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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Trashing Our Friends

It has become a once every two year occurrence.  The 7th District Republican Committee holds their Annual Republican Round-Up at the western Henrico Snagajob Pavilion, and pro-rights' Congressman Eric Cantor gets trashed because the pavilion does not allow firearms.  Already this year, according to the Washington Post, fliers appeared on cars at Monday night's debate between Cantor and his Democrat opponent that charged Cantor with being "anti-gun."  You can bet that fliers will also be on vehicles at this year's Round-Up.

For Cantor's part, his campaign spokesman notes that Cantor does not organize the event though he does attend it.  It is meant as a sort of political fall festival with free food, beverages, pony rides and rock climbing for the kids, and a rally with political speeches.

For those unfamiliar with Virginia's 7th Congressional District, most of the population is located in the Richmond metro area.  It also includes the rural counties of  Culpeper, Orange, Spotsylvania, Louisa, and New Kent.  So, if your population is centered in one area, it makes since that the event would be held in the population center of the district rather than on of the rural counties.

As for Cantor being anti-gun, nothing could be further from the truth.  Yes, he did vote for the one gun-a-month law in 1993.  A number of suburban Republicans that would normally have been considered pro-rights voted for the bill, as the bill that passed was less obtrusive than the one that Governor Doug Wilder, or at least that is the way some of them explained it at the time.  It should be noted that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell voted for the bill too.  He however has changed his position and signed the repeal into law earlier this year.

What has Cantor done since that one bad vote almost twenty years ago?
  • Cantor joined the historic briefs filed before the U.S. Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago, which argued that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Virginia and everywhere else in America.
  • Cantor voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal and civil contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas related to the deadly Operation Fast and Furious scandal.
  • He cosponsored and voted for the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,” which protected American gun makers from being sued into bankruptcy, and voted for H.R. 822, “The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act,” which would ensure that law-abiding Americans with valid concealed handgun permits would be able to carry a concealed handgun in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry.
  • Cantor voted for an amendment to prevent the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from circumventing the will of Congress by centralizing records of thousands of Americans’ long gun purchases.
  • He voted for H.R. 4089, “The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act,” which would promote America’s hunting heritage and positively impact sportsmen throughout the country.
  • Cantor voted for the Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act to prohibit gun confiscation during states of emergency as happened after Hurricane Katrina.
Cantor has been a reliable vote protecting the rights of Virginia's gun owners.  He earned an "A+" rating from the NRA-PVF this year and the association's endorsement.

One final note, the NRA has sometimes held their annual meeting in locations that did not allow firearms in the building.  This does not make the NRA anti-gun, it just means that there are only certain venues that are large enough to hold an NRA Annual Meeting and accommodate 70,000.  It's likely that the 7th Congressional Republican Committee faces a similar situation.  Most gun owners care more about the votes cast on issues important to them than the locations at which a candidate speaks. Trashing our friends because we don't like where they hold their events does not help our cause.  Cantor not only "talks the talk" but he also "walks the walk" by voting in favor of our rights. He is a friend to gun owners and we should support him on November 6th.

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