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Beyond the fearful rhetoric; what Supervisor Duane Adams is really proposing with his call for the Board to declare Louisa County a “Second Amendment Sanctuary,” is a return to the mentality that fueled the massive resistance movement against school desegregation in the late 1950’s.
Judging from the comments on the Central Virginian’s FB page, it’s clear many see themselves as proud “resisters” against a conspiracy to deprive them of their rights, when a confederacy of dunces marching to someone else’s agenda is closer to the mark.
Less obvious, is the reality that NRA and VCDL propaganda is driving this astroturfed movement, and state and local Republicans are openly exploiting it. Since losing the General Assembly this past election, they will no longer be able to abuse their majority to kill common sense legislature in unrecorded committee votes.
And their decade’s long legacy of under funding our schools, favoring corporate interests over their constituents, and suppressing voter turnout with no consequences has come to a abrupt halt. Rather than acknowledge that reality, Republican's have made it clear that they are unwilling to work with Democratic Party leaders, and have chosen to undermine not just the General Assembly’s ability to function, but local government as well with distractions like this.
Determined to dial those fears up past 11 in county after county, hoping it will propel them to electoral victory in 2020, a majority in the General Assembly in 2021, along with manipulating the emotionally triggered into helping them maintain their stranglehold on rural county Boards across the state.
Speaking of fear, reportedly some Supervisors have been told on no uncertain terms, that if they didn’t support this, that the local Republican Party would run candidates against them. While that’s certainly their prerogative, such tactics have consequences.
Starting with irreparably damaging what little trust exists between the board members on an already sharply divided board. Should the Board “get along to go along,” and pass an unenforceable resolution with no legal standing, they will have set themselves down a path of violating the Commonwealth’s “Dillon Rules.” And should it be challenged in court, it will ensure that the County wastes taxpayer money defending the indefensible.
The Board of Supervisors has no legal or moral justification for supporting obsolete notions like nullification, and massive resistance to legislation that has yet to pass the General Assembly.
While such “we ain’t going to take no shit” attitudes may resonate with the local yahoo’s, in practice passing this resolution is far more likely to ensure results like last weeks story about 16 year old with mental health issues, due to a lack of legal jurisdiction.
Shame on Mr. Adams for foisting this travesty on the citizens of Louisa, and shame anyone who supports these antediluvian notions, and for allowing fear to control their actions.
Editor’s Note: This is an expanded version of a letter submitted to the Central Virginian for their upcoming November 27th issue.
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