Washington Examiner: Virginia governor's call for 18-person gun ban force comes under fire
So the tinfoil hat conspiracy theory people will think this means there is going to be an 18-man SWAT team sent out to take guns. Not likely (they'd need more than 18 men especially factoring casualties). I'd bet these positions are going to mostly administrative, or, if they are law enforcement field positions, wind up no worse than California now.
California's DOJ has a fairly extensive firearms enforcement unit. I don't know how big, but enough that they have different teams across the state. What these units do is mostly chase down prohibited persons who have a registered firearm (and often the database is incorrect). They also handle the major cases of bad guys with a lot of guns, truly illegal sales, and hammer the occasional tall nails that stick up.
A friend of mine had an extensive talk with one of the "cool" DOJ gun guys. They don't care about people like you and me, for the most part, and generally try to cut gun owners as much slack as possible because when they're sent out on a political errand, they know it's BS. They'd much rather bag dirtbags.
The current firearm squads as in California aren't much to worry about anymore than we worry about the ATF in general. However, using Nevada for an example, if the Silver State had such a unit, then they might setup private gun sale stings, which could be a problem. Even so, 18 men in any state aren't going out taking people's AR-15s (that's not even a platoon of troops).
Gun control forces get scary when they get big. Let's say the bugaloo commences and evil black rifles are being confiscated. You and I are now targets. In this world, SWAT team raids end up being firefights for the guns and the police suffer horrible public relations. Some departments outright refuse. Random cops are assassinated at traffic lights for merely being a cop. Proactive policing drops, cops stop caring, and police act like they did in LA when Chris Dorner was on the loose, constantly on red alert and lighting up old ladies in sheer terror. It's an ugly future.
Most cops won't go for gun confiscation. About half would use "assault weapon" charges to put extra time on a true bad guy they busted for something else while turning a blind eye to you or eye. This double-standard is real and is why people with CCWs have a slightly greater chance of not getting a ticket. Most cops also know gun control is crap and only accept and use laws that may their job, busting actual criminals, easier.
A quarter of cops (perhaps more than that, depending on geography and ideology) flat-out love the idea of subverting gun control. My cop friends loved finding ways to get around bans or simply break them, bragging that they had broken the California-specific laws in private. These guys are on our side, 100%, and would probably quit in a gun confiscation scenario or actively work from the inside against confiscation.
The other quarter are scary. Some are true believers and some just want to make an arrest no matter what believing that the average person shouldn't have guns. Matt Bracken wrote about these guys. Street cops like this are dying off, but are more prevalent in liberal areas and are usually immigrants from countries and cultures without guns.
A gun control force that scares me is a small unit that is designed to crush opposition. Imagine if the VACDL leaders were specifically targeted by this unit and arrested for possessing assault weapons. Bloggers (like me), people who organized protests, or people who were outspoken on social media get arrested and silenced by these guys. Silencing the leaders and motivators of resistance is a proven tactic to control dissent.
A team of 18 men could take down some "tall nails" to cool the fire of a gun control resistance movement. 18 men cannot enforce the law across a state by itself, and if a small team began silencing people, eventually shooting would start. All it takes is one "tall nail" to call for help like whiskey_warrior_556 or the Bundy Ranch.
When the government calls for a paramilitary unit, like the Nazi's Sturmabteilung (SA) to enforce their edicts (likely more than just on guns), it's time to get worried. That unit would be staffed with more than just cops, more likely criminals and disaffected monsters that gravitate to militant Antifa groups. It would be a place for cartel sicarios to get a legitimate job to employ their violent skills where a concern for law, order, and decency wouldn't matter. Also, placing in the unit hungry and desperate people (stupid, collectivists welfare beneficiaries) who will do anything for a job will guarantee orders will be followed.
A real force, not just 18 dudes, is something to really be worried about. These 18 positions are not the first in a vanguard of door kickers. Virginia is already starting to slowly back off, but it's not a retreat, it's regrouping for the future.
Virginia's gun control priorities are: universal background checks (private sale ban), one gun purchase a month, and red flag laws. Those are their priorities and what they are going to go after. They will probably get them, drop the assault weapons ban, and continue the incrementalist approach next session once the Second Amendment Sanctuary furor dies down.
The rally in Richmond will not be false flagged and any really stupid gun control stuff will die down. We protest and rally to show our opposition to the laws. It's a way to scare the anti's without actually firebombing their homes or assassinating them (which may well be the next step in Virginia if they do go full retard).