As Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and his Democratic colleagues look to pass a number of strict gun control measures through the state legislature, citizens are apparently looking to strip Northam of his governorship.
Here’s what the Change.org petition creator, Josh Bratton, said:
We the people of The Commonwealth of Virginia feel Governor Ralph Northam should be recalled [from] office. Governor Northam has presented a state wide gun ban that would disarm law abiding citizens, infringing on constitutional rights granted by the U.S Constitution 2nd Amendment as well as Virginia Constitution Article 1 section 13. This kind of proposition is unconstitutional and should not be allowed.
His plan for implementing and enforcing such a ban would be using local law enforcement and National Guard soldiers to gather guns. Doing so would also be taking privately owned weapons from the ones ordered to enforce the new law.
Law enforcement and the citizen soldiers have taken oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Governor Northam’s proposition to ban privately owned and registered weapons would violate such an oath.
Lastly, banning weapons only effects the law abiding citizen, criminals will always find a way to obtain a weapon to use to commit a crime. Disarming would only cause more innocent lives to be taken by the hands of a heartless criminal.
You can sign the petition to recall Gov. Northam on Change.org.
In addition to the online pressure provided by the viral petition, Northam felt some physical pressure, too. Over 25,000 supporters of the Second Amendment showed up at the Virginia State Capitol on Monday morning, peacefully protesting and open carrying their firearms.
People of all walks of life attended the massive rally — and it was far more diverse than the mainstream media likely expected, with groups of women, blacks and Asians all jumping in to stand up for their liberties.