Va. Dems 'Emotionally Shaken' after Hardcore Pro-Second Amendment State House Speech
A Virginia lawmaker's fiery speech on gun rights triggered some Democrats in the state legislature to leave the floor in an "emotionally shaken" state on Friday and has since gone viral on Facebook.
The video of Delegate Nick Freitas's hard-hitting speech has garnered over 12 million views on Facebook since it was posted by Conservative Review on Friday. Freitas is running in the Republican primary to challenge U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va).
In his speech, Freitas urged his fellow lawmakers to have an “open and honest debate” that relied on "data, facts, evidence, analysis, reason, logic, etc., etc." (No wonder Democrats were triggered).
He pointed out that most mass shootings seem to occur in “gun-free zones” and that the shooters tend to come from broken homes.
"Wouldn't it reasonable to test whether or not the efficacy of gun-free zones have actually achieved what their intended intent is?" he asked. "What sort of government policies have actually encouraged broken homes?"
He encouraged his fellow lawmakers to analyze the crime rates in the areas around the country where strict gun control laws are in place.
"Whether it's Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C., and others that have incredibly strict gun laws and yet for some reason, hasn't seemed to stop the gun violence in those particular areas," Freitas said.
He also suggested that lawmakers look at "the number of cases within the United States where a gun has been used for self-defense."
Freitas made these points to help Democrats understand that when he and fellow Republicans defend the Second Amendment, "it's not just some base philosophical conviction that we all have."
He continued: "The vast majority of horrible atrocities that we've seen have happened in those post-enlightenment societies. It's happened as a result of governments systematically disarming citizens and claiming themselves to be the sole responsible party for their security, and then turning on those came citizens and punishing them."
He advocated that some highly-trained teachers be allowed to be armed in the classroom, which at least one Democrat in the Virginia House has already said is out of the question.
The fiery Republican mentioned some bills that were coming up for a vote this year to beef up background checks and ban bump stocks, but lamented that Democrats seem hellbent on "tearing apart or gutting the Second Amendment," which he argued was one of the reasons why they couldn't have an honest debate on guns.
"Because, quite frankly, I don't think any of us on this side of the aisle believe you when you say that's all you want to do," he said. "It'll be bump stocks, it'll be background checks, it'll be different kinds of background checks that register the guns, then after that, it will be 'we have to ban assault weapons,'" he argued. "What's an assault weapon?" he asked rhetorically. "Something that looks scary."