BY ALLEN WEST
This past week’s elections were quite telling, especially in Virginia. Consider this: the state that gave us Patrick Henry, who spoke the immortal words in the title of this missive, chose death. Yes, this week Virginia joined another founding state, Massachusetts, in surrendering to the tyranny of progressive socialism. Those two states were the bedrocks in our fight for liberty and the establishment of these United States of America. Now, it appears they are the poster child for anti-Constitutionalism. Imagine how Mark Levin must have felt waking up Wednesday morning?
So, what contributed to the defeat in Virginia that has allowed the left to ascend to power?
As reported by CNBC:
A gun-control lobbying group funded largely by billionaire Michael Bloomberg just helped Democrats take over the state government in Virginia – right in the National Rifle Association’s backyard.
In Tuesday’s elections, the Democrats tipped the Virginia House and Senate in their favor, giving them full control of the state government for the first time since 1994. The election had stronger-than-usual turnout in the suburbs, according to media reports.
While the results could be a good omen for Democrats’ chances in 2020, it may also be a tipping point in the money battle over gun rights. Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun-control advocacy group that the former New York mayor helps fund, spent $2.5 million this year to influence voters in Virginia versus approximately $300,000 by the NRA, which has its headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.
“In the past, the NRA has had its way with lawmakers because it was considered powerful and wealthy, and that dynamic changed drastically — even within the last year,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, which is part of Everytown.
The NRA, in a statement, said “Virginians are about to experience life under a distant tycoon’s thumb,” referring to Bloomberg. “Candidates who proudly accepted Bloomberg’s cash — and every voter they misled — will soon realize the cost of being beholden to a Manhattan billionaire who despises Virginians’ right to self-defense,” the organization said.
I believe that the internal issues of the NRA have evidenced itself in the political arena already. My assessment is that we will soon see Bloomberg’s Everytown and Moms Demand Action organizations making appearances here in the Lone Star State. There is no doubt that Bloomberg’s despotic gun control agenda will hit Texas, especially in the suburbs. But, it will be here that they meet a stiff resistance.
Texas is number one in the Country for human and sex trafficking, and we do indeed have an issue with criminal illegal immigrants . . . drug cartels and gangs. For these folks to believe that they can “snow” Texans into surrendering their 2nd Amendment right is ludicrous, but we all know they are going to try. They will use recent shootings as a vehicle to convince people here in Texas, since many are moving in from progressive socialist states, that the answer is gun control. And that is why it is perplexing to have the Texas Lieutenant Governor adopting the language of the left when it comes to the 2nd Amendment and our right to self-defense.
We are seeing more crime and violence in Texas urban centers thanks to the insidious leftist policies. Such as the one of Dallas County DA, Jon Creuzot, who does not press charges unless the crime involves theft of over $750. So, local criminals are emboldened to whack you over the head for $749 or less, knowing they will not face jail time . . . simply brilliant. In Austin, the burgeoning homeless situation is making being downtown after hours quite dangerous, especially for women.
But, these facts will not stop ol’ do as I say Bloomberg from bringing his gun control show to Texas. After all, it was Hugo Chavez who terminated and banned, private gun ownership as a means to curtail gun violence . . . so that now the only violence is that of the government against disarmed, starving, Venezuelans who were once citizens, now they are just subjects.
Yes, there are other strong Second Amendment organizations such as Gun Owners for America (GoA), National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), and the Second Amendment Institute (SAI), but they do not collectively have the horsepower to stand against the withering assault that will come from Bloomberg’s gun control cronies, aided by a complicit media. Yes, here in Texas we do have the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA) with whom I am a Life Benefactor Member. But, they will also be hard pressed.
So, what is the answer? Yes, a strong Republican Party of Texas that has the resources to strike first, go on offense, and put Bloomberg and his flying monkeys on defense. That has to start right now! We need to have Governor Greg Abbott call for a special legislative session and ensure we have strong 2nd Amendment protections in Texas, part of the conservative Lone Star Agenda.
My concern is that the National Rifle Association, with its internal turmoil, is not going to be a serious player in 2020. We do not need to cry over that, just accept it and move out into this seminal fight for individual liberty. Virginians are about to feel the sting. I would recommend that in Virginia, as with us here in Texas, and elsewhere, we start doing County by County 2nd Amendment sanctuary Counties. Let the left know that they will not advance their tyranny of disarming the American people by way of gun confiscation.
Bloomberg helped found Everytown for Gun Safety in 2014 to “end gun violence and counter the Washington gun lobby.” The group put its focus beyond Congress, to bring attention to state elections and corporate boards, “fields of play formerly occupied almost solely by the gun lobby.” Bloomberg has pledged to spend at least $50 million to support the cause. The group now has 350,000 financial backers, though Bloomberg remains a major contributor.
The group’s influence has seeped into corporate boardrooms, too. The Virginia election came after a number of executives came out in favor of gun reform, amid Everytown’s advocacy and a steady stream of mass shootings.
Walmart in September said it will discontinue all sales of handgun ammunition and sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition that can be used with military-style weapons, following two “horrific” shootings at Walmart stores this summer.
Hey Texans, this is what we are facing, and it will not be long before the gun control tyrants show up pressuring businesses and corporations in the Lone Star State. I plan on indeed making this an issue and any person running in Texas to disarm Texans will find themselves the victim of resounding defeat in 365 days!
Just remember, per year, more unborn babies are murdered in the womb, than people killed by gun violence. And, if we were to remove cities like Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Memphis, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Dallas, and other major leftist controlled cities from the calculations of gun violence, there would hardly be any in our America. These are the cities controlled by the left, where there are already stringent gun control laws . . . anti-constitutional.
Editor’s Note: This column previously appeared at The Old School Patriot. Used with the permission of the author.
Lt. Col. Allen B. West is the former U.S. Congressman representing Florida’s 22nd District, a Fox News Contributor, Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas, and the author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom. Col. West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, he was awarded the Bronze Star, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals (1 with Valor device), and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. Col. West believes it will be principled constitutional conservative policies, not politics, which will secure a sound economic future for Americans. LTC West is running for Chair of the Republican Party of Texas. To support his efforts, please visit his campaign website