By using their narrow majority in the Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Republicans once again killed any chances Virginians had for desperately needed common sense gun control. It's clear beyond dispute that no number of massacres will zap Virginia Republican legislators out of their mindless and shameless obedience to the NRA  instead of their responsibilities for public safety.

Del. Tony Wilt and Sen. Mark Obenshein yet again pledged allegiance to the madness of Wayne La Pierre and offered the usual thoughts and prayers when asked about the relentless carnage afflicting our state. After the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre, Connecticut's legislature and governor promptly enacted gun control laws that reduced the gun homicide rate by 45 percent.

We continually see the cowardice of Virginia Republican Legislators when faced with the lowering of their NRA Ratings by the firearms industry lobby, but we can't expect them to have the same courage as Connecticut school teachers.

Tom Yeager

Harrisonburg

(17) comments

Chief601

sammy708 - Chief of a Fire Department, sammy708. What grade are you in? Would you like to see a shiny red fire truck, sonny boy?

Chief601

"It's clear beyond dispute that no number of massacres will zap Virginia Republican legislators out of their mindless and shameless obedience to the NRA instead of their responsibilities for public safety." Actually that's obedience to the Constitution. Have you ever actually read it? How about the Emancipation Proclamation? Ever read that? How many slaves did that piece of political propaganda free?

mattnamyj

These poor, ignorant neo-liberals and their fanatical views against firearms. Gun save lives!!!

Mike Muterspaugh

Typical left wing liberal anti gun, anti 2nd Amend and anti NRA zealot. Throw out enough bogus "statistics" and soon the feeble minded will believe them. As far as mental background checks are concerned, Yeager would be the poster child for supporting that action.

DeftCurmudgeon

Sorry "Coonman", go practice deflection somewhere else. And take off that hood, you look like a racist.

bishopsboy

DC, that’s ok. He’s not shackled by religious nuttery, only left wing propaganda and TDS so he’s obviously objective and free of all bias, a man of brutal logic tempered by goodwill for all.

LVW

I have a dream that someday, we can have an honest debate about gun violence, without both sides immediately retreating to their entrenched positions to yell at each other.

Donald

I think, Mr. Yeager, you may have been provided some misleading numbers. Any legislation in response to Sandy Hook enacted in Connecticut would have been in 2013. From what I can find the firearms homicide rate (and I emphasis “homicide”) went up from 2013 to the last year of data available, 2017. So did the rate per 100,000 people. Not wanting to inflict bias from a pro gun site I used data from a decidedly un-gun friendly site at the University of Sydney in Australia. Of course, statistics are easily manipulated, so I would certainly appreciate seeing the source for your statistic, and perhaps you could provide the specific legislation that contributed to a supposed drastic drop in firearms homicide. The site I used is here: https://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/connecticut

bishopsboy

Donald, your expectations are much too high. 45 percent is the number Obama made up and quoted, so obviously it is beyond question and must be true in the mind of a wingnut -- no data required.

Donald

I think, Mr. Yeager, you may have been provided some misleading numbers. Any legislation in response to Sandy Hook enacted in Connecticut would have been in 2013. From what I can find the firearms homicide rate (and I emphasis “homicide”) went up from 2013 to the last year of data available, 2017. So did the rate per 100,000 people. Not wanting to inflict bias from a pro gun site I used data from a decidedly un-gun friendly site at the University of Sydney in Australia. Of course, statistics are easily manipulated, so I would certainly appreciate seeing the source for your statistic, and perhaps you could provide the specific legislation that contributed to a supposed drastic drop in firearms homicide. The site I used is here: https://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/connecticut

Donald

Oops.

DANT

I will be voting for Tony and Mark because my second amendment rights are way more important than these ignorant post by uninformed kooks!

sammy708

Dant......Don't forget you are also voting for your "Fuhrer"!

Chief601

Sammy, I assume you are talking about the socialists when you talk about the Fuhrer? After all, that was the National SOCIALIST German Worker's Party Adolf was in charge of, snowflake.

Mike Muterspaugh

Snowflake. Love it! Well put Chief.

sammy708

You know who I am talking about Chief Smarta**! Chief of what? A firetruck?

DANT

I doubt sammy knows what Fuhrer means!

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