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Don’t Allow the NRA to Buy this Election

by Bert Berlin The blood has barely dried in Las Vegas. The National Rifle Association (NRA) assumes we have forgotten the dead and wounded. It...

Tuesday News: Emotional Jimmy Kimmel on Las Vegas Mass Shooting; “More...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, October 3. Police struggle to discern motive after 59...

Va. Politicians’ NRA Ratings – “A” to “F” – Generally Reflect...

Check out the statements this morning about the horrific incident of gun violence in Las Vegas. The general pattern is that the NRA "F"-rated...

Aww, geez, not this NRA crap again!

Y'know, the Republican Party has been trying for years to convince people that their views, and those of their allies in the NRA and...

Video: Women’s March Protests at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax

Good work! -- "Hundreds of protesters demonstrate outside the NRA (National Rifle Association) headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. Organized by the Women's March, protesters are...

Video: Rep. Beyer Joins House Dem Colleagues in Gun Sit-In; NRA...

Last night (actually early this morning), at 4:15 am, Rep. Don Beyer joined his Democratic colleagues - including Virginians Bobby Scott and Gerry Connolly...

Two Days Removed from Orlando, Gun Violence Prevention Activists Hold Annual...

It's always a good time to protest the blood-on-their-hands extremists at the NRA, but right now more than ever. Good work by the Coalition...

If Progressive Groups Want to Win Battles Like McAuliffe’s Gun Deal,...

Over and over again, we've seen Republican candidates and elected officials cowering before - and caving to - the most extreme agendas of their...

Lori Haas Explains Why Gov. McAuliffe’s Gun Deal with the NRA...

There are a lot of bad actors involved in Virginia politics, but fortunately there are also a few great ones. One of those is...

NRA to Congress: Make the Mentally Ill Take a Chill Pill,...

Largely without a voice in the corridors of power across the nation's legislative institutions, America's 'mentally ill' have become a focal point in an attempt to make sense of some of the violent acts that have been perpetrated over the last few years. Most recently, the letters believed to be covered with ricin sent to the White House, a judge in Tupelo, Miss., and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss), are believed the be the actions of a "mentally ill" man who's "paranoid and thinks people are out to get him" when not on his medication.

But studies ranging back decades clearly show that mental illness is no more an indicator of conducting a violent act than not having a mental illness. For a host of reasons, however, the media and the public's attention is all too often focused on this group of individuals as the scourge that has wrested away the relative peace that had heretofore been perceptibly known. That is, the mentally ill have become a scapegoat, the easy target, for some of our society's deeper problems.

For me, this issue is personal. A number of individuals in my family as well as a number of friends have 'mental illnesses' and I suspect a number of Blue Virginia readers also know someone with a mental illness too (who doesn't these days!?). These individuals are, on the whole, some of the kindest, most virtuous, and big-hearted individuals I have ever known. They are, in other words, great people, and not one medical relapse away from acting out in a manner harmful to others or themselves.