Advocating Gun Rights to the Legislature
Good afternoon, my name is John Collick. I am a retired Marine and a resident of Suffolk since 2005.
Let me start by saying sanctuary cities should be illegal. However, you, in both the Executive and Legislative Branch of our government, have set the precedent for them. You have publicly stated you will use state and local resources to help lawbreakers hide from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers. You also tell our law enforcement officers NOT to enforce laws you, personally, do not agree with.
I am not a lawbreaker but a strong supporter of OUR Constitution; of the Second Amendment. As you know, almost every jurisdiction in Virginia has clearly stated they will not accept any unconstitutional edicts sent down from Richmond. Because this event was just announced yesterday, most supporters are at work; you knew this would be the case. If this event was held in the evening, the crowds would be overflowing.
None of us who are demanding you uphold both the Virginia and U.S. Constitution are lawbreakers, but as law-abiding citizens; we simply demand you uphold your Oath of Office, and protect our Rights, not abridge them.
Now, one reason we have a Second Amendment is for personal protection. But more importantly, it exists to protect the citizenry from tyranny. As stated in the Virginia Constitution, “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…” Today, we face a newly elected legislature that has filed several bills restricting the liberty of Virginians; we will NOT allow that to stand.
Both Article 1, Section 13 of the Virginia Constitution and the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution are our “insurance policies” against a tyrannical government. Make no mistake about it, we WILL fight to retain ALL our God-given Rights, whether in this forum, at the ballot box, or God forbid, in the streets.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines tyranny as “Oppressive power; especially oppressive power exerted by a state.” Today, we are facing tyranny from the newly elected majority in Richmond; you’re trying to ram new laws down our throats. You gave a days’ notice for this hearing so very few people can attend. You’re simply drafting laws that will make criminals out of law-abiding Virginians and not giving those citizens a real chance to respond. You are a legislature of cowards.
Will guns be confiscated? Article 1, Section 11, of the Virginia Constitution clearly states “That the General Assembly shall pass no law whereby private property, the right to which is fundamental, shall be damaged or taken, except for public use. No private property shall be damaged or taken for public use without just compensation to the owner thereof.” The Commonwealth cannot afford to compensate owners for their legally purchased weapons and taking them would be unconstitutional. Again, you’ll pass an unconstitutional law giving yourselves this authority anyhow; then you’ll demand others risk their lives to confiscate these weapons. That certainly meets the definition of cowardice.
When people decide to keep their legally purchased weapons and find themselves having to defend their family, they instantly become felons, not victims of crimes. This is insane!!! This goes against our God-given Rights of self-defense and gives the criminal element in our communities a “green light” to not only assault people on the street, but also use force to enter homes of potential victims, knowing that law-abiding citizens probably won’t have a weapon handy. Why is our state government; no – why are Democrats in our state government catering to criminals?
God love the police; they’ll come to the rescue after a crime has been committed; after someone is killed or injured but will NOT be able to prevent crimes. Without an armed citizenry, crime in our state will increase, if not skyrocket.
In closing, I plead with you to be faithful to the Constitutions of Virginia and of the United States; THE documents that describe the restrictions placed on government and the God-given rights of the people, not the other way around. Please support the document that I, along with each of you and many others here tonight, swore an oath to protect and defend. There is no expiration date on that oath.