Governor Ralph “Infanticide” Northam has called a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to address gun control legislation. This comes less than a week after the tragic mass shooting in Virginia Beach. A couple of bill’s that he is hoping to have brought up are restrictions on high capacity magazines, a ban on silencers ( which already take a special license to purchase), mandating universal background checks, limiting handgun purchases to one gun a month and what I feel is the worse violation of not only our 2nd Amendment rights but also those rights covered by the 4th and 5th Amendments and that is the introduction of Red Flag Laws.
None of these proposed laws would have altered the outcome of this tragedy in Virginia Beach. DeWayne Craddock had purchased the two handguns he used on separate occasions months apart. So, a one handgun a month law would not have made a difference. He also had to pass an FBI and Virginia State Police background check both times so a universal background check would not have made a difference. The silencer he used on the handgun as far as I know was purchased legally and requires an even more extensive background check that can take up to 6 months to process and is expensive, and as far as I can tell this is the first time a silencer has been used in a mass shooting in recent history. To ban high capacity magazines which seems to mean anything over ten rounds would also make little difference to anyone who has any experience with semi-auto handguns. It just takes one or two seconds to change out an empty magazine. However a ban on these magazines would negatively affect anyone relying on a gun for self-defense. Most people I know who carry concealed cannot always carry extra magazines and therefore rely on a weapon that has a higher capacity.
Finally, the biggest problem I have with Northam’s proposals is the one for Red Flag Laws, instituting these laws would be the equivalent of legalized swatting. It is supposed to allow people to report someone who they believe may do harm to others or themselves and without any reliable proof the authorities can seize the persons weapons without so much as a court order or allowing the accused to confront his accuser. In most cases the accused does not even know there is a problem until the police or in some cases the swat team is banging on their door. (Here is a previous post were I discuss the similarities of Red Flag Laws and swatting).
To summarize none of these new laws could have prevented the Virginia Beach shooting. The guns were legally purchased, and background checks were done. Magazines with 10 rounds or less would not have made this man decide against going on a shooting spree. The use of a silencer did not make the gun more deadly. The weapons were purchased months apart so the one gun a month law would not have been effective, and the Red Flag Law would not have made any difference since this man gave no sign of being a danger to others or himself. So, what we are looking at from our Governor is just another excuse to push his gun control agenda that he failed to get through during the last legislative session.
To all the citizens in Greene County Virginia it is time to get off your couches and come out and let your so-called county representatives know that you are tired of having your tax dollars being wasted. This coming Tuesday, June 4th at 7 PM the EDA will be having a public presentation on their purposed investment of almost ONE MILLION DOLLARS for a new Greene County Visitor Center. This meeting will be held in Stanardsville at the county administration building. However, if you are okay with the SIX MILLION DOLLAR short fall in the current county budget and have no problem adding another million dollars to that deficit then by all means stay home. But if you don’t want your taxes going up again next year then come out and let the EDA know that this purchase will not fly.
One must ask themselves how is spending this amount of money beneficial to the citizens of Greene. The county is struggling to put on a July 4th event and can’t afford to have a county fair, two things that are definite tourist attractions, yet they are considering a purchase of this size that will not only cost big dollars up front but will be a drain on our resources for years to come. Another question we must ask ourselves is who does benefit from this purchase if not the local citizens? For more background on this see my previous posts here and here.
Does the county need to do something to encourage tourists and businesses to come to Greene, of course it does? There are so many ways that our tax dollars can be spent more wisely then by taking a prime piece of real estate off the market to put a county building on it. This prime lot on Rt. 29 in front of Lowe’s would be a perfect spot for a restaurant, with its great visibility and road frontage it would even be a great spot for a Chic-Fil-A, a much better prospect than a visitor center. So if you don’t want your taxes to increase more then they already have and like the idea of a new place to eat in the county like a Chick-Fil-A, then show up Tuesday night and let your voice be heard. After all who wouldn’t want a Chic-Fil-A in Greene?
A Great Example of What Becomes of a Benevolent Dictator
In the second to last episode of Game of Thrones we saw what
a benevolent dictator can become. People are raising hell about how the writers
turned the beloved Daenerys Targaryen into a monster willing to kill thousands
of innocents to gain her throne. These people were obviously not paying
attention to the previous episodes in which she was slowly turning away from
the benevolent Queen who wanted to free the people from tyranny and into
someone so focused on gaining power that she would do anything to achieve her
Unfortunately, this is a pretty accurate reflection of what happens in real life. How many times throughout the past have we seen this happen? We can look back through history at revolutions that were brought about to end oppression but ended up in a different form of tyranny. We have Lenin’s Russian Revolution, Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Castro’s Cuban Revolution and so many more. These leaders were going to make the world a better place for their citizens but just the opposite happened. Millions of innocents have died over the last century and a half as a result of people following a charismatic leader that promised them a better world.
In a previous post Our Republic Is Dying of Cancer, I address the issue of politicians that enjoy the benefits of office as well as the power. We may not have one tyrannical despot ruling our country, but we are facing the issue of a soft tyranny that at every turn is taking away our God given rights. We have not one dictator, but we do have hundreds, these are the elected officials and non-elected bureaucrats that want to dictate every aspect of our life. Unless something is done the future of our Republic is in serious jeopardy.
The only way to a better world is for individuals to work together to make change and not to rely on one person or group to make that happen. Because of human nature the more power a person acquires the more susceptible to corruption they become. There is much truth in the adage “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.
Note: I cannot stress enough how important it is for we the people to wrest power from our corrupt representatives and the only no-violent way is to institute a Convention of States.
Our Constitutional Republic is in greater danger than it has ever been before. We have a Congress and Senate that is addicted to power and will never be willing to give it up. Therefore we must take this power from them and the only non-violent way to do so is a Convention of States. A Convention will allow us to make the necessary amendments to the Constitution that our country needs. We can set term limits for both houses as well as the courts, add a balanced budget Amendment and return more power to the states where it belongs.
When the Constitution was first written the founders never foresaw a group of representatives that would refuse to go home once elected. They believed that a patriot would sacrifice some of their time to become a representative for their friends and neighbors. After a short period, they would return home to their farms and businesses and let someone else make that sacrifice. Unfortunately, that sacrifice has turned into a very lucrative job for our present-day politicians, a career that few want to give up. To see how profitable these positions have become just look at a politician’s net worth prior to entering Congress and after a decade, is it any wonder why these positions have become so difficult to give up?
I admit for some it is not just about the money but also about power. With many of our current crop of representatives, it is about being able to control every aspect of our lives. That is why we have so many presidential candidates as well as newly elected representatives pushing the socialist agenda. Power and money are what politics at the Federal level has become. Over the decades the Federal Government has become ever more controlling, infecting every area of our daily lives. This too will continue to worsen unless the citizens decide to put a stop to this continuous lust for power. Our politicians have become a cancer that is slowly eating away at the heart of our Republic.
Since these so called representatives will never give up power or the lucrative pay checks it is up to the people to push at the state level for a convention. The left fears the idea of a Convention of States for the simple fact that it may be the one way to get our federal government under control and wrest the authority from their hands and give it back to the people. Time is short, we are quickly losing our younger generation to the left, they have co-opted our local schools and have gained a major foothold in the colleges and universities. We have no time to lose, visit Convention of States to see how you can affect changes within your home state and eventually our country. A properly run Convention of States will allow us to cut out the cancer that is corrupting this country.
With the warm weather hitting our state I figured it was time to visit the local ABC store to purchase some gin to go with our tonic and limes. Upon approaching the counter the customer in front of me a 40 something woman was told that she needed to show her ID. I thought this a little strange since she was obviously over twenty-one but I didn’t think to much about it. That is when I heard the clerk say that as of July 1st all retailers that sold alcohol would be required to see ID from anyone purchasing these type of beverages. What bothered me however was not that requirement but the fact that at least at the ABC stores they are required to scan the ID’s, this serves no purpose but to gather information about the purchaser.
According to an official that I spoke with from the regional ABC office he stated the only reason that they scan the ID’s is to verify the date of birth. A date of birth which is clearly stated on the ID. Now I am sure that this scanning procedure is supposed to filter out altered ID’s but why then is it necessary for someone like myself to provide proof of age and have it scanned when it is quit apparent that I am several decades passed the minimum age to purchase alcohol? If anything I would alter an ID to make me younger not older.
Maybe I am a little paranoid but with states passing Red Flag Laws (Are Red Flag Laws Much Different Than Swatting), what is to stop someone or the government from using your history of alcohol purchases against you? This information could be used any number of ways, in civil suits, divorce proceedings, child custody cases or violating your 2nd Amendment rights via Red Flag Laws. The state and federal government already compile to much information about us and we need to try and stop them even on what may be considered an inconsequential ID scan.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Does Greene County really need a million-dollar tourism center?
In late March I blogged about a real estate transaction that would be taking place in my home county of Greene. At that time, it had become known that a building and property on Route 29 in Ruckersville was being looked at as a possible home for the Greene Economic Development Authority. This land and building owned by a member of the Board of Tourism has been empty for quite some time. The initial projected use for this purchase was to be a new location for the Chamber of Commerce, an enterprise center for developing businesses and a new office for the EDA director Alan Yost. However according to a recent article in the Greene County Record it will now be the new home of the Greene Visitor Center.
This transaction stinks of cronyism. I have a few questions about this whole deal. The first question I have is how long has this property been on the market? I live not to far from this parcel and have passed it dozens of times over the last year in my many visits to Lowe’s. I have never seen a for sale sign in front the building which makes me wonder was it ever listed with a realtor? If not, was the owner just waiting for the right time to sell it to the county? There are at least four commercial land parcels on Rt. 29 in Ruckersville that are up for sale and have been for quite a while without any movement. I guess the owners of these properties just don’t have the right connections.
The next big question is why would the county want to waste tax dollars generated by the transient occupancy tax on one building? This million-dollar debacle will not do anything to increase tourism in Greene. Yes, we need to do something to generate more tourist driven revenue in our county, a million dollars would go far in attracting events and then advertising those events which in turn would attract visitors. No one is going to come to Greene just to visit a visitor center. I don’t believe that many people have visitor centers on their list as destinations, they come for other reasons and may drop in as an after thought. Interesting happenings like wine festivals, craft fairs, car shows and almost anything else besides a boring building would bring people to our county. Tying up a million dollars in taxes over the years will not benefit anyone besides the people directly involved in this scam. The Board of Supervisors need to put a stop to this and need to pull their support for this transaction. If they don’t, they should all be voted out of office for this obvious malfeasance of tax payer dollars.
Democrats once again show their reliance on double standards to avoid what could very well be an enlightening look at Virginia’s Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax’s sexual proclivities. As usual when one of their own party is accused of wrong doings, they begin to circle the wagons. In the case of the sexual assault accusations which have been lodged by two women who came out in public last month on national television, the party is not willing to agree to a hearing by a bi-partisan committee concerning these allegations.
House Speaker Kirk Cox R-Colonial Heights has stated that Democratic Eileen Filler-Corn D-Fairfax has repeatedly turned down offers for a bi-partisan hearing offered by House Courts Committee Chairman Rob Bell R- Albemarle, to hear testimony from the three parties. The hearing would have consisted of equal number Republicans and Democrats. It appears that the Democrats have no interest in finding out the facts behind these claims. On the other hand, if it was a Republican who was being accused they would be chomping at the bit.
Sexual assault is a horrible situation for anyone to have to deal with and it is especially unfortunate when a woman is attacked by a Democrat because there is even less chance for justice. Just ask Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones or Juanita Broaddrick.
Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun control super PAC that was founded by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly have plans to support several Democrat candidates in this fall’s state elections. With multiple gun control bills that did not make it out of committee this past year because of the slim Republican majority a change in control of the legislature will alter that drastically. Peter Ambler director of ARS stated,” not only does getting these folks into the majority give us what we need to pass lifesaving legislation, it gives them a mandate to do that.”
“Lifesaving legislation”? Not one piece of gun control has been proven to reduce crime or save lives. You only have to look at some of the worst crime ridden cities that have the strictest gun control to see that these laws do not work. For some odd reason these people think that punishing law abiding citizens is the answer to preventing criminals from breaking the law. There are plenty of laws on the books that are supposed to keep criminals from using guns in crimes but criminals don’t seem to obey these laws, so why should they obey new regulations? People need to know the truth, the lies of the progressives need to be countered.
There is a great organization in Virginia that is fighting to protect our 2nd Amendment rights and provide information concerning gun control legislation, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, they work tirelessly to counter the misinformation put out by the left. I encourage you to join this organization and donate if possible so we can maintain our rights. Another good source is John Lott who has done an amazing amount of research on the effectiveness of gun control laws, he has written a very revealing book on this subject, More Guns Less Crime. Check it out, it is well worth the read and can give you ammunition to fight the progressives lies about gun control.
In this interview with Mavis Taintor, a Democrat who is running against pro-gun Delegate Dave LaRock in Virginia’s House of Delegates District 33 we see another potential gun grabbing politician. If elected this woman will go after all our gun rights, she would eliminate open carry, make it more difficult to get a concealed carry permit and bring back the one gun a month handgun law among a host of other restrictions that she wants to place on our 2nd Amendment rights.
Fast forward to 11:40 where she starts talking about her ideas on gun legislation. At the 12:45 mark she states that Virginia supplies 2/3 of the illegal handguns confiscated in New York. In truth according to a report by the Office of the NY Attorney General only 15% of the illegal handguns are brought in from Virginia. This is a long way from 66%. Once again we have a politician who is not afraid to lie to the people to help promote her agenda. If she lies about one part of her platform how can you trust anything else she says?
I have to state again how important this falls elections are when it comes to securing our God given rights. I know people say this all the time but this could truly be one of the most important elections in our state history,
After this fall’s election the state of Virginia could very
well continue its slide into the Blue if the Republicans lose any more seats in
the House of Delegates or State Senate. Things have already gotten worse with
all the bills that were past in 2018 that increased government regulation and
oversight, with more Democrat control this will continue to head in that direction.
If you visit the American Conservative Unionwebsite, you will find a host of bills that were passed in the state by our legislature that further increases spending and regulation. These bills range from increased licensing fees, to tax credits for select businesses and Medicaid expansion. Virginia has to many legislators that seem to think that more government is good government.
I am always amazed at the number of bills that are passed by our legislature every year. It would seem after a while that we would have everything covered, but no, every year dozens of bills make their way to the Governor’s desk. The one thing I can say is that it is a good thing that our representatives are only in Richmond for a short time, otherwise think of the damage they could do if they were there for longer periods.
The citizens of Virginia need to stop this downward spiral
of bigger government and higher taxes that our representatives continue to
promote. I fail to understand how some people think that government is always
the answer. Ask just about anyone how
they feel about their visits to the DMV, a government run institution, and they
will complain about the excessive paper work, poor service and inconvenience.
Yet these same people seem to think the state should be controlling our medical
care as well as having control over every aspect of business and our personal
If you look at the ACU rankings of our state legislators you will see that only six delegates and zero Senators on the Republican side received a 90% or higher grade, the highest democrat rating was 35%. On the Republican side Senator Emmett Hanger received the lowest ranking of all Republicans with a 61% well below the average of 76%, which I think should be closer to 90 . It is Republicans like Hanger that must go, and we have that chance this coming June when he is primaried by Tina Freitas who will bring conservatism back to the 24th Senate District.
It is the early primaries through out the state that will be
key to how our fall elections turn out. Primary turn out is always low but that
needs to change if we are to see real transformation in our legislature. Encourage
your friends and neighbors to get out to vote and impress on them the necessity
of limited government, and if they question you ask them about their last visit
to the DMV.