The Virginian Gun Protest of January


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Could the Second Amendment be the key to a free nation?

Sonya S Smith, Guest Writer

On January 20, an estimated twenty-two thousand people gathered at the capitol of Virginia to protest anti-gun laws, chanting “we will not comply” and singing the national anthem.

It had all started when the Democratic state legislature of Virginia had started passing four anti-gun laws. The people of Virginia started protesting, and the people and the government exchanged threats.

Counties decided to make themselves sanctuaries of the second amendment (which is the one granting US citizens the right to keep and bear weapons), saying they would not enforce the anti-gun laws. Next, Virginians started making a petition to recall, or force re-elect a state governor, even though it wasn’t election time yet. 

In order to be able to recall, they needed 10% of the number of people who voted in the election to sign the petition. However, the state legislature amended the state constitution to say that 25% of the number of people who voted in the election had to sign a petition for recall.

So the people of Virginia decided that they would rally for a peaceful protest on the 20th of January, carrying their guns, to show their disapproval for these laws.

Only one person was arrested (for wearing a ‘mask’) and no one was killed. It was a peaceful protest.

I think that this is really great, because the right to keep and bear arms is one of the most fundamental rights of our constitution. When it deteriorates, all of our other freedoms will as well.

Revealing My Quote Junkie

Allow me to share some of my favorite quotes to help make the point:

“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself.” –George Washington

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” –Thomas Jefferson

“To disarm the people… was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” –George Mason

“No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give to congress a power to disarm the people.” –William Rawle

“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.” –Alexander Hamilton

“If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” –Dalai Lama in 2001

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe.” – Noah Webster

And then, lastly, a quote from the infamous Adolf Hitler: “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjugated races to possess arms.” –Adolf Hitler

Final Words

Really, a free country is an armed country. I would like to point out and discuss the last quote I shared: “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjugated races to possess arms.”

Why would he say that? And why did I include this quote?

Well, Hitler was an infamous dictator who sent millions to their deaths. He understood that would not be possible if the people were armed. To put it in other words, a dictatorship cannot happen with an armed populace. It is impossible. The people would have the power to say, “No way, we’re kickin’ you out and getting a good leader over here!” So, an armed populace really is the key to freedom.

That is why I say, “Kudos to the people of Virginia!”