Blog Roll
Who's My Legislator?

Virginia Blogs
All Things Education
Augusta Free Press
Crew of 42
Dixie Pig
Greater Greater Washington
Loudoun Progress
Ox Road South Blog
Pilot on Politics" blog
Power for the People
Richmond Sunlight
RVA Politics
Shad Plank
Vivian Paige

Find more about Weather in Arlington, VA
Click for weather forecast

Advanced Search

Virginia Senate Republicans Reject Commonsense Measures to Curb Gun Violence

by: lowkell

Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:58:43 PM EST

From the Virginia Senate Democratic caucus: 

Republican Senators ignore evidence, law enforcement, and mainstream opinion 

RICHMOND, VA — Today, Republican Senators on the Senate Courts of Justice Committee defeated several proposals to reduce gun violence on a party-line vote. These measures were all backed by substantial majorities of Virginians in recent opinion polls.

Senator Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) said, “This is most unusual. The Republicans decided to hear every piece of gun-related legislation on a single day at an unscheduled committee meeting at an irregular time. It’s clear what the Republican agenda is: get rid of commonsense proposals to reduce gun violence when the public isn’t looking.”

Rejected: Universal Background Checks

Senator Donald McEachin
 (D-Henrico), Democratic Caucus Chair, said, "I am deeply disappointed that my Republican colleagues failed to support this commonsense measure to prevent terrorists, felons, or the mentally ill from obtaining dangerous weapons. Fixing background checks to include the sale of all firearms is supported by the evidence, law enforcement, and a majority of Virginians. Rejecting this measure flies in the face of mainstream opinion of both citizens and public safety officials. In light of the mass gun violence in the past year, this is the least we can do to prevent future tragedies.”

Rejected: Giving Localities Increased Flexibility
Senator Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax), Democratic Leader, said,  “Localities currently don’t have any control over firearms on their property. This is just common sense: giving municipalities the ability to make their own rules about guns on property they own. I know the localities I represent need this flexibility.”

Rejected: Magazine Size Limit
Senator McEachin said, “Virginia Republicans are so far out of the mainstream they can’t even accept limiting the high-capacity magazines manufactured for just one purpose: killing people. Hunters don’t need super-high-capacity magazines to bring down a deer.”

lowkell :: Virginia Senate Republicans Reject Commonsense Measures to Curb Gun Violence
Tags: (All Tags)
Print Friendly View Send As Email

Not surprised (0.00 / 0)
The Republicans are in control, so I guess I'm not surprised.  In fact, the trend in Virginia over the last few years is the steady erosion of Virginia's gun safety laws by the Republicans.  

Is there a better place to monitor this than the NRA's website?  That's a serious question.  It looks to me that for anyone interested in this issue in Virginia, it pays to watch the NRA watch Virginia.

For example, here's the announcement of the hearing that the NRA ran the day before it happened:

Clearly they wanted the folks in camouflage clothing to show up for this.

George Patton on sensible gun control (0.00 / 0)
The M1 Garand was a famous military weapon.  A semi-automatic battle rifle, the M1 Garand was used by US forces in many critical battles of the 20th century including the D Day invasion of continental Europe.  Gen. George Patton called the M1 Garand "the greatest battle implement ever devised".

The M1 Garand carried an 8 round magazine.


Make a New Account



Forget your username or password?



Donate to Blue Virginia

The purpose of Blue Virginia is to cover Virginia politics from a progressive and Democratic perspective. This is a group blog and a community blog. We invite everyone to comment here, but please be aware that profanity, personal attacks, bigotry, insults, rudeness, frequent unsupported or off-point statements, "trolling" (NOTE: that includes outright lies, whether about climate science, or what other people said, or whatever), and "troll ratings abuse" (e.g., "troll" rating someone simply because you disagree with their argument) are not permitted and, if continued, will lead to banning. For more on trolling, see the Daily Kos FAQs. Also note that diaries may be deleted if they do not contain at least 2 solid paragraphs of original text; if not, please use the comments section of a relevant diary. For more on writing diaries, click here. Thanks, and enjoy!

P.S. You can contact us at and you can subscribe to Lowell's Twitter feed here. If you'd like to subscribe to Miles Grant's Twitter feed, click here. For Teacherken, click here. For Kindler, click here.

P.P.S. To see the Blue Virginia archive, please click here. To see the Raising Kaine archive, please click here. To see the Blue Commonwealth archive, please click here.

RSS Feed

Subscribe to Blue Virginia - Front Page

Powered by: SoapBlox