There are some big stories dominating the news right now. Tensions with Iran made everyone at least a little nervous for a few days. Impeachment is still a ratings driver for left-wing media. China and Hong Kong are still in great turmoil.
In the midst of all of that, one very important story has been mostly hiding beneath the mainstream radar. The governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, Mr. Blackface McKlanhood himself, is spearheading a campaign of the most aggressive gun control laws in the history of our country, and he has the legislative support to make it happen.
Perhaps the worst component of the whole thing is that his goal can only increase crime in his state.
Virginia Crime Before Northam
This can’t be understated. In terms of crime statistics, Virginia was in a great spot when they elected Governor Northam. It makes their decision all the more baffling, since he ran on an anti-crime ticket.
Virginia achieved the fourth lowest crime and violent crime rates in the country. In fact, the entire state of Virginia had fewer murders than the city of Baltimore in 2018.
Moreover, violent crime in the state has fallen rapidly in recent years. The overall rate fell by 17 percent in 2018, and it was already one of the lowest in the country.
A few more statistics really drive the point home. In 2018, 8 people were killed by rifles of any type. EIGHT! Comparatively, more than three times that number were slain by knives, and roughly twice that number were killed by bare hands.
It is in this context that we look at Northam’s attack on gun freedoms. Since pre-existing policy was working extremely well, only a complete overhaul of gun control and criminal proceedings is acceptable, right?
Northam’s general idea is to make the ownership of a long gun a felony. He’s working on laws to end all sales of rifles and to introduce mandatory confiscation of such guns. He wants no grandfathered protections.
That means that every citizen of Virginia who currently legally owns a rifle will become a felon if they don’t surrender their God-given right. At an absolute minimum, crime rates in Virginia will skyrocket just from people keeping firearms they already legally own.
What to Watch
What matters more is the set of trends that are likely to shift. As self-defense hits a rapid decline in Virginia, we all need to carefully scrutinize crime rates in the state — especially crimes pertaining to theft and violence. If the left is correct, then these numbers should drop precipitously. If they’re wrong, then the trends will reverse, and Virginia will suffer an increase in violence.
Sadly, it will be real Virginians who suffer and die in order to prove a truth that has been understood for years. Even sadder, those deaths will be in vain. The left won’t learn a single lesson from any of it.
Here’s the final trick to the whole story. Left-wing media will never report anything that goes against the narrative. Unless you hear about Virginia crime rapidly falling after gun confiscations, you can assume the legislation was as much a failure as we all predicted. Silence from the media on this topic will be an admission of bad policy. That should be the thing you watch most closely.