Sanctuary resolutions, which originally began in Illinois in early 2018, have swept the nation. However, no state has outdone Virginia in quickly passing these “don’t tread on me” resolutions. And now, Virginia Democrats have decided to push back, threatening those sanctuary jurisdictions and law enforcement agencies who refuse to enforce their new gun control laws.
Yes, the same Virginia state officials that welcome illegal aliens now say police departments that refuse to enforce new gun laws aimed at law-abiding Virginians will face “consequences.”
From the Washington Examiner:
…Virginia Democratic officials, however, already say local law enforcement supporting these resolutions will face consequences if they do not carry out any law the state Legislature passes.
“I would hope they either resign in good conscience, because they cannot uphold the law which they are sworn to uphold, or they’re prosecuted for failure to fulfill their oath,” Democratic Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly told the Washington Examiner of local county police who may refuse to enforce future gun control measures. “The law is the law. If that becomes the law, you don’t have a choice, not if you’re a sworn officer of the law.”
But it’s not just threats of prosecution. Other Dems, including one of Virginia’s Congresscritters had other, more radical ideas. Including defunding offending agencies.
Democratic Virginia Rep. Donald McEachin suggested cutting off state funds to counties that do not comply with any gun control measures that pass in Richmond.
“They certainly risk funding, because if the sheriff’s department is not going to enforce the law, they’re going to lose money. The counties’ attorneys offices are not going to have the money to prosecute because their prosecutions are going to go down,” he said.
Congressman McEachin had another bright idea: Send in the National Guard to enforce gun control and, by extension, to confiscate newly banned guns. That will go well, right?
McEachin also noted that Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam could call the National Guard, if necessary.
“And ultimately, I’m not the governor, but the governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law,” he said. “That’s his call, because I don’t know how serious these counties are and how severe the violations of law will be. But that’s obviously an option he has.”
It’s a pretty safe bet those Virginia National Guard units don’t relish this proposal one bit.
Meanwhile, Governor “Coonman” Northam, the guy who wore a KKK hood for a yearbook photo in his younger days, sings from an entirely different hymnal when it comes to illegal alien criminals. He protected sanctuary cities and counties for illegal aliens by vetoing two bills that would have banned them. From The Center Square:
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam vetoed two Republican-backed bills that would have clamped down on cities that are sanctuaries for illegal immigrants.
“Local and regional correctional facilities have, and should retain, discretion to determine how they choose to engage with federal immigration agencies,” Northam said in a statement announcing the veto of House Bill 2270. “This legislation impedes decision-making by administrators of these facilities by eliminating that discretion.”
While it’s clear that the overwhelming turn out at public meetings in support of firearm sanctuary resolutions has caught the attention of Virginia’s gun control advocates in the statehouse there. However, obviously those same pols haven’t gotten the message.
Americans won’t tolerate gun confiscations.
And any government entities that try to do so may well find themselves kicking off a whole new type of civil “disobedience.”