VA AG Reneging on Concealed Carry Reciprocity Highlights Evil of ‘Permitted’ Rights
“Attorney General Mark R. Herring and the Virginia State Police have completed an audit and update of the 30 states whose concealed handgun permits have been considered valid within the Commonwealth,” an official media release announced. “After months of research and evaluation, including extensive outreach to the states whose permits Virginia currently recognizes, Virginia is revoking concealed handgun permit recognition with 25 states effective February 1, 2016 because their laws are not sufficient to prevent someone who is disqualified under Virginia law from receiving a concealed handgun permit.”
It hasn’t been a problem before for Superintendent of the State Police Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, who “in consultation with 6 different Virginia AG’s felt no need to curtail these rights” for the past 12 years he’s been in office.” So what’s changed, or at least convinced Flaherty that oath of office he took when he went into law enforcement was ceremonial, and not really intended to force him to take a principled stand when rights conflict with a naked power grab?
Well, Virginia has. Former DNC head and Hillary 2008 campaign chair Terry “McAwful” is now governor, and the guy is an avowed gun hater – at least when they’re not in the hands of his VSP Praetorians. Enraged by armed citizens, who for years had visited their legislators on Lobby Day without incident, McAwful spread his executive ordure and shut down open carry in government buildings by diktat, among other EO-50 infringements.
And AG “Red” Herring is no prize himself. He’s gotten lousy grades from NRA and even lousier ones from the Virginia Citizens Defense League and the American Conservative Union. So naturally the subversive AFL-CIO, the immigration sellout Chamber of Commerce, NOW, the LGBT Democrats and the Virginia Police Benevolent Association say he’s their guy.
“Mark Herring (D) is in favor of majority-supported gun control measures, including universal background checks, a ban on assault-style weapons, and reforming Virginia’s mental health system,” the George Soros-funded group “Feminist Majority” posted, like that’s a good thing. Based on his move to kill concealed carry reciprocity, he’s also in favor of in-your-face gestures of contempt for gun owners, just like his boss McAwful.
Virginia Citizens Defense League is preparing to fight back, noting “Virginia CHP holders will be endangered when traveling out of state [and] will undoubtedly cost Virginia CHP holders the ability to carry in many states where we have been carrying for years!”
“[VCDL says the] announcement was made to pay back former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his campaign donations in Virginia legislative races this fall,” The Virginian-Pilot reports, citing “Everytown For Gun Safety spent $2.2 million for two Democrats in state Senate races.”
“I’ve never heard of a single case of an out-of-state permit holder causing problems in Virginia,” VCDL President Philip Van Cleave stated. So naturally, Herring claims his rights-grab is “a common-sense step that can help make Virginians and our law enforcement officers safer.”
But there’s the rub, because as it’s being treated – and as gun owners have allowed, bearing arms is viewed by government as a privilege. So ambitious poltroons who only stab us in the back part of the time are given “A” grades and passed off as “staunch supporters of the Second Amendment” (and look at how that phrase is overused to include just about everyone up to and including John Kerry). And gun owners consider it a great victory to pay for a registration license, to volunteer for a background check, to make sure they don’t bring their property with them where master says they may not (places predators consider their preferred hunting grounds).
And if Michael Bloomberg, or Terry McAwful, or Mark Herring say you can’t cross this invisible border line with your gun, because if you do, and if one of their enforcers catches you, the full power of the state will be used to force you into submission, humiliation, and whatever else they want to do to you, assuming they don’t just kill you. All because when those who are willing participants in tyranny raised their hands and took their oaths, they either had no idea what they were getting into, or they knew perfectly well, and had no intention of being faithful.
All because politically active gun owners accepted the infringement of permits in the first place.