To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them. — George Mason

During the Revolutionary War the most important weapon was the flintlock musket. It was the most advanced technological weapon of the 18th century. The standard rate of shooting was three shots per minute.

Why do I mention this? Because the leftists and woke bureaucrats want to teach revisionist history that the Founding Fathers did not want citizens to have access to “weapons of war.” When the Second Amendment was written by the Founding Fathers, everyday citizens had access to the flintlock musket — which was a “weapon of war.” They know this, the founders knew this when they wrote the Second Amendment, and anything to the contrary is a misrepresentation of the truth.

The founders wanted to preserve the Second Amendment to ensure the citizens had a recourse against a tyrannical government, like they did, not to preserve the "right to hunt" like revisionist leftists want us to believe.

Friends, I want you to be aware that Joe Biden and his Democratic friends like Louise Lucas and her Woke Caucus are trying to find new ways to take guns away from law-abiding Virginians. They’re working around the clock to make it harder to buy firearms and ammunition. That is why I will fight the gun grabbers whether they are liberals, RINO’s, or woke companies, making it harder to buy firearms and ammunition and imposing new, unconstitutional regulations on Virginian citizens.

There is a reason they want to disarm the citizens of this country. Joe Biden, the Democrats in Washington and in Richmond are creating an energy crisis, supply chain shortage, and support the defunding the police. All of this are clear choices. They aren’t dumb. It’s the continued managed decline of our country. I believe that the Second Amendment is a defense against the government. There is a reason they want to take your guns from you.

That’s why I will fight the gun grabbers, whether they're federal or state bureaucrats enacting new regulations or woke companies punishing people for exercising their rights. I truly believe a day is coming when woke companies will take their agenda too far and infringe on our Second Amendment rights. If the day ever comes when a payment processor attempts to restrict you or your family from buying firearms or ammunition, I’ll push back with legislation to prohibit that in Virginia.

I support Constitutional Carry. When the Republicans have a majority in the state Senate, I will be the 21st vote to repeal the red flag laws passed by the gun grabbers. I am a proud member of the NRA, VCDL, and NAGR.

John Massoud is the chairman of the 6th Congressional District Republican Party, a former member of the Strasburg Town Council, and a pro-gun Republican candidate for state Senate District 1, which encompasses Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren and Winchester City.

(6) comments

Brad Skipper

I own a .50 caliber muzzleloader, complete with pelletized black powder, firing caps and sabots (a more modern style of musket ball.) No one, not a single soul, could fire three rounds in 60 seconds. At least, not with any degree of consistency or accuracy. The guns of yesteryear were slow motion weapons, unlike even the simplest single-shot gun of today. Such a comparison is not even worthy of being termed specious. In reality, the average was closer to firing a single shot every couple of minutes, not to mention that the accuracy is severely tainted after firing as few as 5 rounds.

The author is either incredibly misinformed or he’s deliberately creating a false narrative about the myriad of reasons to rein in the firepower walking around today untethered. To compare my muzzleloader to an AR-15, AK-47 or other semi-automatic killing machine of humans is not only pathetically silly, it’s like comparing a canon to a nuclear weapon. As we say around here, “that dog don’t hunt.”

Our government first acted to regulate guns back in the 1930’s, when they passed the National Firearms Act (NFA). The NFA took machine guns off the streets, so the likes of Baby Face Nelson, Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde and rest of the domestic terrorists that used them were effectively disarmed. The Gun Control Act of 1968 took it a step further and required federal licensing for the sale and transfer of guns. Each has been relatively effective in doing what they were intended to do, and the 2A is quite clear that they must be regulated.

Mr. Massoud, however, is all about allowing anyone to have any gun for any reason, and states so quite openly. He’s one of the 4.3 million members of the NRA, which used to call for a ban on assault weapons. Odd thing is that the NRA represents less than 10% of American gun owners and has shrunk nearly 20% since their corruption scandal of 2019, along with their allegiance to and dependance upon Russian funding. Not the company we’d be proud of keeping, for sure.

When Americans decide to love their children more than they love their guns, we’ll see a different #1 cause of death of kids in America. But right now, it’s the guns. We need to enact sensible regulations that will keep Americans safe in their homes, offices, schools, supermarkets, etc… Guns are the #1 cause of death of our precious children and the author clearly doesn’t care.

Dennis Atwood

Very well stated, Mr. Skipper. Historically accurate, and morally just and compassionate.


If someone is shooting at you, I bet you could load your 50 cal a little quicker? Or you got shot. Scotus has settled the argument of muskets vs modern sporting rifles. The founders wanted civilians to have the same weapons as their oppressors to equal the playing field. Any attempt to insert a living constitution won't pass legal muster.

Steve F

There is no comparison with guns at the time of the Founders and the abject idolatry we face today. A cursory internet search reveals that a low percentage of Americans owned guns prior to the Civil War. At the time muskets were scarce and expensive. This shortage actually prompted states to take a gun census so they could collect them as needed for communal defense. Here is just one article from the revered historian Gary Wills: There are many more references available, but facts do not seem to weigh too heavily on the Republican mind these days. Remember when Reagan was in favor of gun control, especially after being touched by the reality of unlimited guns?

Regardless of the hysterical babble about guns being seized and rights trampled, the GOP dismisses the very real tragedies we encounter on a nearly daily basis caused by guns. Their mantra is “guns save lives,” but we see the results of gun proliferation on our news and in our communities daily.

The fantasy that a patriot can withstand the force of the state with his personal arsenal is just that, a notion spurred by the NRA and gun manufacturers to boost gun sales. The line about “they are coming for your guns” is another trope that parlays into profits for the death merchants.

Hopefully in the near future when the sickness passes and Americans come to their senses, the Republican Party will be forced to answer for their dangerous complicity for this problem. Their blindness has led us to a tragic situation when this country became unable to respond to an epidemic of gun violence. What must the rest of the world think?

Brad Skipper

Fantasy indeed... can you imagine someone with an AR15 facing off against the US Military?


Huh? A bunch of sheep hearders in Afghanistan held our military at bay for 20 years. Insurgency is key to fighting a superior force. Apparently you never served your country. The fantasy you speak of is YOUR fantasy, obviously not grounded in reality.

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