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I Am a Democrat and I Love My Guns. With a Caveat.

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by Brandon Jarvis (@jaaavis)

The day I went to buy my first pistol – I failed to have all of the required paperwork for the purchase. To be specific, I didn’t have the required number of papers to prove my home address. The dealer looked at my father and I and said – “Is this your dad? He can just buy it and legally gift it to you.”  He then went on to tell us that you don’t have to register your weapons in the state of Virginia. So it doesn’t really matter who buys the weapon or who possesses it. (There will be a state police record of who purchased the weapon.)

I truly appreciated at the time how he was helping me get around the paperwork so that I could purchase the weapon. I now have a gun to protect my family. That was my original goal, and I met that goal. I wasn’t concerned about the manner in which I purchased the weapon – mainly because I know I don’t plan to do anything illegal or dangerous with it.

But, how am I to know that someone that might not be so confident in themselves; and the fact that they won’t cause unnecessary harm with that weapon. What if someone is looking to hurt people – and they realize that they don’t even have to tell the dealer where they live in order to purchase a weapon?

In 2015, there were 946 firearm deaths in the state of Virginia. 374 of those deaths were homicides. 2014’s numbers were slightly lower at 889 and 339. Those numbers are not in the top 10 for leading causes of death in Virginia during those years, but it’s worth noting that 3 percent of gun deaths in the United States in 2015 took place in Virginia.

I started this by saying I am a Democrat who loves my guns – and this is still true…. with a caveat. I think it was too easy to get my gun, and I think that needs to change. I should not have to go through more paperwork and background checks to rent a $40 storage unit than I did to purchase a weapon. I know that it is not just as easy as snapping a finger and putting policy into action. If things were that simple then 25 million people would be losing healthcare right now.

The NRA claims to support new regulation on bump stocks – The attachment that can turn a semi-automatic rifle into an automatic weapon. But a few months after the shooting we still haven’t seen any pressure from Congress. House Speaker Paul Ryan called for a regulatory fix for bump fire stocks earlier, instead of passing legislation that was proposed in the House and Senate.

“We think the regulatory fix is the smartest, quickest fix,” he said when asked about how to address the devices. But the agency in charge of these types of issues (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ) has yet to take any steps in that direction.

The NRA and their allies along with the gun control groups both spent millions on the 2017 Gubernatorial election in Virginia. Ralph Northam – the Democrat and eventual winner – has always claimed to want to tighten up gun laws.

“In his first weeks in the Virginia Senate, Ralph met Virginia Tech survivors who came to Richmond to advocate for commonsense gun safety reform, and he has been partners with them ever since. He proudly voted to close the Gun Show Loophole and to keep the One-Handgun-A-Month limit.”

The gun control groups loved this and fed his campaign millions. Meanwhile, the NRA and other like-minded groups spent millions in their own right for advertisements across the state.

Outside of healthcare, I don’t think you can find another issue that is as hot and sensitive as gun control. I do support the right to bear arms – but it should take more effort to actually purchase and own a firearm.

Data for death rates.

  • Quizzical

    More Virginia gun stats here
    http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/congress/va
    Scroll down for 2017
    Also you can drill down to specific lists

    • Quizzical

      Oh yeah, contact info for Virginia’s members of Congress are there too.

  • old_redneck

    I’m a liberal and I like my guns, too —

    Weatherby .30-06
    Remington 700 .243
    Remington 870 12 gauge
    Beretta Silver Pigeon 12 gauge
    Savage 93 .22 WMR
    Colt M1911 .45
    Daisy Red Ryder BB rifle

  • Kenneth Ferland

    Personally I see no need for nor inherent right to weapons. The 2nd Amendment protects ones right to military service in an organized state militia much like your right to serve on a jury dosn’t mean you get to make your own juries and conduct trials when ever you please.

    This military service meaning is the ONLY meaning of the term ‘bear arms’ that the Framers and continental congress used, anyone claiming it means anything else is selling historical revisionism. At the time of the constitutional convention their was actual fear that congress might outlaw state militias or bar certain people from participation in them (Hamilton came dangerously close to forming his political supporters into a militia personally loyal to him) the framers actually thought that militias would BE the countries military and a standing army would be unnecessary, the war of 1812 ended that idea and the 2nd amendment has been moot ever since.

    Switzerland is now the only country with a real militia system in which all citizens receive training and are given state issued arms for use in national defense (most of the ammo though is in caches at each units designated assembly point). But these weapons are not personal property or for personal defense, the Swiss instead own other private guns which are for their recreational use and which they largely use responsibly.

    • tom2

      Sorry Kenneth. What we need ain’t up to you. Most, including the SCOTUS, differ with your interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. And your knowledge of history is poor.

      • Kenneth Ferland

        What weaponry is needed is not up to any ONE person to decide, most particularly the person expressing their ‘need’ is the most likely to be confusing their wants with needs.

        SCOTUS is not infallible and the Helller decision was a 5-4 decision that went against a hundred years of precedent. If you want to challenge my historical knowledge then present something other then an Ad hominem.

  • FYI, a gun in the home makes you a lot LESS safe, not MORE safe.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact-check/

    Myth #5: Keeping a gun at home makes you safer.

    Fact-check: Owning a gun has been linked to higher risks of homicide, suicide, and accidental death by gun.
    • For every time a gun is used in self-defense in the home, there are 7 assaults or murders, 11 suicide attempts, and 4 accidents involving guns in or around a home.
    • 43 percent of homes with guns and kids have at least one unlocked firearm.
    • In one experiment, one third of 8-to-12-year-old boys who found a handgun pulled the trigger.

    • tom2

      Hey genius, that’s some flimflam Do you really think risks of homicide, suicide and accidental deaths by gun could possibly be higher in homes without guns? I guess you missed Logic 101. Homes without knives have fewer injuries by knife.

      • Using the words “genius” and “flimflam” are not arguments. Find facts, data, statistics, evidence to support your point of view and share those here if you can (as I have done). Certainly not interested in the ad hominem nonsense.

        • tom2

          Just answer the question genius.

        • Brandon Jarvis

          Tom, he presented facts, and you responded with verbal attcks of no factual basis

  • tom2

    Clearly, the ultimate democrat goal is confiscation. But ask yourself why leftists go to such extremes when they know firearms owners won’t tolerate confiscation without unimaginable fury? Fact is leftists will temporarily settle for little things like magazine size, ammunition taxes, license fees, sound suppressors, bullet shapes and on and on. Eventually they’ll get around once again to universal registration of not only licenses but firearms themselves. They need universal registration because it fundamentally transforms a hundred million owners into dependents. Once they know who the owners are and what they own, they’ll choose which of them are allowed to be licensed and for what. It’s the consummate entitlement.

    The democrat party cannot survive without more than half the nation being dependent on the government. Entitlements earn votes for leftists who dispense them. The leftist dream of peace in our time extends beyond the U.S. and is dependent on total elimination of firearms from the entire planet. That’s some impossible dream. Voters should open their minds to the fact that the U.S. is very lucky to have a hundred million armed citizens with 400 million firearms in private hands. Voters should look at our open borders, colossal drug trade, ineffective law enforcement, lame prosecution, limited incarcerations, gang strength, mental defectives living at home and terrorists roaming the streets. Can anyone even imagine the unbridled carnage if the leftist goal of total confiscation were to be achieved? Think about it the next time a democrat only wants to discuss the issue.

    • Kenneth Ferland

      Your clearly virulently opposed to the Democratic party and all left political positions, so why are you posting here? Honestly their is no one here who’s mind your going to change especially with such vitriolic language.

      A fruitful debate across such a wide ideological gap requires a high degree of respect, knowledge of the oppositions mindset, rhetorical skill and above all calm. I’m not seeing any of that from you, so I strongly recommend you shape up and debate properly.

    • Quizzical

      So you don’t even think that gun violence is a problem?
      The numbers say otherwise:
      http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/

  • James McCarthy

    Gosh, Brandon, you can get a hunting license in Wisconsin even if you are a new born baby. In Michigan and Texas, you can own a gun even if you are blind. And, of course, Trump rescinded a ban on gun ownership by folks deemed mentally unfit. Now the GOP and NRA wish to override state concealed carry laws by way of a federal right to concealed carry. So much for states’ rights. However, your sense of responsibility is noted and it is hoped that you, like so many responsible NRA members has purchased gun owner liability insurance from the NRA. In this way, should your weapon be lost or stolen, you would have some financial protection. Like auto insurance, gun owner liability insurance should be required by state law to absorb some of the resources paid by taxpayers for medical costs and deaths due to misuse of firearms.

    Keep in mind that gun manufacturers, unlike every other company in the US, is protected from direct tort action by federal law. Gun owner liability insurance could be some recourse for the dead and injured. An example is the recent deadly shooting of a dog Walker in NY State by a deer hunter. Yes, guns don’t kill people in the same way the auto in Charlottesville didn’t kill the young woman.