|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ends 1/27/2016|
That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. (Art. I, § 13)
Why begin my comment with the above?
Well it's from the Virginia Constitution, not that the Governor shows any signs of having read the document ... what with his most recent imperial edict directly contravening it.
Emergency regulations? Where's the emergency? Pfui! Artifice even if applied artfully remains artifice. In the TV gameshow Jeopardy, "creating more gun-free zones within which criminals and the insane are the only people bearing arms" would be Alex Trebek's answer. The question, however, would be:
What unconstitutional action could a state governor take to ensure more mayhem transpires in the future, as well as being the first step towards disarming the state's citizens?
For hundreds of years, Virginia did quite well without its own Duke, Viceroy, or Pocket Dictator. I see no reason to change now.
Attempting by royal caveat to infringe against a natural right of the citizenry should be abhorrent to all Virginians. If the Governor attempted to ban some other constitutionally warranted right -- at both the Federal level, and here specifically within the Commonwealth -- as his first step to asserting what he obviously views as his right 'as regent' his own Party Loyalists (including the Blockwarts that organize communities) would be up in arms.
Why is this any different?
Sic semper tyrannis! Look at that flag behind your desk, Mr. Governor, instead of apparently using it only to buff your shoes. Go back to New York if you want to be a Duke or a Viceroy.
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent upon me as .......... according to the best of my ability, (so help me God)."
Forswearing an oath seems of little concern to the likes of the Governor and his Party faithful. I can only hope there is an eventual accounting.