Resolution #3 would not create harsher punishments for the criminals who abuse firearms or prevent further tragedies from occurring. Instead, Resolution #3 simply seeks to demonize firearms and those who own them, while providing a foot in the door to drum up support for an anti-gun political agenda in Loudoun.As originally proposed, the resolution mentioned the Moms Demand Bloomberg group. The Loudoun Times reported yesterday however that after the resolution was condemned by the Loudoun County Republican Committee, the chair of the board removed the reference to the anti-gun group:
Randall on Monday told the Times-Mirror she was willing to alter the resolution to essentially “de-politicize” the proposal. She said she removed MDA and the Brady group after a Republican board colleague said he couldn't support the original resolution because of the political nature of the organizations.Who wants to bet that those "statistics" were provided by Bloomberg's group. We all know how accurate those are. If you live in Loudoun and can attend tonight's meeting, please do so and make you voice heard against this proposal.
“I still think we need to recognize that gun violence happens,” Randall said. “We need to have the discussion.”
The new resolution still recognizes National Gun Violence Awareness Day and lists statistics about shootings and gun-related deaths, but it doesn't include the Moms Demand Action group. The new proposal also incorporates the name of Naomi Howell, a Leesburg woman who was shot and killed earlier this year.
Another issue of importance to gun owners is a proposed change to the county's noise ordinance. While current shooting ranges are exempt from any change, there are no exceptions in the proposed amendments for shooting on private property or for discharge of a firearm during hunting, which can still be done on portions of Loudoun County. Gun owners should make their voices heard and urge the Board to include exemptions for target practice and hunting on private property.
If you would like to speak at the meeting, please call the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at (703) 777-0200 and sign up to speak. The meeting will be held at 1 Harrison Street, S.E., Board Room, First Floor, Government Center, Leesburg, Virginia.
Update: The resolution died on a 6-3 vote.