Virginia’s Democrat Governor, Terry McAuliffe, is no friend to the Second Amendment. In August, on live television, Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot dead on camera by a deranged former coworker and devout racist, Vester Flanagan. Before any information was revealed as to how Flanagan obtained his gun, Gov. McAuliffe jumped to exploit the deaths and called for increased anti-Second Amendment efforts.
In October, McAuliffe followed President Obama’s lead and clamped-down on Virginians’ Second Amendment rights by issuing an executive order banning the open carry of firearms in state buildings used by the state’s executive branch.
Last week, Virginia’ Democrat Attorney General followed McAuliffe’s lead and revoked the recognition of concealed carry permits for a whopping 25 states.
According to Attorney General Mark Herring, the states that were previously recognized by Virginia do not meet the arbitrary criteria necessary for Virginia to recognize their concealed carry permits. Allegedly, the requirements to obtain the permits in these 25 states are too lax.
So, because the top echelon of Virginia’s executive branch appears compelled to diminish the safety of countless Virginians in order to prove a political point, state Republicans have opted to do similarly.
Virginia state senator Bill Carrico (R-Dist. 40) has responded to McAuliffe and Herring’s anti-Second Amendment rhetoric and have noted that if they believe that the good citizens of Virginia should be further burdened in their quest to secure their own safety, the governor and his legal lackey should be burdened as well: and that starts with removing funding for those oh-so-dangerous men with guns.
Carrico has proposed budgetary legislation that would strip the governor of funding for his armed protection detail.
The legislature is also considering legislation that would override Herring’s decision and extend concealed carry reciprocity to other states.
“A lot of the governor’s power is deferred to the General Assembly at that point and I’ll be getting with my collegues to circumvent everything this governor has done on this point,” Carrico said. “I have a budget amendment that I’m looking at to take away his executive protection unit. If he’s so afraid of guns, then I’m not going to surround him with armed state policemen.”
The move is brilliant and just. Time and time again, Americans are forced to deal with the consequences of anti-gun efforts furthered by lawmakers and executive tyrants who hobble citizens’ abilities to protect themselves while, simultaneously, enjoying the comfort and safety of a taxpayer-funded armed security detail.
Even in the private sector, those who favor civilian disarmament the most enjoy the comforts of individual firearm ownership. Michael Bloomberg has dedicated a significant amount of his post-mayoral career to advancing anti-Second Amendment endeavors by funding front groups for his civilian disarmament agenda and yet, the former mayor and anti-gun zealot remains surrounded by armed security as he crusades to restrict self-defense measures for those who cannot afford armed security details.
Carrico’s proposal may seem punitive but in reality, it is simply an application of the same kind of treatment the governor’s office has promoted for common citizens of Virginia.