On Thursday, Democrat Rep. Donald McEachin of Virginia suggested that the state’s National Guard may need to be deployed by Gov. Ralph Northam in order to enforce sweeping gun control measures currently making its way through the state legislature.
The National Guard felt compelled to respond to McEachin’s statement, replying through a series of tweets:
“From the Adjutant General of Virginia: ‘We have received multiple questions regarding proposed legislation for the 2020 General Assembly session and the authority of the Governor of Virginia to employ the Virginia National Guard in a law enforcement role,’ the Virginia National Guard said.
They continued, saying, “We understand and respect the passion people feel for the U.S. Constitution and 2nd Amendment rights. We will not speculate about the possible use of the Virginia National Guard.”
We understand and respect the passion people feel for the U.S. Constitution and 2nd Amendment rights. We will not speculate about the possible use of the Virginia National Guard.
— Va. National Guard (@VaNationalGuard) December 13, 2019
The charge of using the National Guard to hunt down citizen’s guns is a serious one — and the National Guards answer is equally as serious.
McEachin’s comments and the National Guard’s response come after a whopping 75 counties in the state of Virginia preemptively proclaimed themselves to be sanctuary counties for the Second Amendment.
On Wednesday, when asked about those 75 counties, Governor Northam said that there wouldn’t be retaliation, but claimed there would be “consequences.”
“There’s not going to be retaliation. That’s not what I’m about. I’m about making Virginia safer,” Northam stated. “If we have constitutional laws on the books and law enforcement officers are not enforcing those laws on the books, then there are going to be consequences, but I’ll cross that bridge if and when we get to it.”
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