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Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

by: lowkell

Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 07:05:03 AM EST


Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, December 19.

*Gun trade faces challenges to financial, political power
*After Newtown, beating the NRA at its own game (How about we all invest our values by putting our money in companies we believe in, not just financially?)
*Biden to oversee White House effort to reduce gun violence
*Boehner veers off bipartisan course with 'Plan B,' shaking up talks
*A rough 24 hours for the White House (What I don't understand is this: the White House had the Republicans in checkmate - game over. So why let them back in the game? The bottom line is that President Obama and the Democrats have all the leverage; no need to offer dumb concessions, especially ones that hurt Social Security recipients or impose austerity. Just really REALLY bad negotiating. Hello? Haven't you guys learned anything from the 1st term?!?)
*Eric Cantor plays loyal lieutenant to Boehner (If Can'tor had done that the last time Boehner was in serious budget/debt negotiations with President Obama, Republicans would have ended up with a better deal - from their bizarre harsh perspective, anyway - than they're about to get now. Brilliant Can'tor!)
*Neocons push against Chuck Hagel (Personally, I think Hagel's a good man, I just think we should have a Democrat as Defense Secretary, as there are many good ones available. Also, Hagel has a right-wing, anti-LGBT, anti-environmental voting record. Why pick him exactly?)
*McDonnell suggests a discussion of arming school officials (Brilliant, huh? Of course, the Newtown shooter's mother was armed to the teeth, and she still got murdered - by her own gun, surprise surprise.)
*McDonnell, O'Malley take opposing sides in response to Newtown shootings
*Survivors of Va. Tech tragedy share pain, send love
*Record day for Va. gun transactions after school shootings
*Editorial: Governor has teachers where he wants them ("After starving Virginia's public schools, Gov. McDonnell tosses them a few crumbs. Next, he'll seek to divert some of their funding to roads.")
*Editorial: Scrooge lives, unrepentant ("An uncharitable remark from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli gets a response from Catholic bishops.")
*Schapiro: For McDonnell, uranium issue political and personal
*A start toward saving menhaden (Long overdue...)
*Legal battle with Virginia cost airports authority $1.5 million
*Hester sweeps to victory in special Va. House election (Congratulations!)
*Some top MWAA officials got big raises in 2012 (Big raises for running a corrupt cesspool of an agency? Nice.)
*Mike Shanahan can coach football - who knew? (Yep, when the 'Skins were losing, Shanahan was an idiot. Now that they're winning, he's a genius. Gotta love sportswriters.)

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"Sideshow Bob" strikes again: Would ORDER school staff to carry guns! (0.00 / 0)
Crazy even by his standards.
Virginia state Sen. Robert G. Marshall is proposing a bill that would require some teachers or other school staff to carry concealed weapons in schools.

Marshall (R-Prince William) requested that the bill be drafted in response to the mass shooting last week at a Connecticut elementary school.

[...]

Marshall's proposal goes beyond the governor's comments, which were made in the course of a radio interview Tuesday. Marshall would not only allow staff with concealed handgun permits to carry them in schools, but require school districts to designate some staff members to do so. Those employees would have to be certified in gun safety and competence, Marshall said.



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Much better gun legislation, thanks to Sen. Marsden (0.00 / 0)
Of course, there's no chance this will pass the Teapublican-controlled House of Delegates. That's why we need to vote those people OUT of there next November!

Senator Dave Marsden Announces Legislation to Promote Gun Owner Responsibility

In unique approach, two bills will promote personal responsibility and basic safety measures.

RICHMOND, VA - Today, Senator Dave Marsden (D-Fairfax) announced legislation to promote gun owner responsibility. Together, the two bills will make it substantially harder for criminals or the mentally ill to obtain the type of dangerous weapons used to commit mass killings in Aurora, Colorado, Newtown, Connecticut, and countless other American cities.

"Gun ownership is a constitutional right, and responsible gun ownership can save lives. Irresponsible ownership can lead to needless deaths. Gun owners have a special responsibility to secure their firearms from mentally unstable individuals due to the potential those weapons have to harm others," said Senator Marsden.

The first bill, the Gun Owners Responsibility and Accountability Act, will make gun owners civilly liable if their guns are used in the commission of a crime and they failed to take adequate care and control to prevent the theft.

The second bill will set a $250 penalty for failing to report the theft of one's gun.

"Every single gun owner needs to take personal responsibility and follow basic safety measures to protect their property from misuse by criminals or the mentally ill. We've all seen how even a single irresponsible gun owner can enable a chain of events that leads to horrific casualties," said Senator Marsden.

"Responsible gun owners, who use basic precautions like trigger locks or gun safes to safely secure their firearms, will not be affected by these proposals," he added.

Senator Marsden is also joining Senator Janet D. Howell (D-Fairfax) in an effort to close the "gun show loophole," which allows the purchase of guns without a background check at gun shows in Virginia.

Senator Howell said, "Every responsible Virginian agrees that we have to keep guns far away from those with mental illness or a history of violence. Yet, in Virginia, there is a gaping hole in requirements for background checks. Anyone can purchase all types of firearms - including assault weapons - at gun shows and avoid going through the instant background check process. This must end."

"I look forward to working with Senator Marsden to close the gun show loophole and make it harder for people to commit violent crimes. Together, we can work to stop this tide of senseless gun violence," added Senator Howell.

Elected to the Senate in 2010, Senator Dave Marsden is a leader on matters of juvenile justice and crime prevention. A lifelong resident of Northern Virginia and the father of three sons, Dave Marsden has lived in Burke since 1977 with his wife of 40 years, Julia.



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At a minimum, we need laws (0.00 / 0)
that would prevent people who propose ideas this idiotic from ever being allowed to acquire a firearm.

Sheesh.


Or from being elected to anything. (0.00 / 0)
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