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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Gun Ban Groups Can't Wait to Push Gun Control After Alexandria Shooting of Congressman and Others

It took all of a little over an hour for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to use yesterday's shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, an aide, and two police officers at an Alexandria baseball field to turn it into an opportunity to push gun control.  Other's joined the fray as well.  David Frum from the Atlantic:
“Virginia: No background checks No licensing No registration No permit req’d for concealed carry of long guns Open carry long guns & handguns,” the pundit tweeted to over 450,000 followers.
Frum was completely wrong on so many levels - first of which was you cannot carry a concealed long gun in Virginia.  Concealed handgun permits are what the name states - for carrying concealed handguns.  Secondly, Virginian's have to undergo background checks when they purchase a firearm from an FFL just like any other state.  But as  Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon told Cam Edwards of NRATV yesterday, some journalists don't care; they simply want to tweet out their anti-gun talking points. Gutowski said that he was somewhat encouraged by political leaders who chose not to politicize the attack.
NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch also appeared on Fox News yesterday opposite Mark Glaze, former executive director of Michael Bloomberg's Everytown For Gun Safety and said the shooting wasn't about guns as the gun ban lobby and politicians like Terry McAuliffe would have us believe.
One more thing, the shooter was a resident of Illinois, and we don't yet know where he obtained his firearms, so all this talk about Virginia's gun laws is a bit premature. And as the CBS News article linked above states, Illinois' gun laws could also be at issue if the shooter obtained his firearms there. Illinois' gun laws are much stricter.  According to CBS News, ATF is tracing the firearms the shooter used to determine where they were purchased, which can take 24 hours.  We should know more in the coming days.

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