They say “elections have consequences” and that’s absolutely correct — they do.
And Virginia conservatives, Republicans, and liberty-loving independents are realizing these consequences by the day after Democrats managed to win control over the legislative assembly and governorship in November.
Like all Democrats do, the Donkey Party in Old Dominion is moving quickly to strip the vast majority of law-abiding gun owners of their Second Amendment rights.
Besides bills designed to outlaw certain classes of weapons — and require confiscation if necessary — Virginia Democrats are also eyeing legislation that would allow authorities to utilize credit card purchase data to “track firearms purchases,” the Washington Post reported, as noted by Ammoland.
But Democrats in Congress are also attacking the Constitution’s guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms.
The Post notes, “Congressional gridlock on gun legislation led Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) to seek creative ways to prevent gun violence.”
What is meant, exactly, by “creative?” If that means “unhampered by concepts of limited constitutional government and inalienable rights, they have a point,” Ammoland noted.
“Then again, we are dealing with totalitarian wannabes, and fresh off a manipulated demographics victory for Democrats, Virginia is undergoing an eye-rolling gun-grabber frenzy,” the site noted further.
As for Wexton, she says her bill aims to transform banks into federal database clearinghouses for gun purchases. She said she wants to empower them, along with “credit card companies to flag purchases that could signal a person is preparing to carry out of mass shooting.”
Right. Because this is a sure-fire way to ensure the public safety: By reading electronic tea leaves as though they will tell her when a buyer of guns and ammunition is preparing to take a bunch of people out.
Not only is that ridiculous, but in practical terms, most mass shooters in recent years have not gone from gun store to scene of the crime. They often wait months or even years before deciding to act: Are cops and federal agents going to be tasked with acting on every ‘bank tip’ regarding certain gun and ammunition purchases?
Not only that, but such a program would violate the Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution — which Democrats generally don’t care much about. (Related: Proposed Virginia law would make every firearms instructor a criminal felon… and imprison fathers who teach sons how to hunt.)
Wexton notes that “an effective program would have to track credit card purchases of guns and ammunition as well as equipment such as body armor and night-vision googles across multiple retailers” — because why would anyone need such gear, right?
The plan has its supporters, of course. Ammoland noted that Joseph Moreno, a former federal prosecutor and FBI consultant who is now a partner at the financial services law firm Cadwalader, is attempting to persuade people that Wexton’s proposal is “moderate middle ground that privacy and Second Amendment advocates should be able to meet in the middle on.”
Say what? How do you ‘meet in the middle’ of a constitutional mandate that states the “right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed?” Tracking sales is an infringement.
How do you ‘meet in the middle’ of a constitutional mandate that guarantees Americans will “be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures?”
There is no middle ground on which to meet. These are constitutional requirements; rigid, specific protections of basic inalienable rights as sacred and worth protecting as the remainder of the Bill of Rights.
Is there a “middle ground” on which to meet regarding limitations on speech and the free press? On the free practice of religion? On the banning of cruel and unusual punishment? On the right to trial by jury of our peers?
Somehow it’s always gun rights that the Left wants us to surrender — you know, to be ‘reasonable?’