Candidate Bob McDonnell Responds to Virginia Gun Owners

Candidate Bob McDonnell Responds to Virginia Gun Owners

Virginia Gun Owners Coalition
Virginia Gun Owners Coalition

Virginia –-( Bob McDonnell has responded to the competition created by Virginia Gun Owners Coalition supporters between Mr. McDonnell and his opponent Creigh Deeds.

Mr. McDonnell is clearly running from his past gun control votes that earned him the nickname “Gun Ban Bob” from some of my friends at Virginia Citizens Defense League.

Mr. McDonnell has refused to sign the VGOC Pro-Gun Pledge and give it to VGOC, but he has done the next best thing.  He has committed in writing to three of the four VGOC Pro-Gun Pledge issues. Mr. McDonnell is giving VGOC supporters a letter in which he promises to support repeal of the restaurant ban and the one gun-a-month gun rationing scheme.  He also promises to support the free market right to sell your gun privately at a gun show.

While it would have been even more meaningful to give the promises directly to the gun lobby that created them and has the resources to hold him accountable, rest assured that VGOC will hold him accountable to his written promises.

The bad news is that Mr. McDonnell failed to promise to protect the new Stop Dangerous ID law that prevents your Virginia driver’s license from being turned into a United Nations computer card chip to track and control your movements and purchases.

I will say more on that in a moment.

For those of you who are concerned that VGOC might choose to overlook Mr. McDonnell’s past anti-gun voting record let me say the following:

  1. There is no way that Mr. McDonnell will get higher than a B rating from VGOC because of his past votes against carrying in restaurants and the hunting and fishing amendment, and his past vote for one gun-a-month.
  2. There is no way Mr. Deeds, who voted correctly on the issues above, will get higher than a B rating unless he puts a commitment in writing on all 4 issues or better yet gives VGOC a 100% pledge.
  3. The past is important, but so is the future.
  4. The future is defined by understanding the direction that a politician is pressured to move towards and is willing to put in some form of written communication.

    Mr. McDonnell knows that he cannot win in a close race in Virginia if he loses the gun vote.  He has clearly demonstrated a change of heart.

    That is why we lobby the politicians.  We should not complain when it works.

    Thanks to your hard work and activism, Mr. McDonnell has begun to respond positively, and we need to build on that success by sending him the email below.

    I have called Mr. Deeds to inform him of Mr. McDonnell’s letter and to find out what he is going to do.

    I will inform you as soon as I know.  Both candidates were given until mid August to decide.

    But for now we need to continue working.

    Please do two things.

    1. Click and click the donation link to make a donation to help VGOC maintain the pressure during the lean months of summer.
    2. Cut, copy, paste, and send the email below to Bob McDonnell at [email protected] with a Cc: to [email protected]


      Dear Mr. McDonnell,

      I understand from Mike McHugh at VGOC that you have promised in letters to VGOC supporters to do three of the four things that VGOC asked in the Pro-Gun Pledge – – except protecting Virginia’s Stop Dangerous ID laws.

      I compliment you on being willing to support repeal of the restaurant ban and the one gun-a-month gun rationing scheme as well as protecting the right to sell my guns privately at a gun show.

      Please tell me whether you will or will not veto efforts to repeal the new Virginia laws protecting my driver’s license from the so-called Real ID ACT of 2005 that would have turned my Virginia driver’s license into a United Nations ID card to track and control my movements and purchases.



      For Liberty
      Mike McHugh
      President, VGOC

      Virginia Gun Owners Coalition is Virginia’s only no-compromise, non-partisan gun lobby patterned after Gun Owners of America on Capitol Hill. VGOC is a non-profit tax-exempt organization under 501(c)(4) of the IRS code. Because we lobby politicians to protect and defend the 2nd Amendment, contributions are not tax deductible for IRS purposes.

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      eric siverson

      We should not be so protective of our rights that we prevent our government from stoping the real bad guys . Of course we have to keep our guns in the event the government themselves beome the real bad guys . No question about it the government will turn bad if we have no way of checking them . Power corrupts , absolute power corrupts absolutly