • Trevor January 1, 2020, 11:29 am

      If you don’t like our laws, The US Constitution, you should move to Canada. Any law that infringes upon the 2nd Amendment is illegal. Don’t like that? Carry your fat ass.

  • Tim monk December 18, 2019, 7:40 am

    They need to go to governor’s mansion grab his ass and run him out on a rail. And quite voting in democratic

  • shoveled66 December 17, 2019, 8:52 pm

    Guns and ammo are the only thing that you can purchase and hold and possibly survive this
    evil and violent world. Violence begets violence is our unfortunate lot in life as humans.
    Someone will always want to take what you have, whether it be food , guns, money, or even you or your loved ones life…. its your job to ensure that doesn’t happen in your home or community. And yes that means resorting to violence to protect yourselves. Arm yourselves well. 2nd amendments are just icing on the cake. This is a no brainer. Once 2nd amendment rights are taken from us , the removal of the rest of our constitutional rights will follow. There are evil ones among us who hate the constitution and wish to abolish it because of one reason. It is the voice of the American people and they wish to silence us. Its not Democrat against Republican. It’s a sleepy majority against a determined socialist/ communist minority who are awake and fighting to gain ground and are winning. Wake up…. now.

    • Jackie December 22, 2019, 12:58 am

      Yes, shoveled66 you are so right. It’s a onslot. the evil dems have a AGENDA they hate our God given rights and that’s what it’s all about to destroy this country so they can have their NEW World Order NEVER give in FIGHT the good FIGHT.

  • Bird Shit December 17, 2019, 6:01 pm

    Our right to bare arms was given so that we may have the upper hand in controlling our government and elected leaders in the event that they try to remove our freedoms.
    This is the time that we must remove those trying to take away our rights with peaceful intentions but be armed to the teeth and ready to remove them by force.
    This doesn’t have anything to do with political part’s as just as many gun owners are in both parties.
    Fail to remove these elected officials will give them the ability to take all your rights.
    Sometime you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet. Start breaking eggs!

    • American Aussie December 20, 2019, 2:52 pm

      I think now is the time for the line to be drawn. Virginia is a good place to draw it.

      Or are you going to keep retreating a little regulation at a time?

  • Mike Kellems December 16, 2019, 2:39 pm

    These Democrats tell the people what they stand for and what they intended to do. Raise your taxes, TAKE YOUR GUN S, open the borders let muslim s and illegals run over our beautiful way of life , turn it into a 3rd world country. People are so brainwashed that they will vote for them anyway. Then whine when the Democrats do what they say they were going to do. Be careful. Their tactics are divide and conquer. On every corner they are trying to divide the civilian population. We must remain united! We have a voice make it heard, put action to your words. It’s not enough to click a angry face. Take a stand against these socialist.

  • Chris Larson December 16, 2019, 1:21 pm

    What the STATES are doing is a crime under Title 18 USC 242…..they need to be brought up on charges and indictments issued

  • Mark Robson December 16, 2019, 7:58 am

    Y’all accepting refugees? Canuckistan is about to seize our semis under order or council bypassing all debate

    Totalitarian rule coming faster than we think

    • Robert pittman December 16, 2019, 12:18 pm

      Watch out for the truck bag,you are all in one place

    • Graham December 18, 2019, 1:49 am

      That’s sad and bullshit…..

  • JEAN DRIVER December 16, 2019, 7:15 am

    If you keep the Democrats out of our State, there won’t be a problem. They are trying to ban everything.

  • lee December 15, 2019, 9:40 am

    THIS is the kind of crap that happens when democrats gain power. Shred your constitutional rights. NOT to mention the impeachment debacle in Washington. Virginia better fight a revolution at the ballot box before it is turned into East California.

    • Robert pittman December 16, 2019, 12:20 pm

      Watch out for the trick bag, need to separate, not all be in one place at the same time. Get Me.

  • Tom Stanfa December 13, 2019, 10:24 am

    I also have another question, how is it you can block a constitutional right? It is not like “driving is a privilege.” I would have to believe that a constitutional right cannot be “infringed” upon.

  • Tom Stanfa December 13, 2019, 10:18 am

    How does a state Governor say you can’t have a 2nd amendment sanctuary county when it seems that many cities seem to find it acceptable to have sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants against ICE? Not too mention when the Federal Government said it would no longer give grants to these cities for breaking the law regarding illegal immigrants the court also claimed that the grants could not be with held on the basis of not following the law for deporting and assisting ICE with the enforcement?

  • Joe December 11, 2019, 1:54 pm

    Maybe stop electing democrats and you won’t have to do this? Just a thought.

    • William R Brack December 15, 2019, 9:30 am

      Never will our country be allowed to take away our guns, as long as we vote all of the Democrats out of all offices of the USA, period, get registered and vote Republicans in every office in America.

  • Joseph Glennon December 10, 2019, 11:37 pm

    So… you folks gonna sit out the next time there’s a vote on something?

    It doesn’t matter how much money someone throws at an election if you show up and vote.

  • Heather Jennings December 5, 2019, 2:15 pm

    Just a random note, it is the Commonwealth attorneys that are elected, not the County attorney. They work for the county and have to abide by the resolution.

  • Mary December 5, 2019, 12:29 pm

    Now it’s time to get rid of the Democrats in your state. And quit letting the muslims take over.
    President Trump 2020 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    • Lawrence Renaldi December 11, 2019, 4:16 pm

      2 ND amendment Rules !Trump2020

  • Diddy December 4, 2019, 6:22 pm

    What I’ve read in the law’s text is that it is a copy and paste version of what CA has had for 10+ years (and hasn’t been working by the way.) VA is literally applying what they THINK works in the vein of California’s laws simply because they have existed for 10+ years now.

    Absolutely despicable and the writing is on the walls. It’s about people control.

  • Nobody of Import December 3, 2019, 5:33 pm

    It’s worth noting something.

    If it runs counter to the dictates provided by a clear reading of the Constitution, as Amended, using the understandings provided by the terms of use of the time of each part’s framing, a given State or Federal law is VOID, as in not a law, on the spot. To say you’re at the whims of the law is a lie.

    Enforcing a Void law is a Federal Offense, mind. 18 USC 242. Use guns to do it, face up to 10 in prison. Kill someone, face life or execution.

  • R Daneel December 3, 2019, 5:16 pm

    Start making lists of gun grabbers in your OA. Let them know you are doing just that! Might give them pause,

  • Wayne December 2, 2019, 7:08 pm

    Refuse to be ruled by population centers in the DC suburbs. Take your state back

    • Dennis Jones December 2, 2019, 11:29 pm

      Sometimes the world is a very violent place and the Police can’t be every where, so sometimes we have to protect ourselves.

      • Mike December 3, 2019, 12:15 pm

        Very true especially in large rural counties that may have only 1 or 2 Deputies on mid shift with a State Trooper on call. Dialing 911 can mean a 45 min response or longer if the Deputy is on another call.

        • Denny December 14, 2019, 8:07 pm

          15-20 minutes for police to arrive.. ?? It only takes 3 seconds to chamber a round!! I like the odds in my favor…

  • Alice December 2, 2019, 5:07 pm

    Taking our guns is the 1st steps to socialism. People had best wake up! Whenthe Government takes a freedom from the citizen they never give it back! It is time to take a stand and keep what our forefathers died for. Our freedoms , right to bare arms , to protect outselves against those who would do us harm. You can believe the bad guys will always have access to a gun and will use it to kill you!

    • keith December 4, 2019, 12:34 am

      We are socialist not, they run every aspect of our lives, license, they want the guns to lock it down.

    • Sandra December 9, 2019, 9:50 pm

      They did it in Europe and millions were killed in WW2!!! 😠😠😠

  • Mark Schlensker December 2, 2019, 3:17 pm

    I feel that any politician that cotes for gun control should lose all protection from any persons that carry guns. If they vote against the citizens being able to own guns then they should not be able to be personally protected by a private security force who carries guns. Also, these politicians should also not be allowed to own and/or carry their own guns either. What laws are good enough for their constituents should be good enough for them as well, and they should be prepared to live in that state for the entirety of their lives with the decisions that they have made! No Pensions, No Exceptions, go back to work and earn a living wage like everyone else has to do with all of the laws that YOU created.

    • Nee December 3, 2019, 8:58 am

      I’m with you Mark. For all of the idiots that voted democratic you will not succeed in taking our guns. I can’t believe you are so stupid to think taking away law abiding citizens guns will stop the violence. You think the criminals will abide by the laws, if you do you are dumber than a brick!

    • Robert pittman December 16, 2019, 12:24 pm

      That person should not have even been elected if they don’t support the constitution that’s grounds for removal.

  • john December 2, 2019, 12:23 pm

    Shame on all of those that didn’t vote against Democrat s and allowed them to take control, but thank goodness they finally woke up ,This will also fare well for president Trump in 2020 !!!

  • Starchild (Libertarian Party) December 1, 2019, 11:42 pm

    The documentary film “Innocents Betrayed” which you can find and watch for free online (just do a websearch at Startpage.com or another privacy-respecting search engine) provides historical evidence of why disarming civilians while leaving governments armed is reckless and irresponsible public policy: It puts ordinary people at unacceptable risk of democide.

    For those who sincerely support gun control, please don’t allow yourselves to be useful dupes for an agenda of expanded government control that puts freedom in jeopardy and increases the likelihood of mass bloodshed at the hands of future rulers seeking to maintain their power!

    Instead of working to disarm ordinary people, work with freedom-loving people to reduce the number of lethal weapons in the hands of the State.

  • Juanita December 1, 2019, 5:16 pm

    They should have been woke on the last election and they wouldn’t have this problem now but glad they are waking up

    • kay wright December 2, 2019, 9:44 pm

      you are so right Juanita

    • brievolz December 5, 2019, 8:31 pm

      Umm, afaik, there were more conservative/Republican votes but because the Republican leadership Gerrymandered the districts too much, a state judge found that the districts were too divided racially. So the judge ruled that the Democrats were able to draw the lines; this was the ONLY reason why many counties flipped. It had nothing to do with people not voting or their state of awakeness.

    • KDogg December 6, 2019, 4:04 pm

      I’m from the great State of Missouri in the heart of the Ozarks. We were all born with a gun in our hands and know these hills like the back of our hands. We will never willingly give up our firearms and we will never surrender. Come and take them at your own risk but write your Will and hug your loved ones before you do

      • Denny December 14, 2019, 8:24 pm

        That’s me … I was taught gun safety and hunting by my dad when I was very young.. they will never get my guns!! But come try to take em..

      • Ray December 15, 2019, 4:50 pm

        You gun nuts are funny.

        • Gypsi December 16, 2019, 12:22 am

          One day when you are watching your girlfriend, daughter, or wife being raped right in front of your eyes you may at that point wish you owned a gun. It won’t be so funny then.

        • Louis December 17, 2019, 4:07 pm

          hope you can hide behind your words when the lead starts flying see how far that gets you

        • Ralph December 19, 2019, 12:22 pm

          And you anti gunners are funnier. Happy bending over to accept the Democratic cock up your asses with a smile.

      • Steve December 18, 2019, 9:22 pm

        I’m from central Missouri. I agree KDogg

  • ChildofGod December 1, 2019, 3:33 pm

    Government is after our guns, better ask oneself why??? And you already know the answer.

  • James December 1, 2019, 3:25 pm

    This is a constitutional issue. Need to take this through the court system and fight it. Violates the second amendment!

  • Jack Raby December 1, 2019, 1:32 pm

    It is rewarding to see there are still some sane Citizens in the state of Virginia. Hopefully enough to take their state back from oblivion.

    • SD December 4, 2019, 9:00 pm

      It’s not the whole state, it’s northern Va. and the DC beltway. Large population there and around 95% democrat

  • Iris December 1, 2019, 11:01 am

    FIRST STEP IN A SOCIALIST !!! CONTROLED TAKE OVER !!

  • Amy Tacker December 1, 2019, 10:43 am

    People need to UNITE! WE’VE HAD ENOUGH! OUR FREEDOMS ARE SLOWLY BEING TAKEN AWAY,AND WE DON’T LIKE IT!

  • T Davis December 1, 2019, 8:47 am

    I’d like to know if the new “law” includes the Muslims who train at the Islamic paramilitary training camps in VA, 2 of which are in Manassas and Fairfax. Virginians don’t feel safe as it is.

    • A Bond December 3, 2019, 8:52 pm

      Good point.

    • Denny December 14, 2019, 8:36 pm

      Yes.. what about the ISIS training camp in the US?? There R Many of them.. Too many for My Liking… What is the government doing about them??? And they wanna take our guns??? All that does is makes it easier for the Muslims to take over our country… If the socialists don’t get us the Muslims will… Wake Up People!!!!!

  • jegsimmons December 1, 2019, 12:11 am

    The vote doesnt matter, the democrats havent taken office yet.

    However more importantly, this isnt just anti 2A legislation, its anti 1st amendment, freedom of speech and sharing of information, and its attacking freedom of assembly.

    The bill list assembly 3 times. They even state in the bill its made expressly to stop militias.

    So the bill is literally 100% from top to bottom unconstitutional.

  • Tom Bailey November 30, 2019, 10:02 pm

    I would like to point out a glaring wrong right at the top of the article. Bloomberg DID NOT turn Virginia from red to blue. The people of the state did and the ‘red bloods’ did by not voting. We in America have NO one to blame for the mess we are in but ourselves. From coast to coast and Canada to Mexico, we the conservatives of America dropped the ball and have done so for decades. Now we have one major uphill battle for every foot of ground. IF we don’t buck up and get out and send the slime ball thugs packing that we have kept electing and re-electing for a hundred years we WILL lose the fight. So stop blaming Bloomberg, Osamabama, or any of the other libtards, the problem was made by US and it is up to US to fix it if it’s not already too late.

    • robert b egloff December 1, 2019, 10:04 pm

      Tom, the courts gerrymandered many districts in Virginia, to favor democrats. Also, many districts dems were un-challenged.

  • Shan November 30, 2019, 9:19 pm

    Greetings from California, Get ready for ; no ARs, no 30 round mags, no magizine releases on rifle without some sorta gay tool, ten round limit on all mags, all semi autos have to be featureless, state handgun roster, no buying ammo online anymore, 10 day waiting period to pick up gun bought, crazy commy red flag laws that pretty much says anybody you know can petition a judge to have all your guns confiscated for five years, no carrying a gun anywhere, no shooting your gun anywhere, background checks for ammo that don’t make sense, no gun shops anywhere, pretty much anything else scary gun like is bad…

  • JRyan November 30, 2019, 7:47 pm

    WE didn’t vote blue! We didn’t ask for our state to be run by democrats. Henry County is a gun sanctuary county. Because we are out here in the country and not the city like NOVA our state elections are always decided by the overcrowded northern democratic Virginia.

  • Benjamin Fortner November 30, 2019, 4:49 pm

    With all due respect, lets look at police officers. They are under paid and put there lives on the line every day. Now with the democratic agenda they have lost what little respect they had. Criminals have never had respect but now they have been made victims by the dems and the media. Now they want to take legal firearms and leave our lives and our childrens lives in the hands of law enforcement that has become afraid to protect there own lives due to the propaganda the left has made. My heart goes out to all law enforcement. As for illegal immigrants, people there is a difference in immigrants and illegal immigrants. Immigrants went through all security checks, paid into the system and plans to do everything legally in there life here. Illegal immigrants have done nothing and plan to do nothing to become legal and show this by coming here illegally. They show they are going to do what they want whether we ( or our laws) like it or not. Now they are able to get health care and medications we the people of America cant even get. We are made to have medical insurance and copays and med bills even though we make so little we struggle to make it week to week. We pay taxes our entire lives and when we become disabled or to old to work we have to fight to receive our SSI or disability. The dems want to give it to illegals. They get free housing and free food while we have to decide whether to eat or keep on the light’s. They lower our wages and believe it or not take so many jobs. It is put on the media that they do jobs no one else wants is not true. They lower the wages to where a true craftsman can no longer work at that trade. When you dont pay taxes you can work a few dollars cheaper but now they rule the trade there price goes back up and they are still not paying taxes. Any government that wants to take any rights away should be a red flag. I never thought if you were a law abiding citizen and loved your patriotic that you become racist and and a horrible person. Everything that makes America so great is being taken from us. I dont understand how the millennials are said to be the smartest people ever can be so easily persuaded and show such ignorance

    • Karl December 6, 2019, 10:00 am

      Benjamin, I could NOT SAY IT BETTER. YOU ARE 100% RIGHT.
      WE NEED MORE PEOPLE WITH THE SAME UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IS GOING ON AGAINST AMERICA.

  • Chad November 30, 2019, 3:12 pm

    Hello Virginians!
    Stand up to the liberal gun, money, freedom grabbing scumbags.
    Demand an end to all the refugees flooding YOUR state and the illegals.
    Kentuckian on your side…

  • Don Gray November 30, 2019, 2:42 pm

    This is a problem because of a Supreme Court case in 1962-“64. The case was Reynolds V Sims, it changed state governments from a Republican form as guaranteed in the Constitution, to a Democratic form. As the US Congress has 2 senators from each state, no matter the population, to insure all states are equal, in state legislatures the Senate in most had 1 senator from each county or for several counties. The House was based on population. Rural areas with more counties could block any crazy destructive legislation that came out of the cities. Ancient Greek philosophers wrote of the evil destruction of nations caused by city dwellers, human nature does not change
    Today the states are Democracies, the evil form of government our Founders universally hated. The French Revolution is/was the perfect Democracy, rule by the majority. One side had their heads lopped off, until the majority changed, then the other side had their heads lopped off – the most perfect Democracy ever. This is why the whole state of NY is ruled by an island off the coast, like the capital in the Hunger Games movie. I have not made this comment before here, I guess you don’t want the truth.

  • Don Gray November 30, 2019, 2:39 pm

    This is a problem because of a Supreme Court case in 1962-“64. The case was Reynolds V Sims, it changed state governments from a Republican form as guaranteed in the Constitution, to a Democratic form. As the US Congress has 2 senators from each state, no matter the population, to insure all states are equal, in state legislatures the Senate in most had 1 senator from each county or for several counties. The House was based on population. Rural areas with more counties could block any crazy destructive legislation that came out of the cities. Ancient Greek philosophers wrote of the evil destruction of nations caused by city dwellers, human nature does not change
    Today the states are Democracies, the evil form of government our Founders universally hated. The French Revolution is/was the perfect Democracy, rule by the majority. One side had their heads lopped off, until the majority changed, then the other side had their heads lopped off – the most perfect Democracy ever. This is why the whole state of NY is ruled by an island off the coast, like the capital in the Hunger Games movie.

  • David Smith November 30, 2019, 2:28 pm

    When I went to vote in Prince William County (2 things) #1 there was nobody there except a Democratic group of pole workers to show people where the Deemocrats are on the ballot! #2
    When I got back in my vehicle and turned on WMAL, the DJ said, Soros had just donated 5.5mil. to the Va Deemoncrats, 1hr before poles closed! Where were you, fellow Republicans?

  • Arky November 30, 2019, 12:44 pm

    Virginians, at the beginning of colonization, Virginia was America. The brave men and women who began from there literally formed this Country. Imagine if they had landed here, built a cabin, and sat back and waited on someone else to take over and lead. This is what it seems like the mindset is today. Wake the crap up and realize that THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT PLAYING! Yet, you keep giving them the power at the ballot box to change our Nation into something you don’t want? Listen, it’s easier to keep your freedoms than it is to ever get them back.

  • kaiser mike November 30, 2019, 11:36 am

    For those who are saying “too many didnt vote” or the like….
    Do you really think your vote matters now?
    They filter this stuff THROUGH ELECTRONICS!
    You could have 75 percent turn out and they SOB’s would still get voted in.
    We have 3 boxes.
    Ballot box, Jury box and cartridge box….the first two are near obsolete.
    In my state of Texas, we’re being overrun by illegals (that the feds refuse to stop and will not allow the state or its citizens to stop)!
    We are also being overrun with refugees from Cali (running our home prices through the roof!) and yankees.
    Of those two groups, those coming to be Texan, welcome (short of making home costs skyrocket!).
    The blue staters? Illegals? Fucking die please.

    • Donna November 30, 2019, 1:05 pm

      Loved your article… I’m in total. Agreement with everything you said… I only pray that Trump can make some laws that will stick at thepolls in 2020 because we are all terrified of what socialism means for America and Americans.

    • Dina December 1, 2019, 12:56 am

      Georgia feels the same way!!

      Georgia wishes to remain RED FOR REPUBLICAN!!
      THANK YOU!

      We do not wish to FLIP BLUE FOR DEMORATS!!

      PLEASE KEEP STACY ABRAMS….SHE DID LOOSE…!!!

      THAN YOU!

      The peach State

    • Dude December 1, 2019, 3:59 am

      Not all yankees want to be blue staters. Here in philly I’m doing what I can to change that. With out moving to Texas.

    • Patrick Smith December 1, 2019, 1:51 pm

      I was raised in upstate N.Y. and moved to Florida. We hated the leftist morons from nyc and Albany etc… The only way I’m allowing anyone to take my guns is if I’m dead. I’m voting red always even though the rhinos in congress are currupt as well. Lesser of two evils thing. In my opinion we need to kick everyone out of congress and revamp the whole structure to ensure corruption won’t be tolerated anymore!

  • Bunda November 30, 2019, 11:34 am

    Unfortunately the carpet baggers in NOVA and the illegal immigrants they have imported are the only votes the Democrats in the legislature care about and they make up the majority of the legislators in Richmond after Dec 31. It’s doubtful the influence will have any real effect. A much better idea would to hold a huge open carry rally on the state house steps..liberals are essentially cowards..putting the fear of civil unrest in them would be a better way to “influence” them…just be prepared to follow through if they pass the bills anyway.

    • Chris December 1, 2019, 1:38 pm

      Yes that’s the way to do things… Murder everybody until you are the only one left and nobody s left to challenge your ways or your opinion.. that’ll show them. YOu got a “winning” plan there.. hundreds of beer’d up, pissed off gun owners going out to PROVE EXACTLY WHY AMERICA NEEDS GUN CONTROL…

      • William Merlo December 17, 2019, 8:20 pm

        Funny…. the same thing happened when Revere warned the minutemen, who were in the taverns drinking and waiting for the British to come and take their guns.

        • Maddy December 20, 2019, 8:45 pm

          The British wanted OUR gun, we killed them. I swear gov wants GUNs bad. Dem socialism is in every intercity ran by dems for 60yrs and OUR shithole calif.

    • Bill December 29, 2019, 11:57 am

      Virginia Citizens Defense League is setting one up, with buses going to Richmond from many different towns. Check them out.

  • Gary Miller November 30, 2019, 10:36 am

    This is what you get for electing a Democrat into office… Be careful for what you wish for!

  • George Hagedorn November 30, 2019, 8:59 am

    remember to vote… The gun controllers do…

  • Betsy Smith November 30, 2019, 8:38 am

    Virginia, you were sleeping on our Constitution, please rub the sleepers out of your eyes, and set your beautiful minds back on track. You elected a communist state. Now back and fix it, before it too late. For the sake of our great nation.

    • Isaiah Roberts November 30, 2019, 7:16 pm

      The majority of people in the southwest counties and spanning eastward did vote, only 1 out of 10 actually voted Dems. But strangely enough, Sheriff elections, county elections and almost all others became Dem as soon as the vote was over. It doesn’t even equate to half of the majority of the state when Northern VA is all liberal and socialist supporting fascists.

      I PROMISE YOU THIS: NO ONE HERE COMPLIES!
      DONT TREAD ON ME

  • David Johnson November 30, 2019, 6:26 am

    Trust your instincts and go by the MURPHY’S LAW rule! How many time’s do you have to see from other Countries what happens when your guns are taken away ! Once Bitten twice shy!

    • chris December 1, 2019, 1:40 pm

      England just showed us… If you don’t have guns, take down a knife wielding attacker with a fucking narwhal tusk….

  • Kimberly Brown November 30, 2019, 12:14 am

    It’s about time but it’s a little too late isn’t it where the hell were y’all when they were flipping the fucking state-blue this is crazy there is no reason for these states to be being flipped blue as good as our POTUS has been doing and has done for us

    • J November 30, 2019, 8:10 pm

      We weren’t sleeping! The liberal bastards stole the state. Look at the map. The entire state was red except for tiny pockets of blue. Illegals were allowed to vote. The districts were changed. Eric f’ng holder was involved.

    • chris December 1, 2019, 1:46 pm

      Didn’t he sign the bill that bans bump stocks last year? It was big news, the NRA was pissed… seems he’s whittling gun rights down actually.

      https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/trump-federal-bump-stock-ban-goes-into-effect

  • José González November 29, 2019, 10:02 pm

    Keep America free 2nd amendment

    • CHRIS December 1, 2019, 1:51 pm

      If you READ the second amendment (I’m sorry I assumed you could read) You would see that there is no use at all of the words “Gun or Firearm” This is because you can be holding a baseball bat with the intent of defending yourself and be armed with a potentially deadly weapon.. the word “arms” doesn’t specify what you can or can not arm yourself with.. That decision can still be up to the Federal government with full authority. by defining legal and illegal armaments. So there is no infringement to 2A if guns are banned in America.. As long as you can grab a kitchen knife and wield it against an invader to your home you are bearing arms against the intruder. A hatchet might work better though. The NRA has been telling you a fairytale about 2A for decades.

      • Boogaloo Now December 4, 2019, 12:30 pm

        Your comments, especially this one, are the most stupid and ignorant bleatings I’ve seen here. You are the one who can’t read, you’re contradicting the definition and understanding of a common term, just like a good little Globohomo/Communist should.

        There are dozens of writings from the time of the Constitution by the people who gathered to write it that specifically recognize PRIVATE “arms” as firearms, cannons on ships, field artillery, and much more.

        Take your crap and try to sell it elsewhere, like to your Globohomo/Communist buddies.

  • Gary Legge November 29, 2019, 9:06 pm

    UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL Iam from Kentucky Im with u Virginia I new they would do every thing one state at a time all states must stand with Virginia we must stop this now we have waited long enough soon it will be to late

  • BRASS November 29, 2019, 8:08 pm

    And it begins…

  • Randall Smith November 29, 2019, 7:58 pm

    In ohio where do you go to become active to stop new gun control. Is there an organization to work with. I haven’t. Ive nevet commented on this before

  • Randall Smith November 29, 2019, 7:57 pm

    In ohio where do you go to become active to stop new gun control. Is there an organization to work with.

    • Beep November 30, 2019, 5:45 pm

      Buckeye firearms association!

    • Randy November 30, 2019, 11:41 pm

      Buckeye Firearms Association

  • Alan Rose November 29, 2019, 6:50 pm

    It warms my heart and reinvigorates my patriotism and passion for gun rights to see so many people rally, but, painful truth here, it never would have happened if even half of the gun owners and republicans had shown up to vote. Most northern Virginia seats even had democrats running unopposed. The republicans couldn’t or wouldn’t even field a candidate. Sad.

    • Isaiah Roberts November 30, 2019, 7:29 pm

      Southwest to the southeast did vote, and I can guarantee it was almost unopposed majority Republican. Northern VA despises its own down here.
      Small story:
      I went to a college trip as a student government meeting to northern VA (about two years ago now)… So much disrespect for me and my fellow counties around here from ALL the northern counties and schools. I and my friend was even spit at and called redneck trash. To my friend’s, and then student vice president’s reply,”I’m originally from the Arizona desert you ****** *****” And then proceeded to throw hands that the guy actually ran away from.

  • Paul Thomas November 29, 2019, 6:30 pm

    They won’t be happy intell there is blood in the streets.

  • Patricia morris November 29, 2019, 5:16 pm

    Never allow anyone take away your rights to anything..You are an American..Land of the free..Our ancestors fought and died in order for us to have rights…

  • floyd November 29, 2019, 3:47 pm

    “To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.”
    – George Mason, referencing advice given to the British Parliament by Pennsylvania governor Sir William Keith, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, June 14, 1788

  • Bunda November 29, 2019, 3:38 pm

    And now it’s time for the gun owners from all of those counties to hold an open carry rally on the steps of the State House in Richmond on day one of the Virginia legislation session for 20/20. Bring your ARs bring your AKs and don’t be shy about bringing fully loaded magazines. You need to put the fear of God into these so-called leaders and let them know you’re not screwing around

    • Bruce DeRosa December 1, 2019, 12:37 am

      Agree 100%

  • Floyd November 29, 2019, 3:23 pm

    The very reason our founders gave us a second amendment to have the means to protect ourselves from and even remove a dictatorial government!

    “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”
    – Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833

  • Verdie Blanche Mckinney November 29, 2019, 2:17 pm

    About people take a stand against the people in office and making Virginia a complete communist state. Stand by your friends and love ones in this fight. We are for you guys.

    • Cynthia Allen November 29, 2019, 10:51 pm

      I AGREE! We do not want to live like the CHINESE, IRANIANS, RUSSIAN, CUBAN’S, and OTHER COUNTRIES’ that BAN OWNING GUNS, those MURDERED for PRACTICING their RIGHT’S!

      • JESUS1 December 18, 2019, 1:01 pm

        THAT IS RIGHT!

  • John L November 29, 2019, 2:10 pm

    Too bad gun owners only awoke after the election. With a 48% total voter turnout I guess more than a few patriots chose to sleep in on election day. Now they are fighting a rear guard action. Better than nothing I guess, but too little too late.

    • Bunda November 29, 2019, 3:40 pm

      It’s as much the fault of the Virginia GOP as it is the voters who stayed home. The Republicans didn’t even try to win 28 seats. They had no one running the Democrats ran unopposed. They may not have won but they didn’t even try which is a crime in itself

    • Cynthia Allen November 29, 2019, 10:52 pm

      They had BETTER WAKE UP!

  • Angela Chavez November 29, 2019, 12:01 pm

    Wake up Virginia! Why is it these eastern states just don’t give a damn anymore. Voters get out there and vote back your rights!

    • Mike November 29, 2019, 2:26 pm

      It’s not that they don’t get out and vote but they are out voted in the major cities. We are headed down the same path in South Carolina with all the liberals in Charleston and Columbia. I think one day we will be dealing with the same thing

    • riverrider November 29, 2019, 5:29 pm

      they have over run us with yankee liberals and the free shit army. even if every one of us voted, its not enough. we are going to have to shed blood this time, God help us, or live as slaves forever.

    • Cynthia Allen November 29, 2019, 10:54 pm

      I AGREE! ALL of AMERICA had better WAKE UP like A SLEEPING GIANT!

    • Mark Koernke November 29, 2019, 10:59 pm

      The reason is Trumps Bump Stock Back Stab of gun owners who owned bump stocks curled the interest of half a million voters plus their spouses and friends and more. Second is many who have not bothered after the betrayal of Ron Paul and the way they treated him. layer upon layer of republirat actions no different from the demicans. Hell, a bunch of the Trump supporters brag and laugh about backstabbing the Bump Stock Owners. In writing it is extensive. The most common comment made is it was “reasonable” to screw the bump stock owners because he is so….wise/cool. Well, a lot of young gun owners don’t like the idea of being a target of the ATF and Trump and his followers….DON’T CARE. Buy more ammo and food. both are weapons. liberty1775

    • Cynthia Allen November 29, 2019, 11:01 pm

      YES! I AGREE! Bill Barr had better get the show on the road! I am tired of these 😈 demoncrats! IF the Lying LUCIFER LIBERAL DEMONIC DEMON DEVIL POSSESSED BUTCHER BABY KILLER DEMONCRATS, have their WAY, America will be GONE, OUR CONSTITUTION, OUR MILITARY, and ALL that is TRUE! VOTE PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP! He is America’s ONLY HOPE, SECOND to GOD!

  • Lowell Sites November 29, 2019, 11:57 am

    It’s good to see some of the gun owners wake up and start trying to take back our second amendment, guaranteed rights back from the anti gun politicians, that have illegally taken our legal gun owners rights from us. Those rights were spacifickly put in our laws to protect us from exactly the kind of ‘Ruling politicians’ that are now trying to disarm, and illegally rule us, instead of representing us and our wishes. Our third President, Thomas Jefferson, predicted exactly what our leaders would later do, over two hundred years ago, and saw necessary to add the second amendment to our constitution, to protect us from that very thing. That time is surely here! It would be good for avery citizen of the USA to read, or review ‘ The autobiography of Thomas Jefferson, and get his learned opinion of what will have to be done to correct the present situation.

    • Winston November 29, 2019, 3:40 pm

      These VA counties have only passed resolutions which are not laws. A resolution is informal and is not codified law. The Left’s Sanctuary cities have actually passed laws barring thier police from cooperating with US immigration agents. Don’t get your hopes up.

    • Cynthia Allen November 29, 2019, 10:55 pm

      THANKS! Will do!

      • Dom Carroll December 2, 2019, 12:10 pm

        Why hasn’t this Governor been Recalled yet? Him and his LT. GOVERNOR have some scandals to worry about vs taken our gun.

  • Jason Coffey November 29, 2019, 11:22 am

    The Socialist scum of the Democrat party will quickly find a way around this, they operate above the law! That is how they get elected, by dividing districts up and dirty voter rolls, they have gotten away with multiple coup attempts on Trump. Now they are emboldened and will do whatever they want.

    • Cynthia Allen November 29, 2019, 11:00 pm

      YES! I AGREE! Bill Barr had better get the show on the road! I am tired of these 😈 demoncrats! IF the Lying LUCIFER LIBERAL DEMONIC DEMON DEVIL POSSESSED BUTCHER BABY KILLER DEMONCRATS, have their WAY, America will be GONE, OUR CONSTITUTION, OUR MILITARY, and ALL that is TRUE! VOTE PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP! He is America’s ONLY HOPE, SECOND to GOD!

  • mikeb November 29, 2019, 10:07 am

    A prime example when citizens don’t vote. Hopefully Virginians have seen the light.

    • Cynthia Allen November 29, 2019, 11:02 pm

      I PRAY SO! I AGREE with you one hundred percent sure!

    • Michael Nelson November 30, 2019, 12:47 pm

      No so much not voting, the new redistricting virtually ensured that the few progressive/liberal enclaves in the Commonwealth have a far larger impact on statewide votes than they should. Plus, it is the NRA with the pockets deep enough to run against Bloomberg’s millions, and they opted to do nothing.

      So yes I agree with you, please do get out and vote – but also 1) Attend Lobby Day Jan 20th, 2020 . And 2) Join and donate to the VCDL – the only organization working for the citizens and patriots of the Old Dominion at present.

  • Donald Denton November 29, 2019, 9:43 am

    Check out the linkage between these laws suppressing the 2nd Amendment & their hidden restrictions on First Anendment freedom of speech and assembly rightd.

    • Cynthia Allen November 29, 2019, 11:03 pm

      Thanks! Will do!

  • Ed Sunderland November 29, 2019, 8:38 am

    This is awesome and as more counties join in power from the left wing anti second amendment will have to cease. Recall elections should be next and there really needs to be criminal consequences for constitutional violations such as proposed by the new VA GOV.

    • Alan Rose November 29, 2019, 6:54 pm

      Unfortunately in Virginia (and montana) recalls are tried in circuit court instead of scheduling a citizen vote. Makes it much harder to remove elected officials. There defined reasons for being recalled, like neglect of duty.

    • Cynthia Allen November 29, 2019, 11:04 pm

      I AGREE! This is the ONLY WAY to KEEP GOD and COUNTRY!

  • Michael Nelson November 29, 2019, 8:24 am

    This is the time all those gun owners talked about what they would do if they come for my guns, to awaken and realize that they are. I am a life member of the NRA, and Executive Member of the VCDL. As much as I love the NRA’s history of protecting rights, and safety training. they utterly abandoned their primary mission and did nothing to protect the rights of the gun owning patriots of the very state their headquarters are in. VCDL has taken the lead as the preeminent grass-roots pro 2nd Amendment organization in Virginia, Gun Owners of America is another that tried to actually protect our rights. So when you are deciding wich membership to renew or where your hard earned money will do the most good – go straight to VDCL’s website or one of their tables at a local gun show and joint the fight!

  • Adam Freeman November 29, 2019, 7:19 am

    I’m a Virginia resident – NRA membership has been my one-and-only gun rights affiliation, until now. Join the VCDL to protect your gun rights here on the local level, guys and gals!

    thanks for this article.

    • Richard McNamara November 29, 2019, 9:38 am

      I second this. As an active member of Virginia Citizens Defense League, I can’t speak highly enough about the

      organization. You won’t find a better defender of our gun rights than it’s president, Philip Van Cleave. VCDL

      has been the most effective gun rights organization in the state of Virginia for years. Only $25 per year for

      membership.

      Also, we gun rights advocates need to vote in every election from local to federal. The disastrous results of

      the recent Virginia election shows that.

      • Irondoor November 29, 2019, 6:50 pm

        No disrespect intended, but if you are the most effective gun rights organization in Virginia, you failed big time. That’s the reality. When you analyze the voting result, what happened and do you have a plan/chance of winning in the future?

  • shawn g lindsey November 29, 2019, 4:45 am

    All of the people that want extreme gun control or to ban private ownership firearms are people who want someone else to put there lives on the line to protect them. The simple fact of the matter is: If someone breaks into your home and threatens your life you have seconds to respond and law enforcement is always minutes, usually a lot of minutes away. From my past experiences , City cops are little more than thugs and criminals themselves and you stand an equal chance of being shot by them as the intruder does.

    • Shae Sortwell November 30, 2019, 4:59 pm

      If you’re really so eager to shoot powerful guns, why don’t you join the army?

      • Jordan T December 5, 2019, 4:48 pm

        Shae that is the most ignorant statement I have heard. Not American I take it or have no clue about history.
        Both possibly?

      • Steven Mathis December 29, 2019, 6:28 pm

        Some have joined and retired from the Army, so whats it any of your business if Americans have guns?

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