“E Pluribus Unum. We welcome all those who believe in liberty and...

“E Pluribus Unum. We welcome all those who believe in liberty and justice for all.”

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I agree 100% with Virginia Del. Mark Levine on this (see below). The LAST thing we want to do is what crazies like Trump, Gingrich, etc. want to do: declare war on Islam, impose unconstitutional and unAmerican religious tests, etc.

I’ve been watching all night the horror from Nice. I’ve lived and worked in France for several months. Nice is a particularly beautiful place, and the Bastille Day Celebration — like our Fourth of July — is normally a great time for families and fireworks, fun and patriotic spirit.

We must not let the terrorists win. We must be vigilant, of course, and protect our public spaces. Particularly where crowds gather, we must always have lots of police present and concrete barriers and metal detectors wherever possible. And I myself introduced a bill — rejected by the Republicans of the Virginia General Assembly — to deny all known and suspected terrorists the right to buy firearms. I intend to introduce such a bill again next year (with due process rights for those denied to avoid cases of mistaken identity).

Our hearts go out to France, America’s first ally. We stand with the French People and cry with them. But we also must stay resolute. We cannot let this attack cause Americans or the West to retreat in fear or be reduced to hatred.

Those who want to kill come from every religion, ethnicity, and race. Some are anti-American, some are anti-black, some are Islamist, some are anti-police, some are anti-gay, some are anti-Jewish, some are anti-abortion, and many — far too many — are seriously mentally ill.

The best way to fight terrorism in America, in addition to denying killers weapons and avenues of attack, is to embrace the multiculturalism that lets every American and every immigrant know we welcome them. We have never been a country of one race, culture, language, or religion. E Pluribus Unum. We welcome all those who believe in liberty and justice for all.

This acceptance and joyous celebration of diversity, I believe, is a good in and of itself. But it has the added bonus of dampening down the kinds of hatreds that too often lead to terrorist attack.

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

    Video: Newt Gingrich the antithesis of what America is about; he is a bigot and disgrace to our country

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-byNJXSHYI

  • Joe Mancini

    In general, we need more “E Pluribus Unum” and less “In God We Trust.”

    Especially now.

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

    Hillary Clinton Statement on Attack in Nice, France

    After reports that a truck drove into a crowd in Nice, France, killing dozens in what appears to be a terrorist attack, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:

    “Once again, it appears that terrorists have struck at one of our closest allies in Europe, attacking families celebrating the history and culture of their country on Bastille Day. Every American stands in strong solidarity with the people of France, and we say with one voice: we will not be intimidated. We will never allow terrorists to undermine the egalitarian and democratic values that underpin our very way of life. This cowardly attack only strengthens our commitment to our alliance and to defeating terrorism around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured, and with all our friends in France.”

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

    Trump’s Virginia state chair blames Nice attack on France being a “no-gun country.” That’s actually completely false:

    “In France, to buy a firearm, a hunting licence or a shooting sport license is necessary. All semi-automatic rifles with a capacity greater than 3 rounds, all handguns and all rifles chambered in ‘military’ calibres, including bolt action, require permits. These are known as B1, B2 and B4 type permits. Firearms are divided into eight categories that determine the regulations that apply to their possession and use. France also sets limits on the number of cartridges that can be kept at home (1000 rounds per gun).
    The total number of firearms owned by an individual is also subject to limits (not possible to have more than 12 authorizations/permits on B1, B2 and B4 type firearms).[85] As of September, 2013, France has a capacity limit of 20 rounds for handguns;[86] one needs a permit for category one[clarification needed] semi-automatics that have a capacity greater than 3 rounds. Fully automatic firearms are illegal for civilian ownership.”

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