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Virginia’s Liberty Revolution

On a cold night, the warm breeze of liberty keeps warm the faithful in Fauquier County

Inside the beltway and across cable TV, tribalists are obsessed with a dubious impeachment. It consumes the internet and nearly all of the talking head oxygen. But in Virginia, the story is the sanctuary movement that has seen a historic groundswell of support for the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Virginia isn’t breaking into a civil war … but Virginia’s Liberty Revolution is marked by responsible civil discourse.

Second Amendment groups have sprung up on social media with numbers exploding into the tens of thousands. On Facebook, there is a Second Amendment Sanctuary Group for nearly every county in Virginia. Social media is an easy tool for a casual, but it is also a great organizing tool.

Virginia’s liberty revolution isn’t merely virtual. It’s as real life as you can get. Across the Commonwealth, from the border of North Carolina, out to Tennessee, up to Kentucky, and across to the Chesapeake … right up to the Potomac, government buildings are packed with Virginians extolling their natural rights to liberty. In some rural counties, people sat in hour-long traffic lines to pack school gyms where county meetings were moved to accommodate the outpouring.

More than 70 counties, towns, or cities have voted resolutions to support the Second Amendment and declare their respective homes a Second Amendment Sanctuary. The truth be told, the Constitution doesn’t need sanctuary. Those who would infringe upon the rights of Americans, they will need sanctuary. That is becoming clear.

In reality, these counties are “Constitutional Counties.” The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement smartly and adeptly stole the name “sanctuary,” often used by progressives to support illegal activities that harbor and give safe haven to foreigners inside our country illegally. In that respect, stealing the moniker “Sanctuary” was a dig or a marketing gimmick. People got it. But … make no mistake about it … Virginians aren’t seeking sanctuary for rights they already have.

Virginians are serving notice that their rights will not be infringed.

It is a new breath of liberty. It is not a civil war … it’s a revolution. Americans are engaging in public, at their government buildings, and in mass. These are lawful gun owners, and not surprisingly, there hasn’t been a single problem. It is the greatest outpouring of liberty we have seen in this country in decades. It is spontaneous, real, and deeply connected to the Constitution, liberty, and the rights Americans hold dearest.

Not one right in our Constitution comes from government. Our rights are secured by government. Chief among those rights is the Second Amendment, an individual right … a natural right of self-protection. It is the right of the people to be secure in their effects and property, and yes, against their own government when it chooses to rule, rather than govern.

The anti-liberty crowd is growing in our country. As government grows in size and power, liberty retreats. Make no mistake about it. From the Attorney General to the Governor … there is a looming war on liberty. Each man has warned that they will enforce laws they deem Constitutional. Those laws threaten the Second Amendment rights of Virginians.

With their provocation, they invite discord. Still, the liberty movement isn’t about war, it’s about revolution.

What’s the difference? Virginia’s liberty revolution is about the people taking back active control of their government and their individual rights. That is the movement we see online, in the streets, and in the government and town halls. A mass population, armed to the teeth … with weapons holstered, unloaded, and un-cocked, as they systematically use the First Amendment to defend the Second Amendment. It’s beautiful, really.  

Liberty works best in action … rather than as an esoteric concept in textbooks or op-ed. In Virginia, Patriots are in the public square, defending the Constitution with their words, their deeds, their presence, and their passion.

The left doesn’t know what to make of it, really. They think rights are rationed by government. They think the people shall submit to those who rule, and in so ruling they have superior knowledge. They are the anti-libertiest. They are the lords, and we are the serfs. The serfs get their two minutes, twice a month to pop off (no clapping allowed), and that’s it. Then, go home, pay your taxes, and follow our rules. That is the left’s America.

That is not how Virginia’s liberty Revolution sees it.

From the perch of power, the Attorney General and the Governor are a bit like General Cornwallis. They have a sense that orders in this government are to be obeyed, that they flow in one direction, and that colonists should get back to work and heed them. Even at the Board of Supervisor level, there is an air of smugness that emanates from the left.

In Loudoun County at one meeting, Board of Supervisor Kristen C. Umstattd thanked the peasants who packed her government building. Well, I think she thanked them. She said she wanted to thank “the folks who in their minds came out to support the Second Amendment.” 

Those “folks” didn’t come out to support the Second Amendment in their minds. They came out to support it in their Commonwealth, their counties, their government buildings, and their homes. They came out to give a lesson in liberty, one that Yale Law graduate must have missed.  

The liberty revolution is on in Virginia. We are in the education stage. We will meet you in the public square … our square. We will debate you with civility, treat you with decency, and remind you of our rights.  

If government comes to our homes to take our rights … well … that would be a mistake. For those who cannot support liberty or who believe it is theirs to ration, your Yorktown is coming soon.


Author: Richard Kelsey

Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative. He is a trial Attorney and author of a #11 best-selling book on Amazon written on higher education, “Of Serfs and Lords: Why College Tuition is Creating a Debtor Class” Rich is also the author of the new Murder-Mystery series, “The ABC’s of Murder,” book one is titled, “Adultery.” Rich is a former Assistant Law School Dean and Law Professor. At Mason Law Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP, drawing on his expertise as a former CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud. In 2014 he was elected by the graduating class as the faculty speaker at their graduation. He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV. Rich has appeared on hundreds of stations as a legal expert or political commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL. Rich also writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com. In his free time, Rich is part of the baseball mafia of Northern Virginia, serving on numerous boards and as a little league and travel baseball coach. His Twitter handle is @richkelsey.