Hold Your Hosses, Partner

Back off, boys!

by James A. Bacon

Democrats are submitting a slew of gun-control bills for consideration in the 2020 General Assembly session. Given that the session doesn’t begin until next month, it goes without saying that none have been passed yet. So, it’s impossible to say what gun-related legislation will emerge.

But that’s not stopping gun-rights groups from reacting to what they think might happen. A Second Amendment Sanctuary county, Tazewell County, is forming a “militia” to defend gun rights. Within hours of the news getting out about the militia, the county was flooded from emails from people across Virginia, including military veterans and law-enforcement offices, wanting to join, according to Law Enforcement Today (LET). (The publication is down at the moment due to online attacks, so I refer readers to the Independent Sentinel, which published its own post based on the LET article.) 

Last week U.S. Rep. Don McEachin, D-Richmond, suggested that the state might withhold state funds from localities declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries. That’s what prompted the idea of a militia. Stated Tazewell administrator Eric Young:

Our position is that Article I, Section 13, of the Constitution of Virginia, reserves the right to ‘order’ militia to the localities. Therefore, counties, not the state, determine what types of arms may be carried in their territory and by whom. So, we are ‘ordering’ the militia by making sure everyone can own a weapon.

Adds the Independent Sentinel: “If anyone tries to remove a sheriff who refuses to enforce unjust laws, the state officials will be faced with a lawful militia composed of citizens who reside in the state.”

Bacon’s bottom line: OK, people, this is getting absolutely out of control. This is crazy talk! Where is the emotional energy from this inflammatory rhetoric  coming from? Is the Second Amendment issue becoming a proxy war for those who love and hate Donald Trump?

News flash to gun rights people: The more of this radical stuff you do, the more you inspire General Assembly liberals and progressives to stick it to you by passing even stronger gun-control measures.

News flash to McEachin and like-minded brethren: Cease and desist from talk of cutting off state funds and mobilizing the National Guard. You’re not supporting the voices of moderation in Trump Country, you’re goading the militants. Perhaps that’s what you want. Perhaps you’d be happy to push Virginia to the brink of civil war. Just remember who has the guns — them, not you!

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10 responses to “Hold Your Hosses, Partner”

  1. Steve Haner Avatar
    Steve Haner

    Never think “it can’t happen here.” And our Yellow Vests will be armed. Both sides are playing with fire.

  2. johnrandolphofroanoke Avatar

    This was the very topic of discussion at the Frost Diner this morning. It was interesting listening in on all the points of view. It reminded me of Virginia’s reaction to John Brown in 1859. Numerous militia units formed state wide as a counter action to what happened at Harper’s Ferry. Indeed it is crazy talk. But we have been here before. No one could have predicted the events of 1860 in advance. The same is true today in 2020. Are we just along for the ride?

  3. The only reason the militia thing is out are due to the gun control bills and what they are truly: control over people. That’s it. Instead of targeting law abiding folks, start targeting the criminals. That’s what Bill deSteph is doing. I have seen the bills coming out and his target criminals, the rest target law abiding citizens. People are fed up with illegal/criminal behavior, irresponsible behavior and having to pay for it while denying their own selves.
    The General Assembly is reaping what they’ve been sewing and that is discord and control all along. I’m not a Republican and I’m appalled at the way Dems running for General Assembly were so power hungry. I can think of only two not that way but that’s made me think twice.

    1. old redneck2725 Avatar
      old redneck2725

      Exactly what is it the General Assembly has been “sewing”? Doilies? Quilts?

  4. Peter Galuszka Avatar
    Peter Galuszka

    Absolutely, good post

  5. We don’t have to go back to 1859…..look at what the Louisiana state and local government did to its law abiding citizens in the wake of Katrina….. local police confiscated legally owned firearms from law abiding citizens; then left town and those who decided to stay unprotected. IT CAN HAPPEN! IT DID HAPPEN!

  6. No reason for alarm with local government constitutional scholars taking matters into their own hands.


  7. These restrictions are in response to mass shootings. Mass shootings are carried out by “law abiding citizens”. Most are squeaky clean, with legal guns, up to the point that they murder their coworkers and classmates.

    Both sides need to calm down and address this very serious issue like adults. Hyperbole makes everyone look silly.

  8. djrippert Avatar

    You’re missing the point. Tazewell County isn’t forming a militia to march into Richmond and burn down the state government. They are forming a militia as an end-around to the gun control ideas being floated by the Democrats. Nobody thinks they will take the AR-15s away from the members of the Virginia National Guard. So, if Tazewell forms a militia (as they say they are entitled to do by our constitution) then members of the militia will be exempt from the new gun laws – just like the National Guard is exempt. Anybody who wants to keep their AR-15 need only volunteer to join the Tazewell militia.

  9. old redneck2725 Avatar
    old redneck2725

    “. . . Just remember who has the guns — them, not you!”

    Not exactly. I’m a lifelong FDR New Deal Yellow Dog Democrat. My guns fill two gun safes. Then, there’s the shotgun beside my bed, the 1911 .45 under the front seat of each of my three vehicles, and . . .

    Retired Army infantry officer with three Vietnam tours. I can still disassemble and reassemble my AR-15/M-16 in the dark.

    The “second amendment resolutions” are bullshit. Not one of them is enforceable. In my county, the supervisors passed the resolution so the 200 or so dimwits would leave so they could get on with real business. Our sheriff assured the Supervisors afterward he will enforce all state laws passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor.

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