Virginia Governor Northam’s Gun Control Measure Fails

By Steve Pomper | February 18, 2020

It couldn’t have happened to a worse guy. It seems Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s attempt at fanatical gun control in the commonwealth is disintegrating. Even a Democrat-controlled state legislature couldn’t assure the “black faced” Gov’s “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazine” (whatever those are) bans.

According to a report in the Washington Examiner, four Democrats, described as moderates, joined their Republican colleagues on a Senate committee, voting 10-5 to shelve the bill.

The bill would have outlawed the sales of AR-15-style rifles and the simple possession of magazines with capacities larger than 12 rounds. Ostensibly, the law was going to facilitate a state crime commission study. Barf! Lucid people don’t need to study the issue. They already know that law-abiding gun owners are not the problem; law-breaking criminals are.

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Other Virginia gun control measures under consideration include restricting the number of weapons an individual can purchase per month, expanding firearms background checks, and allowing jurisdictions to ban guns at certain locations.

Do these people really believe outlaws won’t bring guns to these “no-gun zones” because government bans them? No, really…this is a genuine question. Can the anti-gun Left really believe that? If they do, they are deluded. If they don’t, they are corrupt. Maybe a bit of both? Not sure which is worse.

In reaction to the anti-gun rights onslaught, reported “86 of Virginia’s 95 counties are now 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries.” The Examiner also wrote “15 [Virginia] towns and cities” have also declared they are Second Amendment Sanctuaries.

This anti-constitutional gun control juggernaut is not about saving lives. If it were, the Left would enforce current gun laws against criminals. This is about the Left usurping political power from the people.

It’s easier to enforce laws against the law-abiding. But as the pro-Second Amendment demonstration in Richmond last month showed, even the law-abiding have their limits beyond which they won’t allow an oppressive government to push them.

There are some other issues here. One is those “moderate” Democrats who crossed party lines did it for a reason. They heard from their constituents. The anti-gun Left hates to confront that many mainstream, normal Democrats also own guns and still believe in their right to self-defense as protected by the Second Amendment.

Another issue is the Left’s reluctance to enforce existing gun laws. Suddenly, those laws are racist, if mostly minority criminals happen to commit crimes with firearms in high minority-populated locations (against mostly minority victims).

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So, where are existing gun laws aimed at criminals not enforced? In Leftist-run jurisdictions. And where are they calling for more and more “common sense” gun control laws aimed at law-abiding gun owners? In Leftist-run jurisdictions.

So, again, what’s the anti-gun/anti-self-defense Left’s real motivation? You tell me. It’s certainly not public safety.

This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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Gun-Controlled Baltimore Suffers 5 Murders in 8 Different Shootings

By David Kamioner | January 26, 2020

As we await Super Bowl Sunday we can see another type of game being played out in liberal bastions across America. It’s one where everybody loses.

On the recent weekend earlier in January when the AFC playoffs were held in Baltimore, twelve people were shot.

Five of those individuals were killed in eight separate shootings.

Baltimore had 348 homicides last year, that it knows of, its fifth year in a row with over 300 murders and the deadliest year ever on a per-capita basis.

City council president Brandon Scott, a Democrat running for mayor/captain of the Titanic wrote, “A day that should have been met with pride and community was once again flooded with violence and loss,” recalling the football game. Baltimore lost that game too.

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“This violence is heartbreaking and must stop now,” continued Scott, in a crocodile sentiment that could be replaced with effective action if the Baltimore pol understood the concept of empirical evidence.

Federal crime stats paint a clear picture. Of the top five urban murder theme parks in the U.S., per 1,000 in population, all of them are Democrat-run cities with stringent gun control laws. Ergo…

They are: 1) East St. Louis, MO. 2) Chester, PA. 3) St. Louis, MO. 4) Gary, IN. And five, the Charm City itself, Baltimore, MD.

As has been said, “An armed society is a polite society,” and one wonders what the murder rate would be in Baltimore if every time a miscreant pulled a weapon a law-abiding citizen or citizens close by pulled out their own weapons.

Would that shooter be more or less likely to unholster their weapon if they knew they would also get shot?

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Don’t know the answer? Ask Jack Wilson, who saved many from probable death by recently taking out a vicious gunman at a Texas church service.

Better yet, ask the gunman. Oh gee, I guess we can’t. And anyway, Gil Scott-Heron seems to have the right answer. 

How many decades do we have to suffer urban murder rates that turn our inner cities into shooting galleries until the people in those depressed locales get back the constitutional right to shoot back?

In all likelihood, given the current political leadership in Baltimore and other Democrat-run cities, many more.


This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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