Seeing the Commonwealth of Virginia shift from Blue to purple-shaded-red last night was a shock to the political system. As you’d expect, the great analytical minds who look at these things pegged one reason for the loss by race-hoaxer Terry McAuliffe…racism. Because of course they did.
Never mind that Virginia parents weren’t happy about the curriculum being taught in many of their public schools. Or being branded “domestic terrorists” for daring to object. Or the Democrat candidate for governor explaining that they should really just shut up about it.
By all accounts, that was one of the biggest factors motivating Virginians to get out to the polls yesterday to lift an angry middle finger at those who’d been in charge for the last four years, dealing them a heavy electoral blow.
But with last night’s election of a Republican Governor, Lt. Governor, and maybe even flipping control of the House of Delegates back to the GOP, the next biggest casualty of yesterday’s election in Virginia was…gun control.
Governor Ralph “Coonman” Northam was an avowed gun control crusader, signing into law a raft of limits on Second Amendment rights when Democrats took control of virtually all of the state’s government in the last cycle. But the one thing the legislature and Northam couldn’t manage to ram through as an “assault weapons” ban.
No problem, McAuliffe said. He campaigned on completing Northam’s agenda by passing both an assault weapons ban and a red flag law. And he was apparently planning to declare a “gun violence emergency” if he had to go get it done.
But rather than limiting he Second Amendment rights of Virginians for he next four years, he’ll be whiling away the hours drinking box wine with his good friend and fellow almost-winner, Hillary Clinton. Glenn Younkin will be sitting in the big chair in Richmond, and while he may not be everything gun owners would want in a governor, he’s not likely to sign a black rifle ban into law. And if the legislature flips, no such bill will likely ever reach his desk.
And then there’s newly elected Lt. Governor. Winsome Sears, a Marine vet, who won her race while explicitly opposing both an assault weapons ban and opposing the state’s red flag law.
There is no such thing as being the party of both “Gun Control” and “Defund the Police”. Think about it.
[Yes, yes. I know. I have once again *completely* misinterpreted just what “We don’t want no more police!” really meant. So you said. So you always say.]
So let’s talk race: pic.twitter.com/2f1MaTh4cY
— Eric Weinstein (@EricRWeinstein) November 3, 2021
She caught hell for posing for that photo back in the spring, but noted that “Marines know how to use guns and I won’t ever support a red flag law! The 2nd Amendment says ‘shall not be infringed!’ #SemperFi.”
From CNN . . .
Sears has vowed to protect gun rights, opposes red flag laws, has voiced support for law enforcement and spoke of the need for “our police, Sheriff, corrections officers to keep our families and our neighborhoods safe.” She told CNN she would work with law enforcement and families who have experienced gun violence to “develop workable solutions” to balance her support for gun rights and stem gun violence.
So while the battle to defend and extend Second Amendment rights is never really won, last night was a very good night for the right to keep and bear arms in the Old Dominion.