Let me preface this post stating my renewed admiration for the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a group I have posted about and considered the smartest State Pro Gun group in the nation.
With that out of the way, I want to give my opinion about the Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement: It should have never come to this and although I am not knowledgeable about Virginia, I am willing to bet that Gun Owners fell asleep at the switch when election time came around. Suddenly Gun Rights in Virginia are floundering in a sea of Democrat Blue and let’s face it: 2A Sanctuaries are people trying to bail water out of a sinking ship or a tourniquet being applied to a fast-bleeding limb.
I am being this harsh about Second Amendment Sanctuaries because I am unfortunately seeing many people in Florida admiring the gesture as something to be followed here in the Sunshine State. Ladies and Gentlemen, that is the stupid and easy way out (if it is a way out at all). It is stupid because we are asking to apply a temporary emergency solution to a festering problem that could be avoided altogether by other means. Yes, those means are more labor intensive, but if you are in this fight because you thought it was easy, you hitched into the wrong train.
We avoid these grand gestures by being proactive, going to the Legislature, sit in the committees and voice our opinions. We do it by calling, and writing our Representatives and Senators and above all, we participate in every election and we make the candidate know what we have done. And we do this constantly, year in and year out.
We do not know if the Second Amendment Sanctuary movement will actually hold legally. It may or it may not, but the reason they are popping all over the place is because Gun Owners are showing up and addressing the elected officials into doing the change. People moved and had other move to achieve a desired result and it worked! Do I have to wonder if this was something it did not happen in the last election?
The inescapable fact is that the Democrats have Virginia Gun Owners by the short and curlies and I doubt there will be able to stop the onslaught in its totality. We in Florida are just a little bit better and have still a chance to avoid using the emergency measures. But for that to happen, we need to get our efforts concentrated in legitimate political “targets” and stop wasting efforts on posing and fake bravado. At time of posting, there were 43 gun-related bills in the Florida Legislature: Three (3) Pro Gun bills, One (1) Neutral bill and Thirty Nine (39) Gun Control bills ranging from bad to totalitarian bad.
Let’s avoid having to use the “Doomsday Protocol” and actually do some hard work to save the Gun Rights in the Sunshine State, shall we?