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VA-ALERT: ACTION ITEM: Virginia Senator Vogel favoring gun control?
STATE SENATOR JILL VOGEL IS TALKING ABOUT BEING OPEN TO GUN CONTROL
Senator Vogel, who represents Loudoun, Stafford, Fauquier, Clarke, Frederick, and Winchester, has been a gun-rights supporter in the past, but in an article (below) in NV Daily from last week, she is saying that she is now willing to reconsider gun control, including limiting access to "certain firearms" and also expanding background checks!
That is not acceptable.
Senator Vogel's constituents elected her with the expectation that she would protect the right to keep and bear arms. And Senator Vogel, when running for office, did not say she would be willing to throw away the gun rights of Virginians because of the horrendous CRIMINAL actions of someone in Virginia, much less Connecticut!
I have repeatedly requested the Senator to explain herself, but no response has been forthcoming. So, we'll just have to go with what she said in the story.
We all need to call and email the Senator to *politely, but firmly,* remind her that gun control is NOT the answer and that laws must be made using logic and reason, NOT emotion. What happened in Connecticut happened in a state with horrendous gun control and happened in a gun-free zone. Gun control failed as usual to do anything but increase the number of dead.
In the suggested email to Senator Vogel below, I include a link to the article on teachers in Utah legally carrying guns at school:
LET'S EMAIL AND CALL SENATOR VOGEL
Let's OVERFLOW her voicemail and her email. If you can't get through because of an overflow, wait a day and try again until you get through!
Senator Vogel's district office phone number is: 540-662-4551
Senator Vogel's email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggested subject: No More Gun Control!
Dear Senator Vogel,
I recently saw an article in nvdaily.com where you are now considering limiting access to "certain firearms" by regular citizens and also extending background checks.
Limiting access of citizens to firearms is NOT a solution to crime and I'm shocked that you have fallen into that trap. The Connecticut school shooting was in a gun-free zone and committed with stolen guns that were all purchased following a background check!
Utah allows carry in their schools, including teachers (http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/27/us/utah-teachers-weapons/index.html) Ever heard of a school massacre in Utah?
We do not want or need more background checks. Private sales need to be left alone, otherwise we will have a defacto gun registration. There is now talk of confiscations in the media. A defacto registration will be a key tool for a tyrant to do just that. Do not be a part of such a thing!
As Americans we need our rights protected, not ripped away from us because some madman commits yet another horrendous crime. Punish the criminal and stand with the millions of gun owners who will never commit a crime with any of their guns.
You swore to uphold and protect the Constitution. Stripping innocent gun owners of their rights is to break that solemn oath.
Please reconsider your recent comments on gun control and walk away from them.
Let me know what you plan to do.
Vogel: Limit access to certain firearms
By Alex Bridges
A Republican state senator for the region says she supports limiting access to certain firearms such as assault rifles.
Sen. Jill H. Vogel, R-Upperville, also spoke out Wednesday against any initiative that would let public school teachers and staff to keep loaded firearms at work.
"At the end of the day I know that there's a lot of discussion about potentially having guns in schools and having administrators and teachers have weapons and I can't say that I think that is a good solution," Vogel said.
At the same time, Vogel noted she remains open to revisiting the state's gun laws, including those pertaining to background checks and access to certain firearms.
"I am concerned about certain assault weapons being readily available and I think that if you have something that happened in a public school that we just saw happen, it is a great indication of something being terribly broken," Vogel added. "We are not doing ourselves any service ... There is a solution and we can be a little more open-minded and consider that we have to make some changes."
"There are certain firearms that don't need to be in the hands of regular citizens," Vogel added later.
Vogel said she anticipates hearing many proposed solutions and that the legislature may need to make multiple changes to how the state looks at firearms, school safety and health care.
As a mother, Vogel said she thinks about where it's practical to have firearms. She also remains a defender of the Second Amendment and advocates for less "government intrusion." [PVC: My head is spinning. With a gun ban and extended background checks, she's advocating for MUCH MORE government intrusion! That's what happens when emotions rule and not logic.]
The senator cited a long-running debate over the state of mental health care in Virginia.
"If you talk to your health care people they will tell you that this is one place where we don't have to resources," Vogel said.
Media reports had indicated the suspect shooter in the Connecticut incident suffered from some mental illness. Other reports seem to undercut this belief.
"Honestly I don't know what the truth is but I'm going to take the same position that you would or anybody else would and that is there is something horribly wrong with you mentally if you go into a school and you spray a classroom of 6-year-olds with an assault weapon," Vogel said.
Legislators need to look at where the state remains most vulnerable, Vogel said. [PVC: And then what, ban guns and make those locations even MORE vulnerable?]
"I would hope that when we go back and we consider that we don't all dig in so quickly that we're not open-minded enough to consider that we really owe our men and women who are not just educators but who serve in all aspects of our public sector, including public safety," Vogel said.
The senator noted that the commonwealth can address safety without infringing on second amendment rights. [PVC: Banning guns IS AN INFRINGEMENT ON SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS, Senator.]