"What this does is help refute some of the statements that people make on the pro-gun side in saying that tougher gun laws are unconnected to reducing crime," he said.Where does Virginia fit into all this? According to the study, Virginia is one of the top 10 states, on a per capita basis, in terms of gun export rates. These 10 states "also supply a greater proportion of guns that are likely to have been trafficked." And, not surprisingly, "There is a strong association between a state's gun laws and that state's propensity to export crime guns." Which is why it's not surprising that, in 2009, Virginia - with its relatively lax gun laws - ranked third in the nation in top interstate crime gun supplier states, behind only Georgia and Florida. It's also why laws like "one gun a month" and closing the "gunshow loophole" are so important, if we could ever get them passed in Virginia.
"A state's gun laws are only as good as the weakest link in the national chain," Professor Fox said. "A state with weaker gun laws becomes a supplier for states with stronger laws."
Indeed, the authors of the mayors' study, which was prepared largely out of Mr. Bloomberg's office, said the findings suggested that gun traffickers had sought out states with less restrictive gun-purchase laws.
"What this really shows is that bad laws really do equal more gun trafficking," said John Feinblatt, Mr. Bloomberg's chief policy adviser, "and that gaps in the law really do make a difference."
For more information on this important and powerful film, centered in Prince William County, Virginia, click here. And, of course, congratulations to filmmakers Eric Byler and Annabel Park for receiving so much viewership and well-deserved praise for "9500 Liberty!"
1. MORRISSEY PLANS TO PURSUE PROTECTIVE-ORDER LEGISLATION
2. SENATE COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING ON CLOSING JOINT FORCES COMMAND
4. RETIRED DOCTOR TAKES ON FORBES IN 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
5. EASTERN SHORE DOCTOR FACES PROBATION OVER LYME DISEASE CASES
6. DEFENSE CONTRACTORS ON OFFENSIVE
7. USED CARS APPRECIATION MEANS HIGHER TAXES
9. SMOOTHER ROADS AHEAD
10. ANSWERS NEEDED AT JOINT FORCES
11. TEMPORARY BUILDINGS TO EASE JAIL OVERCROWDING IN CHESAPEAKE
13. SEIZED POT IS VALUED AT $5 MILLION
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell is on track to restore voting rights to more felons than either of his Democratic predecessors - a surprising development for a conservative Republican who served as a law-and-order attorney general.Wonderful, good work, kudos to Bob McDonnell for restoring 780 ex-felons' voting rights! Even more impressive is that McDonnell's outpacing his two Democratic predecessors (a subject for another day, but why on earth Warner and/or Kaine didn't go a lot further than they did in this area is simply mind-boggling). Now, the bad news.
He has won praise from African Americans and civil rights groups for scrapping plans to require essays as part of felons' applications and vowing instead to act on each case within 60 days.
His administration has approved 780 of 889 applicants - 88 percent, according to the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Office, which handles the requests.
Kent Willis, executive director of the ACLU's Virginia chapter, praised McDonnell, but added: "There are more than 300,000 people who still don't have their voting rights restored. The governor's reforms are good, but they don't tackle the problem. It simply doesn't address the real issue."So, 780 ex-felons' voting rights restored, but 300,000 still with their fundamental rights deprived, despite having "done their time and paid their debt to society." That needs to change; Virginia needs to join almost every other state in the country - and almost every other democracy in the world - that automatically restores ex-felons' voting rights. Until then, applause for Bob McDonnell - or a future governor, Democratic or Republican - will be tepid at best.
1. SCHAPIRO: CLOCK WORKS AGAINST BOOZE GAMBIT
2. MORE VA. FELONS GET RIGHTS RESTORED
3. POST-LOVE DEATH, PROTECTIVE ORDER LEGISLATION REVIVED
4. TEA PARTIERS UNDAUNTED BY UPHILL BATTLE IN FIGHTIN' 9TH
6. VA. JOINS NINE STATES IN GAY-MARRIAGE OPPOSITION
7. BOUCHER PROMISES TO FIGHT FOR COAL INDUSTRY AT UMWA PICNIC
11. VA CHRISTIAN ACTIVIST HOPES TO DISTRIBUTE QURANS
13. PRIVATIZATION: THE ABCS
14. TRANSPORTATION 'WINDFALL' IS GREAT, BUT LONG-TERM CONCERNS REMAIN
16. LONG, STEEP HILL FOR LIGHT RAIL
27. PROTESTERS OUTNUMBERED AT SOLDIER'S MEMORIAL
28. METH LABS POPPING UP MORE FREQUENTLY
Two more excellent authors from yesterday's National Book Festival on the Mall in Washington, DC.
Michelle Obama's brother, Craig Robinson, speaking about Barack Obama at today's National Book Festival on the National Mall.
For more video of Craig Robinson, see the "flip."
Actually, the real question is, "how did evolution go so horribly wrong in the case of Christine O'Donnell?"