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Gun Rights Speech to Suffolk City Council on 4 Dec 2019

Good evening, my name is John Collick; I am a retired Marine and a resident of Suffolk since 2005.

I come to the podium to say that sanctuary cities should be illegal. However, the precedent has been set by those who have decided to use local and state funds to help lawbreakers hide from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers.

Those of us here tonight, supporting the Second Amendment are not here as lawbreakers, but as law-abiding citizens who demand that our Constitutional Rights be acknowledged and protected by officials at every level of government.

I will not be discussing people using guns to commit crimes but only about the proposed legislation in Richmond that would turn many law-abiding people into criminals, simply for exercising their Second Amendment Rights and their God-given Right of self-defense.

As I just stated, each of us has the God-given Right of self-defense; early one morning during the winter of 2005/2006, I found myself at Walmart to buy medicine for my daughter, who woke up sick. While in the store, I noticed someone following me; I paid little attention since I thought it was the Loss Prevention officer doing his job. While at the cash register, I noticed the same man near the exit, still watching me. Having been a Loss Prevention officer many years ago, I remembered this as a tactic to intimidate those whom we believe stole something but lost sight of. So again, I didn’t think much of it.

As I exited the store, the man started coming up behind me, so as I reached into my pocket to get my car keys, I picked up my jacket and uncovered my pistol, making it visible. That man quickly fled toward Main St., obviously not a Loss Prevention officer and I went home. If I did not have my pistol with me, I don’t know what would have happened – it protected me and ensured my daughter got the medicine she needed.

This is one reason we have a Second Amendment; for personal protection. It also exists to protect the citizenry from tyranny. As stated in the Virginia Constitution, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty…” Today, we have a newly elected legislature that has filed several bills restricting the liberty of Virginians; both Article 1, Section 13 of the Virginia Constitution and the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution are our “insurance policies” against a tyrannical government.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines tyranny as “Oppressive power; especially oppressive power exerted by a state.” Today, we are facing tyranny from the newly elected majority in Richmond; they’re not holding hearings, not looking for facts about gun ownership versus crime, nor trying to determine how often legally obtained guns are used in criminal acts. They’re simply drafting laws that will make criminals out of law-abiding Virginians.

Will guns be confiscated? I doubt it since the Virginia Constitution, Article 1, Section 11, clearly states “That the General Assembly shall pass no law whereby private property, the right to which is fundamental, shall be damaged or taken, except for public use. No private property shall be damaged or taken for public use without just compensation to the owner thereof.”
If this lunacy becomes reality, most Virginians won’t be able to get rid of their weapons without turning them over to the police. When someone who keeps their weapons in their homes is required to defend their family, they instantly become felons, not victims of crimes. This is insane!!! This goes against our God-given Rights of self-defense and gives the criminal element in our community a “green light” to not only assault people on the street, but also use force to enter homes of potential victims, knowing that law-abiding citizens probably won’t have a weapon handy.

God love the police; they’ll come to the rescue after a crime has been committed; after someone is killed or injured but will be able to prevent very few crimes. Without an armed citizenry, crime in our city will increase, if not skyrocket.

We’re being called the “Second Amendment sanctuary movement.” Well, anyone who doesn’t support the Second Amendment, clearly doesn’t support the Constitution. I, personally, plan to refer to anyone who supports this tyrannical power grab as anti-Constitutional, because once we lose the Second Amendment, the others will quickly follow.

Tonight, I plead with you to support the Constitution of the United States; THE document that describes the restrictions on government and the rights of the people, not the other way around. Please support the document that I, along with each of you and many others here tonight, swore an oath to protect and defend. There is no expiration date on that oath.

Thank you.


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