|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ends 1/27/2016|
During this comment period I have been researching in an effort to find any EVIDENCE, as opposed to opinion, that any so-called gun-control law or regulation, such as you promulgated by emergency regulation, have had an effect on crime rates, violent crime, use of firearms or anything else.
Why? Guns are mechanical devices that cannot act, therefore cannot be controlled. The subject laws/regulations are aimed at controlling citizens. But can citizens be controlled? Only to the extent that they are knowledgeable of and understand the law. Or to the extent that the government takes physical action against citizens to control their actions.
I am reminded of the "black codes" in the post-Civil War South (including Virginia) that disarmed former slaves and freedmen, thus continuing the suppression of African-Americans. Suppression that was to have ended with slavery. Are you familiar with the term "facially neutral?" Many laws were passed that had a disproportionate affect on Blacks and, more interesting, to me at least, on economically challenged whites. Both races were, thereby, oppressed. The reason, of course, was some variation of the "public safety" theme. But it was suppression, none the less.
The Weimar Republic had strict "gun control laws." When Hitler gained power, the laws were loosened for Nazi party members and strengthened to disarm undesirable persons, especially the Jews. The events of the Holocaust are common knowledge and no details are necessary to understand the most tragic results.
Others have commented on the hazards to Virginia Executive Branch employees and citizens visiting Executive Branch facilities caused by making them "gun-free zones." Recent studies suggest mass shootings are more likely in "gun-free zones."
How will you feel should some maniac or terrorist commit a mass shooting on Executive Branch property, your turf, so to speak?
I request a Public Hearing during the final regulation comment period.