Virginia’s Governor Northam’s Proposed Gun-Confiscation Squad
By Todd Strandberg
An assault on the Constitution is often described as a visual of someone burning the document or ripping it up. The actual constitutional document looks like it survived several attacks. I saw it on a trip to Washington, DC, and you can barely read it.
The four-page Constitution was initially given very little care. After it was approved by the Continental Congress in 1787, it was kept for a few years by the secretary of the Constitutional Convention, Roger Alden. It passed briefly into the hands of Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, after which it was shuttled from unremarkable storage building to unremarkable storage building for years.
It is very ironic that, today, the founding documents of America – the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights – are on display in their own specially designed building. They are behind a few inches of bulletproof glass and in an environment of non-reactive argon gas. The documents are even examined by a $3.3 million monitoring system, designed by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, so that signs of damage can be detected long before they could be by the human eye. If World War III should break out, the Constitution can be lowered 22 feet into a bunker that could survive a nuclear attack.
It doesn’t require physical damage to harm the Constitution. New rules can be added by amendment. If any movement can get two thirds of both Houses and ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the States, we could allow for a monkey to run for Congress.
There are other ways to amend the Constitution by bypassing the ballot box. By slowly changing the meaning of the Constitution, a new meaning of the founding fathers’ words can take place. In 1987, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall delivered a lecture, “The Constitution: A Living Document,” in which he argued that the Constitution must be interpreted in light of the moral, political, and cultural climate of the age of interpretation.
Marshall’s word might as well have come right out of the pit of hell. Liberals are using this flexible reading of the Constitution to go after our right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. The general thinking is that guns have become too dangerous, so the government needs to confiscate them.
I found it remarkable what former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said when asked about his stance on gun control. At least two times, O’Rourke was asked whether he would support the confiscation of guns he calls weapons of war. He said yes. I sat dumbfound over how he was allowed to declare without any constitutional authority, “We’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”
In the state of Virginia, there is an effort to ban all “assault firearms” and any magazine designed to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Governor Northam has a plan to fund a gun confiscation squad. The Governor has requested $4 million and 18 law-enforcement positions to enforce his gun ban – a request that could be the preparatory steps for confiscating the guns, which would be banned by SB 16.
Moreover, the Governor is requesting another $3.5 million to enforce gun control that has NOT been passed by the legislature and is NOT even current law in Virginia: universal background checks, one gun a month limitations, so-called “red flag” gun confiscation orders, and more.
Over 100 cities and counties have declared “sanctuary” pledges to uphold the Second Amendment rights of the people, but the state hasn’t backed down. This led to an opinion from the Democrat Virginia Attorney General proclaiming the sanctuary movement a big legal nothing. When liberals declare sanctuary status for cities over illegal immigration, it’s a valid act; when conservatives try the same tactic, it means nothing.
Jesus gave us wise advice on personal security. The Lord said the one who handles the moneybag should have a sword for protection. The day will come when there is no danger of violence, but because we still live in a sinful world, a weapon can be a useful tool in some situations.
“He said to them, ‘But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one” (Luke 22:36, ESV).
“He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4, ESV).