Timothy Buchanan
A new brand of sanctuary community
By Timothy Buchanan
November 29, 2019

One sure sign of the escalating inflammation of conflict in America is the controversial formation of sanctuary counties in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The label is unfortunate because it is confusing to some. Unlike the cities and states that harbor illegal aliens from I.C.E. agents, many Virginia counties are declaring themselves to be citadels of Constitutional liberty.

At least twelve Virginia counties have now resolved to become Second Amendment sanctuary counties in anticipation of numerous hostile Democrat threats to gun rights in the upcoming 2020 General Assembly session. More counties are joining them. Just last week, two more County Boards of Supervisors passed resolutions affirming their dedication to the Virginia and United States constitutions.

Consider the staggering significance of this action for a moment. Local officials are vowing to support the fundamental law of the land in preparation for sweeping betrayals by radical state legislators and Governor Ralph Northam.

As a rule, many Americans are inclined to oppose sanctuary policies for the simple reason that they are usually enacted by rebellious people who are determined to shield themselves from the legitimate laws of government. But the actions proposed by Governor Northam and Democrats in Richmond are not legitimate. These are dangerous times in which renegade politicians are running roughshod over the U.S. Constitution and the will of the people – not only regarding the Second Amendment, but also the First Amendment and the very right to life.

New intrusive gun regulations proposed by Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, former New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, Democrats in Congress and the Virginia General Assembly, are routinely couched as efforts to curb gun violence. But they are disingenuous. When these folks speak of ACommon-sense gun regulations@ and AUniversal Background Checks@ they actually mean gun registration – the first crucial step toward confiscation and prosecution of the just.

The fact is that we all want to stop gun violence, but no effort by politicians in Richmond or Washington will prevent gangsters or convicted felons from getting guns by theft or other illegal means. As John Adams pointed out at our nation's birth, no law or court of men can affect the depraved condition of a human heart. [1] That's where the real problem lies.

There are some who foolishly believe that any firearm that is not designed specifically for hunting should be banned. Others have been taught to despise a particular type of firearm such as a provocatively misnamed Aassault rifle.@ Still others have been blindly led to believe that limitations on the number of rounds any weapon can contain are acceptable, even harmless restrictions. But they are wrong. These poor folks fail to recognize that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to provide to citizens, the ability to defend themselves – even from a tyrannical government, if necessary – not from an invasion of wildlife or garden pests.

Short-sighted people are often willing to forfeit liberties that they consider to be incidental. But we must declare that there are no incidental rights. An affront to the Constitutional rights of the people in any form must be seen for what it truly is – an attack on all the rights of the people by reprobate lawmakers.

Today, it=s the Second Amendment; tomorrow it may be the First, Fourth or Fifth. Governor Northam and his colleagues support killing the just-born-infant today. Tomorrow they may come for children or adults at any age, for any reason or no reason. This new brand of evil will never be satiated. We deceive ourselves by thinking otherwise. As America rejects its foundational faith in God, it becomes more horrifying and dangerous. Evil thrives equally well in low light and in total darkness. Free access to a variety of firearms by legal citizens is a precious freedom that saves thousands of innocent lives each year. The fact that it may cost some does not alter that fact.

The Supreme Court's regrettably short-sighted decision to permit victims of violence to sue gun makers for the deadly and illegal abuse of their products has only compounded the problem. As with the Dred Scott decision and the Missouri Compromise of 1850, the ruling will one day be seen as the spark thrown toward a tinder-box that creates terrible unintended consequences.

Virginia was the site of the first American Civil War. No knowledgeable citizen wants to see it become the site of a second. But the nation is throttling swiftly in that direction. If making counties sanctuaries of liberty in lawless states will preserve individual liberty and dissuade treacherous politicians from sparking an armed conflict, then we should support the adoption of similar policies and urge all our neighbors to do likewise.

Perhaps we may then avoid the wholesale tyranny that our ancestors cast off two hundred and forty-three years ago. But that's not likely to be the case.


[1] "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other," President John Adams.

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Timothy Buchanan

Timothy Buchanan is a US Navy veteran, a former defense contractor and broadcast engineer. He's the author of two published books and a regular contributor to BarbWire.com. Timothy and his wife live among the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.


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