Del. Gilbert has been a true friend to Virginia Gun Owners and a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights in Richmond, and it is critical that you volunteer to help his re-election campaign.
On Saturday, June 4th, NRA will hold a free Grassroots Workshop so gun owners can learn what you can do to re-elect Todd Gilbert. It's totally FREE. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 6:00 p.m., and the Workshop will run from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at Moose Lodge 575, 152 Moose Road, Woodstock, VA, 22664.
The risk may be significant, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Thirty five percent of registered voters say they could not support a candidate who voted against expanding background checks at gun shows and on the Internet — even if they agreed with him or her on other issues. By comparison, 14 percent of voters would rule out a candidate who voted for expanded checks. Take a look at the entire poll. You will note that it is heavily weighted to Democrats, as most Washington Post Polls are, and Democrats are much more disposed to supporting gun control. Also, Cillizza acknowleges that the big question is whether those who did respond they are less likely to support a candidate that voted against the expanded background checks will actually vote that way in 2014, noting that gun control continues to poll near the bottom of top issues for voters in
State police say drug and narcotics offenses rose 9.4 percent and increased for the third straight year. Crimes such as burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts fell 3.3 percent, while murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults dropped by 3 percent. Specifically, there was a 13.2 percent decrease in robberies. Motor vehicle thefts and attempted thefts fell 8 percent. So, it would appear that once again, the gun ban lobby is wrong. The availability of firearms does not lead to a more dangerous society.
Until Saturday night, I had never heard of E.W. Jackson, a Harvard Law School graduate and minister who served three years in the Marine Corps and attended Harvard Divinity School.
I’ve never met the man, but I already know that Republicans in the Commonwealth of Virginia have a problem with their new nominee for lieutenant governor.
The combination of material on Jackson’s own website and the videos of Jackson speaking for himself suggest that Republicans have nominated a no-holds-barred social conservative who seems destined to utter the sort of controversial comments reminiscent of former Missouri Republican Rep. Todd Akin. Rothenberg goes on to say that Jackson is the kind of candidate many Republicans want, to show a no compromise conservative is all that is needed for the party to win at the ballot box. He goes on to claim that Jackson's website says he has been endorsed by Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.
As I have noted in recent columns and posts, many Republicans believe their party has been too compromising and needs nominees who are more conservative. Jackson would appear to fill that bill. He is an admirer of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck (both of whom have endorsed him, according to his website), and religious themes are an important part of his agenda. That raised my eyebrows because Limbaugh makes a point of not endorsing candidates. So I went to Jackson's web site and finally found this:
He is the Founder of Exodus Faith Ministries, a nondenominational Christian church in Chesapeake, Virginia with a satellite in Boston, Massachusetts. On July 4, 2009, he launched S.T.A.N.D. – Staying True to America’s National Destiny (www.standamerica.us), a national organization dedicated to restoring America’s founding values which were informed by the principles found within the Jewish and Christian faiths.
STAND, with Jackson as president, aided the 2012 election effort both in Virginia and nationally. Most recently, he launched “Exodus Now”. The Exodus project is a national effort to encourage Christians and other people of moral values within the black community to leave the current Democratic Party because its current leadership has abandoned the founding principles of this Nation.
Jackson’s Youtube videos in support of that effort were played on Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham and to date have over 1.5 million views online. This is a part of his ongoing project to educate citizens on how the current leadership of the Democratic Party is not representing their values and to break the cycle of electoral dependency on the Democratic Party within the Black community. That is the only reference on the candidate's web site that I can find to Beck and Limbaugh. Playing someone's You Tube videos may be an endorsement of the views in the video(s) but it is hardly an endorsement of one's candidacy. In fact, no where does the Jackson web site claim such an endorsement. So, it would appear that Rothenberg not only is trying to taint Jackson with the name of Todd Akin, but is piling on with Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.
Gun owners need to stand with Jackson now. The media and the left are going to work hard to define Jackson before he can raise enough money to define himself. The only way to keep that from happening is to rally to him now. His is a message of Liberty.
Terry McAuliffe, candidate for Governor, is unopposed and the June primary is a mere formality. He is on record as wanting to reinstate the recently repealed handgun rationing law, banning modern sporting rifles, but tried the typical anti-rights trick of trying to show his pro-rights bona fides by purchasing a very expensive shotgun at Dick's Sporting Goods earlier this year.
The Lt. Governor Candidates are Aneesh Chopra - Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer under President Obama. Chopra is very out front with what he wants to do to the rights of Virginia's gun owners if he is elected:
- Universal background checks. Closing the gun show loophole and keeping weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.
- Banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines. This will help keep military-style weapons off our streets.
For Attorney General, we have Sen. Mark R. Herring, and Justin Fairfax a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Fairfax was kind enough to provide a You Tube video of him talking about is gun ban agenda.
Here's a newsflash Mr. Fairfax, none of the things you mentioned in that video would have stopped the shootings you listed.
Then there is Senator Mark Herring. He received a "D" rating from the NRA in 2011. Besides voting against repealing handgun rationing and repeal of the restaurant ban, he also voted against keeping personal information of Concealed Handgun Permit holders private.
So, it is very clear which candidates for statewide office this year support your right to keep and bear arms, and it is not the Democrat candidates.
Let’s look at the numbers.
8,094 – The total number of registered delegates who showed up, out of over 12,000 who registered.
255,826 – The number of Republicans casting a ballot in the 2012 U.S. Senate primary.
Just from those numbers you can see that the majority of well-motivated Republicans interested in participating in our nominating processes were disenfranchised by the State Convention. Then there is the cost to the state party putting this thing on. In years passed, they charged a delegate filing fee of $35.00. Not only did this give an individual at least some incentive to actually show up because they invested a little money in the exercise, but it helped raise money for the state GOP. But some enterprising college student sued the party after one of the large conventions in the 90's and the party had to make the fees voluntary. So, now the party pays much of the cost of renting the Richmond Coliseum (a now dilapidated arena that not even the NCAA will use to hold first round tournament games) by charging fees to guests. For instance, if delegates want to bring their children for this all day (and this year well into the night) event, it cost $25 per child. It is doubtful they make up the rental costs from voluntary filing fees and guest fees. The money the party coughs up could be better used supporting the Party's candidates.
And as Schoeneman noted, the only information that delegates got during the three hour ballots were from bloggers via email, Facebook and Twitter. By 5:30 PM, even this wasn't helpful as many with smartphones saw their batteries hitting red. This led to rumors and the the fake/rescinded endorsement controversy between Corey Stewart and Pete Snyder on the final ballot. Schoeneman had it right when he wrote:
Conventioneers were treated like fungi – kept in the dark and fed crap – and that inevitably had an impact on the final selection of E.W. Jackson as our Lt. Governor nominee. So in the end, just about half of those who even bothered to show up in the first place (12,000 registered but only 8,000 showed up yesterday morning) cast the final ballot. This is no way for a party to get their message to the voters. The GOP, and especially Ken Cuccinelli is left with a Lt. Governor candidate that no one even considered to have a chance when they walked into but who made an inspiring speech (he is a Black minister and attorney) that moved a significant number of delegates who came in with no strong attachment to any of the seven candidates.
What this means to gun owners is we have to work extra hard to get the GOP ticket elected because the Democrat candidates for Lt. Governor, Aneesh Chopra, the former chief technology officer in the Obama administration, and state Sen. Ralph Northam of Norfolk, are not our friends. Whichever is nominated in June, should they win in November, will give Democrats control of the State Senate and the Senate Courts of Justice chairmanship to vehemently anti-gun Henry Marsh. The stakes could not be higher. The state GOP made it that much more difficult for us but we have to play the hand we are dealt.
Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R) Grade: D Status: Candidate Earl W. Jackson (R) Grade: AQ Status: Candidate L. Scott Lingamfelter (R) Grade: A+ Status: Candidate Stephen H. Martin (R) Grade: A Status: Candidate Pete Snyder (R) Grade: AQ Status: Candidate Corey A. Stewart (R) Grade: A Status: Candidate Susan Stimpson (R) Grade: ? Status: Candidate Attorney General:
Robert B. Bell (R) Grade: A Status: Candidate Mark D. Obenshain (R) Grade: A Status: Candidate If you are a delegate to the convention, VSSA will be there and you can follow VSSA's Twitter feed for news important to Virginia gun owners. Follow VSSA at www.twitter.com/vssa.
Manchin has said he’s continuing to work behind the scenes to revive the legislation, and is considering cosmetic changes to “clarify” language that some lawmakers were uncomfortable with. For instance, the bill does not require background checks for private gun sales, only commercial sales, but some said the bill didn’t go far enough in delineating that distinction. Not sure why The Hill said private sales were not targeted by Manchin/Toomey/Schumer, that was the point of the amendment. It did limit what privates sales would be covered but it did indeed cover some private sales, and it was the chance that this would lead to a registry of gun owners is what stopped that effort in its tracks. We were called paranoid since the bill expressly forbid such a registry but The Hill also pointed to why gun owners didn't exactly trust such assurances.
The Manchin-Toomey bill specifically outlaws such a registry, but skeptical opponents to the legislation may now point to government usage of private-citizen data at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) as evidence the government can’t be trusted. So this begs the question, why does Manchin keep pushing on this issue?
"We are trying to improve the system to keep people who are barred under the law from owning firearms, from getting access to them. We don't think the things that were proposed in the Senate do that. So we have not backed away from trying to figure out how to improve that, but we've made no decisions yet about what to do," Goodlatte explained.
Goodlatte, serving his first year as the head of the Judiciary panel, pointed out that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System needs to be reauthorized before year's end. The reauthorization could be the vehicle through which the GOP tackles the highly-charged issue. Goodlatte, who has an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), said earlier this year he wants to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Goodlatte, who represents Virginia's 6th Congressional District, along with 7th District Congressman Eric Cantor has made it clear they want to improve the information reported to the background check system rather than enact new laws infringing on our rights.
Gun owners have a little more control over what comes to the floor since Congressman Cantor is a friend and controls that process as Majority Leader. But we must hold their feet to the fire. Currently, there is no time table for any legislation to go through the Judiciary Committee and with most of the discussion being centered around immigration in the Senate, it may also overshadow gun control talk in the House.
Hat tip to New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.
My mailbox has been flooded with mailers from candidates and the one below is the latest I received from Jeannemarie:
She claims to be the only candidate that "we can trust to protect our values" including "Protecting the Second Amendment." Davis goes on to list that she is, a) a gun owner and NRA member, b) that she voted against legislation that would have eliminated the ability to carry firearms in public, c) voted to protect firearm manufacturers from being sued by local governments, and d) voted against increasing the cost of applying for a concealed carry permit. While it is true she cast some positive votes as both a member of the House of Delegates and the State Senate, there is the pesky little fact that when she ran for re-election to the State Senate in 2007, she ran a campaign solely focused on closing the non-existent "gun show loophole" and trying to paint her Democratic opponent as being too pro-gun.
And then there was this appearance with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2007:
Do either of those look like someone you can trust to protect your Second Amendment Rights? Don't be fooled. Jeannemarie Davis is no friend to gun owners. If you are a delegate to next week's GOP State Convention, don't vote for Jeannemarie.
Cosgrove almost tripled the vote of Chris Stearns in a firehouse primary, a method of nomination thought to be friendly to Tea Party candidates. The losing campaign was astroturf-a-plenty, as the Paul-backed Stearns moved into the district prior to filing, and blanketed the district with attack mail. Out-of-towners showed up to knock on doors.
Out-of-staters Ron Paul and Sen. Rand Paul endorsed Stearns, and the fledgling “National Association for Gun Rights,” until now only known for launching false attacks on Congressmen like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Scott Rigell, launched another untrue one against Del. John Cosgrove through direct mail.
Ron and Rand Paul and this phony gun group share an egg-faced breakfast this morning. Congratulations to Delegate Cosgrove. He is a true friend to Virginia's gun owners. Thanks to all VSSA members who live in the 14th District that answered the call to vote last night.
HB940 - Repeal of Handgun Rationing
SB408 - Possession of concealed weapons in vehicles
HB505 - Repeal of Restaurant Ban
HB530 - Pre-emption - prohibits localities from passing laws restricting sale and ownership of firearms
This is just a very small list of the pro-rights bills Delegate Cosgrove has supported. He also was a regular attendee at the Richmond Metro Friends of NRA Fun Shoot that was held at Sussex Shooting Sports in the early 2000's. So, not only did he vote with us, he put his money where his mouth is so to speak.
All gun owners in the District are urged to go to the SPECIAL VOTING LOCATIONS (not your normal Polling Place) and VOTE FOR JOHN COSGROVE For State Senate.
The SPECIAL VOTING LOCATIONS ARE BELOW:
CHESAPEAKE VOTING PLACES:
Chesapeake Golf Club, 1201 Club House Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23323
Russell Memorial Library, 2808 Taylor Road, Chesapeake, VA 23321
FRANKLIN CITY VOTING PLACE:
James L. Camp, Jr. YMCA, 300 Crescent Drive, Franklin, VA 23851.
ISLE OF WIGHT VOTING PLACE:
Walters Ruritan Club, 27746 Walters Highway, Carrsville, VA 23315
PORTSMOUTH VOTING PLACE:
Pinecrest Baptist Church, 209 Felton Road, Portsmouth, VA, 23701
SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY VOTING PLACE:
Ebeneezer Baptist Church, 10686 Ivor Road, Ivor VA 23866.
SUFFOLK VOTING PLACE:
Lee-Jordan Club House, 1709 Pitchkettle Road, Suffolk, VA 23434
VIRGINIA BEACH VOTING PLACE:
Victory Baptist Church, 4125 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Please spead the word to your pro-rights friends
Capitol Hill aides Monday declined to identify the two Republicans who have approached Democrats about restarting the debate. But Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) signaled through their spokesmen that they would be open to debating the background-check proposal again if Democrats make significant changes.
Meanwhile, aides to Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), who voted against the background check plan, disputed a new barrage of TV ads critical of her vote and said she remains opposed to the current bipartisan background check proposal. Ayotte has been targeted by Bloomberg, families from Newtown, and the PAC created by former congressman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelley. For her part, Ayotte has not been bullied.
Ayotte spokesman Jeff Grappone called the new ads “completely false” and said that the senator voted for an alternative GOP plan to fix the background check system and strengthen mental health programs. As for Reid’s comments, Grappone said the Senate leader “doesn’t speak for Senator Ayotte.” It's interesting that Ayotte is showing more testicular fortitude that a couple of her male counterparts. Isakson and Flake say they may be open to reopening the debate if significant changes are made to the proposal but the fact that thye don't completely dismiss it as a non-starter shows just why gun owners cannot rest on our victory of a couple weeks ago and why we have to remain engaged in the fight for the long haul.
Wayne LaPierre addressed this very point this past weekend in Houston.
This is only one of the systems I saw at the show. I'll post more over the course of the next week.
I've been a proponent of exposing children to firearms as early as possible (ages may vary based on the maturity of the child) so that the curiosity is taken away, and that they will be taught how to safely handle firearms when ready. I have done this with my children and it is probably safe to say VSSA members have done the same thing.
While visiting the Savage Arms booth yesterday I happened upon a .22 called the Rascal that is perfect for the young shooter because of it's size.
It's perfect for children whose reach is still too short for the standard youth firearm. What drew my attention to it was an exhibitor had stopped with her young child who was fascinated by the colors and wanted to try it. The mom safely took it down and as she helped her son mount the firearm on his shoulder, reminded him not to point it at someone.
People who have been around firearms all their lives know the importance of teaching their children firearm safety. Part of that is exposing them to firearms and shooting when they are ready. People in the media, and those who don't come from the firearm community don't understand this and it is likely they fear if we expose our children to firearms and the shooting sports, they will like it. And that is probably the point of the type of stories like CNN ran - the more people that own and enjoy firearms, the less people will be interested in losing their rights.
In training and arming law-abiding residents, we are saturating neighborhoods with defensive weapons, and measuring the effect that a heavily armed society has on crime rates. They began here in Houston but are planning to expand into Northern Virginia. They look for participation in the community and the more responses they receive, the greater the likelihood that a neighborhood will be chosen. Neighborhoods that are interested in participating can visit their web sight and fill out the form at ArmedCitizenProject.org.
Participants must be able to pass a background check, be a homeowner in the area and pass the organization's legal, safety, and tactical training.
"The NRA doesn't do pep rallies," said Andrew Arulanandam, the NRA's director of public affairs. "We're engaged in a long battle that will take years. We know it's not over." And that is an important message. The gun ban lobby hasn't stopped pushing their agenda. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is still shopping around his attempts to criminalize private transfers. April 17th (the day the background check and other anti-rights amendments were defeated) was just the first round. The most important thing is to keep gun owners as engaged as they were in the last 60 days. This weekend will be a big part of making sure that happens.
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The release is now posted on the News/Press Releases page of Glock.