By now, just about everyone knows that the Democrats are not only inhabiting the Governor’s Mansion, but also just won the majority of both the Commonwealth’s Senate and General Assembly.
With the members of the Jackass Party already salivating at the mere thought of their long-awaited gun grab, the word is out that in case of the citizenry defending their rights under the Second Amendment, Gov. Ralph Northam could always call out the National Guard.
As reported by the Washington Examiner;
[Democratic Virginia Rep. Donald] McEachin also noted that Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam could call the National Guard, if necessary.
“And ultimately, I’m not the governor, but the governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law,” he said.
“That’s his call, because I don’t know how serious these counties are and how severe the violations of law will be. But that’s obviously an option he has.”
However, it might not be all that easy for the Democrats to kick-in the doors of We The People, especially knowing how President Trump feel about the Second Amendment as well as his penchant for the unexpected.
If and when Gov. Northam does activate the Old Dominion’s National Guard to seize already legal firearms, Pres. Trump can simply federalize the same, and conceivably order the troops to stand down. In other words, go home and down a cold one.
But let it be known that for the vast majority of American history, prior to federalization, the sitting Commander-in-Chief was required to gain permission of the state or territorial governor. That was then… this is now.
As noted by the official website for the US Congress in regards to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007, which is still the standing law of the land (emphasis mine) the President can federalize any state National Guard without the permission of that state’s governor;
SEC. 1068. REPEAL OF PROVISIONS IN SECTION 1076 OF PUBLIC LAW 109–364 RELATING TO USE OF ARMED FORCES IN MAJOR PUBLIC EMERGENCIES. (a) INTERFERENCE WITH STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS.— (1) IN GENERAL.—Section 333 of title 10, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
‘‘§333. Interference with State and Federal law ‘‘The President, by using the militia or the armed forces, or both, or by any other means, shall take such measures as he considers necessary to suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy, if it—
‘‘(1) so hinders the execution of the laws of that State, and of the United States within the State, that any part or class of its people is deprived of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law, and the constituted authorities of that State are unable, fail, or refuse to protect that right, privilege, or immunity, or to give that protection; or
‘‘(2) opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws. In any situation covered by clause (1), the State shall be considered to have denied the equal protection of the laws secured by the Constitution.’’.