‘I said it’: Democratic Virginia Senator Admits to Retaliating Against Sheriffs Who Supported Sanctuary Movement

The Virginia Senate Majority Leader refused to provide a pay raise for sheriffs after many of them voiced support for the 2A sanctuary movement. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The Democratic Majority Leader of the Virginia State Senate admitted over the weekend to blocking a pay raise for Virginia sheriffs for their support of the Second Amendment sanctuary movement.  

Sen. Richard “Dick” L. Saslaw told Republican Senator Bill Stanley after a floor session that the Democrats had blocked the three percent pay raise because, according to Sen. Stanley’s recollection, “they came to our committees and said that they weren’t going to enforce our laws.”

Stanley made the allegation in a Facebook post, and Saslaw admitted to the retributive move in an interview with local media.

“He didn’t lie…I said it,” Saslaw admitted. “All I said was a lot of people are upset that these people come in and say they’re not going to enforce our laws. That’s all.”

In Stanley’s original post, which has so far garnered over 20,000 shares, he recounted how his proposal to give all sheriffs a three percent pay raise was blocked by Senate Democrats. After the vote, Sen. Saslaw approached him and said, “Hey Stanley, you want to know why your sheriffs didn’t get a raise? —because they came to our committees and said that they weren’t going to enforce our laws.”

When Sen. Stanley asked which laws Saslaw was referring to, he responded, “Gun control.”

“I was shocked that the Democrats are now punishing our local Sheriff’s Departments (by eliminating a pay raise for them), for their choice to protect and defend our citizens’ Second Amendment rights,” Stanley concluded. “Democrats want to restrict a citizen’s right to protect themselves, but won’t pay our sheriffs’ deputies to protect Virginians. Hypocrisy has a name.”

Stanley also published a video of the floor debate in which the Democrats claim they blocked the raise because the budget wouldn’t allow for it. The video points out that the raise would have required the state to set aside only $9 million in the first year out of a $140 billion two-year budget. Republican Senators also noted during the debate that there is $10 million in unappropriated funds in the current year, and future years could be covered by cutting certain programs.

Virginia Sheriff Patrick McCranie was one of the sheriffs who supported the Second Amendment sanctuary movement in his county, and he argued on Facebook that the state senate could have held the raise for sheriffs while still giving one to the deputies.

“I had a strong feeling this was going to happen,” he said. “The men and women who work as deputies throughout Virginia deserved a raise. If the General Assembly wanted to leave Sheriff’s out that would have been fine. I am sorry and feel very dejected but I will never stop fighting for our men and women.”

This is unlikely to be the last retribution against Virginia sheriffs who support the Second Amendment. In December, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam threatened that there would be “consequences” if sheriffs refused to enforce gun control laws.

When asked if there would be “retaliation” for Second Amendment sanctuary sheriffs, he denied it. But he continued, “If we have constitutional laws on the books and law enforcement officers are not enforcing those laws on the books, then there are going to be consequences, but I’ll cross that bridge if and when we get to it.”

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  • Mark June 26, 2020, 5:37 pm

    The Sanctuary Counties City Councils can come up with the 3% raise for the Sheriff’s (Deputies also?) by refusing to pay 3% of whatever state taxes are due from the county budgets. Reallocation of funds, you might say. If that doesn’t work, then the citizens can support LEO by voluntarily setting up a fund on Go Fund Me to make up the 3% deficit. We need to back up the LEO’s now more than ever.

  • MadDog Mike March 2, 2020, 9:42 am

    Politicians, uphold your oath and the Constitution or swing from the gallows!!!!

  • David Collis February 29, 2020, 6:51 pm

    Dick really is a dick. It’s not that the Sheriff’s weren’t going to enforce “our” laws. They are NOT and will NOT enforce ANY “law” which is illegal and/or unconstitutional. Are you that far out of touch with reality DICK? Why don’t you get a coloring book and go color some pretty pictures of unicorns and fairies and let decent, hardworking, honest tax paying Americans enjoy their Constitutional and God given right MORON!

  • Jerry February 29, 2020, 4:26 pm

    The VA sheriffs deputies should selectively begin enforcing the traffic laws on the renegade democrat legislators.

  • walt morris February 29, 2020, 10:39 am

    thank you for your completely truthful comments. it is really too bad that our elected officials who have taken the oath to protect and defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic lied when they took that oath. in my opinion anyone who supports gun control of all law abiding citizens are guilty of treason against my country and should be treated as such.

    if we don’t take control of this illegal movement it will take control of every americans life and will be the end of our country–are we going to see a return of the USSR—united states socialist republic? i shudder to think what our country would have go through to have another revolution. we need to rid ourselves of these traitors before they rid themselves of freedom loving americans!!!

    • Eric March 1, 2020, 12:20 am

      I fully agree. Is it not against the law to punish someone for their political stance? If it’s not, we should mandate this as a law. People who use tax money to fuel their own personal wars should be prosecuted/imprisoned for misuse of government funds.

  • robert w Martin February 29, 2020, 9:46 am

    virginia is for commies

  • robert w Martin February 29, 2020, 9:44 am

    same argument for sanctuary cities not receiving govt. money for protecting illegals and criminals from ICE

  • Andrew N. February 29, 2020, 12:17 am

    To the Dims in charge of the Virginia Statehouse…Enjoy your short reign. “The People” have now seen your true colors, as well as seeing Mike Bloomberg admitting to “buying” elections and Legislators in Virginia. The next election cycle I see different results.

  • Greg February 28, 2020, 7:42 pm

    Our laws? You mean the federal government’s laws. It’s not about the state of Virginia laws. It’s the Federal Government that controls immigration. . . . . Moron

  • Michael J February 28, 2020, 6:59 pm

    Block his pay raise. Tyrannical people have no business in government. Unfortunately according to Pelosi, you have to elect them before you can fire them. I’m paraphrasing.

  • Carbine Williams February 28, 2020, 5:57 pm

    When I was an elected official for eight years every time I was elected I took an oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the USA.therefore if you don’t uphold your oath you have no business whatsoever for serving the public.In fact you should resign and never run for office again.

  • Allen February 28, 2020, 5:32 pm

    Democrats don’t support the constitution.

  • Zupglick February 28, 2020, 4:30 pm

    Wonder if that Senator goes driving in any of those Counties? It would be too bad if he were caught speeding and a subsequent search of his car turned up a pound of meth.

  • Sam February 28, 2020, 4:02 pm

    After reading all these comments, I find some ignorance of how State politics works. Something to bear in mind when you clamber against the Electoral College. The population of most States is concentrated in urban areas. States do not have the College, so it is just majority rule. And in most cases, if a politician garners most of those votes,that means he gets the entire city (precinct, ward, whatever). Meaning, if all the minority urban votes, and a majority of the rural votes together are more than enough to defeat the politician, too bad. He has all of the city votes, even those that didn’t vote for him. You see it in California, and I fear for Texas. No, actually, I fear for our Country. We The People have chosen the easy way, and we are losing our “Grand Experiment”. I refuse to secede (in spite of what our silly Governor said), and I am too old to do much more than vote my beliefs. But some of you can. Do whatever is legally (Constitutionally) necessary, what you are able. And don’t shoot anybody, unless there is nothing else you can do. Virginia is a strong States-Rights State, and many County Sheriffs are torn between their vow to uphold State law, or the Constitution. Virginia signed off on the Constitution, so we know how they should decide. But it doesn’t mean it is easy. But back to the point of this comment. All the political power is in the cities. That doesn’t mean the citizens agree.

  • Jay Peters February 28, 2020, 3:09 pm

    If all officers we forced to enforce all laws….shouldn’t they then have to enforce laws requiring them to notify immigration offices about illegal aliens they have stopped/detained…

    Well maybe not all laws, just the ones Democrats chose to enforce selectively…….

    Maybe a few more elected officials should look long and hard at what the people want not so much as what they thing the people need. We are not the sheep to be led around by self gratifying wind bags who think we are stupid…

  • ditpook February 28, 2020, 2:24 pm

    Well his Momma named him right, he is definitely a ‘Dick”

    One question, if he is not upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States, why is HE getting paid? Moreover, why isn’t he fired or put in jail?

  • Clint W. February 28, 2020, 1:17 pm

    A tourist walked into a Chinese curio shop in San Francisco. While looking around at the exotic merchandise, he noticed a very life-like, life-sized, bronze statue of a rat. It had no price tag, but was so incredibly striking that the tourist decided he must have it. He took it to the old shop owner and asked, “How much for the bronze rat ?”

    “Ahhh, you have chosen wisely ! It is $12 for the rat and $100 for the story,” saidthe wise old Chinaman.

    The tourist quickly pulled out twelve dollars. “I’ll just take the rat, you can
    keep the story”.

    As he walked down the street carrying his bronze rat, the tourist noticed that a few actual rats had crawled out of the alleys and storm drains, and had begun following him down the street. This was a bit disconcerting, so he began walking faster. A couple of blocks later he looked behind him, and saw to his horror that the herd of rats behind him had grown to hundreds, and they had begun squealing. Sweating now, the tourist began to trot toward San Francisco Bay .

    Again, after a couple of blocks, he looked around only to discover that the rats now numbered in the MILLIONS, and were squealing and coming toward him faster and faster. Terrified, he ran to the edge of the Bay and threw the bronze rat as far as he could into the water. Amazingly, the millions of rats all jumped into the Bay after the bronze rat, and were all drowned.

    The man walked back to the curio shop in Chinatown .

    “Ahhh,” said the owner, “You come back for story ?”

    “No sir,” said the man, “I came back to see if you have a bronze Democrat.”

    • dan vickers March 13, 2020, 5:51 pm

      Great!! Did you make that up? Funny

  • DSM February 28, 2020, 1:15 pm

    Was considering a vacation to Virginia this summer, but because of the states anti 2A laws, have decided to stay in Wyoming or vacation in Arizona. I encourage the people of Virginia to throw their corupt politicians out of office and support the Sheriffs that have stood up to tyranny. If financial pressure is applied then business owners and tourism councils will call for reversal of these laws and recall of these scoundral legislators and their morally corupt govenor. I have tremendous sympathy for the citizens of Virginia.

  • Rangemaster11B February 28, 2020, 12:55 pm

    Things must be different in VA. How does the State control salaries at the County level?

  • Stan d. Upnow February 28, 2020, 12:07 pm

    You’ve heard the term “Cold War,” right?
    Well, we’re in one now, only it ain’t the Russians this time. Guess.

  • Don Richardson February 28, 2020, 12:06 pm

    They pass unconstitutional laws and then are arrogant about it. They frequently have armed security but don’t want you to be able to defend yourself or your family.
    Remember that when you vote.

  • dave brown February 28, 2020, 11:48 am

    As a life local Registered Independent, yep turned 18 in 1970, got the right to vote and My Draft # to Nam, plus is SD I could legally drink 3.2 Beer, what a year…….. Anyway, I don’t think I ever voted a Straight Ticket as I vote for the Person and Not Some Party. Problem today is The Right and Left Gangs are acting like kids that want their way, and seldom looking for Common Ground as they did not so many years ago. Government is a needed Evil, wise up and Be Party Blind. If I am pointing fingers at The Other Guy or Other Party I got 3 fingers points back at me, and that make me part of the problem. I hope & Pray that US can understand this, and US are in the together. Free Your Mind, Be Party Blind.

    • Tex February 28, 2020, 2:10 pm

      Oh boy….another self righteous “Independent”. Do you still believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny? I’m sorry “finger pointing” doesn’t fit in with your idealistic point of view. It would be nice if your dream came true but look at the political landscape and see how it has evolved since the Viet Nam era. Most people would agree that there are two diametrically opposed political philosophies and they will NEVER meet in the middle. There isn’t a good reason to do so. Both sides are polarized and will remain so until there is an event that triggers a move toward the middle. The Left wants your vote which makes them think you want them to lead you, make important decisions for you and provide a meaningful life for those who invade our country that’s subsidized by the rest of us. If you think that the Dems will take your vote into consideration you are wrong. At the end of the day these people you are voting for will toe the party line and fall in line If they want to progress in the party.The Right, warts and all, are at least willing to stand up for constitutionally guaranteed rights. They don’t want to pick your pocket for their favorite charities the way the Left does when they endorse the failing public education system that allows Unions to keep “teachers” who can’t teach. The Left wants “open borders” to allow more ignorant immigrants in to vote illegally and further nullify your vote. They want to curb your right to free speech and deny other parts of the Bill of Rights. There’s more I can cite but I think it would be a waste of my time to try to dissuade you from your position. Your my age and are seemingly too addled to see which party is for freedom and that’s sad. So please keep sitting on the fence and thinking what you’re doing is beneficial. Just remember that fence sitters have rocks thrown at them from both sides. Consider this a rock being thrown at you.

      • Sam February 28, 2020, 4:25 pm

        Tex, this punch bowl is big enough to hold turds of all stripes. There is still enough fruit in it to call it ‘punch’, but I fear you are getting close. Then it would just be a turd bowl, and time to start over. I do not sit on the fence, but I would vote for a demoncrat if their social philosophy was closer to mine the the Republican candidate. They are getting harder to find, but two examples. I would never vote for a Democrat who proclaimed that there was no God. I would never vote for a Republican who felt that, as an arm of the Government, any action the Police did was justified. I have never been a single-issue voter, but I am getting there. The candidate who swings closest to the Constitution gets my vote. Even if I have to hold my nose when I cast it.

    • Mr Shifter February 28, 2020, 3:03 pm

      Boy are you living in a dream world……..Puff Puff Pass……..”Cant we all just get along”……Never has, never will happen.

    • jrkmt1 February 29, 2020, 4:33 am

      Age of majority (right to vote, etc.) was lowered in 1971 and went into effect 2 Jan 72, not 1970.
      Legal drinking age at that time was left to the states. California remained at 21 while Alabama lowered the age to 19 in 1975 (then reinstated minimum age of 21 in 1988).

      • Moorich March 14, 2020, 9:02 am

        Georgia and Kentucky allowed younger than 21 to vote. Not sure what the age was in Kentucky but Georgia allowed 18 and older to vote long before 1970. I first voted in 1964, the year I turned 18.

  • Mac February 28, 2020, 11:46 am

    How would liberals feel when sheriffs only protect the ones that support the second amendment? No escorts to and from events, no personal security detail….. hmmm?! I think they would be looking over their shoulders and wonder from where are the armed militia coming? If I were a libtard politician, or Utopian fool politician, I would be concerned if everyone else is armed and and I’m not!!! They don’t put themselves in the shoes of a person or politician who thinks he has protection but in fact does not. I know I’ll take care of my own personal security detail. Get the VA politicians to hand over their war chests of left over campaign contributions and fund the Sheriffs’ and Deputies’ raise. I bet your slimy majority leader has nine million hidden away that he alone could fund the raises!! Geeeez what have we become. Love thy neighbor as thy self was so a part of our country. Now it is sickly divided. A house divided cannot survive!!

  • David F February 28, 2020, 11:42 am

    When his private guard gets the blue flu he might change his mind, time to show some solidarity isn’t that what the left wants.

  • Lancaster007 February 28, 2020, 11:41 am

    Virginians should listen really good,,,,, it’s because they came to “OUR” committee and refuse to enforce “OUR” laws is why!!

    That statement alone should alarm you folks, they need to remove these worthless piled of dogshit right now all of them.

  • Matt February 28, 2020, 11:15 am

    I encourage everyone in Virginia to pay attention to the next election for us (June 2020 primary) AND VOTE against these people. Also find a good Virginia based group like “The Virginia Constitutional Conservatives” or “the Virginia Civil Defense League” and get on their email list to stay up to date with what is happening in Richmond and who we need to GET OUT of office. These groups have people attending the state legislative meetings and committees almost daily, listening to the rhetoric of these elected and reporting back to us. Keep in mind there are also some “RINO” republicans who have not supported the 2A who need to get their walking papers. We also need to replace Kaine and Warner. (Warner comes up for reelection this November)

  • Roger February 28, 2020, 11:14 am

    “These people come in…” if anyone else said “these people” the Dems would be all over them. And what a great way to thank peace officers!! Ridiculous and arrogant.

    • Rangemaster11B February 28, 2020, 12:56 pm

      I agree. This “Dick” said “our” laws.

  • Dave February 28, 2020, 10:52 am

    These idiot politicians see the whole of Virginia through the prism of their little liberal enclave in Fairfax. They care not a whit that 90% or the rest of the Commonwealth is comprised of farmland and forested hills. In those areas, the average State Trooper or Sheriff’s Deputy is responsible for 150 square miles of territory. The people who populate those areas are not the types to take infringement of 2A lightly. Lots of them have middle school aged kids who can make head shots on a groundhog at 200 yards all day long….with THEIR OWN AR.

    Oh, and BTW, the closest assist unit is 40 minutes away.

    • Stan d. Upnow February 28, 2020, 12:19 pm

      Politics is a numbers game. That’s why the traitorous Progressive-Socialists(aka, “Democrats”) are all for open borders and giving the Illegals benefits, rights, & privileges that are those of U.S. citizens. With massive numbers of these Illegals voting, the P-S’s will secure their positions of power in govt. forever; or so they believe.
      If this is not Firmly stopped NOW, we will lose America as we know it. (could anyone even imagine a hard-core Communist -Sanders- running for POTUS 15 years ago?)

  • Jordan sutich February 28, 2020, 10:49 am

    Throw his butt in jail. If we did anything like this we’d be there. All these officials that think they are above the constitution need to be dealt with by our own government or public officials. They do not have special rights because of their positions. Hang in there sheriff the whole country is watching.

  • Bill W February 28, 2020, 10:13 am

    So “Dick” said Sheriff’s would not get a pay raise for not enforcing “their” laws.

    Wonder if old Dickie ever thought about his failure to uphold his oath of office to uphold the Constitution by drafting and passing illegal laws. Wonder if old Dickie will get a raise?

    • Bob February 28, 2020, 11:50 am

      He should get a raise. To a gallows.

  • bruce shook February 28, 2020, 9:56 am

    We already have Constitutional laws on the books! Its called the 2nd Amendment. This governor needs to do HIS duty and uphold his oath of office. If the constitutions is the law of the land , how can a governor pass a law AGAINST the constitution? HMMMM?

  • oldfuzz695 February 28, 2020, 9:54 am

    Isn’t this action the same as Trump was accused of holding back for political purposes? One exception, Trump released the funds with no Quid pro quo. The 2nd Amendment Virginians will vote all those impostors out of office.

  • Jay February 28, 2020, 9:45 am

    It’s time to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. This man is a domestic enemy of the Constitution, it’s rights and it’s freedoms. If removal by force is required than so be it. Shall not be infringed.

    • Frank February 29, 2020, 11:34 am

      EVERY American needs this mentality. To much PUSSIFICATION has occured.

  • TW February 28, 2020, 9:41 am

    Democrats want to disobey Federal immigration laws, but then demand Sheriffs enforce Dems 2A restrictions.
    There is no better definition of hypocrisy

  • Robert J. Lucas February 28, 2020, 9:35 am

    “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    Anti-Constitutionalist’s=Anti-Americans=Enemies of the United States…

    • Nicholas February 28, 2020, 10:36 am

      We can quote all the men and women who founded this nation, some of whom gave their lives, but it will do no good.
      What we should be quoting is the law. Article I, § 8, Cls. 15 & 16, Article II, § 2, Cl, 1, and of course the Article of the Bill of Rights that warns public officials that they must abide by the provisions of the Constitution that REQUIRE “A well regulated Militia” composed of the body of the People.
      Has there been an amendment to the Constitution that changed the definition upon which the Framers included those Articles? Has there been a repeal of the Acts that were promulgated under those provisions?
      When it comes to reality, it is the fact that it is “We the People” who are responsible to enforce those provisions, and it is “We the People” who refuse to do so.

      • Frank February 29, 2020, 11:40 am

        WE refuse to do anything because WE have been to CONDITIONED to do so. Everyone is to self centered and AFRAID to compromise their pathetic little (safe) lives. It’s already to late, we gave the system and it’s Liberals way to much head room. Globalism is inevitable.

  • Robert J. Lucas February 28, 2020, 9:32 am

    Socialism>Communism>Gun Control=Disarmament=Extermination…

    The Impoverished Deadly Agenda…As history has proven….

    “Seemingly Utopian pacifists are free to profess their love of a weapon-free world, but they must start by disarming the evil, criminal and tyrannical. Disarming the public is a vent for their twisted fear and hatred, a grotesque affront to freedom, and unacceptable. Disarming an innocent person is an act of violence.”
    “Guns save lives. Guns stop crime. Guns are why America is still free.”
    Anti-constitutionalism sense of morality is situational, based on incident and emotion, instead of rooted in God’s word and law.
    Anti-constitutionalism stands for nothing. The Anti-Constitutionalists’ situation determines their support for an issue and their emotions rule, not reason and rationality.
    Moreover, they recognize the contradiction, but still cling to their situational justice. Situational justice is the tool of Dictators, Tyrants, Despots, and Unjust, Unrighteous Monarchs. It has no place in a free constitutional republic. In which the United States of America is……………….

    For those of you (The Socialist/Communist/Democrats) and Hoplophobics who do not know,
    here is a little History in a nutshell…

    Study the History, with eyes and ears wide open.

    “All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.”
    – Mao Tze Tung, Nov 6, 1938

    How ironic that those who are calling for gun control are those who want the guns,
    so, they can have the control.

    It is of interest to the American people to take note of those who they entrust to serve them. We are a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, yet time and time again in this country we have leaders in government who put on the guise of “patriot” and then turn out to be the criminal in garb. The crimes that these anti-gunner politicians are convicted of; suggest they are public enemy’s rather than public servants. No wonder they want to take guns from law-abiding citizens. What we see is that some of today’s politicians are magnifying the crimes they are placed in office to prevent.
    They allow crime to be promoted through entertainment and when the crime is committed, they are there in hopes to grab the guns away.
    This is exactly how criminals in government operate. They demonize the gun and the legal gun owners, not the criminals.

    Since criminal politicians refuse to look at history, which can be at the present our greatest teacher, it is very clear that gun banners know exactly what they are attempting to do, put the
    Second Amendment in the crosshairs.
    Looking back, who has committed murder in the largest degree?

    Dictators Adolf Hitler, Mao Tze Tung, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, etc.
    Time and time again it is our corrupt governments who are responsible for the mass murder of their own people under the deceptive guise of “gun control,” all of which the said dictators implemented.
    Keep in mind these people promised their citizens protection and freedom upon the forfeiture of their guns.
    How many times, does history need to repeat itself?

    Mass murderer Adolf Hitler at a dinner talk on April 11, 1942 said:
    “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So, let’s not have any native militia or native police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order throughout the occupied Russian territories, and a system of military strong-points must be evolved to cover the entire occupied country.”

    Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

    Josef Stalin, the sole leader of the Soviet Union from 1924 to 1953, said:
    “If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.”
    In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Mao Tze Tung, communist dictator of China said:
    “War can only be abolished through war, and to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.”
    China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Idi Amin, president of Uganda from 1971 to 1979, said:
    “I do not want to be controlled by any superpower. I myself consider myself the most powerful figure in the world, and that is why I do not let any superpower control me.”

    Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Pol Pot, who created in Cambodia one of the 20th century’s most brutal and radical regimes, was responsible for killing one million of his own ‘educated,’ yet unarmed citizens.

    Conclusion:
    Our forefathers did not arm the American people for hunting, but rather to protect themselves from those who were doing the hunting, namely the tyrant King George. The second amendment is only to vouchsafe our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and to ensure all the other rights given unto us by our Creator.
    The wisdom of the framers of the Constitution once again is found consistent with the lessons of the Bible (Which is presently being Perverted) they used as their bedrock for civil law. The people’s individual protection should always be a primary concern of government “of the people”. In a righteous country, self-government reigns by the constraint of Christian morals. The civil government that desires such a monopoly of force (i.e. they are the only ones with guns) is a threat to the lives, liberty, and property of its citizens, for that government ceases to be “of and for the people.”
    Saul Alinsky is nothing more than a rehash of passed history’s trash heap of ideological insanity.
    It is the Equation of,
    Socialism>Communism>Gun Control=Disarmament=Extermination…
    The self- proclaimed “social-justice warriors” hopes that no one has educated themselves on past extermination history that this globe has suffered time and time again, which proves their circle of insanity.

    “The right of decent private citizens to personally possess, transport, and responsibly use arms without government interference is the ultimate freedom and the main pillar supporting all other liberties.”
    “The inalienable and fundamental right to keep and bear arms which is enumerated by (but predates) the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is not about hunting, gun collecting, or target shooting. Its purpose is to ensure that every responsible American personally possesses the means to defend the Republic from all forms of tyranny, within and without. It is what permits the other nine Amendments in the Bill of Rights to be more than mere hollow phrases on a piece of paper. “Its free exercise is the antithesis of serfdom and THE ONLY MEANINGFUL FORM OF HOLOCAUST INSURANCE KNOWN TO MAN”.

    • walt morris February 28, 2020, 11:27 am

      thank you for your completely truthful comments. it is really too bad that our elected officials who have taken the oath to protect and defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic lied when they took that oath. in my opinion anyone who supports gun control of all law abiding citizens are guilty of treason against my country and should be treated as such.

      if we don’t take control of this illegal movement it will take control of every americans life and will be the end of our country–are we going to see a return of the USSR—united states socialist republic? i shudder to think what our country would have go through to have another revolution. we need to rid ourselves of these traitors before they rid themselves of freedom loving americans!!!

    • Frank February 29, 2020, 11:47 am

      Mankind on the whole is much to ignorant and self righteous to learn from history and his past mistakes. Mankind is doomed to fail and exterminate himself; and that’s exactly what he’s been doing since he was put here. In time, man will his own demise.

  • Bruce House February 28, 2020, 9:21 am

    This guy should loose his seat for trying to shut down our and the sheriffs 2nd. amendment rights. What a real douche bag!

  • Al February 28, 2020, 9:15 am

    Well, ‘Dick’ is a fitting name. Now my main issue with his statement, “Constitutional” isn’t about STATE Constitutional Law, but about THE Constitution.
    But then, he’s a Democrat “Dick’, so……………..

  • Brent Baird February 28, 2020, 9:08 am

    What’s at issue is not the “laws”, but RESPECT for law. Ideally , Laws only serve a purpose to guide society in a direction when a person(s) conscience is fuzzy/ill-informed or dysfunctional. Laws “guide , they don’t create a ridged reality. Law enforcement and the judicial system assist this process. When lawmakers conscience become dysfunctional , then sane men have a duty to resist these laws and their assistance. A mans determination to follow his conscience defines who he is and will be and sets his contribution for or against the future of all he loves and values. When you lose my respect for your conscience/law , you lose my co-operation and if you cause me to suffer over your dysfunctional will, you can expect my wrath. It’s that simple. As the founders recognized , sane man answers FIRST to a higher AUTHORITY , then to the law of the land. Why the fuck did we rebel and fight the Revolutionary War if it wasn’t for this very FACT?

  • FRANK RICHARDS February 28, 2020, 9:07 am

    NOW ISN’T THAT A QUID PRO QUO !

  • Ronnie Pigg February 28, 2020, 9:01 am

    If I lived in Virginia I would stock up on ammo and firepower and tell little Hitler, the governor, to go fuck himself.
    A message must be sent that we, Americans are not caving to their communistic ways.

  • Jerry B Herndon February 28, 2020, 8:58 am

    Tyranny on display. You don’t have to go half way around the world to find it in some little third world nation. It’s right here under your nose.

  • PacosMojo February 28, 2020, 8:51 am

    Sen. Deep State runs his mouth like any other totalitarian: Only when backed up by armed security forces and personal body guards.

  • jerry e moore February 28, 2020, 8:50 am

    money can never buy freedom only prayer & conviction

  • Mikey Lee February 28, 2020, 8:41 am

    I can only encourage citizens of Virginia’s western and 2A sanctuary counties to give serious consideration of VEXIT. I pray Virginia can be flipped back to Red. But I believe you might want to have this as an alternative.
    Western Virginia counties have voted themselves out from under rule from Richmond when that government ceased to represent their interests. If Sic Seller Tyrannis doesn’t work anymore try Montani Semper Liberi.

  • IPDAILY February 28, 2020, 8:33 am

    If that’s the way these asswipes roll ,maybe the federal government should act the same by withholding funds for Sanctuary cities and states. the time may be arriving when we need to dissolve the union. One half the country, can have un fettered immigration ,no guns, abortion on demand, and living without God to guide them. Leftists ruin everything they touch including our nation.

  • Vincent Bearinger February 28, 2020, 8:33 am

    Give the police their money all you political hacks that don’t work for a living how to find your own money

  • Michael Johnson February 28, 2020, 8:15 am

    The law is against the Constitution. The democrats should be arrested for passing the law. The 2nd amendment is suppose to protect the people from a government that wants to control the people.

  • SD February 28, 2020, 7:52 am

    I say “Hats off to the sheriffs”. We stand with you!!

  • Boppa February 28, 2020, 7:52 am

    Why does the state have control over the salaries and wages of county elected officials?

    • James Clark February 28, 2020, 8:56 am

      Because the state appropriates money that assist localities to pay for law enforcement. Maybe not a good thing but it has been the policy for years.

  • joefoam February 28, 2020, 7:32 am

    Even after the entire state (except for a few localities) declared themselves 2A sanctuaries and gun owners staged a huge demonstration at the capitol, these legislators continue to ram gun control down the throats of ordinary citizens, and now if anyone objects they will be punished. Childish, tyrannical behavior. This is what you get when you elect power hungry democrats to run your state. I hope VA voters wise up before the next election and stop drinking the Bloomberg supplied Kool-aid.

  • Hillary lost, get over it. February 28, 2020, 7:17 am

    So, it’s ok to create new laws that are 100% against the constitution, a d we get shellacked for it, but they cry like babies when President Trump does something against real laws, like sanctuary cities to protect illegals. Hypocrisy does have a name…it is democrat.

  • Dr Motown February 28, 2020, 7:14 am

    More petulant actions from little men…..Bloomberg’s money at work

  • bjg February 28, 2020, 7:09 am

    He would make Joe Stalin proud.

  • patriot 2015 February 28, 2020, 7:08 am

    So typical a democrat that can`t think for himself but HAS TO FOLLOW THE PARTY LINE, Show him the door if he is up for re election. I do not know about you people out there but I am sick and tired of these chicken shit democrat’s that are so far left, what is happened to this party. FOOLS like Sanders and Warren and that jackass AOC and the goon squad have taken over.

  • Anthony Romano February 28, 2020, 6:50 am

    How is it that a law that’s unconstitutional to begin with can pass? People of Virginia you’d better vote these people out of office!

    • Justin February 28, 2020, 7:30 am

      When asked if there would be “retaliation” for Second Amendment sanctuary sheriffs, he denied it. But he continued, “If we have constitutional laws on the books and law enforcement officers are not enforcing those laws on the books, then there are going to be consequences, but I’ll cross that bridge if and when we get to it.”

      Those anti-2A laws they passed are not Constitutional. At least he did say IF we have constitutional laws, which they do not have.

      Next, Sheriffs are elected, employed and paid by the counties, not the State. At least that is how it is in my State, so it sounds like VA may be different.

      Finally, Sheriffs have the authority to decide not to enforce any unconstitutional laws.
      They are bound by their oath to uphold the Constitution, which those senate traitors have ignored.

      This looks like the Sheriffs may have grounds for a huge lawsuit against the senate traitors.

    • SD February 28, 2020, 7:44 am

      We try like hell, but unfortunately we’re outnumbered by the Beltway northern Virginia liberals. I’m ashamed to tell people I’m from this state.

    • Jim February 28, 2020, 8:06 am

      State and Federal Supreme Courts decide what is and is not Constitutional. I see this a lot here and on my state gun forum. People screaming “this or that law is unconstitutional!” Sorry, individuals don’t get to decide that. You might think something is unconstitutional, but that’s just your opinion, and carries no weight. You don’t get to decide which laws to obey and which not to. Once we start doing that…..

      • Eric February 28, 2020, 8:23 am

        When Northam get your legislature to pass a bill saying post birth abortion is OK, will you support that too?

      • Brent Baird February 28, 2020, 9:13 am

        Yeah Jim , we do get to chose, and we accept the consequences, GET IT ?

  • Charlie February 28, 2020, 6:42 am

    I’m a former Deputy sheriff. I can tell you that in America, Sheriffs don’t get to choose which laws they will enforce any more than citizens get to choose which laws they will obey. This confederate bullcrap has been tried before, and it ended badly for those ignorant rednecks who thought they could homebrew their laws the way they homebrewed their whiskey and homegrew their lovers. I’ve grown up with guns long and short and carried a concealed pistol for 42 years. Gave it up when the law in my state said “No more.” When it comes to STUPID, this is the place to come to, and that’s why I come here – to read the stupid shit voiced by these guys who marry their 12 year old cousins.

    • NICK February 28, 2020, 7:20 am

      Gave it up when the law in my state said “No more.”
      What else are you willing to sacrifice because your state passes a law?
      You are that willing to give up rights that easily? No questioning of the authoritarianism?
      Perhaps changing your name from charlie to sheep is more appropriate.

      Live free or die!

      • Joe February 28, 2020, 12:08 pm

        This is the type of law enforcement personnel that brings shame to the rest of us who understand the meaning of, as well as being fully committed to protecting and upholding the constitution.

    • 3M WOJ8 February 28, 2020, 7:22 am

      Thank heaven you are no longer in law enforcement. So when a law is passed that conflict with the supreme law of the land you have an obligation to disobey it. Being a LEO doesn’t entitle you to ignore the 2nd, 4th and 5th Amendments of the Constitution.

      Perhaps you should read “When all else fails, the ethics of resistance to state injustice” by Jason Brennan, who states that a citizen has a moral duty to resist government injustice and use uncivil means if necessary. So if some red-flag thug tried to seize the firearms of a law-abiding citizen that citizen would be within his rights to shoot him dead.

      Enjoy your retirement you ignoramus.

      • Joe February 28, 2020, 12:09 pm

        Amen to that!

    • Hillary lost, get over it. February 28, 2020, 7:23 am

      So, Sheriff dipped. You married your 12 year old cousin, had a couple of deformed children, and you blame us? Good thing that you are not sheriff anymore. The town got wise. Or did you sell drugs on the side? That sounds like something libs do. If your 4 year old little boy cant figure out which bathroom to use, oh, forget it. Talking to a stupid rock gets nothing in return. PS. How many of them wonderful illegal aliens did you let go because they murdered an old white man? I bet a lot. Isnt allowing sanctuary cities for illegal aliens breaking federal law, sheriff dipweed?

    • Nirm February 28, 2020, 7:25 am

      You are a tuna!

    • Sambo February 28, 2020, 7:34 am

      Dang Charlie! I’m sure your fine with not enforcing immigration laws and allowing criminals back into our society. Your probably fine with judges putting injunctions on laws that have been passed like voter I.D. laws. By the way my cousin was 14 when we married!!!

    • Altoids February 28, 2020, 7:41 am

      I don’t believe you when you say that you’re a former deputy sheriff. If you were, you’d know that those laws are unconstitutional.

      If you gave up your rights because the state said “no more”, then you’re you’re nothing more than an obedient little sheep. You’re just the kind of useful idiot that the wannabe totalitarian left is looking for.

      So just lay down and allow those politicians who lust for power walk all over you, because anyone who doesn’t do that is STUPID, and marries their 12 year old cousins.

      Sorry man, but someone has to stand up for the constitution. Too bad you lack the balls to do it.

    • Justin February 28, 2020, 7:43 am

      That may be so in the county you were a deputy in, but it is clear that the Sheriffs are successfully doing exactly that in VA, or this would not be the issue that it obviously is.
      Also, there are many counties around the country that have already passed 2A protection laws and ordinances that effectively nullify any unconstitutional anti-2A laws.
      Many more counties are considering doing the same thing. That is a fact that you can research and verify for yourself.

    • Richard M. Thomas February 28, 2020, 7:49 am

      Charlie_ You evidently don’t know shit. I doubt you were a “former Deputy Sheriff”. I can tell you that the Bill of Rights is the law of the Nation and it shall not be infringed.
      The fact that you call people rednecks and Confederate bullcrap makes no sense. The dipshit Dems are the ones who decided to ignore the Constitution. When it comes to STUPID you take the title for sure…dipshit.

    • B V R February 28, 2020, 7:58 am

      Charlie, as a former deputy sheriff, who was willing to give up his 2nd Amendment Constitutional Rights, please tell us how you feel about the leftist version of sanctuary cities, after all, those leftists communities are willing to ignore the laws they do not like, they are doing exactly what you condemn. (Can you apply your outrage to both side of the issue, or just the one you “feel” passionate about?) BTW – Your “confederate” and “redneck” references, along with your last sentence, make you sound like a bigot!

    • Jay February 28, 2020, 7:59 am

      Charlie, sure am glad you’re no longer deputy sheriff. You took an oath and broke it. Talk about STUPID! That tells me you can’t be trusted any further than someone can throw you.

    • nuthinmuffin February 28, 2020, 8:13 am

      ” it ended badly for those ignorant rednecks who thought they could homebrew their laws the way they homebrewed their whiskey and homegrew their lovers” hey look, a giant blue state bigot…and you come here because you need to shout your flaccid opinions attempting to justify them by claiming to have experience as a “deputy”

    • Txjack February 28, 2020, 8:14 am

      Charlie, you quickly label others and insult everyone that doesn’t agree with you is what I would say is stupid. Sounds like you’re a good little Stepford wife always bowing and doing as you’re told. The rest of us tend to follow Thomas Jefferson’s philosophy “if a law is unjust then man should not only not follow it but has an obligation not to”. Also Martin Luther King, Jr.’s comment in his famous letter from Birmingham Jail: “One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”. I’m glad you’re not in law enforcement anymore Charlie, you don’t possess the sound judgement that job requires. I suspect you’d happily enforce Red Flag laws despite the clear violation the are of a person’s constitutional rights.

    • Eric February 28, 2020, 8:20 am

      Well, I see what side you’re on when you bad mouth those in your state that do believe in the bill of rights.

    • TexDad February 28, 2020, 8:32 am

      I see, so we should do as our power hungry overlords tell us regardless of what that is. Yeah, that makes perfect sense.

    • Tex February 28, 2020, 8:49 am

      He Charlie…..I hope you keep reading this. Why don’t you take all your comments about those of us you consider “rednecks” and poke them up your poop chute. I’m a redneck….have no problem with that label because it does make chicken shit assholes like you to show their true colors. I’m a retired LEO and very glad I never had to work with an opinionated fool like you. Law enforcement does indeed have discretionary aspects to it ( your state law enforcement training must have side stepped that issue…..) and unfortunately you seem to have been a clueless toe the party line individual. You gave up carrying your gun because your state said you couldn’t? Wow…..what a gutless move on your part but having read your comment I can see how you’re willing to lose one of your rights because some idiots in the state legislature said you can’t. I could continue to slam your sorry, idiotic, gutless comments but I have to take my wife/cousin to work at the convenience store and return back to the farm so I can tend my still. I’d invite you out here but something tells me you most likely would have to ask someone in your state legislature for permission.

      • Joe February 28, 2020, 12:21 pm

        Hahaha…that’s a good one! I’m retired L.E.O. from up north, and I agree with you on the power of discretion when it comes to not enforcing unjust & unconstitutional laws. I know first hand what is like when upper brass/idiotic politicians put pressure on you for using discretion. So I applaud every single L.E.O. who are taking the heat from those p.o.s. democ-rats for choosing NOT to enforce these UNCONSTITUTIONAL gun laws.

    • Brent Baird February 28, 2020, 9:15 am

      Yeah Charlie , we do get to chose, and we accept the consequences, GET IT ?

    • Vornado February 28, 2020, 9:19 am

      I was a cop. As an LEO you have discretion regarding the laws you enforce. That’s a fact. Your oath is to defend the constitution. I didn’t work for bureaucrats, I worked for the people in my community. Your subservience to a government body made up of people who are willing to subvert the constitution is sad.

      • Joe February 28, 2020, 12:23 pm

        100% true, very sad indeed!

    • Al February 28, 2020, 9:25 am

      Wow, you are one hateful and disrespectful maggot, aren’t you?
      Just reread your own post, and ask yourself WHY would anyone respect YOU?
      But hey, YOU know it all, and YOUR opinion is perfect, eh??????

    • Max Powers February 28, 2020, 9:37 am

      Hi, Charlie, remember this?:

      On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution, the laws of my community and the agency I serve.

      Or maybe it was this one?:

      I, (Charlie), having been appointed to the office of Deputy Sheriff, in the County of (wherever), in the State of (wherever), do solemnly swear, that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of (wherever), and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of Sheriff’s Deputy to the best of my ability.

      The general movement of elected Sheriffs across the nation to ensure their office is recognized as a Constitutional Sheriff is growing. These elected officials are recognized as the highest public office within their jurisdiction. They are placed into office by the people of the respective County, and are charged with making a decision to either enforce, or NOT enforce any particular laws, on the Federal, State or County level.

      Such Sheriffs have to weigh the constitutionality of any particular law against the United States Constitution, or the Constitution of their individual State. And they have the complete authority to do so.

      The Sheriff may empower other citizens into a posse comitatus, of which at one point you were recruited and employed to be a member of. Upon your employment, you swore some type of oath (see those listed above).

      I’m glad that you’re a FORMER Deputy, because if you were still active, you’d be seditious in your stated position, and would have to be removed from the posse without delay.

      I would recommend that you consider making your way to a re-reading of the Constitution of the United States of America and a re-calling of the oath you once took with hand raised.

      If you can no longer support your former oath, or the declarations of freedoms made in the US Constitution or of the State in which you reside, I would ask that you expatriate yourself to somewhere that makes you more comfy, before the rednecks and their confederate bullcrap, along with their related child wives who sat around the still behind the barn making their moonshine and reading these documents by campfire make things VERY uncomfortable for you on November 3, 2020.

    • Roger`` February 28, 2020, 9:41 am

      Charlie is a phony. I have been and I am now retired from 33 years as a Sheriffs Deputy and Sheriffs Detective, 1st. grade, in Michigan.

      No actual LEO, retired or working would expound what this so called “sheriffs deputy” (small letters) has.

      Every law abiding citizen that carried a gun was considered an asset to me and a detriment to the criminal.

      Charlie is just a faker, like so many who claim to be or have been –Military, LEO , etc.,etc,

      • Joe February 28, 2020, 12:30 pm

        I couldn’t have it any better myself. I’m glad to see these positive comments posted here by other retired L.E.O. so that the public sees that idiotic maggots like this p.o.s. named Charlie, are the exception in law enforcement, and not the rule.

  • Henry Stamm February 28, 2020, 6:31 am

    Fascism at work! That is what the Dimorats are all about at.

  • Michael February 28, 2020, 6:31 am

    I admit I am old, but where exactly in the Constitution did it say that Slavery is okay? I am pretty sure that many of our early Founding Families came overseas as Indentured Servants, as that was how they paid for their passage to get here. Their is a difference between the two. As to the Slavery Issue: How come no one ever blames the Brits? It was, after all, British Ships that brought them here. We were, quite simply, the American Colonies, and Subject to British Rule. Blame the Guilty. Not the Victim.

    • Zupglick February 28, 2020, 4:26 pm

      Actually, the first of the slave ships were Dutch.

  • Carmine February 28, 2020, 6:15 am

    You will see how many in law enforcement will side with their pensions over the constitution and do whatever the dictators say that are holding the purse strings

  • JMichael270 February 28, 2020, 6:11 am

    Richard is a “Dick”! I hope the people of Virginia vote these Dimocrats out of office ASAP, or start recall petitions. If these Dimocrats sell out your Second Amendment gun rights that means they are open for business and will sell out your other Constitution rights. Bloomberg bought your gun rights, will Soros by your the DA’s and Judges. Don’t forget West Virginia offered these Sanctuary Counties the opportunity for statehood.

  • William February 28, 2020, 6:04 am

    Congrats to the Sheriff and his deputies who stood up to the Governor, be prepared this will continue and for those who are on the front lines, you will have to make a decision, continue to catch a paycheck and just be a yes man, or take a stand and defend your oath and the people’s 2nd Amendment (God Given) Right To Bear Arms, this is the time, this is the place, take a stance, do as your oath requires or allow a minority few, Attempt to legislate our rights away!………..”Molon Labe”👊👊

  • Egor Harrowsmyth February 28, 2020, 5:11 am

    All women with gun should be imminently red flagged. Just to make it easier for their ex’s to express their opinions.

  • John W. Raccasi February 27, 2020, 4:58 pm

    Constitutional laws, aren’t they the laws passed by congress….not by a state of the USA

    Maybe I’m wrong, after all, I’m just an up-standing tax paying citizen

  • Tim February 25, 2020, 11:36 pm

    Seems a bit hypocritical for our governor to have issues with sheriffs not enforcing gun laws on the books but hes fine with them not enforcing the law in these sanctuary cities for illegals

  • Hydguy February 25, 2020, 3:01 pm

    Sounds like the Sheriffs need to do something like arrest these politicians for attempting to deprive citizens of their rights under color of law/color of office. Throw in some RICO charges, since the left was conspiring as a group to deprive citizens of their rights.

    • Justin February 27, 2020, 6:41 pm

      You need to take some constitutional law courses. This governor is an idiot, but we don’t arrest politicians whom we disagree with or whom have an issue with current law, asshat.

      Perhaps we should go back and arrest the politicians who favored the abolition of slavery? You do remember it was part of the constitution, right?

      I wish you asshats would quit talking about drastic shit like this if you can’t even remember (from History) when our side used the same tactics.

      • Egor Harrowsmyth February 28, 2020, 5:14 am

        You are correct the laws are for the law abiding.

        The governor can just be epstined.

      • Murdock February 28, 2020, 5:25 am

        You’re right, we don’t arrest them. We take up arms against them.

      • Trevor Teague February 28, 2020, 6:28 am

        Perhaps the asshat needing some schooling is you. No, we do not arrest lawmakers over disagreements. But maybe you should educate yourself before mumbling on an internet post. Specifically, 18 USC 241. You’re welcome.

      • Richard M. Thomas February 28, 2020, 8:10 am

        Justin_ Constitutional law refers to the US Constitution, not the various state constitutions. And if you don’t agree then fine… what about the fact that all amendments to the Constitution require a majority vote of the citizens. They didn’t even bother to put a vote up to the citizens.
        Maybe you think that the majority party can change whatever they want without recourse? That’s not how it works. You can’t threaten people with loss of income, position, support and harassment. It is a violation of fair labor standards at the very least.

        NO ONE IS ABOVE THE law. The National Labor Relations Act and a variety of statutes overseen by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission protect employees from hostile work environments, discrimination and unfair labor practices.

    • DC February 28, 2020, 4:23 am

      U bet because they have become a criminal organization, and for dereliction of duty since they’re sworn to uphold the Constitution and wanna wipe their asses with it instead.. Funny how he put their tyrannical new law as somehow a “constitutional” law wth

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