It’s funny, we don’t remember the Washington Post giving space to any critics of the sanctuary city movement to compare these illegal alien havens to the Confederate States. No, when California, New York, and hundreds of other blue enclaves decided to flaunt their refusal to cooperate with federal immigration law, the left went out of their way to support these brave anti-Trump politicians. Indeed, they harshly criticized the Justice Department and places like Orange County, California for pushing back against these borderline-illegal mutinies.
But when it comes to Second Amendment sanctuaries, such as the type currently spreading across Virginia? Oh, well that’s a different story!
Calling the movement everything from “disturbing” to “dangerous,” critic Peter Galuszka beclowned himself in the Post’s pages this weekend when he compared these proud Virginia patriots to proslavery forces prior to the Civil War.
“A sad irony is that the ‘sanctuary’ movement conjures the disturbing nullification movements of the past three centuries in Virginia,” he wrote. “Thomas Jefferson and James Madison argued that the states have the right to ignore federal laws they consider unconstitutional. That thinking was applied to proslavery movements, leading to the Civil War and the fight over integration in the 1950s and 1960s.”
If we may…there’s a few differences. First, if this is about federal law, then it is the Second Amendment counties – not Northam’s Democrats – who are on the side of the U.S. Constitution. These sheriffs and local officials are merely saying that they will not lift a finger to carry out gun bans and confiscations if the Democrats in Richmond pass these inane laws. To compare that to the proslavery movements is not only disrespectful, it’s intellectually dishonest. Unless, of course, Galuszka has a history of criticizing illegal-alien sanctuaries for the same thing?
We sort of doubt it.
But if Galuszka is right about anything, he’s close to the mark when he calls this movement “dangerous.” The only thing he’s wrong about is where the danger is emanating from – not Second Amendment groups and county sheriffs who want to preserve Virginia’s constitutional rights, but newly-elected Democrats who are drunk on their own power.
Gov. Northam and his legislature needs to take a close look at what’s going on across the state and reconsider – quickly – moving forward with whatever boneheaded gun control laws they plan on enacting. The potential for violence is high and, indeed, has already been threatened by the governor and others.
It’s been said for a long time – responsible, law-abiding gun owners will not watch their rights fly out the window without a fight. Is it really a fight that Northam and Virginia Democrats want?