As Democratic lawmakers in Virginia prepare to introduce gun control laws that violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has increased the state’s prison budget, presumably with the intention of sending gun owners to prison.
The budget bill (HB30), drafted by the Northam administration, sets aside an additional $250,000 in taxpayer funds to increase the operating costs of adult correctional facilities.
The increase is specifically allocated to incarcerate those convicted of violating any current or future gun laws in Virginia.
“The appropriation for this article is $250,000 for the first year of the general fund,” the bill says.
Among the laws listed that this allocation is intended to fund are a ban on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms, the criminalization of private firearms transfers, and gun confiscation orders issued without due process, the Daily Caller reported.
According to critics, in addition to forcing law-abiding Virginia taxpayers to pay—through taxes—for the reduction of their rights, the allocation of gun control is a serious waste of resources. According to them, gun control measures will not make Virginia safer.
Critics also believe that banning commonly owned semi-automatic firearms will not reduce violent crime.
Long weapons of any kind are rarely used in violent crimes. FBI uniform crime report data breaks down homicides by type of weapon. In 2018, the FBI reported that there were five times as many individuals listed as killed with “knives or cutting instruments,” rather than with rifles of any kind. The data also showed that rifles were listed as being used in less homicides than “blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.)” or “personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.).”
An FBI Uniform Crime Report indicates that as per capita gun ownership increased over the last 20 years, violent crime, including gun violence, decreased.
Another study also showed that, at a low estimate, armed civilians stop crimes almost twice as many times as armed civilians who use them to commit crimes.
Most critics of these restrictive measures, who defend their constitutional right to bear arms, believe that there are mentally ill and angry people capable of killing, but this does not make it an “epidemic” or a “public health problem” as the Democrats suggest. While it is a very serious issue, it is being addressed from the White House and will not be solved by restricting the freedom of law-abiding citizens.