Hundreds of Municipalities from One State Declare Themselves 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries

The Second Amendment is an insurance policy, of sorts, that allows for Americans to protect the inalienable freedoms that our Founding Fathers granted us.

An armed populace was an absolutely novel and wild idea at the time of the Second Amendment’s ratification, and now, some 200+ years later, there are few places on the planet with more gun rights than America.

Thanks to the right to bear arms, our nation hasn’t faced a modern invasion, nor have we allowed our federal government to make any real steps toward tyranny whatsoever.  When armed, Americans are in charge.

Unarmed, however, we are little more than sitting ducks.

That’s why over one hundred communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia have declared themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” in the face of restrictive new state legislation.

Dozens of Virginia counties and cities are declaring themselves Second Amendmentsanctuaries in an apparent revolt against the state legislature’s proposals for new firearm restrictions.

The movement has gained so much steam that Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring issued an advisory opinion reminding residents that such “sanctuary” resolutions had no standing.

“It is my opinion that these resolutions have no legal effect,” Herring said in a letter issuedFriday. “It is my further opinion that localities and local constitutional officers cannot nullify state laws and must comply with gun violence prevention measures that the General Assembly may enact.”

The Associated Press reports that more than 100 cities, towns and counties have passed such resolutions.

The outrage is widespread.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), a gun-rights group that provides a model resolution, claims that 85 of Virginia’s 95 counties have already approved so-called sanctuary measures. At least nine cities and 17 towns have done the same, the group said.

The group is also planning a protest for Jan. 20 on the steps of the Capitol. VCDL has posted pictures purportedly showing packed crowds at boards of supervisors meetings in more than a dozen localities.

The story has been picking up steam as of late as well, thanks to an army of conservative meme-makers and online provocateurs.