A patriot in Virginia protested outside of Del. Mark Levine’s Alexandria home with a shotgun on Saturday, showing that he would not be scared by the gun-grabbing tyrant’s intolerable behavior.
Levine wants the police to file charges against activist Brandon Howard, leader of the Right to Bear Arms Virginia group, who Levine claims committed a crime by sharing his home address online. Levine was the lead sponsor of the assault weapons ban that died in committee on Monday.
“We’re going to tell Mark Levine: We know where you live and armed citizens of the Commonwealth are going to come to your house, to your doorstep,” Howard said in a Facebook video before the legislation was voted down.
Howard lived up to his word, and showed up at Levine’s home with his long gun and a sign reading “Withdraw HB 961,” the proposed assault weapons ban. Levine was incredibly triggered as a result, and called the police, who showed up to observe Howard as he exercised his constitutional rights.
“What’s not appropriate is to come to my house with a loaded gun to coerce me to change my position on a bill,” he said. “That will not work. That will never work with me and I suggest it will never work with this body.”
Levine wants to make an example of Howard, who he is accusing of breaking a law prohibiting the publication of a person’s name or photograph “with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass” that individual.
“Are we going to say that it’s OK to take loaded assault weapons with extended magazines and go and threaten every elected official?” Levine said in an interview on Tuesday.
Howard made it clear that he was abiding by his constitutional rights with his protest, and merely demonstrating that his God-given liberties would not be infringed.
“My goal was to tell him we the people will not tolerate tyrants stripping the rights of the law-abiding citizen,” Howard said in an interview on Tuesday. “There was no coercion. There was no intimidation.”
Levine said that the protest emboldened him to further destroy the rights of the people and criminalize their peaceful protest their public officials.
“If it’s not illegal, I’m going to be damned sure by next year it is illegal,” he said.
There is already active legislation that would criminalize speech arbitrarily deemed offensive against certain public officials in the state of Virginia:
House Bill 1627 was introduced by Delegate Jeffrey M. Bourne last week. The legislation “provides that certain crimes relating to threats and harassment may be prosecuted in the City of Richmond if the victim is the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-elect, Attorney General, or Attorney General-elect, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.”
Language in the bill explicitly criminalizes free speech, in what would constitute a blatant attack on the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.
“If any person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, shall use a computer or computer network to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or immoral act, he is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor,” the legislation reads.
The legislation makes it clear that the above provision applies directly to “the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-elect, Attorney General, or Attorney General-elect, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia,” which means this legislation effectively criminalizes dissent against public officials.
Tina Freitas, wife of Republican Delegate Nick Freitas, called attention to this intolerable act in a Facebook post on Tuesday night.
“Wow on cue, now they are after the 1A! Dems are trying to set up special rules exclusive to the Elite ruling class, to protect themselves from criticism!” Freitas wrote.
The Virginia Democrat tyrants might mess up and unleash a boogaloo if they are not careful, as the people have clearly had enough of their illegal overreaching.
Trump Administration Withdraws Nominee for ATF Director After Evasive Gun Control Answers in Senate
Chuck Canterbury avoided answering questions on gun control.
The Trump administration is withdrawing its nomination for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, after Chuck Canterbury alienated several Republican Senators during his July confirmation hearing for refusing to give an answer to questions regarding his personal opinion on gun laws.
Canterbury avoided answering several questions from GOP senators during his testimony, claiming he didn’t want to express any opinions that contrasted with the stated policy views of the Fraternal Order of Police. Canterbury is the former President of that organization.
Senators such as Louisiana’s John Kennedy questioned Canterbury’s evasive testimony in July.
“I like straight answers, and you are being evasive,” said Kennedy. “You have been nominated to run ATF. I think every member of this panel, both my Democratic friends and Republican friends who have feelings about the Second Amendment, are entitled to know both morally and legally what you believe.”
Canterbury had been asked numerous times about his policy views on matters such as banning so-called “assault weapons.”
The ATF has tremendous power over the American gun industry and Second Amendment community, and in some cases have banned previously legal forms of weapons with impunity. Some firearms enthusiasts have become increasingly skeptical of the agency in recent years, and conservatives have sought additional oversight. High-level ATF leadership have spoken of what they believe to be a conspiracy against their agency, further alienating gun rights supporters.
The Trump administration formally informed the Senate that it was withdrawing Canterbury’s nomination on Tuesday. His ambiguous views towards common gun control proposals had ensured his nomination was stalled, and now pulled.
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