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I’m in a cheerful mood this evening after reading the local news. As you can see from the map above, the deplorable rural hinterlands of Virginia, where citizens cling bitterly to guns and religion, have voted overwhelmingly to declare their localities 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries.
I don’t know Pulaski and Montgomery well enough to venture an opinion, but I expect Franklin, Prince Edward, Lunenberg, and Amelia to follow suit when their boards of supervisors vote.
Virginia turned blue last month because the banlieues of The Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy (Northern Virginia) — and to a lesser extent Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Richmond — are packed to the gills with millions of Yankees and foreigners. But it’s different out here in the boonies, where the memory of our ancient liberties is still fresh. After all, it was Virginia’s most famous son, Thomas Jefferson, who said: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
The local papers are the best place to keep up with news on such topics. As you know, I’ve been reading The Farmville Herald online lately. I’ve maxed out the number of articles I can access without paying for a subscription, so I can’t give you all the interesting links. However, here’s a snip from an article by the redoubtable Alexa Massey about the vote by the Cumberland County Board of Supervisors a couple of days ago:
Sanctuary resolution adopted
by Alexa Massey
At the Dec. 10 Cumberland County Board of Supervisors meeting the board voted unanimously, 3-0, to pass a resolution declaring Cumberland County to be a Second Amendment sanctuary. District Two Supervisor Lloyd Banks was not present at the meeting and therefore did not participate in the vote.
The full resolution is as follows:
WHEREAS, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “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,” and,
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), affirmed an individual’s right to possess firearms, unconnected with service in a militia, for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home, and
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court in McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010), affirmed that the right of an individual to “keep and bear arms,” as protected under the Second Amendment, is incorporated by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment against the states, and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Supervisors of Cumberland County Virginia:
That the Cumberland Board of Supervisors hereby declares Cumberland County, Virginia, as a “Second Amendment sanctuary,” and
That the Cumberland Board of Supervisors hereby expresses its intent to uphold the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Cumberland County, Virginia, and
That the Cumberland Board of Supervisors hereby expresses its intent that public funds of the county not be used to restrict the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Cumberland County, or to aid federal or state agencies in the restriction of said rights, and
That the Cumberland Board of Supervisors hereby declares its intent to oppose any infringement on the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms using such legal means as may be expedient, including, without limitation, court action.
That really warms my heart. And the description of the response by the crowd attending the meeting provides additional inspiration:
Board Chairman and District Five Supervisor Parker Wheeler asked before the vote occurred for all audience members who agreed with the resolution to stand up and raise their hand in order to show their support. The majority of the crowd of more than 200 got to their feet.
After seeing the group rise to their feet, District Three Supervisor Kevin Ingle asked how a state with so many individuals in full support of the Second Amendment could be represented and governed by a small group that decide to “look the other way and vote the other way.”
Notice what Matthew Fariss, a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, wrote in an editorial last week:
It’s important to realize that Virginia is a Dillon Rule state. That means that local governments can’t override state laws.
I beg to differ, Mr. Fariss. Localities don’t even have to override state laws. If those laws contradict the Constitution of the United States, then they override themselves from the moment they are passed.
They are null and void. They cannot stand.
The Constitution is the law of the land. It cannot be gainsaid by the mere vote of a state legislature. Anyone who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution — which includes all sheriffs and local officials — is not obligated to enforce any such unconstitutional law. And, more to the point, it is his sworn duty to refuse to enforce such a law.
The right to keep and bear arms is a God-given right. The Constitution simply affirmed it in writing.
Yes, I know a lot of the sheriffs and local politicians will fold like cheap card tables if Governor Coonman ever calls up the National Guard against them, or, God forbid, brings in the Feds.
But not all of them. And there are many thousands of patriotic citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia who are well-armed and well-trained, and will resist in an organized fashion any encroachment on their Second Amendment rights. And if the governor sics the state police on them, it could get pretty dicey — it’s hard to predict how all the ensuing nastiness would shake out.
But, anyway… Right now, for this brief moment, I’m in a good mood.
I’m proud to be a Virginian.