In Virginia, governor Ralph Northam and Democrats in the state General Assembly want to introduce legislation that would:
- Require background checks on firearm sales and transactions.
- Ban assault weapons.
- Allow Virginians only one handgun purchase within a 30-day period.
- Require lost and stolen firearms to be reported to law enforcement within 24 hours.
- Allow law enforcement to take firearms away from a person who is exhibiting dangerous behavior or presents and immediate threat to self or others.
- Enhance punishment for individuals allowing children under the age of 18 to have access to loaded and unsecured guns.
- Allow local communities to enact firearms ordinances that are stricter than state law.
This sounds very reasonable to me.
Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, the second largest Christian university in the world, is not happy about this. Last week, during an appearance on the conservative Todd Starnes radio program, he said that he was going to “call for civil disobedience if the Democrats go through with this.” He qualified those statements here.
Yesterday Falwell Jr. returned to the Todd Starnes program in support of the men and women who came to Richmond yesterday to protest the Democratic gun legislation. Listen at the link below. Falwell Jr. comes on at about the 20 minute mark.
Falwell says the “North Virginia bureaucrats” trying to pass these gun laws “don’t know what they’re up against. And I’m not talking about violence. I’m talking about civil disobedience. I’m talking about some things I can’t tell you about yet Todd, but I’ll let you break the story.” I’m not sure what Falwell means here, but during the entire interview he sounded like some kind of Confederate warlord defending his land (on three different occasions during the short interview he mentioned that his family has lived in central Virginia since the time of the Revolution) from northern aggressors.
Falwell also responded to news that white supremacist groups came to Richmond to protest. “I’ve lived in Virginia for 58 years and I’ve never met a white supremacist yet,” he said, “I just don’t buy it. I don’t buy that garbage.” This is a striking claim in light of the fact that Falwell’s own father ran a segregated Christian academy in Lynchburg and opposed Brown v. Board of Education. Falwell then suggested that George Soros may have sent people to Richmond “pretending to be white supremacists” in order to “start a ruckus like I suspect happened in Charlottesville.”
This is the man leading the second largest Christian university in the world.