Thursday, January 10, 2019

U.S. Senator Mark Warner Signs on To Feinstein Gun Ban Bill

No real surprise that Virginia's senior U.S. Senator Mark Warner has come full circle back to his gun ban roots by joining as a co-sponsor on California Senator Diane Feinstein's "Assault Weapon" legislation.  After all, he penned an Op/Ed in the Washington Post last year about why he now supported such a ban after voting against it in 2013.  That Op/Ed generated this response from VSSA.

As that response pointed out, according to FBI Uniform Crime Report data, rifles of all kinds are used in a small percentage of firearm related homicides which means specific types of rifles like AR-15s are used in even less.  But that doesn't matter to the gun ban crowd.  They throw around terms like "military style" to make the general public think that firearms used by the military are for sale to civilians.  They all speak from talking points given to them by the gun ban lobby.

Senator Warner was never a 2nd Amendment supporter.  He simply used a strategy devised by Democratic Strategist Dave "Mudcat" Saunders, to get elected Governor in 2001, and continued to groom that persona while Governor.  It is true Warner signed a number of pro-gun bills during that time but it should also be noted that he worked hard behind the scenes to keep a full repeal of Virginia's "one gun-a-month" law from passing.  He would only sign a bill that allowed concealed handgun permit (CHP) holders to buy more than one handgun in a 30 day period.  Before running for Governor, Warner had supported a ban on modern sporting rifles (1996) and three years before that he supported a five day waiting period to purchase a handgun (1993).  I wonder what Saunders thinks about the Mark Warner of today from what he sold voters in 2001.

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