Tag: Second Amendment

ken plum

Ken Plum: The right to bear arms

Commonly referred to as the “right to bear arms” amendment, the Second Amendment could as easily be called “the state militia” amendment.

Fact sheet: Obama executive actions on gun violence

President Obama is set to announce executive actions on Tuesday aimed at curbing gun violence. The White House released a fact sheet detailing the actions late Monday.

House, Senate Democrats comment on McAuliffe gun safety action

Virginia House and Senate Democrats offered praise for the announcement from Gov. Terry McAuliffe regarding an executive order issued Thursday aimed at preventing gun violence in the Commonwealth.

university of virginia uva

Hoffman Memorial Lecture 2015: Firearms, Mental Illness, and the Law

The Sixteenth P. Browning Hoffman Memorial Lecture in Law and Psychiatry will be presented in the Caplin Pavilion at the School of Law, University of Virginia, on Wednesday, Oct.7, at 4:30 p.m.

Ellen Arthur responds to Virginia Citizens Defense League on gun ownership

Ellen Arthur, Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 24th House District, has replied to a press release from the extremist Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) that singled her out for her “restrictive” position on gun ownership.

ken plum

Yes, Virginia, it’s time to act on gun control

Virginia made history last week – not for the kind of event for which we would like to be remembered, but one nonetheless that took place on our soil and will be talked about around the globe.

Bob Goodlatte: ATF abandons Second Amendment attack

President Obama recently attempted to use his pen and phone to stretch his authority to implement more policies that Congress has refused to enact, this time to deprive Americans of their Second Amendment rights.

The other side of gun violence, mental illness, justice

A guy shoots up a school, the right howls about not giving up Second Amendment rights because of random gun violence, says it’s mental illness, does nothing about mental illness.

Governor McAuliffe announces legislation to prevent gun violence

Governor McAuliffe today announced a series of legislative proposals aimed at protecting Virginia residents and families through common-sense gun violence prevention efforts.

Pushing buttons? Open carry guys seem to want their guns taken away

The open carry gun groups sure are getting what they want. If what they want is more public pressure to put restrictions on gun rights.

Madison Allen: In support of gun rights

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.

Ken Plum: Within constitutional limits

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.

Poll: Virginians favor gun control laws, doubt their effectiveness

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.

Kaine, Biden take part in gun violence roundtable

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.

House committee passes nullification measure

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.

Democrats push gun safety measures

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.

Senate Republicans block gun control measures

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 obama

Obama goes on offense on guns

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.

Kaine calls for comprehensive proposals to reduce gun violence

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.

Ken Plum: Shots heard ’round the world

Newtown, Conn., joined a list topped by Blacksburg, Va., of the scenes of the most tragic mass murders in our history. This list contributes to the United States having 80 percent of all firearm deaths among the 23 populous, high-income countries in the world.

Candidate for Republican LG nomination blasts Feinstein

E.W. Jackson, candidate for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of Virginia, released a statement on gun rights on Monday.

Goodlatte in position to block new gun control laws

Sixth District Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte will be the chair of the House Judiciary Committee when Congress reconvenes in January. That’s the same House Judiciary Committee that will have oversight over any gun-control measures to be considered by Congress in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that has sparked a new national debate on guns.

Chris Graham: Two in three in favor of their own gun control

One in three households own a gun. That means two in three don’t. Wonder what that might mean? Not to say that everyone among the two in three that don’t own a gun by definition are automatically in favor of strict gun control, but let’s just say this – there’s a reason those folks have enacted their own strict household gun-control policy.

McDonnell: Arm teachers

Twenty first-graders were among the 26 massacred at a Connecticut elementary school last week. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell suggested today that the massacre wouldn’t have happened if a teacher or school administrator had been armed.

mark warner

Mark Warner: ‘How can this go on?’

Mark Warner is known as a different breed of Democrat. Among the areas where he has stood out has been his steadfast support of Second Amendment rights. A comment posted by the senator to his Facebook page on Monday in the wake of the tragic events at an elementary school in Connecticut that left 27 people dead – including 20 first-grade students – shows that Warner is moving in a different direction on gun rights.