A principled, impassioned defense of liberty, and gun rights
The debate over firearms and the Second Amendment isn't just happening in Congress. In state capitols, politicians are debating whether they should amend their laws to address gun violence. And just as in Congress, those debates often find the anti-Second Amendment crowd throwing nasty rhetorical barbs at gun rights supporters.
In Virginia, one gun rights backer stood up and said "enough." His name is Nick Freitas, an Iraq War veteran serving his second term in the state's House of Delegates. In response to Democratic charges that Republicans were standing in the way of "sensible" gun safety meausres, Freitas took to the House floor and took Demcorats to task. Not just for their insistence that gun rights be abridged, but for their repeated, and repeatedly hostile, depictions of Republicans as "Nazis" and "segregationists."
"It was not our party that supported slavery, that fought women's suffrage, that rounded up tens of thousands of Asian Americans and put them in concentrations camps, that supported Jim Crow, that supported segregation, or supported mass resistance -- that wasn't our party, that was the Democrat Party," he said.
"I'd be really appreciative that every time you want to make a powerful point, you don't project the sins, the atrocities, and the injustices the Democratic Party perpetrated on others onto us," slammed the Republican.
He also noted the lame talking point that Republicans representatives are "paid off" by the National Rifle Association (NRA). "Why don't you look at how much Planned Parenthood pays compared ot the NRA?" he said.
A true conversation, he said, "starts with a certain degree of mutual respect."
Like their congressional cousins, Virginia Democrats aren't too keen on the whole mutual respect thing. One Virginia Democrat, Mark Levine, sent an email to his constituents "that slammed Republicans for supporting assault weapons similar to those 'created by Nazi Germany.'”
As for Mr. Freitas, he is one of four candidates running for the Republican Senate nomination in Virginia. The winner will take on Hillary Clinton running mate Sen. Tim Kaine in November. While we cannot predicct whether Mr. Freitas will be the GOP nominee, his declaration on the House floor certainly helped his cause -- the video went viral, with more than 12 million view so far.