“There you go again.” (Governor Northam take note.)

Ronald Reagan uttered those words in response to criticism by Carter about Reagan’s position on Medicare (28 October 1980) in the Presidential debate. So let me confer those words on our Governor, Mr. Northam, there you go again, in response to the news article where the Governor proclaimed his desire to again push for more stringent gun control laws.

Even though it was stated that over half the deaths by firearms were a result of those committing suicide, the Democrat in him just seems unable (or unwilling) to focus on the real problem with the tragedy of gun violence; mental illness.

Let me throw some common sense questions into his arguments for the legislation. First, would a ban on “assault rifles” actually ban them at all. According to the Code of Virginia, § 18.2-308.2:01. Possession or transportation of certain firearms by certain persons, paragraph C. For purposes of this section, “assault firearm” means any semi-automatic center-fire rifle or pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material and is equipped at the time of the offense with a magazine which will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition or designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding stock.

Take note of this portion of the code “and is equipped at the time of the offense with a magazine which will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition”.  Did you catch the part about “at the time of the offense”? A strict interpretation of the code, I believe, would find that until it is used in some type of illegal activity with a magazine that holds more than 20 rounds of ammunition, it is not an assault rifle (or firearm). Curious is it not. 

Secondly, Won’t universal background checks impact only legal, law abiding buyers, not the criminals that steal or buy second hand guns. Are we to suppose that the Governor really thinks that the criminal element will register their guns so we know who has what gun when it is used illegally? Is someone really going to have my heirs go through a background check before they take possession of my guns at the settlement of my estate?

So Governor Northam, why not concentrate on important items like reducing taxes, cutting government spending, transportation, infrastructure improvements or a host of other concerns I think most citizens have instead of the party line headline grabbers? Try and lead with a new vision for a changing Virginia, not the stale old Democratic talking points that have seen our Commonwealth lose its standing in comparison with surrounding states.

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