Virginia Governor Ralph “Blackface” Northam suffered another defeat Monday. Lost among news of the Democrats’ disastrous Iowa Caucus fiasco, Old Dominion lawmakers blocked another of Northam’s gun control proposals.
Northam wanted to make it a felony for gun owners to allow their minor kids access to firearms for self-defense or other lawful purposes. Or even have a loaded firearm present for defense of the home.
Remarkably, or perhaps not so much, two Democrats voted against the measure, killing it in a Senate committee.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted against Northam‘s bill that would make it a felony to “recklessly leave a loaded, unsecured firearm” in a way that endangers a minor.
“This bill will keep children safe from loaded, unsecured firearms. Like Gov. Northam’s other commonsense gun safety measures, it is something that everyone — including responsible gun owners — should support,” said Northam’s spokeswoman, Alena Yarmosky…
I wrote a couple of months ago that if Virginia follows the Illinois model of governance, some rural Democrats there may actually support gun rights not only in words, but in votes as well. This, at least here in the Land of Lincoln, has often been the only thing stopping the passage of draconian gun control measures.
While plenty of people think that all Democrats hate gun rights, there are exceptions.
Watching from afar as the radical wing of Virginia’s Democrat party tries to put the screws to gun owners, I can’t help but compare Virginia with Illinois. And if what we’ve learned here in Illinois remains even partially valid for the Old Dominion, all hope is not lost for gun owners there…
Meanwhile, other Democrats vigorously support gun rights – proudly and publicly. They generally hail from rural parts of the state and recognize that their political lives would soon end if they voted or sounded like Chuck Schumer on guns.
Admittedly, Dems’ support for the right to keep and bear arms might not run nearly as deep or wide as that of gun aficionados like most of TTAG’s readers. However, these pols’ desire not to lose the next election surely does run plenty wide and deep. No matter if they cherish the gun culture as much as we do or not.
No doubt the the size of the rally on Monday, January 20th made an impression on those rural Virginia Democrats. Frankly, it likely made some Dems who represent more conservative-leaning districts in other states across America sit up and take notice. Obviously American gun owners have become increasingly awake, active and emboldened to take action.
In the sic semper tyrannis state, Governor Northam’s signature piece of gun-grabbing legislation seems in serious trouble as well. Forget about Blackface Ralphie’s dreams of confiscation, even a straight-up gun ban seems less than certain.
Again, from the same Fox News story:
Another measure that would ban so-called assault weapons like AR-15 rifles is also in danger of falling short. Some of Northam’s gun control measures have passed in the state’s Democratic-controlled General Assembly and lawmakers will hash out the differences between both chambers in the coming weeks.
Some of the bills include limiting handgun purchases to once a month; universal background checks on gun purchases; and a red flag bill that would allow authorities to temporarily take guns away from anyone deemed to be dangerous to themselves or others.
Getting controversial bills through House and Senate committees is generally considered easier than getting them through the entire legislative bodies. If gun control advocates can’t even muscle all their bills through Virginia Senate committees, how will they manage tougher votes in the entire Senate?
Virginia’s gun owners along with local groups like the Philip Van Cleave’s Virginia Citizens Defense League – and the NRA-ILA – continue to do great work reminding vulnerable Democrats that voting against gun rights will come with consequences… at the next election.
That reminder to vulnerable pols, repeated over and over again from a host of messengers, remains the main thing keeping gun rights intact under Ralph Northam and his merry band of would-be tyrant allies.