Covington VA --(Ammoland.com)- Democrat Mike Hymes, who is running for Phil Puckett’s Virginia Senate seat in the 38th district, answered the Virginia Citizens Defense League Candidate Survey Very Pro-Gun.
HOWEVER, a recent recording has come to light where Mr. Hymes says he believes that HANDGUNS OUGHT TO BE REGISTERED and that AR-15 RIFLES SHOULD NOT BE SOLD TO ANYONE BUT LAW ENFORCEMENT!
After listening to the recording (link to the recording is below), it sounds like Mike Hymes is of the mindset that the only good guns are hunting guns.
In fact on the recording he says, “I’m not against registration of handguns. Because you don’t go hunting with handguns.” Mike also says that, “Virginia gun laws are pretty dog-gone liberal,” as if that’s a bad thing.
On the recording, he also laments that the assault weapon ban sunsetted. Mike may know something about hunting and hunting guns, but he doesn’t know anything about the “assault weapon” ban. It was nothing but about pure cosmetics. During the ban a person could buy a gun, like a Ruger Mini-14, that could shoot the same type and same number of rounds as an AR-15. The Mini-14 could shoot the rounds just as fast and just as accurately, but simply didn’t look like a military gun. It was a really bad joke played on the American People and, apparently, Mike Hymes.
Clearly, Mike’s support for the “assault weapons ban” and his statement that AR-15 rifles should not be sold to anyone but law enforcement conflict with his answer to Question 10 on the VCDL Candidate Survey (www.vcdl.org/survey_
Let’s contact the Mike Hymes’s campaign and politely, but firmly, insist that Mike 1) take a public stand against gun registration and gun bans and 2) apologize to the voters in his district for even considering either one..
- The Hymes campaign telephone number is: 276-385-1951
- Mike Hymes’s email address is: mike.hymes@JamesRiverCoal.com
- To send Mike Hymes a message using webmail: www.vote4hymes.com/
Running against Mike Hymes is Republican Ben Chafin (firstname.lastname@example.org), who is endorsed by the VCDL-PAC and turned in a very pro-gun VCDL survey, and also Independent Rick Mullins (email@example.com), who also turned in a very pro-gun VCDL survey.
Here is the audio recording of Mike Hymes. It is a little hard to understand because of the background noise, but the key parts are clear enough. The gun-control discussion begins at the 9:30 minute:second mark with the question being asked to Mike, “My brother was at Virginia Tech when all the shootings happened. What can we do to stop that?”:
Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right. Visit: www.vcdl.org