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Gun Grabbers Never Let A Tragedy Go To Waste

Ralph Northam Gun Legislation
Virginia’s Democrat Governor Ralph Northam – Coonman to his friends at Virginia Military Institute and a blackface minstrel to his friends at Eastern Virginia Medical School – has decided to follow Rahm Emanuel’s advice and never let a crisis, or rather tragedy, go to waste.

In this case the tragedy is the workplace killing of 12 people at a Virginia Beach government building, which Northam has decided will help him deflect attention from his racist past and reestablish his liberal bona fides if he uses it to call a special session of the Virginia legislature to consider a package of gun grabs.

Democrat Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (allegations of sexual assault) and Democrat Attorney General Mark R. Herring (racist past) also have political problems that could be conveniently deflected by helping Northam in this useless exercise.

We call the proposed special session useless because, from what we’ve seen, none of the proposals would have prevented or mitigated the Virginia Beach killings.

As our friends at the Virginia Citizens Defense League pointed out in a recent email rather than take action on issues that might help curb mass shootings, while respecting the Second Amendment, the Governor and Democrat leadership see this as a chance to payback Michael Bloomberg for his large donations to Democrat campaigns by passing Bloomberg's gun-control wish list:

Red Flag laws - forget the unconstitutionality of this law, no one thought the Virginia Beach murderer to be a threat, so that law would have changed nothing.

Universal Background Checks - the Virginia Beach murderer passed at least two background checks, just like the Virginia Tech murderer.  And street thugs don't go through background checks to get their guns.

"Assault Weapon" ban - no "assault weapons" were used in the Virginia Beach massacre.  Long guns are rarely ever used in crime.

Magazine-capacity limits - the commission on the Virginia Tech massacre concluded that restricting magazine size would not have changed the outcome.

Silencer/suppressor ban - it is extremely rare that a lawfully owned suppressor is used in a crime.  They are not popular with criminals because 1) the gun shot is still loud and 2) it doubles the length of a handgun, making it much more difficult to conceal.

Bump-stock ban - bump stocks have only been used in one crime, out in Nevada and there is no evidence that it increased the number of injuries or fatalities. We note for the record that the federal government is already trying to ban them, although that is being litigated, and we hope successfully overturned.

Allow local government to implement gun control (get rid of firearm pre-emption law) - the Virginia Beach government building was already a "gun-free zone."  What are they going to do, make it a double-gun-free-zone?  This would make gun laws in Virginia extremely hard to comply with, benefiting criminals, who don't care about laws, and dissuading good people due to the complexities of carrying legally as they travel through the state

Not a single one of these proposed gun-control laws would have saved anyone in Virginia Beach.

But, as our friends at the VCDL observed, this is not about saving lives, it is about political theater. And we would add, reestablishing a bunch of deeply tarnished Democrat elected officials as good and proper liberals once again eligible to be invited to enjoy brie and pinot at the salons of Georgetown, Charlottesville and other bastions of the Leftist elite from which they’ve no doubt been excluded since their racism and sexual misconduct was exposed.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League considers this an all-hands-on-deck moment and so do we – the aftermath of any tragedy is when respect for constitutional liberty is at its weakest and political considerations are at their strongest. Go to to learn how you can contact your Virginia Delegate or Senator to help fight this latest Democrat gun grab.

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