To the Editor:

Beyond the fearful rhetoric, what Mineral Supervisor Duane Adams is really proposing with his call for the board to declare Louisa County a “Second Amendment sanctuary” is for the County to return to the retrograde mentality that fueled the massive resistance movement against school desegregation in the late 1950s.

Judging from the comments on the Central Virginian’s Facebook page, it’s also clear that many see themselves as proud “resisters” against a conspiracy to deprive them of their rights. Less obvious is the reality that National Rifle Association and Virginia Citizens Defense League propaganda are driving this astroturfed movement, and state and local Republicans are openly exploiting it.

From all appearances, they are determined to dial up those fears, hoping it will propel them to victory in 2020 and beyond. Speaking of fear, several supervisors have been told on no uncertain terms that if they don’t support this resolution, the local Republican Party will run candidates against them.

Supporting 18th century concepts like nullification and massive resistance have no place in the 21st century. They are likely to produce results as tragic as last week’s story about a 16-year-old with mental health issues allegedly shooting one of his neighbors.

Shame on Mr. Adams for foisting this travesty on the citizens of Louisa, and shame on anyone who supports these antediluvian notions and allows fear to control their actions.   

Jon Taylor

Louisa