SLL reader and good friend Dave Walden’s humorous take on the Virginia Sanctuary Cities situation, sent via email.
Welcome to Jeopardy! I’m your host, Alex Trebek!
Today’s guest – of but relatively modest success is, Dave Walden.
So, Dave, where do you reside? Just outside the “Overton Window,” Alex. How long have you called that “home,” Dave? Pretty much my entire life, Alex.
What has been your track record during your residence there, Dave? Well. Alex, I have been as right as I have been wrong – but I am rarely in doubt!
Well, Dave, we’ll see how you shall perform today. Let’s begin!
Thank you, Alex, I’ll take Virginia’s “2nd Amendment Sanctuary Cities” for all the marbles:
Your question, Dave, for the entire amount, is: Will the Governor of Virginia sign Virginia’s Senate Bill #16, or not?
Friends: If you have not read said Bill, it means business! It will ban and punish, directly and indirectly, much having to do with the ownership of firearms in Virginia. In response, so-called “2nd amendment Sanctuary City” resolutions are being affirmed throughout Virginia, together with an impressively-large number of sheriffs indicating they will not enforce provisions of the proposed law. The Governor of Virginia faces, therefore, a decision of potentially profound consequences. (NOTE: These 2nd Amendment Sanctuary City resolutions are poppping up across the countery with, for example, 67 of 102 Illinois countires passing similar ones.)
Potentially profound because, should he sign said Bill, between the time he does so and when its inescapable Constitutional challenge might reach the Supreme Court, a lower-court “stay” of its enforcement had better be immediately forthcoming. Why? My reading of American history contains two, at least potentially, relevant examples for the Governor.
Though violence had sporadically broken out in Kansas and Missouri, fueled by activists such as John Brown, the Civil War did not actually begin until South Carolina’s Governor and secessionists decided they would seize the cannons, powder, and armaments housed at Ft. Sumpter. When they attempted and suceeded in doing so, Lincoln and the “North” had no remaining options but to act.
Earlier, our Revolutionary War did not begin with the penning by Jefferson of his unprecedented and profound Declaration of 1776, but had begun over a year earlier. It began when the British Governor of Boston “ordered” the guns and munitions stored in the armory at Concord to be seized, as well as to arrest Hancock and Adams – should they be found. April 19, 1775 (my birthday!), Lexington, Concord, and the actual fighting that marked the beginning of the Revolutionary War, was the immediate result.
So, Governor Ralph “blackface” Northam, owing to the naked hypocrisy of your Party’s Virginia leadership, your tenure as Governor was previously “saved.” Should you sign said Bill however, you best hope the courts again “save” you – and perhaps, all Virginians as well……
“What is, Alex, that the Governor will not sign said Bill – at least not as it presently reads – it will either be amended or rejected, such, that it does not set the stage for what its passage may eventually portend?”
At least, Alex, in a rare moment of “doubt,” that is my hope…………