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I’m Too Angry at Creigh Deeds and John Edwards to Say Anything Coherent Right Now


I’m too angry at “Democrats” Creigh Deeds (this is largely about his personal pique at Doug Wilder, by the way) and John Edwards right now to say anything coherent, let alone acceptable on a blog that strongly discourages profanity, so for now I’ll just post the following statement (bolding added by me for emphasis) from Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws. Other than that, all I have to say is @#$@##@$@#$@ – unprintable. Also, I’d note that without Edwards’ and Deeds’ defections, this bill would have been defeated by a 21-19 margin. Nice job, guys! (snark)

P.S. Needless to say, I’m utterly disgusted with these extremist Teapublicans (and hopefully there will be a major backlash at the polls, starting this November), but I guess I expect them to do crazy stuff like this. I do NOT expect people from my own party to join them in going off the deep end.


-In striking down Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month law (21-19), Senate returns Virginia to gun-running capital-

RICHMOND, February 6, 2012 – The Senate of Virginia today took a big step backward in striking down Virginia’s one-gun-a-month law.  The Senate voted to pass SB 323.  The legislation now moves to the House of Delegates, where a similar bill already has passed.

In years past, the Senate was the adult voice in the conversation,” said Senator Donald McEachin.  “Now that a repeal of this law, which targeted illegal gun traffickers, has passed both Chambers, the issue is in the Governor’s hands.  This debate has captured the attention of folks across the Commonwealth, and we know all eyes will be on Governor McDonnell as he ultimately considers SB 323 and its impact on the safety and reputation of the Commonwealth.”

“Virginia has had more than its share of horrific tragedies perpetrated by criminals with easy access to firearms,” said Lori Haas, mother of Virginia Tech shooting survivor, Emily Haas.  “It is a sad day when our legislators purposely make it easier for gun traffickers to do their dirty business. We’re especially disappointed in Senator John Edwards, whose very own district has included horrific acts of gun violence in recent years.  We held out hope that Senator Edwards, and others, would have heeded the voice of the majority of their constituents who oppose repealing this effective policy.  While SB 323 has passed the Senate, the gun lobby has not had free rein this year in pushing its agenda unchecked.  Even with the new dynamics in the Senate, we’ve prevailed on a number of bills.”

Not only is this bill bad policy, but it’s also bad politics,” said Andrew Goddard, President of the Virginia Center for Public Safety.  “Recent polling, both regional and statewide, has consistently shown what we already know, namely that voters across the Commonwealth are concerned with gun-related crime and violence.  Families want law enforcement to retain those public safety tools that will keep us safe in our homes and communities.  We don’t need to turn back the clock and return to an era when Virginia was ground zero for the gun-running cartels.”

Goddard added, “Governor McDonnell is responsible for governing for a broad majority of Virginians, and I am hopeful that he will not be held hostage by narrow special-interest groups on this very important public safety issue.  Governor McDonnell needs to step up and preserve a policy that has protected Virginians for a generation.”

SB 323 is expected to pass the House of Delegates and be on the Governor’s desk in March.  To learn more about Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws, visit Facebook.com/VARGL.  

  • Progressive86

    Dear Creigh,

    Positioning yourself to run for VA Governor again in this fashion is reprehensible. This is the only reasonable justification that I can think of for restoring Virginia back to the days of the Wild West.

    The end.  

  • pontoon

    I find it appalling that Creigh Deeds would vote to strike down this law.  Why?  Please explain why.

  • Moran said this three years ago, I wonder if he stands by it today?

  • Paba

    I got out of this argument last week since it was prefaced by a number of assumptions that anyone who’s ever owned a gun or knows a responsible gun owner doesn’t accept. You can’t argue from axioms that aren’t provable.

    There’s a cultural chasm here, and I’m more than happy to represent it, as long as I’m not going to be branded a “Democrat.” At least unlike most people who share my background, I see this as a party worth fighting for, and being against what some people consider “common sense” (who decides what that is here?) in no way should be a litmus test or bring this sort of wrath where people get the knives out to decide who’s a Democrat and who’s a “Democrat.”

    Flame on.

  • pontoon

    as I have in the past, that many rural or downstate Dems as we are called are more conservative than our urban and suburban counterparts and hold a more moderate view on gun rights. I grew up in a family where every male member of my family hunted every opportunity they had during hunting season.  

    I’m not angry that Creigh voted to revoke this legislation because I believe folks don’t have the right to own a gun.  I simply believe that one hand gun per month should be plenty to purchase. With all the hand gun violence at Tech over the last few years, it seems to me that it was not the right vote to make.

    Finally, as Republicans are proving in this session that they are overreaching again and again, it boggles my mind why any Dem would vote with them on these type of issues so Republicans can then say, “Well, it was a bi-partisan vote.”

  • “Northern Virginians support reasonable and responsible gun safety laws and the Republicans’ extreme agenda will be punished at the polls.”

  • glennbear

    This is a d—-d stupid idea and I stick by my comment of a few days ago:


  • Elaine in Roanoke

    Now we know that Bob McDonnell’s self-serving “plea” for his party not to “over-reach” was just crap. He’ll sign every extreme bill they ram through the GA. At a time when the majority of voters are interested in legislators working to help job creation and seeking a balanced fiscal policy, we see the GOPers in the GA falling back on their tried and true social wedge issues: God, guns, abortion. Next, I suppose, will be gays.

  • Quizzical

    I’ve been trying to think of scenarios in which one would need to buy more than one handgun per month.

    1.  What if you are a wealthy philanthropist, and you want to buy a glock for every graduating college senior in Virginia in the class of 2012?

    2.  What if you feel like you are in danger, and you go out and buy a glock to protect yourself and your family, but you kind of lose track of your glock a couple weeks later.  Maybe it’s been stolen, maybe somebody just borrowed it, maybe the kids have been playing with it, but you still feel in danger so you go out and buy another glock.  Shouldn’t careless people be able to protect themselves?

    3. What if you like to go to a dump with some friends and shoot rats, and your friends don’t own handguns but like to shoot rats too, so you go out and buy a couple more just for the occasional use by your friends?

    4.  What if you have a gun collection and have the opportunity to buy a trunk full of handguns for your own collection?  

    5.  What if your culture requires every male in the family to own a handgun at age 18, and you have triplet sons about to turn 18?

    6.  What if you don’t ever plan to buy more than one handgun per month, ever, but you just want twist the noses of all these liberals who think they can tell you what to do all the time, and you live out in the country anyway so you don’t personally have to worry about gangs like MS-13 getting more handguns?  Shouldn’t you be allowed to have a little political fun?  

  • Paba

    Truth be told, this is at the bottom of the list of pressing issues in my book. Can we please get back to jobs?