This feature appears in the October ‘17 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.
While Democrats around the country are wrestling with the question of how vocally candidates should speak out against guns in the 2018 midterm elections, in my home state of Virginia, the Democrats running for statewide office have fully embraced a radical anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment platform. The candidate for lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, has expressed support for mandatory insurance for gun owners, a return to the gun rationing days of Virginia’s “one gun a month” law, and so-called “universal” background checks, which have done nothing to stop the record high levels of violence in places like Seattle and Baltimore (where these laws are already in place).
The Democratic candidate for governor, Ralph Northam, has already been endorsed by Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and has been eager to appear with and raise money from anti-gun activists. Northam’s campaign website touts his support for a cornucopia of anti-gun efforts, including a ban on semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, banning larger “clips” (that’s as specific as he’s willing to get), opposition to constitutional carry and more.
If these Virginia politicians win in November, Democrats nationally will be emboldened by their success, and you can expect to see similar proposals in your state. Gun owners across the state are volunteering their time and effort to get out the vote, and there are even NRA members from outside Virginia who are coming to hit the streets and encourage Virginians to vote their freedom first. Their support is invaluable, and it, along with your support, could very well mean the difference between the full recognition of our right to keep and bear arms, and the gutting of that right.