Good read - what stood out in the Guard commander’s comments was that he was not willing to publicly reconfirm his oath to the U.S. Constitution and BOR, nor remind the public and his troops that the Guard that HE leads take their oaths and duties to the citizenry very seriously.Oh-Oh
The adjutant general of the Virginia National Guard says the governor hasn't asked for his assistance in enforcing gun control laws... yet.bearingarms.com
VA National Guard Issues Statement Over Calls To Enforce Gun Control
Posted at 3:30 pm on December 13, 2019 by Cam Edwards
Democrat Congressman Donald McEachin’s comments about using the National Guard to enforce Governor Ralph Northam’s proposed gun control laws in Virginia has caused a storm of controversy in the state, to the point that the Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard has issued a statement, after scores of phone calls and emails from concerned citizens and curious media figures. WSLS-TV in Roanoke was the first to report on the comments by Major General Timothy P. Williams.
For those who were hoping that Maj. General Williams was going to come out swinging with a “Hell no we’re not taking anybody’s guns”, it wasn’t going to happen. Even if that’s how the adjutant general feels, he’s not going to pick a fight with the governor if he doesn’t have to. He can kick this can down the road, at least until and if Northam actually requests that the National Guard go into rural counties to look for people who are allowing their 17-year old daughter to hunt unsupervised on their property, or to try to catch someone transferring a firearm without a background check.
If Northam were actually dumb enough to do that, I suspect what he’d find is yet another crisis of public confidence on his hands. Not only would he have to deal with dozens of counties and cities that have said “no” to unconstitutional gun control laws, he’d create a crisis within the Virginia National Guard, whose members swear to uphold the Constitution. Many of those National Guardsmen are gun owners and Second Amendment supporters as well, and I suspect there would be a genuine fracturing of the organization over the issue.
In fact, if you read between the lines of the adjutant general’s statement, it’s clear that McEachin’s comment is already causing a stir within the Guard itself. The men and women of the Virginia National Guard signed up to defend freedom, not establish a police state on American soil where soldiers search for scofflaws who refuse to register their rifles with the Virginia State Police.
MG Williams is much less of a morally rooted military leader, and more concerned with how he is politically perceived in the eyes of his overlords and the MSM.
I don’t trust him.
MG Williams could have said, "Like our Virginia elected officials, the Virginia National Guard took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, which is the highest law in the land.
The Virginia National Guard holds firm in our sworn constitutional oath to the Virginian citizenry.”
Nothing political about that; it is the sworn truth, and every (legitimate) Virginia Guardsman and citizen knows it. It also sends a clear shot across the bow of the Richmond communists that they are being Constitutionally scrutinized and evaluated, as this proceeds forward.