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Virginia Democrats Shamefully Trash the First and Second Amendments

Virginia Democrats Shamefully Trash the First and Second Amendments
Thousands of gun rights advocates gather on the street just outside a rally organized by The Virginia Citizens Defense League on Capitol Square near the state capital building January 20, 2020, in Richmond, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Michael Dorstewitz By Friday, 24 January 2020 01:08 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Legislation introduced last week suggests that Virginia Democratic lawmakers don’t like to be harassed. But events this week suggest they have no problem slandering fellow Virginians.

Not content with destroying the Second Amendment with a rushed-through laundry list of gun control measures, Virginia lawmakers are now assaulting the First Amendment, the most cherished of constitutional guarantees.

Virginia HB1627, introduced January 16, would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for engaging in “Threats and harassment of certain officials and property.” According to the bill’s summary, it would come into play only:

“if the victim is the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-elect, Attorney General, or Attorney General-elect, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.”

The bill proposes that “If any person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, shall use a computer or computer network to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or immoral act, he is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.”

If passed and signed into law, calling Gov. Ralph Northam “Black-Face Northam” would arguably subject the offender to a fine and jail time, even though the governor admittedly wore blackface and an early yearbook entry referred to him as “Coonman,” according to Politico.

It would also suggest that calling the lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, a “predatory pervert” may be off-limits, although two women came forward last year to make detailed, credible allegations of sexual assault against him.

As far as that goes, we may as well throw Mark Herring into the mix. Virginia’s attorney general also openly admitted to wearing blackface.

Civility is, of course, a good thing — everyone can understand that. But with Virginia Democrats, civility doesn’t cut both ways.

Thousands of Second Amendment proponents gathered in Richmond Monday to exercise their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble and demonstrate against the string of gun control measures that’ve been rammed through the commonwealth’s legislature.

The demonstrators cut across all age groups, and consisted of men, women, Christians, Jews, Muslims, agnostics, and atheists. The participants included Caucasians, African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans.

They peaceably gathered, said what they came to say, and left the grounds cleaner than they had found them. Not a single person was arrested for violent behavior. One woman was reportedly detained for refusing to remove a face mask. That was it.

Yet to hear Virginia Democrats describe it, Adolph Hitler had been reincarnated and the place was a tinderbox set to go off. Virginia Congressman Don Beyer is representative.

“Annual gun lobby day protest in Richmond drew large numbers of white nationalists, militias, and racist conspiracy theorists this year,” he tweeted. “Neo-Nazis tried to use this rally to launch violent attacks. Trump’s symbolism and memories of Charlottesville are vivid in many minds today.”

Self-described democratic-socialist Lee Carter called the peaceful demonstration an act of terrorism.

"The ‘pro-gun' people that terrorized Richmond yesterday probably don't realize that all they did was tag team with fascists, strengthen the liberals' resolve to pass gun control bills, and force the most gun-friendly Dem (me) to not show up for a day," Carter said. "Idiots,” he added. “Absolute idiots."

Nice — his constituents are "idiots" now.

Democratic Delegate Ibraheem Samirah chose the House floor to belittle his fellow Virginians.

“Yesterday the demonstrations attracted the attention of neo-Nazis, alt-right trolls, white supremacists, and other racist fringe extremists who use guns as an absolute need to advance their violent agenda,” he railed, reading from a script.

Samirah must have written his speech before the event. Uniformed law enforcement officers were also in striking attendance — not as security but as demonstrators.

Although prominent Virginians such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson would have been disgusted at what happened to their beloved commonwealth, James Madison would have been especially heartbroken.

In addition to being a founder and early president like the other two, Madison drafted the first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.

Within a single week Madison would have witnessed Virginia Democrats trash the First Amendment protections of speech and assembly, and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Also, when the Senate approved the confiscation of privately-held weapons without notice or hearing Wednesday, they trashed the Fourth Amendment guarantees of due process.

In addition, SB 399 was introduced this week, a proposal to join the “National Popular Vote Compact” that would bypass the Article II Electoral College provision governing presidential elections.

As our 45th president would say, “Sad.”’

The Supreme Court of the United States is freedom’s ultimate defender. 2021 will be a busy year for the high court.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Legislation introduced last week suggests that Virginia Democratic lawmakers don’t like to be harassed. But events this week suggest they have no problem slandering fellow Virginians.
virginia, democrats, gun control, first amendment, free speech
Friday, 24 January 2020 01:08 PM
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