The Hill reported that the city of Norfolk Virginia, filed a federal lawsuit last week against the state of Virginia over a law that prevents the removal of a Confederate monument from its downtown business district.
Based on a state law passed in 1904, public war memorials in the state can’t be removed or modified, thus preventing local officials from carrying out a 2017 resolution directed towards moving the memorial owned by the city to a cemetery. This memorial was built in 1907 and commemorates soldiers who fought for the Confederacy.
This suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Norfolk.
Although the city council approved the resolution, no action would be taken until the state preservation law was no longer in effect. Violating this law could bring about financial penalties.
According to what Norfolk’s legislative body wrote in the lawsuit, Virginia’s law “purports to protect memorials related to wars and battles such as the Monument but does so in a way that takes away fundamental rights that belong to the City and its City Council.” It added, “The purpose of this suit is to unbuckle the straitjacket that the Commonwealth has placed the City and the City Council in.”
This suit argues that Virginia’s law unconstitutionally curtails Norfolk’s free speech rights by forcing the city and its council to “indefinitely present a particular message” by displaying the monument, which is the “City’s speech.”
The lawsuit stated that changing this speech is “a right that the Commonwealth cannot take away.”
In March 2017, the Charlottesville City Council voted to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, which saw a number lawsuits filed by defenders of American history who turned to Virginia’s preservation law for their defense. After the Charlottesville rally turned deadly, left-wing iconoclasts across the nation took advantage of this event to destroy historical artifacts of the U.S. Civil War.
This same incident prompted the Norfolk City Council to greenlight the resolution to move its Confederate statue away from its downtown business district.
The controversy is part of a nationwide campaign the politically correct left has launched against confederate monuments nationwide.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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