Many commenters, including myself, have urged caution in the weeks leading up to today's VCDL "Lobby Day" pro-Second-Amendment protest in Richmond, Virginia. We've pointed out that the newly-installed Democratic Party administration in that state has basically set things up so that they can't lose. Any incident is going to be blamed on right-wing agitators, redneck rebels and "bitter clingers", and used as an excuse to implement even harsher repression against those who place a higher value on the Constitution of the United States than upon current politically correct shibboleths.
However, the other side has not been seeking to de-escalate things to a level of reasoned discourse. Instead, they're doubling down on their determination to ram new laws through the state government to reinforce their domination and control - and to prevent it ever being democratically overturned. 2nd Amendment Daily News has more details.
Between November 18-21, 2019, just days after winning the majority, several anti-gun bills were pre-filed in Virginia. These would criminalize ownership of AR-15s, outlaw ‘militia’ activity with the term now broadly defined, ban ‘high-capacity’ magazines and more.
Virginia voters - not just gun owners, but anybody who cared about the rule of law and checks and balances - were rightfully outraged. More than 90% of the state voted themselves a Second Amendment Sanctuary. News articles and Facebook forums were openly talking about voting out every single Democrat in the state in the next election.
The Democrats shot back: they filed bills that repeal voter ID, would allow felons the vote, and more. A LOT more. Senate Bill 399 would give Virginia’s electoral college votes to the winner of the national popular vote. SJ 29 would change election law so that the governor would be elected by majority of votes in congressional districts, not by statewide majority. Basically, what D.C. says goes and the rest of you be damned. SJ 14 would restore voting rights to convicted felons. SJ 8 would allow felons and those declared mentally incompetent to vote. SB 65 - Eliminates photo ID requirement for voting. SJ 6 - Increases the term limit of the governor from 4 to 8 years.
So Virginians wised up. They’re not going to lose another election to dead voters, illegals, and felons. They decide to start a recall petition for several key Democrats. They’re not waiting for another election. And they’re sure as hell not waiting two years for a sham rigged election if all these new bills become law.
But the Democrats aren’t playing a gentleman’s game, anymore. They are in this for total domination, and they don’t have any scruples about playing in the mud!
Virginia’s Democrats replied swiftly. They had Representative Paul Krizek introduce HB 842, a bill that changes how a candidate is recalled. Instead of needing 10% of the prevailing vote to recall their seat, now you need 25%. Oh, and instead of having 120 days to file all those petitions for a recall, they’ll only have 60 days.
If you live in Virginia, you’ve got some tough options in front of you. You’re losing your state and way of life if these things go though.
If you live in another state, it’s time to wake up, and fast before you find yourself pinned like these Virginians.
There's more at the link.
That news still doesn't make me any more hopeful that today's protest will develop into anything other than a deliberate trap, set for Second Amendment defenders by the new Virginia powers that be. However, it does illustrate just how determined the latter are, and how arrogant their approach is. They're being utterly blatant and in-your-face to the entire state, and to the rest of the nation. They've taken power, and they're doing their very best, by fair means or foul, to ensure that they never lose it again.
If they succeed, then, in so many words, what President Abraham Lincoln called "government of the people, by the people, for the people" shall indeed perish from the Virginia earth. What's more, those responsible for the death of democracy in Virginia will do their best to spread it from there, and places like it, to the rest of these United States.
If it boils down to that, then what some are calling "Civil War 2" will probably become inevitable.
I hate to have to say that . . . but I've seen this before, in more than one country. When one party or tribe or interest group or culture gains power over another, the temptation to make sure they never lose it again becomes overwhelming. The other side reacts, and does their best to stop the rot before it's too late. The result is inevitably chaos, disorder, and eventually bloodshed - sometimes on a massive scale.
I hope and pray that never again happens in the USA. Sadly, there are those (on both sides of the political aisle) who don't share that hope; in fact, they look forward to it happening, to "show the other side who's boss", or to "teach them a lesson", or any other specious excuse made by those who don't know the reality of which they so glibly speak.
Watch what happens in Virginia today; and watch the progress of the anti-democratic bills that are in the pipeline in that state. Virginia is now a harbinger for what's coming to this nation as a whole . . . whether we like it or not.