A Virginia county sheriff promised he would appoint his neighbors as deputies so they would not be affected by the gun restrictions the new Democratic state Legislature plans to enact, Fox News reported.
“The right to bear arms—some believe that the Second Amendment gives us that right, when in fact it’s a God-given right,” Scott Jenkins said after the Culpeper Board of Supervisors unanimously declared the locality a Second Amendment Constitutional County.
At this point, it should be noted that other counties are adopting or evaluating similar resolutions to protect the right to firearms stated in the Constitution. “If you don’t believe in God, it’s a law of nature that every creature can defend their lives from threats,” the sheriff added, according to local media Star Exponent.
The official, elected in November for his third term, wanted the Democrats not to go ahead with their “ridiculous” and “insane” initiative to “restrict certain weapons” while denouncing that they intend to “punish the majority for the evil deeds of a few.”
“In addition, if necessary, I plan to properly screen and deputize thousands of our law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms,” he wrote in his Facebook account.
“There’s no limit to the number of people I can swear in,” Jenkins said, pointing out that while he does not expect bills to pass, he is ready to appeal them to the courts.
He then quoted Father Founder Henry Lee of Virginia: “A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves and include all men capable of bearing arms,” he wrote.
‘Every sheriff and attorney will see the consequences’
“Every Sheriff and Commonwealth attorney in Virginia will see the consequences if our General Assembly passes further unnecessary gun restrictions,” he emphasized.
Democratic Gov. Ralf Norman, after regaining command of the Virginia General Assembly, said his party is willing to push for gun control, Fox News reported.
Norman tried unsuccessfully to make progress in July, when he called for a legislative session after the mass shooting in Virginia Beach resulted in 12 deaths and several injuries.
Culpeper County Supervisor Sue Hansohn asked Democrats to focus on “the deeper problems” caused by gun violence.
“The state closed its institutions, sent them all back to the community. There are no treatment centers here. So I’m asking that the General Assembly stop this crap they are doing and look at the underlying issue, which is mental health,” Hansohn said.