|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ended on 1/27/2016|
Gun bans, such as the one recklessly forced upon the citizens of Virginia by our Governor, are foolish at best and deadly at worst. If you take even a cursory look at the statistics on mass shootings around this country, you will find that they all took place in "Gun Free Zones." That's right: Places where government or corporate policy have disarmed all individuals who occupy those spaces, whether for work, education, etc., have routinely been the targets of choice for terrorists and the criminally insane alike. When one thinks about this circumstance, even briefly, it becomes readily apparent why such criminals victimize those occupying Gun Free Zones; they have no way of defending themselves. Criminals are not universally stupid, nor are the mentally ill. It doesn't require much crunch-power to determine that unarmed individuals make easy targets for murder, robbery, assault or rape. If people are guaranteed to be unarmed, as they now are in all Commonwealth government offices by McAuliffe's decree, then those folks are easy pickins for any ne'er-do-well who is looking for a soft target to attack. There are reams of statistics that back-up this claim drawn from all over the U.S.A. A choice read on this subject is the book "More Guns, Less Crime" by Professor John Lott. Prof. Lott has been accumulating detailed comparative statistics regarding all types of violent crime across the U.S.A. since the mid-1970s through today. His study is, without question, the longest-running and most comprehensive work regarding the effects that Shall-Issue Concealed-Carry Handgun laws, like Virginia's, have on violent crimes across our country. His statistics bear out the rather obvious conclusion that where private citizens can carry concealed firearms, criminal activity of all kinds significantly decreases. I would encourage everyone to read a copy of his book, "More Guns, Less Crime" which is now in its 5th printing. The bottom line is this: The Governor has pushed this Executive order upon the law-abiding citizens of our Commonwealth out of political expediency. There have been no attacks of any kind in VA state agencies, nor are there any threats of attacks there. McAuliffe, greaseball that he is, hates gun ownership and our 2nd Amendment. That's one of many reasons why he has repeatedly sided politically (and financially) with raging anti-gun zealot, former New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Well, this recent round of statewide elections bore the same bitter fruit for Bloomberg's election-buying machine that the last Gubernatorial election should have produced and we proud Virginians sent Bloomberg's Progressive Democrat candidates packing, nearly across the boards.
These regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation should be withdrawn. 'Nuff said.
Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.
Thank You and Good Night!