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Virginia Democrats Want You Doped, Dumb And Disarmed

Second Amendment Sanctuaries
As more and more Virginia counties and local jurisdictions declare themselves to be Second Amendment Sanctuaries an interesting political dichotomy between Democrats and Republican (or rather conservatives) has revealed itself.

For the past several years Democrats have been running their campaigns on a platform of not enforcing laws they don’t like, especially laws making marijuana possession a crime. Republicans and conservatives have tended to maintain that drug use should remain a crime and that such laws should be enforced.

However, Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney Democrat Greg Underwood sent a letter to judges, law enforcement and public safety officials stating that he won’t prosecute simple marijuana charges.

Democrat Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Morales likewise says most misdemeanor marijuana possession charges are going to be dismissed by her office.

Newly elected (and Soros-backed) Far-Left Democrat prosecutors in Virginia’s Arlington, Fairfax and Loudon counties have also said they will refuse to prosecute marijuana crimes.

These Democrats refuse to enforce the laws against marijuana use despite the fact that studies suggest regular marijuana use in adolescence is associated with altered connectivity and reduced volume of specific brain regions involved in a broad range of executive functions such as memory, learning, and impulse control compared to people who do not use.

A large longitudinal study in New Zealand found that persistent marijuana use disorder with frequent use starting in adolescence was associated with a loss of an average of 6 or up to 8 IQ points measured in mid-adulthood. Significantly, in that study, those who used marijuana heavily as teenagers and quit using as adults did not recover the lost IQ points.

What’s more, those Democrats would appear to be in direct conflict with a recent official opinion released by their fellow Democrat Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.

Herring was asked to issue a formal legal opinion regarding Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolutions being adopted by counties, cities, and towns across Virginia. Herring’s official advisory opinion was issued on December 20, 2019. In it, the Attorney General argues that Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions (i) have “no legal effect,” (ii) local government officials “must comply with gun violence prevention measures that the General Assembly may enact,” and (iii) “neither local governments nor local constitutional officers have the authority to declare state statutes unconstitutional or decline to follow them on that basis.” (emphasis added by CHQ)

So, if local constitutional officers must comply with whatever statutes the General Assembly may enact, then the Democrat Commonwealth Attorneys in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Arlington, Fairfax and Loudon counties are obligated to follow the law and prosecute marijuana possession, right?

However, as our friends at the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) and Gun Owners of America (GOA) observed in a recent white paper on Second Amendment Sanctuaries:

“...neither Attorney General Herring nor Governor Northam can credibly demand that local governments must implement every Act of the General Assembly, because that view directly contradicts the positions they have taken in the past. Indeed, on three recent occasions, AG Herring and Governor Northam have taken exactly the opposite legal position, with respect to: (i) the defense of the Virginia Marriage Amendment to the Virginia Constitution; (ii) the General Assembly’s refusal to assist the federal government with the arrest and detention of civilians as authorized by the National Defense Appropriations Act of 2012; and (iii) the right of localities in Virginia to become sanctuary cities with respect to the enforcement of federal immigration laws.”

So, is prosecutorial discretion bad? Or have Democrats discovered the rule of law, but only as it regards their plans to confiscate firearms?

We think there’s another agenda at work here, one that’s a lot bigger than disagreements over “prosecutorial discretion.”

As we have pointed out in previous articles, what Far-Left Democrats are really doing is attacking the foundational principles of American society.

Our friends at the VCDL and GOA touched on this in their white paper, noting that “…this view is contrary to the most basic principles which underlay our form of government, is anti-Biblical, and is profoundly abusive of the pre-existing and inalienable rights of the People of Virginia.”

French historian and social commentator Alexis de Tocqueville, observed in his classic On Democracy in America:

When the taste for physical pleasures in such a nation grows more speedily than education or the habit of liberty, a time occurs when men are carried away and lose self-control at the sight of the new possessions they are ready to grasp. … There is no need to wrench their rights from such citizens, they let them slip voluntarily through their fingers. The exercise of their political duties seems to them a tiresome nuisance.

What better way to make the exercise of one’s political duties seem like a tiresome nuisance than to numb the minds of Virginia’s citizenry with drugs? And what better way to strip Virginians of their pre-existing and inalienable rights than to disarm them? Legalizing drugs while confiscating firearms is not about making us safe.  It's about making government safe to do things in the future that an armed and alert populace would never tolerate.

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