Virginia Democrats Double Down on Failed Gun Control Plans

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam nra-Ila image
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam nra-Ila image

U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- Democrats won the recent elections in Virginia. They have not taken office yet, but they announced their legislative plans. I guess they have to do that since out-of-state special interests funded so many of their campaigns and the newly-minted legislators have to quickly prove their fealty. Their chief target has been the honest gun owners of Virginia. This has been amazing to watch.

Some of the first announcements were plans to outlaw “assault weapons”. “Assault weapon” is a well-tested catch phrase that means any gun that looks scary to potential voters. The color black is scary. Something that looks like it came out of a video game is scary. Paint the same gun pink and put a wood stock on it, and it is suddenly acceptable. The politicians don’t have to fool all the people all the time with their mislabeled claims. Democrat politicians only have to fool the press, and that is remarkably easy to do. The press never bothers to check if previous “assault weapon” bans actually lowered the crime rate. To the surprise of the Democrat politicians and their donors, the gun owners in Virginia were not buying the media spin.

The official evil black rifle is the AR-15. Lost in the headlines is the fact that the AR was developed 63 years ago. It was designed as an easy to shoot firearm that is adjustable to fit people of varying stature. It shoots one bullet each time the trigger is pressed, a suddenly novel feature that is over 130 years old. The AR is significantly lighter in weight, and easier shooting, than a main battle rifle. Despite the media hysterics, in many states, the AR is not allowed for hunting because it is considered underpowered.

This isn’t a fringe segment of the firearms market. The AR and its clones are the most popular and widely sold long-guns in the US. After the lightweight .22s, the AR is often the gateway rifle for new shooters. The AR has also been called a girl’s gun, and that may be the real reason it is vilified by Virginia Democrats.

As we saw in other states, the Virginia Democrats first demanded confiscation of existing guns. When the public defiantly answered with, “Come and take them,” the Virginia Democrats proposed to outlaw new sales of ARs and demanded registration by existing gun owners. In their dictatorial exuberance, the gun-banning Democrats also said they’d scoop up some shotguns and rifles that weren’t ARs.

What strikes me as strange is that the Democrats don’t want to ban ARs entirely. These guns are called weapons of war when the Democrats want to disarm civilians. The same hardware is called “a patrol rifle” or a “personal defense weapon” if the police or government agents carry them.  What the Democrats are saying with their wordplay is that select government employees can be armed, but the rest of us must be helpless. Recent events showed us the tragic results.

Democrats are not against guns. They are against us having them.

Time and again we’re told that the police will protect us, so it is ok if we’re disarmed at church, at school, or in some contrived “gun free zone”. Note that the people making these rules don’t have to follow them. The elites have their own security details, even at church. Government officials get a security team, but you don’t.

The past Republican State Attorney General in Virginia said that self defense was sufficient cause to carry a concealed firearm in church. I expect the present Democrat State Attorney General in Virginia to reverse that ruling. The Democrat montra is that the more of us are defenseless, the safer we will be. Ask yourself this question; if we’re so safe, then why do the Democrat Brahmins need a security detail everywhere they go?

Democrats often restrict the right of citizens to go armed in public. When that happens, judges and elite politicians will receive carry permits, while you are denied them. You are also disarmed in many “gun-free zones” where they may carry. Concealed carry laws are for the little people.

98% of mass murders are in so-called “gun-free zones”, yet Democrat politicians in Virginia propose to disarmed more victims in the name of public safety.

I expect the cost of concealed carry permits to rise now that Democrats are in power. The excuse will be the cost of state regulation. In fact, the armed citizen is the most economically efficient form of crime control. What other states can do for a few dollars, the State of Virginia will soon charge much more.

Armed civilians stopped a church shooting in six seconds. Disarmed military personnel were attacked in a “gun-free zone” for over 50 minutes. Which is safer?

Taking a page from Alinsky, any feature of a firearm can be isolated, demonized, and outlawed. For example, semi-automatic firearms shoot too fast. Magazines carry too many cartridges. Guns anywhere are invariably too close to schools and playgrounds. The universal exception is when the same firearm is issued to a law enforcement officer. What the media then ignores is that licensed concealed carry holders are more law-abiding and more accurate than cops. The takeaway is that facts don’t matter when you’re selling propaganda.

I have a simple test for gun-control proposals. Call me once you’ve imposed those same regulations on the police and security services protecting the capital and county buildings. Democrats are not hypocrites who break the rules. Virginia Democrats are supremacists who think they are above the rules that apply to the rest of us. We won’t change their minds, but we can reveal their character.

When it comes to gun control, all I ask is that Democrat politicians go first. I’ll watch from here and see how it works for you.. and I’ll keep my guns.


About Rob MorseSlow Facts

The original article with references is here. Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

 

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Mike
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Mike

Failed gun control plans? Ha! Every piece of gun control legislation drafted will become law and when push comes to shove you will either hide your guns, give them up, or move. Regardless they will have achieved their goals. Your civil liberties will be suppressed and they will proclaim a great moral victory because gun owners were too stupid to vote. And guess what. They won’t vote next election either. How do I know? I live in New York and I’ve been where you are headed since 2013. We’ve had two chances to vote our problem away and the gun… Read more »

American Patriot
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American Patriot

To all the Virginians out there, it didn’t have to be this hard if you got off your A$$’es and Voted!

Mack
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Mack

You fail to understand.

Virginia has been invaded by Progressives from other states, federal workers who live in Northern Virginia, and illegal aliens from everywhere else.

This will happen in others states sooner than you think.

This is why David Codrea, almost alone, has been warning about this for years.

Circle8
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Circle8

The more of us that are unarmed the easier it will be for the government and liberals to control us. This warning was issued by many of our founding fathers. They were smart and their warning must be followed.

Firewagon
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Firewagon

VA and Virginians are becoming a LOST cause. With VA’s demographics changed through illegal as well as legal immigration, the ‘boot on the neck’ style of governance, like Northam’s, is all but guaranteed for the future. It may already be too late for VA, or this Northam character would already have been RECALLED!

Mack
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Mack

Virginia has no provision for recall.

hoss
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hoss

There’s an old saying that comes to mind; There are three boxes that we may use to change the world; The soap box, the ballot box, and the cartridge box.
At one time I thought there was no way in Hades, freedom loving people would stand for “Commie Rat Bastard” politicians trying to away our God given rights. But after talking to the last two generations I find I am wrong.
Before we take out politicians, I propose we begin with teachers, and professors.

Capn Dad
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Capn Dad

@Arizona….In any self defense scenario the defender is the 1st responder and the police are the second responder. Shouldn’t the 1st responder be at the very least be as well armed as the second responder? Of course he/she should.

Finnky
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Finnky

@Capn Dad – One could argue that first responder is limited to what they are carrying. So I would expect 1st responder is likely to only have a small concealable pistol – while 2nd responder has time to grab their rifle.
Combining our arguements – perhaps it’s time to advocate to remove governmental restrictions on carrying slung long arms everywhere we go? Personally, I don’t want to have to dry and oil my rifle after every shower – so maybe not everywhere! Other than that… I’m all on board.

Arizona Don
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Arizona Don

Of course. At least equal weapons should be available.

Arizona Don
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Arizona Don

Total and complete gun control (only possible through registration and confiscation) is not a possibility here in the United States of America. The reason for that is it is a God given right protected by the second amendment in the bill of rights. It could possibly be repealed but that also is not likely to ever happen here in the US. Because of the way the founders set up the constitution. That is a good thing. In essence that pesky second amendment protects all the rest of the amendments. Our founders knew exactly what they were doing when they made… Read more »

Finnky
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Finnky

@AZ-Don – There is a childish saying – “Never say never”. Maybe I’m a tad paranoid, but looking at current politics, it is easy to envision a time when disarmament becomes law here. It is said that those who do not study history are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. Clumbsier – but I’d say we need to include any who accept history as presented and do not dig deep enough. There are many who have read bits of history and learn what their instructors wish – but looking through a different lens, see everything differently than you… Read more »

Arizona Don
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Arizona Don

Well Finnky I think there will be another civil war before there will be gun confiscation here in the United States of America. Furthermore, I know I will not be alive if that ever does happen here for I will personally will fight to the death if need be to protect that second amendment because this whole nation depends on it! I hope you can see that.

As long as I live I will approach this problem every way I can in order to preserve this most wonderful country. Thank you.

Mark 2nd
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Mark 2nd

Great to know there are still Patriots like you and others posting here Arizona. I’m of the same frame of mind. Better to die free than live under totalitarian communist slavery. We’re already in the beginning of CWII. We didn’t ask for it, but we damn well better fight it or freedom as we know it will disappear from the world. As I’ve said before; this situation we’re in won’t be solved by voting, it will only be solved by blood, and a lot of it.

Perry G
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Perry G

Here is another thing I tell people also;
“I have LONG since learned to ‘Never Say Never’ “. Some kind of crap happens as soon as you get the words out of your mouth.

Arizona Don
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Arizona Don

That is just one of the reasons I keep preaching about what happened in the twentieth century. I know it is not taught in our education system anymore. I doubt if even ten percent of the citizens under 50 even know about what happened during that bloody twentieth century. Even some who have studied that period do not comprehend the actual happenings of so many Innocent people being murdered by their own government. That is a story that needs to be told over and over if need be. .

Perry G
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Perry G

That’s exactly what I have been trying to tell people. Whether it registered in their brains? I don’t know. I have no intentions whatsoever to surrender to anyone, especially not to sleazy vermin like the democrats. They are the humanoid equivalent of cockroaches, or rats, and just as diseased.

Perry G
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Perry G

I sure do hope you’re right. We have a whole generation of dumbed down people that not only do not realize the importance of the Second Amendment, nor do they even know what the Bill of Rights are. They’re all just a bunch of sheep playing right in the democrats Orwellian dystopian trap. They are not even taught about American History or our Constitution in our schools any longer. It’s like I tell people from time to time; every nation is a model of the system, or ideology that runs it. If you want to know how a given system… Read more »

JPM
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JPM

According to the level of opposition to ol’ “blackface” Northam, it shouldn’t be too difficult to collect enough signatures on a petition to force a recall, or recall election for Northam and his toadies. This may be the wake-up call Virginia (and other states) voters need to participate in elections in the first place and in the future to prevent this kind of abuse of citizens’ rights. If the voting in your state is so corrupt (New Mexico, Illinois, and several others) that voting is pointless, then there isn’t a lot of options left and declaring individual counties as 2nd… Read more »

MgM
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MgM

Florida Gun-Owners, Wake Up. If you (we) don’t get off the sofa and say something now, We will probably see the same fate as is going down in Va. These are the facts; -There are 41 gun related bills pre-filed in Tallahassee, 38 of them are UnConstitutional Gun-Grabs of all types. 1 of the 41 is ‘Constitutional Carry’. -‘Everytown’ gave the Senate President’s (GOP) super-pac $500000.00 (yes, that’s one-half million) end of 2018. He promptly shared that with the rest of the Florida senate. Are you going to sit there and believe that they will ‘do what’s right’ by the… Read more »

Arizona
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Arizona

Every time Gun control isn’t proposed that makes exceptions for police, reporters must ask politicians “why?”. Are police lives more important? Legally police have no duty to protect citizens, and SCOTUS affirmed they do not need to, nor can they be sued for failing to protect individual citizens. So why do they get access to weapons that citizens are forbidden? The citizen is more likely to need the effective and accurate weapon, as the police usually arrive after all the shooting is done, and just in time to roll out the body bags.

Finnky
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Finnky

@Arizona – Being kind of a wimp, I looked into option of being a reserve officer. Here in Texas one needs to go through police academy on own nickel, taking 6mo to a year for part time evening classes. Must pass police qualifying shooting skills and must pass physical, including minor strength tests. As a fat middle aged desk worker who has not worked out in decades – I see the strength and endurance tests as a joke. While time and costs present a hassle, my uncorrected eyesight does not meet minimum requirements and I’m unwilling to undergo lasik for… Read more »

Gene Ralno
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Gene Ralno

This is a spectacular article that sharpens the focus on politics. In my community, I have friends from both sides of the aisle. If by some miracle, democrats should win both houses and the presidency, I have no doubt that my circle would be split, leaving me with conservatives as my only remaining friends. No more cookouts, New Year’s Eve parties, travel, camping, fishing — nothing with democrats. I’ve reached my limit of tolerance for those who vote for oppression.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

As if we would expect anything less treasonous from the socialist, communist, demoncrapic left. They continue to state their goals to disarm the American citizen and we continue to state our goals that we will not be disarmed. We (I), believe our unalienable right and mandate to be armed comes from the LORD and is written into law as the 2A. I, my family, friends, neighbors, co workers, the innocent guy on the street are worthy to be defended. I swore my oath to defend the nation, the people and the constitution against ALL enemies both foreign and DOMESTIC. The… Read more »

Arizona Don
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Arizona Don

Many of us swore that very same military oath and remember it does not have an expiration date. It is an oath for life. I took it again when I went to work for the government as a civilian. Furthermore, I will uphold that oath no matter what!

willyd
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willyd

AD/ So true , I took the same oath years ago, Foreign or Domestic,which at this point contains most Liberals and Demo-Rats, what they really don’t understand is being without the second amendment leaves us defenseless against any government dictatorship taking over the population, I may be older but I will defend the Constitution, I have been in other countries and have seen it, I prefer this country to any of them, if you don’t like this countries freedom do us all a big favor and leave, sooner than later!!!!!!!!!!

Arizona Don
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Arizona Don

I as well am getting older. However, I can still shoot rather good. I know I would not last long in a fire fight like I used to but I swore my oath and I will live up to it no matter what.

I think you, I and millions just like us are what these people (communist democrats) are not counting. I will never give up my guns without a fight. We are a pain in their side that will not go away. That is good for America!

Mark 2nd
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Mark 2nd

Same here Arizona. Worked for the government twice and have been to many of the military bases in the country. One of the best things we could do in the coming war is to get access to the bases. Awful lot of great ordinance. It would make it a very short war.

Superman
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Superman

Have any verifiable FACTS to back up the claim that ‘licensed concealed carry holders are more law-abiding and more accurate than cops’? I’m waiting….

Ansel Hazen
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Ansel Hazen

The author, Rob Morse seems to provide quite a few on his wordpress page.
Which he so conveniently linked to at the bottom of the article. But of course you didn’t read it. Slurping the kool-aid tends to make one have trouble checking for FACTS.

Superman
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Superman

I did not ask you, bubble face.

Ansel Hazen
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Ansel Hazen

Of course not. None of you gunsnatchers want to hear the truth. But guess what, you’re going to get it rammed down your throat this year.

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

AHHH! The denigrating response of a true DemocRAT national communist member !!
Superman – the imagined perfect specimen of Hitler’s NAZI regime.

Possum1500
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Possum1500

I guess you did cause you pretty much asked the question to the whole group jackass! Superman, go find somewhere else to live in your imaginary super world you idiot!

Gene Ralno
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Gene Ralno

Look it up. The proof will come to you as easy as typing and reading. It has been widely reported over the past two years.

Superman
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Superman

So repeating a falsehood makes it true? You are dumber than I thought.

Baldwin
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Baldwin

Practising what you preach???

Arizona Don
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Arizona Don

That is a question you should direct to the Main Stream Media. Seems repeating a lie is their MO.

StreetSweeper
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StreetSweeper

You’ve already been shown that on the last article you asked that question dillweed; try to keep up.

Superman
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Superman

None of your affair. Did YOU write the article? If not, shut up.

StreetSweeper
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StreetSweeper

Lol @Stupidman!

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Superman, here are some links, from older to newer to aid you in your discovery:

From February 24, 2015: https://crimeresearch.org/2015/02/cprc-in-fox-news-police-are-extremely-law-abiding-but-concealed-handgun-permit-holders-are-even-more-so/

August 10, 2016: https://www.dailywire.com/news/report-concealed-carry-permit-holders-are-most-law-aaron-bandler

September 27, 2019: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3463357

The amici brief, February 8, 2008, from the Heller case is also quite an eye-opener regarding the ineffectiveness of “gun control”. It not only covers US crime rates, but also European crime rates, and even Russian crime rates. All the studies cited showed DC’s position on their firearm ban was false.

Terry
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Terry

I’ll provide some for you Captain Underpants. If you can’t keep up take notes.

https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/31489-more-guns-less-crime-concealed-carry-permit-holders-more-law-abiding-than-police

I don’t expect it to make a damn bit of difference to you. You are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

HyperLoose
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HyperLoose

Well, not what your looking for. But I’ve yet to see any CC Holders use other civilians as shields while shooting wildly into a van where a hostage was held and killed by over zealous poorly trained ignorant COPS…..Not to forget, those wild shots entering the van also exited and killed another innocent person in their car……. This is just one example of many where cops have gong on shooting rampages in the name protecting the public & capturing the bad guy….. Only an idiot cop would blame the deaths by police radical gun fire on the perps…..”If the perps… Read more »

jack mac
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jack mac

HyperLoose: These cops are probably among those government enforcers who consider private citizens as civilians. It makes no difference whether who they kill are are dangerous criminals or not as they are all civilians.

Finnky
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Finnky

@HyperLoose – Enough to make one wonder when one of these shootouts will galvanize the random targets into shooting back.
Where I live, all the cops I’ve talked to do their best to work with the rest of us. They value licensed carriers and rightly consider us backup. Suspect they recognize that many concealed carriers are better armed, faster and more accurate than the cops purporting to protect us. Given that, most would do their best to not piss off the public into shooting the “wrong” direction.

PatriotSickOfLibs
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PatriotSickOfLibs

I’m quite amazed at your ignorance, but impressed with your commitment to it Capt Underpants. Keep main-lining that kool-aide douchebag.

USA
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USA

PSOL, Welcome to the throw down Patriot.