Proposed Resolution

The Orange County Democratic Committee Chairman, Terry Anderson, proposed the following at the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting on December 17, 2019. He asked that the board adopt this as a resolution:

This board recognizes that no single right granted by our constitution outweighs another; that each must be viewed in balance with all others, and that balance is struck within our legislative and court systems and nowhere else.
Above all is the  unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness stated in our Declaration of Independence.

Above all is the  unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness stated in our Declaration of Independence.

When the assertion of any constitutional right threatens that unalienable first right, reasonable regulation is justified and necessary. Our constitutional right to free speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion have all been justly limited by our courts – slander and libel laws, threatening speech, the supremacy of secular laws over individual religious beliefs.

We recognize that limitations on the 2nd  Amendment are a highly controversial matter. We also recognize that 70% of Virginians have indicated a desire for sensible gun safety measures. It is up to our legislature and courts to decide what measures are appropriate and constitutional. After that process is done, our duty is clear. We have sworn to uphold the law and the constitutions of Virginia and the United States. We shall do so.