I am responding to Ken Plum’s article, Congress in the Clutches of the NRA. I disagree with gun control on many levels. I think everyone deserves a right to bear arms. It’s a constitutional right and a safety mechanism.
Our newly minted senator from Virginia Tim Kaine made the best response I have heard to those who argue that the Second Amendment is an absolute right to own guns. As Senator Kaine wrote in an opinion column in the Virginian Pilot last week, “A Virginian, James Madison, drafted the Bill of Rights, and we in the Commonwealth believe strongly in the Second Amendment.
Virginians favor many gun control regulations while they think that better enforcement of existing laws is more likely to prevent gun violence. And, they do not blame lax gun laws for mass shootings, according to The Roanoke College Poll. The poll interviewed 583 Virginia residents between Jan. 14 and Jan. 22 and has a margin of error of +/-4.1 percent. Residents were asked a series of questions about guns and gun violence.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine on Friday joined Vice President Joe Biden, Representative Bobby Scott, mental health experts, and law enforcement officials from Virginia for a roundtable discussion to highlight strategies to reduce gun violence. The event at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond acted as a forum for Kaine and others to outline measures that were taken after the Virginia Tech tragedy to curb incidences of gun violence and mass shootings.
The Republican-controlled House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee on Friday approved Del. Bob Marshall’s extreme bill that will prevent the Virginia government from complying with federal gun control legislation enacted after Dec. 31, 2012. All Republicans in the committee voted in favor of the legislation.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting and the morning following President Obama’s announcement of new public safety measures to stem gun violence, House and Senate Democrats held a public safety press conference in the House Briefing Room on Friday.
Republican senators on the Senate Courts of Justice Committee defeated several proposals to reduce gun violence on a party-line vote on Friday. These measures were all backed by substantial majorities of Virginians in recent opinion polls.
President Barack Obama stepped out into the political crossfire on Wednesday, issuing a sweeping series of proposals aimed at limiting gun violence that includes criminal background checks on all gun sales and a ban on military-style assault weapons.
As Vice President Joe Biden continues his meetings with stakeholders this week in an effort to develop a new set of policies to reduce gun violence, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today expressed his support for a specific and comprehensive set of proposals.