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Gun Owners Need to Tell President to Oppose Gun Control

VSSA - Wed, 09/04/2019 - 12:35
The Hill is reporting that Senate Majority Leader McConnell has set an important condition for the Senate to take up gun control, Presidential support.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday stressed that President Trump's support is the key to a gun reform bill getting a vote on the Senate floor in the wake of recent mass shootings.

McConnell, during an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, said the Trump administration “is in the process of studying what they're prepared to support, if anything.”
“I expect to get an answer to that next week,” McConnell said. “If the president is in favor of a number of things that he has discussed openly and publicly and I know that if we pass it, it will become law, I'll put it on the floor.”If you haven't already, contact the White House and politely urge the President to oppose all further restrictions on your gun rights.  Remind him that none of the proposals being discussed would have prevented any of the recent shootings.  Without Presidential support, the Senate will likely not take up the House passed gun control bills.

Brady Endorses Gun Ban Candidates in Virginia

VSSA - Wed, 09/04/2019 - 10:31
The Brady Campaign has endorsed a list of candidates recently for the House of Delegates and the State Senate.

House of Delegates: Wendy Gooditis (House District 10), Sam Rasoul (House District 11), Chris Hurst (House District 12), Danica Roem (House District 13), Larry Barnett (House District 27), Joshua Cole (House District 28), Kathleen Murphy (House District 34), Eileen Filler-Corn (House District 41), Kathy Tran (House District 42), Alfonso Lopez (House District 49), Hala Ayala (House District 51), Marcus Simon (House District 53), Jeff Bourne (House District 71), Schuyler VanValkenburg (House District 72), Shelly Simonds (House District 94), and Phil Hernandez (House District 100)

State Senate: Mamie Locke (Senate District 2), Herb Jones (Senate District 3), Cheryl Turpin (Senate District 7), Missy Cotter Smasal (Senate District 8), Ghazala Hashmi (Senate District 10), Amanda Pohl (Senate District 11), Debra Rodman (Senate District 12), John Bell (Senate District 13), John Edwards (Senate District 21), Creigh Deeds (Senate District 25), Adam Ebbin (Senate District 30), Janet Howell (Senate District 32), Jennifer Boysko (Senate District 33), and Dave Marsden (Senate District 37)You will note that two formerly pro-rights candidates, John Edwards and Creigh Deeds on that list. 

If you live in the above districts, please get involved in the campaign of the pro-gun candidate in those districts (in most cases that will be the GOP opponent of the candidates listed above).  You can find a list of Senate races by district here, and a list of House races by district here

Also, if you live in either House District 40 where Delegate Tim Hugo is in a tough race against Brady endorsed Dan Helmer, or House District 66 where Speaker of the House Kirk Cox is in a tough race against Brady endorsed Sheila Bynum-Coleman, please get involved Hugo's and Cox's campaigns.

Hat tip John Richardson.

Mandatory Gun Buyback is a Silly Euphemism

VSSA - Wed, 09/04/2019 - 09:24
That's the subheading for David Harsayni's most recent piece at The Federalist.  Since the mass shootings that have taken place since May, several Democratic candidates for President have called for "mandatory buybacks" of modern sporting rifles like the AR-15.  Robert Francis "Beto" O'rourke has been the most out front with this proposal.
“I want to be really clear that that’s exactly what we are going to do,” the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said. “Americans who own AR-15s, AK-47s, will have to sell them to the government. We’re not going to allow them to stay on our streets, to show up in our communities, to be used against us in our synagogues, our churches, our mosques, our Walmarts, our public places.”Harsayni points out why this is simply confiscation by another name:
What Democrats propose can be more accurately described as “the first American gun confiscation effort since Lexington and Concord,” or some variation on that theme. Although tax dollars will be meted out in an effort to incentivize volunteers, the policy is to confiscate AR-15s, the vast majority of which have been legally purchased by Americans who have undergone background checks and never used a gun for a criminal purpose.

The “mandatory gun buyback” exemplifies the impracticality and absurdity of do-somethingism (although Biden’s proposal to ban “magazines that hold bullets”—so most guns—is also a contender!). Democrats are ready to instantaneously turn millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals overnight for refusing to adhere to a law that retroactively transformed the exercise of a constitutional right into criminality.He goes on to remind readers that in 2017, the most recent year for which we have data, there was a "near-historic" low of 7,032 murders committed with handguns, and 403 committed with “rifles” of any kind, not only “assault weapons,” and by comparison, there were 1,591 homicides committed with knives, 467 people killed with blunt objects, and another 696 with fists and kicking during the same time span.

A better way to deal with these criminal misuse of firearms is criminal control, not gun control. But control criminals is now what the gun ban lobby is all about, they are about taking away the rights of law-abiding gun owners.