ALMOST Anybody BUT Cuccinelli (or: I Made a HUGE Mistake)

I’ve been mistakenly supporting Steve Shannon for Attorney General in Virginia.

All this time, I thought he had voted to override SB1035, commonly referred to as the “restaurant ban”.  Virginia has a law that says you may not carry a concealed weapon in a restaurant that serves alcohol for consumption on the premises.  Thes, it’s open carry only.

Unless you’re a Commonwealth Attorney (whether or not you have a concealed handgun permit).

Or a Deputy Commonwealth Attorney (whether or not you have a concealed handgun permit).

Or other categories of privilege.

Shannon has in the past few days proven himself to be susceptible to the Brady Bunch’s attitudes, and appears to have taken his campaign ads from their website and from Omar Samaha.  (Yes, he’s the guy who took $5000 from ABC to “prove” he could buy a gun without ID.   Got news for ya, guy.  So can any criminal on the DC streets.)

Since I cannot in good conscience support Ken Cuccinelli, I need to find an AG candidate within the next 11 days.

More logic (?).

There is such a lack of logic in this “response” that it’s hard to know where to begin.

Brady Campaign Responds to NRA

Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, has issued a statement responding to the National Rifle Association’s endorsement of Bob McDonnell for governor. According to Helmke, the “one critical issue” that separates Virginia’s candidates for governor on gun rights is the tightening of rules for buying weapons at gun shows–the so-called gun show loophole.

“Creigh Deeds agrees with the families of the victims of Virginia Tech that the most dangerous people, prohibited by law from purchasing guns from federally licensed gun dealers, shouldn’t be able to get around those laws by buying them from non-licensed gun sellers at weapons bazaars,” Helmke said in his statement. “Bob McDonnell, who now refuses to acknowledge that this gaping loophole in Virginia gun laws even exists, appears eager to do whatever the gun lobby wants him to. That’s playing politics with public safety, and the voters should judge the candidates accordingly.”

– The gun show “loophole” (which is not a loophole) is that an individual citizen can sell his or her privately owned firearm without following rules that were enacted for federally licensed firearms dealers.   In other words, you’re not subject to laws that don’t apply to you.  Current Virginia law says you can sell a privately owned handgun to a buyer as long as you know he’s a Virginia resident and you have no reason to believe he would not be prohibited from owning it.  This law doesn’t change by geography; it remains consistent whether you’re in your living room or at a gun show.   (Now, if you wanted to sell something, doesn’t it make sense to be where there’s a congregation of people who want to buy that thing?  Think of growing produce; if you want to sell produce, a farmers’ market is a logical place to be because that’s where buyers will be.)

– The families of the Virginia Tech victims would be in no different straits today if the law were changed; the VT shooter did not buy his guns at a show, and in fact did pass the federal background check.  The loophole is that his mental health records were never entered into the databases checked by the NICS.  That loophole was closed almost immediately by Gov Kaine.

– Creigh Deeds has admitted that he changed his mind on this issue due to emotional pleas from families of some of the VT victims.   He wants to legislate to “respond to grief“.  This is absolutely the wrong reason to pass any legislation, and is more reprehensible coming from someone who knows that the legislation would change nothing.

Deeds, who owns several firearms and has hunted since he was a child, said he understands the importance of the Second Amendment and has no interest in working for broader gun controls except for the gun show loophole.

“For me, everything changed on April 16, 2007,” Deeds said in an interview Sunday. “As a father, I felt just a need deep down in my soul to respond to their grief somehow.”

Note, the Brady campaign is not endorsing Deeds.  Instead, it’s relying on its old “evil NRA” mantra.  Instead of doing something positive, they’ll badmouth the NRA at every turn.  It says to me the Brady Bunch can’t think very deeply (well, I already believe that).  The NRA happened to make this endorsement, so it gave the BB something to rail about.  There are more grass-roots gun-owners groups in Virginia, each of whom will make or not make endorsements in its own time, and many of which include significant numbers of gun owners who dislike the NRA for various reasons.  In many ways, the BB blaming the NRA for all evils of the world are like the protesters who blame Obama for the nation’s ills.  Point at the leader, and let him/it take the blame.

Oh. Surely. You. Jest.

Clinton kidnapping suspect says Virginia Tech deaths prompted robbery attempt.

Hearing gunshots at VT in April 07 caused him to hold a family for hours so he could rob a bank?  Let’s get real.

Published in: on January 27, 2009 at 11:15 am  Leave a Comment  

Louisiana Officials Abet Crime

Louisiana elected officials prohibit guns in college campuses: http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=78741

Louisiana Technical College officials have a policy: http://www.ltc.edu/assets/596ViolenceintheWorkplace.pdf

Baton Rouge first-responders arrived within four minutes after the first 911 call.  How long was that after the first shot?

The story:

Student Kills 2, Self at La. College
Friday February 8, 2008 7:01 PM
By DOUG SIMPSON
Associated Press Writer

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A 23-year-old woman killed two fellow students in a classroom at a vocational college Friday, then killed herself, police said.

The women apparently were shot in their seats in the second-floor classroom at Louisiana Technical College, Baton Rouge Sgt. Don Kelly said. About 20 people were in the room at the time, he said.

Officers ran into the building within four minutes of the first 911 call, which came at 8:36 a.m., Kelly said.

“There was mass pandemonium, people running,” he said. “One officer – the first into the classroom – told me he could still smell gunpowder.”

Police withheld the names of the shooter and the victims, ages 21 and 26, until their families could be notified.

The school – one of two LTC campuses in Baton Rouge and dozens around the state – offers classes in a dozen subjects including early childhood education, practical nursing, drafting and welding.

School administrators and campus police did not immediately return calls or e-mails.

Louis Davis, who said he was taking an automobile technology class Friday morning, said a teacher told the students to stay in class because there had been an incident, without adding details. Students had to stay in their classrooms for about two hours and were briefly questioned by police before being released for the day, he said.

Classes were canceled through Tuesday, and tentatively scheduled to resume Wednesday, said Jim Henderson, vice president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

“This is a tragic day for Baton Rouge, when you come to a learning institution … and become the victim of a violent crime,” Mayor Kip Holden said at the scene.

Granted, even a reasonably alert armed citizen might not be able to stop a gunman who fires 2-3 shots.  Had this been another VT, however, Louisiana officials should remain culpable; they had effectively disarmed those who were in a position to help.

Published in: on February 9, 2008 at 11:15 am  Comments (3)  

Truth maligned

A video recreated at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhEMIRbKQ4c  attempts to malign the individuals who observed the Lie-In at Richmond, VA’s capitol building last Monday.  Why would someone protest and then be upset that the spectators weren’t invited?

The video is recreated thanks to the fact the original poster didn’t open comments or ratings.  The re-posting allows both.

Compare to this one, with audio:  http://tinyurl.com/38uqc.

Others, also with full audio and not just the apparently extraneous laughter the original wanted highlighted is posted at: http://vaguninfo.com/videos/vcdl_meetings/2008/lobbyday.htm

Having seen all of these, I cannot imagine what frame of mind it would take someone to post that original.  If it weren’t for these others, you would not know that the great majority of those standing were objecting to the original protest.  You would believe the counter-protestors, for lack of a better word, were unruly, disrespectful, and vile.  Nothing could be further from the truth, as you’ll see in the other videos.

I long for true dialog.  For days when the Brady Bunch doesn’t have to spin its message because they can’t use logic.  For days when someone at MMM goes to a gun show, and then discusses the facts behind sales.  For days they don’t have to bolster their message with speakers whose message has nothing to do with a sale at a gun show.

I truly would like to discuss.  I tried last Monday, but the one woman who would speak to me mistook redundancy for persuasion, and when I still didn’t buy the line after about the tenth time she repeated it, she held up her hand and walked away.

What happened to logic?

Governor Kaine quote:

“These gun shows provide a very easy and public means” for criminals to get guns, he said. “There are those who apparently think it’s fine for a felon to have a gun. They usually won’t stand up and say that, because they’d be laughed out of the room, but that’s apparently what they believe.”

This is a man who’s been a lawyer for years.  One would think he’d have the ability to read and synthesize information.  Perhaps logic should be emphasized in law school.  No one wants a violent or dangerous felon to have a gun.  Using the argument in this manner indicates the level to which he’s willing to stoop.

Statistics show between 0.4 and 0.7 percent of guns used in violent crimes have come from gun shows.  In at least half those cases,  I’d bet (I’ve never seen a statistic on it), they come from dealers, who DO background checks.  Some are straw purchases.  You can’t hold a dealer liable for a straw purchase IF he had no way to tell.  But most dealers don’t sell the cheap guns – the ones the bad guy can buy on a street corner (often stolen) for $150.  And the number of individuals who sell one or two guns – long guns or handguns – at gun shows is small.

Then, Kaine is using this so-called “loophole” (I sure wish he’d look up that definition) ostensibly to prevent another Tech.  But Cho didn’t buy his guns at a gun show.  He passed a background check – and waited over 30 days (per Virginia law) to buy his second!

Dangerous felons don’t go to gun shows to buy weapons.  They’re too easily available elsewhere, where the only background check used is “Did you bring the cash?”   And if you think someone who really wants a gun is going to wait 8-15 weeks for the next gun show in his area, you’re smoking the same stuff as the governor.

Of course, Virginia has another in the wings.  Let’s make BRANDISHING a firearm into a FELONY  (HB 1338) .  That way, if someone sees me removing my firearm from my car safe and placing it in my purse, or on my belt, and gets all holier-than-thou about it, and calls it in, I have the burden of defending myself against a FELONY charge.   Now, I agree, in principle if not in specifics, with our brandishing laws; they serve a purpose.  But FELONY?  C’mon.  Where’s the common sense?  It’s in trying to keep people from buying guns, whether at a gun show or not.

I truly feel for the VT victims.  Some were intelligent, and capable of thinking for themselves, and would, I’m certain, be outraged at the use people are  making of their memories.   Had one of them held a gun, perhaps there would have been fewer than 32 of them.