Anti-gun Left Using Virginia Beach Tragedy to Push Gun Control ~ VIDEO

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Anti-gun Left Using Virginia Beach Tragedy to Push Gun Control

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The anti-gun Left is, once again, out to shred the Second Amendment with a vengeance.

In the aftermath of a tragic shooting in Virginia Beach last week, anti-gun zealots are stepping over the dead bodies in their rush to grab the closest microphone.

They are calling for more gun control … more restrictions … more laws that will be ignored by criminals and only affect honest citizens.

In an article I authored for the Daily Caller this week, I noted how gun control actually helped the Virginia shooter commit his crime:

The Virginia Beach shooting effectively occurred in a gun-free zone. City employees are prohibited from carrying firearms, so they were sitting ducks when the killer chose them as the targets. This shooting is not an isolated incident, as almost 98% of the mass shootings that occur in this country occur in gun-free zones.

Fox News radio asked me what gun laws would have made a difference. I said that the Old Dominion needs to pass Constitutional Carry, as armed victims shooting back would have made a tremendous difference. (You can listen to the entire Fox News interview here.)

And then the President stepped into the fray when, speaking to the Brits this week about suppressors, said he “[doesn’t] like them at all” and will “seriously look” at banning them.

GOA responded to several media requests on this subject by articulating our opposition to the National Firearms Act, including its current restrictions on suppressors, and reiterating our commitment to “oppose any effort to further regulate or ban them.”

Deception and Disarmament

As you certainly know, the media is constantly misleading the American people. They have often claimed that Australia eliminated their mass shootings after confiscating guns in 1996-97.

But this has always been a lie. Case in point: Another mass murderer, in “gun free” Australia, just went on a shooting rampage this week.

If you’re wondering why you might not have heard about this in the news, it’s probably because the killer used … a shotgun! Of course, the victims were murdered, nonetheless, and no one was able to fight back because the entire country is a “gun free” zone.

Anyway, Governor Ralph “blackface” Northam is calling the Virginia legislature back into session to pass his gun control proposals. So if you live in Virginia, you will soon receive an action alert to oppose these gun control proposals and to push for Constitutional Carry instead.

More Gun Control in “Pelosi's House”

At the federal level, various congressmen are using the Virginia tragedy to pursue calls for more gun control.

Two anti-gun bills that were recently sent to the floor of the House of Representatives could come up for a vote at any time:

  • H.R. 2621 would commission a study to investigate “ghost guns” — which would be Nancy Pelosi’s first step to banning or registering any gun that, otherwise, could be legally assembled by a private individual; and,
  • H.R. 2383 would prohibit FEMA funds from being used to arm teachers.

You can read more about these two bills by going here.

Take Action and urge your Representative to oppose these bills.

Thank you for your support of the Second Amendment.

In Liberty,

Erich Pratt
Executive Director
Follow me on Twitter: @erichmpratt


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  • 30 thoughts on “Anti-gun Left Using Virginia Beach Tragedy to Push Gun Control ~ VIDEO

    1. As a gun owner, I try to educate myself, parse out the fear mongering; the intent of many to NOT get educated, perhaps for fear they would learn something, be able to work for compromise. The ban on “assault weapons” (however anyone experienced with guns, military trained or not, would define assault weapons) was made in 1994, pretty close to the time that the attempt was made on President Reagan’s life. The ban expired in 2004. Since 2004 the gun violence in this country has increased by 262%. Look it up, if you don’t “believe” me. The 2nd amendment is NOT the issue; in fact, it would take 32 States to ratify ANY changes, and NO ONE in CONGRESS has introduced ANY anti-2nd amendment legislation. What IS the issue is that while we have been able to enjoy gun ownership for well over 200 years, as a result of the 2nd amendment, times have changed. We live in a young country that is finally seeing what it means to ignore social ills-law enforcement, teachers and others are overwhelmed taking care of social issues with children and families. The violence, with guns or something else is a SYMPTOM of a breakdown in our society. Other countries happen to look more proactive, but in reality, they have been around centuries longer than the USA. I feel it is necessary to say that- don’t you all think they were smart enough to ADD to their violence with guns? Yes, and they have the wars to prove it. But after centuries, and two world wars, they have learned painful lessons, and had to deal with social issues, not ignore them. Yet, how interesting that no ONE solution is a panacea. Why? Because life and humans don’t work that way. So, yet another reason why MORE guns is sort of like putting a bandaid on a femoral artery to stop the bleeding.
      The leadership of the NRA which until the 1980’s was pretty much a decades old status quo for recreation, hunting, overall gun safety and pride, was basically ditched for leadership that saw a chance to PROFIT from gun manufacturing and distribution. I think after reading all these posts that most think their guns are going to be taken away: MOOT point if you each pass a background check; are not a convicted felon of domestic violence; are not a danger to yourself due to mental illness or more chronic post-war PTSD. Suicide by gun among our military is about 34 per DAY. Laws for cars, healthcare, liquor or whatever are typically to protect. To say that because the victims weren’t armed we should have more guns, is just not reality. One would, at close proximity to a violent person, actually have more success bringing him/her down with pepper spray. I say that because I know full well that unless I am at a firing range often, testing and practicing, there is no way I can expertly shoot to kill in a surprise attack, with 5 feet of my attacker. That doesn’t mean that you all wouldn’t be able to, but you are not the rest of the country, who frankly may not want to own a weapon and become expert in using it. Therefore, as stated for over 200 years, the right to bear arms and protect ourselves is law, but to say that we can’t protect our country with national background checks; bans on military grade weapons unless you are law enforcement or military; to raise the age from 18 to 21; limit the amount of rounds/magazines, is really short sighted. Other countries DO have a better record of both law enforcement and punishment for using a gun inappropriately. That word alone is so lame, as the miss-use of guns, for the sake of killing, to deliberately inflict harm is a CHOICE. And when this country spends over 3 BILLION a year in the aftermath of gun violence-the cost adds up, well after the news report-the police, the hospital staff, the tragedy the family and survivors deal with; the counseling, the funerals, the trauma at the school or venue, post masacre. That is all REAL. And so is the 10 BILLION that the gun industry made, just in this country, in 2018. Why can’t responsible gun owners work with our legislators and not talk of Nazis, and make weird comments that frankly make me wonder, whether I can intelligently have a conversation, when the arguments they make are confused with other social issues that really have nothing to do with gun ownership. Look at this program, Be SMART, and see that it isn’t common sense gun ownership. S-store guns properly; M- model responsible ownership and use; A-ask whether there are unsecured guns in the home, in an effort to keep them out of reach of children; R-recognize the risk of teen suicide (look up the stats for gun by suicide among teens and note that the suicide rate of 10-17 year olds in THIS country has increased by 70%). Why keep a loaded, unsecured gun around for an impulsive youngster to use?; T- tell your peers about responsible gun ownership. We can all agree to this approach, work from there, as that is what I grew up with in a hunting and law enforcement family. The fringe folks, full of fear-mongering, say they are taking away the 2nd amendment is such a waste of TIME. People are dying, and suicide by guns, is increasing. That needs to be addressed, without muddying the waters with rants about the left, the right. This is NO LONGER a political issue it is a national health epidemic.
      Since someone brought up abortion, which is SO not related to gun violence or gun ownership, let me suggest an ide to illustrate the PREVENTION of violence: No one wants to see a woman have an abortion, right? So, if the CDC (center for disease control) says that the NUMBER of abortions has DROPPED by over 200,000, in 2016 and 2017, due to education and access, then don’t we want the focus to be on THAT, the prevention, not the outlawing? There have been abortions since before Jesus walked the earth. As stated by someone above, we will always have violence, wars and the use of weapons. But giving people carte blanche to have and use any kind of gun, anywhere is not the answer to keep us safe. I pray for common sense, on every social issue. Some of you are far too experienced and educated to allow yourselves to be fed by the powerful lobbying groups for the NRA. More than 90% of gun owners in this country, including me are sickened by their leadership’s greed and smear campaigns. Their power brokering for profit, only started around the 1980’s. Think about it: We had an amazing country, sure with problems, but never about guns on this level. Do the math, the research. I think you will be surprised. Lastly, I also will never take seriously anyone who speaks of “anti-gun zealots are stepping over the dead bodies in their rush to grab the closest microphone”. That is irresponsible, untrue and is believed by those who think Alex Jones, who by the way had a net worth of over 15 million dollars in 2018-again verify it, if you don’t believe me, is right that Sandy Hook was a hoax. That is sick, and gets us nowhere. One of the families of Sandy Hook has had to move several times, due to hate mail and death threats. Those people who buy into his conspiracy theories are not really living well, emotionally and I hope they get help. They are not the safety conscious, gun owners I KNOW. Talk about “blood on your hands”. Wow. Were all those teachers and the 1st and 2nd grades supposed to arm themselves? How was this country BEFORE Columbine? Again, everyone commenting here DID not grow up with this horrific assault on our way of life. If we think clearly, it’s access to non recreation guns, their miss-use that is the problem and the greed behind it that is literally killing this country.

    2. Making good people helpless does not make bad people harmless.
      For once I agree with Bill O’Reilly. Bad guys shooting people is the price of freedom. Liberty is risky business. That’s why our Founding Fathers recognized our God-given right to shoot back.
      A politician with a law never stops a bad guy with a gun. He only controls the good guys which is his true agenda.
      ”Killing is a matter of will, not weapons.
      You cannot control the act itself
      by passing laws about the means employed.”
      The late Col Jeff Cooper, 1958
      Handgun expert and founder of Gunsite Academy

    3. 98% of Public Mass Shootings occur in GUN-FREE ZONES. The other 2% occur in areas that were immediately Adjacent To “GUN-FREE Zones” (such as Parking Lots or Streets just outside the building) How many people who died in this shooting or were working in this building that were CCH left their weapon outside to Honor this “Gun Free Zone”

    4. Notice how quiet the Old Media has become about the murderer. Notice how they’re not telling us anything about his political leanings or social media content. Like Bryce Williams, James Hodgkinson, and ‘Alec’ McKinney & Devon Erickson, DeWayne Craddock probably has a lot more in common with “och will” than with any of us.

    5. Humm, let me see. So we can’t use fed funds to protect our kids but we can use them to abort and kill our kids. Makes about as much sense as bringing in someone who was jailed, disbarred, fined and lied to congress 19 times to burn a current president. Perfect demonrat sense.

      1. If the truth be known, the demarats are behind these attacks to further there agenda !! I truly believe this.

    6. “Anti Gun Left ” Translation . Anyone who supports common sense gun safety legislation in America .
      “Gun Control” Translation. Gun safety and gun safety laws .
      Once again, AmmoLand reveals that it is going to contuse to repeat NRA gun sales propaganda and right wing politics
      instead of supporting the gun safety ideas that the rest of the world’s developed nations utilize to reduce and prevent the kind of gun carnage that America leads the world in.
      Denial, failure to impartially analyze gun safety laws because of its ties to the gun industry . These are the hallmarks of article after article at AmmoLand, a gun lobby propganda journal.
      When gun owners deny that America has the worst per capita gun violence rate in the developed world and that opposition to simple gun safety is the reason, they lose their credibility. The data and the examples of gun safety laws working are out there for anyone to view. ViolencePolicy.org, MomsDemandAction,#NoRANow,#MarchForOurLives, GunsDownAmerica, etc, etc etc
      In VirginiaBeach, silencers, semi automatic pistols designed for war and large capacity magazines were used by a “law abiding. goodguy with a gun” to kill 11 people in just a few moments. It was an illustration of how America’s gun lobby , by selling weapons of war to citizens, is causing America’s death toll from guns to continue to lead the world.
      It takes a lot of willful ignorance to continue to claim that “gunseverywherefor everyone” the NRA’s mantra is a recipe for gun violence. There are solutions . But it takes a willingness to accept reality and stop propagandizing, something gun wack a doodles and the gun industry are unwilling to do as it would adversely effect their profitability. Liars and cowards.

        1. Patriot, no it’s best that he does post here where he can’t do any harm. He only provides comedic value here, though the quality is only of the sophomoric, lowbrow type, but that is all he is capable of. He found his niche in life being a muppet for the anti-rights groups. He wouldn’t be able to find any gainful employment elsewhere.

        2. @ Patriot Guy, I am replying to you because I don’t want this clown to get paid for me making a comment back to him. He is purely a crazy nutcase with no normal senses left. He must stay in the dark so he won’t be found out or they would put him in a looney bin. He keeps quoting from the worse references available and they are all lies with a purpose. I could say a lot more but I would rather keep it clean.

      1. Too bad you’re too foolish to understand that the only reason you have 1st, 3rd, and 4th amendment rights is the 2nd.
        BTW if you take out the dependent clause, being necessary to the security of a free State, which expanding upon why a Militia will not be infringed. The Amendment reads, A well regulated Militia and the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. In other words no federal regulation of “arms” is Constitutional.

      2. So, och will, please address the Virginia situation with a solution. What change do you propose that would have prohibited that tragedy from happening?

        1. @AMIII, O swill has no solutions. That is not his job. He gets paid, per response, for puking out lies on opposition websites. Everyone that responds to him gets him paid.
          Yes, his lies must be opposed, but if one makes an answer to some other commenter, then the Bloomberg minions don’t get paid.

      3. Hmm, I’ve never read anything gun control related you blather about that disarms the criminals first, why is that? Actually everything you do bleat about will only apply to or affect the law abiding provided they don’t just give you the middle finger… never mind, we do that on a regular basis anyway.
        So Och, when are you going to tell us when you were ever issued a semi-auto infantry rifle in the Corps? Do you even know the proper nomenclature of the rifle issued to the military?

      4. I have will, please provide examples of some of your “gun safety” laws. I have never read any “gun safety” laws touted by those that deny our RKBA. The only gun safety “laws” are the gun safety rules taught in firearm/hunter safety training. But please amuse us some more with some real examples of your “gun safety” laws and examples of where they have actually worked as designed. One such example is the recent VA Beach rampage where “gun safety” policy rendered the victims wittingly defenseless. But please, provide us with more of your ruminations. I will point out one other error in your post. An extended magazine, as purportedly used by the murder in VA Beach, for a .45 caliber handgun is 10 rounds – the same number that anti-rights politicians and anti-rights groups typically propose as a mag limit, the same size mag as used by the murder in Parkland, too. I would love to hear how that mag size prevented people from becoming victims in your Utopian world of anti-rights.

        You might want to stop eating from the same place you defecate.

      5. It’s not Republican NRA members with MAGA hats shooting up schools and workplaces and gay nightclubs and congressional baseball games.

        No matter how much you wish we would.

      6. @ och will
        I guess your next proposal will be to stop drunk driving by taking all of the cars away from people who have never had a DUI. Incase you have not seen the news lately the gun control thing isn’t working in Venezuela, just like it doesn’t work in “Gun Free Zones.” Clearly you are living proof that liberalism is a mental disorder.

      7. You are stupid and the ideas that you keep chanting are evil beyond words. Move to one of your “gun safety” utopias and see how well you fare. Let us know. Please. Every single thing you have said is PROVABLY untrue. ACTUAL FBI, DOJ and CDC data backs US up. The “data” and polls you choose to regurgitate ceaselessly have been debunked and shown to be lies since they were first vomited out upon the public.

      8. Hokay, Bright Boy, name and describe ONE NEW LAW that would, with any level of certainty, have prevented this dirtbag from doing the dirt he did. Come on, ONE NEW LAW.

        Enhanced background checks? He passed them

        Waiting periods? Bought one about for years ago, the other two. Didn’t work.

        over 21 to purchase handguns? Yup, In his forties, if I recall. Certainly well over 21.

        Standard capacity mag ban? So he’d have had to make three mag changes instead of two. Other murderers (Parkland School, Newtown, Sutherland Springs, San Bernardino Christmas Party, Virginia Tech, all manged to murder more than enough with the ten rounders.

        One gun a month? see above.. two guns in five years was this guy’s pattern.

        Guns outlawed inside that building? He ignored it. Got his guns in there anyway.

        ban supressors/silencers? Reports from would have been victiims inside the building at the time describe the loud reports of gunfire from far far away, despite the alledged use of the devices. He was NOT “undetected”. Find someone who owns a suppressor, go with him to a safe shooting area, and YOU listen to the reports of rounds being fired with, then without. The difference is NOT what you see in the flicks you watch. Nor in the vid games you’ve played.

        Constitutional Carry? Not law in Virginia, and this is the ONLY reason there were several hundred sitting ducks inside those four big walls. Had five percent of the personnel inside that building possibly armed, he never would have made the attempt. He would have been certain that SOMEONE would have begun shooting back at him. Of course, being intent upon murder, he had other options… explosives, gas, sniper from a distant roof covering the car park picking off empoloyees as they head to their cars….

        the problem here is a software problem. The hardware he selected was fully interchangeable with other hardware.

        Murder flows out of a perverse heart, it does NOT flow out of some piece of steel and plastic. The car he drove to the building, and others like it, are responsible for many times as many deaths as all firearms combined. Yet no one is calling for any background checks, waiting period, fuel tank capacity limits, maximum speed restrictions, one truck a week, or any other such nonsense for the Home Depot pickup a pervert rented then used to smash into a couple dozen walkers and cyclists on a restriced path near Manhattan, are they?

        Go back into your lair in Mommie’s Basement and write something useful.

      9. Lies, lies, lies and more lies. Nothing new here, folks! The NRA sells guns and CBS sells lies. Which is true? Leftist propaganda aside, eliminate victim disarmament zones and let whomever wants to carry a “victim disengagement device” AKA, “gun”. Why do you think that maniacs should have free access to limitlessness victims, unless there was an ulterior motive involved? Disarmament of the law-abiding is the goal. Empowerment of the criminal class, such as what is happening in the UK is the result, but don’t expect to see it on the news. The Second Amendment affirms our INDIVIDUAL, fundamental right to self defense and the defense of others who are threatened. Liberalism is a mental disorder. How do I know this? Because a liberal would rather “feel” safe than to actually “be” safe. ‘ Nuff said! Have a nice day.

    7. I saw an article earlier today that one of the women killed in VAB had talked to her husband the night before about carrying because she was concerned about a couple of people, one of which was the killer. Ultimately, she decided she didn’t want to take a chance getting caught and losing her job. That makes the city an accessory to her murder in my mind. The VAB police chief said in a televised news conference that gun control laws wouldn’t have prevented this crime or mitigated the damage.

      The good wife told me the other day that I should buy a gun or two because she didn’t trust the slim Republican majority in the legislature to stand against Gov. Blackface Northam and his gun control proposals. Then, I heard on the news last night that my mayor supports the Governor’s measures.

    8. there have been mass murders/slaughters since the beginning of mankind and there always will be. be it with clubs, spears, swords, arrows, machete’s or firearms. you cannot legislate good behavior, you can only punish bad. they have taken away individual firearm ownership in Great Britain and look at the increase of crime that has occurred. Australia banned most firearms and just had another mass shooting. constitutional carry is the equivalent of leveling the playing field, evening the odds. gun-free zones are the equivalent of shooting galleries. why do you think that they happen there? no one is able to be legally armed to defend themselves. only when people are allowed to defend themselves and the ones they love will the number of mass murders be reduced. taking away an inanimate object will not do it, there are too many inanimate objects out there

      1. You’re right. When Cain killed Abel with a rock, he killed a quarter of the Earth’s human population. I would call that mass murder.

    9. The left has the blood of the innocent on their hands. They empowered the evil in the first place. The left says “for your own good” they have banned any gun they could, they disarm the innocent, they made gun free zones. The left is just as guilty and culpable as the murderer is. You can bet the politicians have an armed escort every place they go. Are they more important than your spouse, your children, your friend…? Someday some wise, smart, mean as a rattlesnake lawyer is going to prosecute the left for what they are– murderers. Murder by association is still murder. Government is supposed to be there to promote and defend the rights and freedoms that are guaranteed in our constitution. Government that disavows the very oath of office is treasonous. There is a price for treason.

      There is little doubt, if someone had been armed, willing and able to engage the murderer, things could have been different. We all know this to be true. Even if one is not armed, you know you can’t outrun a bullet, why not attack the bad guy? If one can run do so. If one can hide do so but after that what is left? These poor people were denied the GOD given right of self defense, a right guaranteed by our constitution. This was a gun free zone. It was like shooting fish in a barrel.

      Until the government comes to it’s senses and acknowledges the 2A for the RIGHT it is, we are just going to have to be civilly disobedient and carry anyway. I don’t know how long it took the cops to arrive and engage and stop the bad guy (three different things) but there are twelve people and twelve families who would say it was too long. Ultimately, we are responsible for our safety. We are responsible for the life of our spouse, our children, our friends and neighbors, our co workers and the innocent people we can help.

      The situation that happened in Va. has happened many times and many places before. It will likely happen again and it will until there is a good guy willing to stand in the breach and put a stop to the evil and the insanity of gun free zones. If you don’t carry 24/7 you are putting your life in another’s hands. I could safely bet there are twelve people and families who wish they had not trusted someone else for their safety and lives. What would your family do without you? What would you do without your spouse or children? Until there is no more evil, there is no choice but to carry. Arm up, carry on.

    10. Yeah, our state senate has a bare one vote Republican majority – and that from a tie breaker coin flip.. Everything else has gone Democrat due to the Washington suburbs population skew – VA, another colony of DC. We have a primary coming up this next Tuesday. Get out and vote. Look up the Virginia Citizens Defense League website for candidates who have responded to their questionnaire and are rated firearms friendly. I know of at least one Loudon County Republican who is anti-gun. This will be a dangerous election because it was only the Senate that prevented the 63 gun control bills last year from coming out of committee. If the legislature flips fully, I expect the first day in January we will see a huge omnibus bill introduced that will institute red flag, mag limits, semi-auto rifle and shotgun regulation or bans, certainly “assault style” rifle bans, “assault style” pistol bans, registration/permission, CCW fee and qualification changes, one gun a month, age restrictions, universal background check, ban private sales or transfers, storage requirements, silencer bans, ammo restrictions, even range restrictions. No grandfather periods or prior ownership conditions, no exceptions, all rights stripping felony penalties. These are all things they tried piecemeal last year hoping to get one or two through. If it’s one thing anti-gunners have learned recently, it’s that when power is achieved, go really big. no increments. Never let a good VA Beach bloodletting go to waste. Gov. Blackface will sign anything Moneybags Bloomberg tells him to sign. We will be Cali or NJ before the first quarter is out. Vital off year election.

    11. The Leftist will take any chance to push for gun control or confiscation of guns from the American people. That’s what socialist Nazis do!

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