Before a backdrop of heated debate over the future of gun rights in Virginia, Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins has kicked things up a notch, threatening to deputize and arm thousands of local citizens in the event that Democrat-supported gun control and confiscation bills are rammed through the state legislature next month.
The strong words came Tuesday morning as the county’s board of supervisors voted unanimously to declare Culpeper a Second Amendment sanctuary, joining dozens of other Virginia localities in a truly grassroots effort that has been fondly referred to as a “Second Amendment tsunami.”
‘If the legislature decides to restrict certain weapons…I will swear in thousands of auxiliary deputies in Culpeper’, Jenkins told the board. ‘There’s no limit to the number of people I can swear in.’ Jenkins didn’t stop there. In a post to Facebook made shortly after the vote was held, Jenkins further clarified his point of view, promising to fight any and all unconstitutional gun laws in court, encouraging citizens to keep and carry arms, and doubling down on his promise to deputize local citizens if push comes to shove. ‘If passed, there are many of us willing to challenge these laws through the courts. 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.’
Perhaps the most powerful of Jenkins’ remarks have flown a bit under the radar as his promise to deputize citizens has occupied both local and national headlines.
While addressing the board, Jenkins invoked the views of our nation’s founders, men who humbled themselves before their higher power and swore on their sacred honor to protect the rights of man.
“The right to bear arms – some believe that the Second Amendment gives us that right, when in fact it’s a God-given right,” Jenkins said. “If you don’t believe in God, it’s a law of nature that every creature can defend their lives from threats.”
Jenkins’ invocation of a higher power from whom basic rights originate stands in stark contrast to the attitudes of far-left Democrats in Richmond and Washington, who seem to worship at the altar of big government in the name of so-called “progressivism.”
The difference cannot be anymore highlighted than it is when Jenkins’ statement is compared to that of Charlotte Gomer, Democrat Attorney General Mark Herring’s press secretary.
“These resolutions appear to be nothing more than symbolic,” Gomer stated in a press release.
“It’s not clear what a Second Amendment sanctuary is, what its proponents are hoping to accomplish, or what authority they think they have to preemptively opt-out of gun safety laws.”