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Apparently, gone are the days when Democrat candidates for Governor in Virginia try to appeal to gun owners to get elected.  Remember when then candidate Mark Warner had outdoor enthusiast Sherry Crumley and strategist Mudcat Sanders help him build “Sportsmen for Warner”?  He successfully ran away from his past of strong support for three-day waiting periods for the purchase of firearms, opposition to shall issue concealed carry, support for the Clinton gun ban, and successfully kept the NRA from openly endorsing his Republican opponent.  He went on to sign 17 substantive pro-rights bills while Governor, had no vetoes, and earned an “A” rating from the NRA in his 2008 U.S. Senate Race.

Even Tim Kaine, who used taxpayer money to send buses of supporters to the 2000 “Million Mom March” as Mayor of Richmond, tried to reach out to gun owners and reassure them he was not supportive of new gun control.  His term for Governor was not as friendly to gun owners as Warner’s as he vetoed several good bills that gun owners would have to wait for Governor Bob McDonnell to sign.

Terry McAuliffe, began the move away from appealing to gun owners, though seemed to think touting his purchase of a shotgun early in the 2013 campaign meant he supported firearm freedom.

This year, Lt. Governor Ralph Northam and former Congressman Tom Perriello are falling all over themselves to be the most anti-rights candidate.  Perriello has completely flip flopped on his position related to firearm freedom where he was endorsed by the NRA in 2010, only to now call them a  “nut-job extremist organization.”  UVA political scientist Larry Sabato told NBC News recently that Northam may actually be to the left of Perriello on guns and other issues.

This election is vitally important to Virginia gun owners.  The individual elected this November will sign into law the next legislative redistricting maps.  If the next Governor is anti-rights, you can be sure he will demand a redistricting map that will help elect more candidates that are supportive of his position on key issues.  Those maps will be law for 10 years.  Virginia gun owners must get involved now to elect pro-rights candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and the House of Delegates.  In the case of the Governor’s race, that most assuredly will not be a Democrat.

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That is the title of a forum that was held at the Heritage Foundation yesterday.  With the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, author of the majority opinion in the landmark Second Amendment case, District of Columbia v. Heller, appears to be more in danger than ever.   Hillary Clinton has said more than once that the Court got it wrong and she will appoint a justice that will assist in overturning it.  Three distinguished individuals discussed whether gun control measures are effective at preventing violence or do they end up doing more harm than good as well as whether gun control restrictions constitutional.  The three panelists were:

John Lott
Author of The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies

Nelson Lund
Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

David Clarke, Jr.
Sheriff, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

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NRANews Commentator Colion Noir lays out why politicians turn to gun control rather than tackling the real hard issues facing crime plagued inner cities.

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On Sunday, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation to discuss the Obama administration’s failure to protect Americans from radical Islamic terror attacks. He portrayed the administration’s concentration on gun control as a distraction from the very real threats that our nation faces today.

Also NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox appeared on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, explaining where the responsibility lies for Americans’ vulnerability to terror attacks and firing back against false accusations toward the NRA. He affirmed the organization’s absolute stance against arming suspected terrorists and argued against the effectiveness of so-called “assault weapons” bans.

 

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If it wasn’t clear before, it should be perfectly clear now that Hillary Clinton has gun owners in her sights.  She has made gun control the top focus of her campaign of late.  This from The Hill:

“I am here to tell you I will use every single minute of every day, if I’m fortunate to be your president, looking for ways to save lives so we can change the gun culture,” Clinton said to victims of the Newtown massacre in Hartford on Thursday, according to The Associated Press.

And this from the Connecticut Journal Inquirer:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged Thursday to take on the powerful National Rifle Association lobby should she be the first woman elected president in November.

All of this at the same time that Associated Press article referenced in the Hill also noted a new Quinnipiac University Poll shows that gun control ranks very low with the electorate, even among Democrats.

That won’t stop Clinton though.  This is not the year for gun owners to sit out the election because they don’t like their choice of candidates.  Gun writer and outdoor personality Tom Gresham put it very well during his Gun Talk Radio program on April 17th.

Gun owners need to do everything possible to make sure Hillary Clinton is not elected in November.

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Last week, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis allowed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Remington, Camfour Inc., and the East Windsor Gun Shop to move forward.  The suit was brought by families of the victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting.  Previous attempts to hold firearms manufacturers accountable for the actions of third parties have been stopped by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.  The defendants in this case have asserted that the Act does not apply here as well.  The attorneys for the family believe they have found an exception known as a “negligent-entrustment claim”. Under that type of claim, a seller can be held liable for supplying a product to a person it reasonably could have known posed a risk to themselves or others.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Judge Bellis didn’t consider the merits of the claims by the families in her ruling.

One of the plaintiffs in the case wrote in USA Today that the case is not against manufactures, but against the AR-15 Rifle.

This case is not about all gun makers; it’s about the AR-15. Remington’s targeted marketing makes military-style massacres accessible to unscreened civilians. The company’s strategy is responsible for the Sandy Hook massacre. The families have a right, even a responsibility, to hold it accountable.

If that is the case, then why do FBI data show that Rifles/shotguns are used in only a small number of violent crimes compared to other weapons?  Fists are used to kill in twice to almost three times as many murders than rifles.  Even anti-gun law professor Adam Winkler admits that going after semi-automatic firearms will do nothing to reduce crime.

In the below video, author and columnist Frank Miniter talks about the lawsuit with NRANews.com Cam and Company host Cam Edwards. Miniter addressed the point about the AR-15 rifle and discussed how it is the single most popular semi-automatic rifle in the nation.


Originally aired on Cam & Co 04/21/16.

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The Sun Gazette opined yesterday on the subject of gun ban advocates attempts to stop gun shops from opening in Northern Virginia neighborhoods and the challenges they face in stopping them:

Over the past year, inside-the-Beltway gun opponents have gone 1-for-3, having successfully worked to scuttle plans for a gun store in the Cherrydale section of Arlington but then having watched, and fulminated, as Nova Firearms relocated to a larger and more prominent location in McLean and Nova Armory opened late last month on Pershing Drive in Arlington.

In each of those last two cases, officials in Fairfax and Arlington counties noted, correctly, that their hands were tied by state law prohibiting them from enacting zoning rules that would keep such shops out.

The Sun Gazette noted they don’t stay up at night worrying about gun shops in their neighborhood (writing that NOVA Firearms is two blocks from their office) but did express empathy for those who take a different view:

 …assuming they are actually serious about their concerns, rather than using the shops as convenient political whipping boys.

But that’s just the problem.  All of the noise made by the gun ban lobby is less about legitimate concerns with gun shops in the neighborhood (since they can’t point to any problems caused by gun shops operating in any area of the Commonwealth) and all about trying to stop legitimate businesses from being able to operate in the first place.  The Gazette said if the gun ban lobby wants to really have the power to stop gun shops from opening, they need to change the “hearts and minds” of Virginians  to affect legislative races in order to get the General Assembly to allow localities to ban gun shops from opening.  So far, the gun ban folks have only been successful in getting Northern Virginia legislators on their side.  It is up to us to make sure they don’t make any headway in other areas.

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