VA-ALERT: VCDL Update 1/4/13

1. VCDL President to debate gun control in Virginia Beach THIS Saturday
2. Spotsylvania County to consider changing discharge ordinance on Tuesday, January 8th!
3. VCDL Executive member and VCDL President to speak at Second Tuesday meeting in Roanoke
4. Lobby Day coming - important information (including a bus available from Roanoke)
5. Anti-gun bills in the hopper for the General Assembly
6. VCDL joins gun rights coalition to fight gun control at federal level and coordinate at local levels
7. Virginia now honors Indiana CHPs
8. A hard-hitting pro-gun video on magazine bans
9. West Virginia Citizens Defense League to protest their Senator Manchin, welcomes VCDL members to help
10. New York newspaper that printed CHP holder information now wants guns itself
11. Video explains difference between an assault rifle and a modern civilian rifle
12. Reporter calls for murder of gun owners
13. If confiscations begin, will Sheriffs stand against it?
14. Assault weapon ban didn't work then and won't work now
15. Why background checks on private sales must not be allowed to happen
16. Hilarious spoof on Gregory holding a banned magazine on television in DC
17. If you are on Facebook, VCDL needs you to "like" the VCDL Facebook page
18. Background checks are a waste of time - felon gets guns through straw purchase
19. Chinese school massacre - with a cleaver
20. China again - man intentionally drives car into crowd of students
21. Gun control failure: 440+ children shot in Chicago
22. Code Pink gets a belly-laugh from gun owners outside of Chantilly gun show last weekend
23. Coverage of micro-protest at NOVA Firearms store
24. Biggest school massacre in history was not done with a gun (and don't forget about Oklahoma City)
25. Only "modest" change in public opinion of gun control
26. Larry Pratt of GOA flattens Piers Morgan
27. School in Texas allows teachers to carry
28. VA Congressman Goodlatte riding tall in the saddle - no more gun control!
29. Senator Kaine says we need more gun control
30. DC lightens gun possession penalties
31. Bill Bennett: one person in a school should be armed
32. VCDL in Style Weekly magazine in Richmond

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1. VCDL President to debate gun control in Virginia Beach THIS Saturday
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I will be part of a debate on gun control being held by the Tidewater Libertarian Party. It is open to the public, so come out and support me!

Time: 9 AM
Date: Saturday, January 5, 2013

Location:

Fresh Crust Trattoria restaurant
1060 Lynnhaven Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

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2. Spotsylvania County to consider changing discharge ordinance on Tuesday, January 8th!
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Spotsylvania County will be holding a public hearing on January 8, 2013 at 6:30 PM to ALLOW discharging firearms on 5 acre and larger subdivision lots and to define what a subdivision is. Currently, you cannot discharge a firearm in a subdivision except for self defense purposes but subdivisions are never defined.

We need people, especially Spotsylvania County residents, to come out and SUPPORT the revised ordinance!

When originally floated, the proposed revision would allow shooting on lots 1 acre and larger. Concerns were raised that 1 acre is too small and now the minimum lot size is 5 acres. Is 5 acres a good size? Would 4 acres be too small? 3 acres? Let's fight to get as good an ordinance as we can.

Someone will be handing out Guns Save Lives stickers.

Details:

BOS Meeting agenda:

http://tinyurl.com/at9pwgq

Details on revised ordinance:

http://tinyurl.com/al8hhjn

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3. VCDL Executive member and VCDL President to speak at Second Tuesday meeting in Roanoke
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VCDL EM and firearms instructor John Wilburn and I are going to be addressing the Second Tuesday Constitution Group in Roanoke on Tuesday, January 8th starting at 6:30 PM.

**The meeting is open to the public.**

Address:

Holiday Inn. Tanglewood
4468 Starkey Rd (Rt. 419 & I 581)
Roanoke, VA 24018

Here's the announcement:

Fellow Patriots......Now Is The Time To Band Together,
To Persevere, To Grow Our Ranks, To Continue Educating
Our Fellow Citizens Of Virginia And To Be Relentless In
Defense Of Our Unalienable Rights; Life, Liberty
And The Pursuit Of Happiness!!

The recent tragic event in Sandy Hook has brought out the gun control
supporters in mass. Supporters of the 2nd Amendment must stand
strong...but certainly not silent!!

Please make plans to join us for our 2013 kickoff meeting on
Tuesday, January 8th, 6:30 pm, Holiday Inn, Tanglewood.

Our speakers will be as follow;

VCDL Executive Member and NRA Certified firearms instructor, John Wilburn,
who will update us on newopportunities to volunteer for VCDL and upcoming
local events in Southwest Virginia for 2013.

John will also have TWO (2) drawings for a FREE registration in his handgun
carry class valued at $75.00 each. The winners may use their registrations
to give them or a friend or family member who needs to satisfy his or her
training requirement for a Concealed Handgun Permit.

Lawyer and firearms enthusiast Keith Finch of the Creekmore Law Firm invites
you to come and learn about how anNFA Gun Trust can help you protect your
privacy, reduce paperwork and protect your family and friends from inadvertently
violating the law should they come into contact with or posession of your
lawfully owned automatic, short barreled, or otherwise restricted firearms or AOWs.
Learn about available options your family would have should you become
incapacitated or pass away and how an NFA Gun Trust can help reduce the
risk of legal charges when allowing others to use restricted arms.

VCDL President Philip Van Cleave will be speaking about the proposed legislation
that concerns your Gun Rights in the 2013 General Assembly general session. He
will also explain the importance of VCDL's Annual Lobby Day at Capitol Square on
Richmond on January 21st and how you can an do play an integral role in
advancing and protecting our Gun Rights.

In as much as this meeting will focus on our 2nd Amendment rights we are
encouraging attendees to practice"Open Carry". And for those who practice
"Concealed Carry".....maintain your discretion as you are comfortable!

Make Plans Today To Protect Your Tomorrow and join us January 8th!!

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4. Lobby Day coming - important information (including a bus available from Roanoke)
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Lobby Day is Monday, January 21, from 9 AM to 12 Noon. It is at the General Assembly Building at 9th and Broad streets in Richmond. It's a well coordinated, fun morning and we need as big a turnout as we can possibly get.

It is a holiday, so you can park on the street without having to feed the meter. There are also parking garages all around the area.

For those in the Roanoke area - the Tea Party has a bus coming and there is still room! They welcome VCDL members and they need a few more people so they can cover the cost of the bus. A great chance to share ideas with like-minded citizens. Tickets can be bought here:

http://www.roanoketeaparty.com/2012/12/citizen-lobby-day-2013/

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Lest you not realize the threat that we are under, see the next item, #4, to get an idea.

Be there! Get the day off now!

EM Bob Sadtler, who is doing a great job in organizing the lobbying team leaders, wants me to ask you to bring a pad and pencil to take notes with. It is invaluable to have notes from all possible perspectives.

He recommends that everyone dress at least business casual. Look respectable, you'll be respected.

SEE YOU THERE!

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5. Anti-gun bills in the hopper for the General Assembly
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Taking advantage of the blood of dead children, the antis think they have a chance to finally get some gun control passed in Virginia based on a wave of strong emotions.

You can see some of the really bad bills that are already filed below.

From the timesdispatch.com: http://tinyurl.com/aqxdqcs

Host of gun bills await legislators in upcoming session

BY ANDREW CAIN Richmond Times-Dispatch

Gov. Bob McDonnell has established a task force to review school and campus safety in Virginia after the mass shooting in Connecticut. He has ordered the group to send him its initial recommendations by Jan. 31 so that he and lawmakers can consider the ideas in the General Assembly session that starts Jan. 9.

A separate work group, headed by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Dr. Bill Hazel, the state’s secretary of Health and Human Resources, is reviewing issues related to mental health.

While lawmakers have until Jan. 19 to introduce bills for the upcoming session, legislators in both parties already have announced or introduced a host of gun bills. For example:

• Del. Joseph D. Morrissey, D-Henrico, says he will introduce legislation to ban the sale of assault-style weapons and large-capacity magazines.

• Sen. David W. Marsden, D-Fairfax, has introduced legislation to make gun owners civilly liable if their weapons are stolen and used in the commission of a crime that results in death or injury and they “failed to take adequate care and control” to prevent the theft. He filed a second bill that would establish a $250 penalty for failing to report the theft of one’s gun.

• Republicans in the House of Delegates say they want to boost funding to encourage more school resource officers in elementary schools. School resource officers are certified local law enforcement officers who are posted in public schools in the state. Terry McAuliffe, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, has called for legislation to help localities provide school resource officers for elementary schools that request it.

• Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, says he will introduce legislation that would require school boards to arrange for some school employees to receive the Virginia State Police standard of firearm safety and competency training.

• Del. Anne B. Crockett-Stark, R-Wythe, has filed a “castle doctrine” bill that would provide civil immunity for people who use deadly force against an intruder.

• Sen. Janet D. Howell, D-Fairfax, says she will introduce legislation to close the so-called gun-show loophole in which private purchasers can buy guns from private sellers without undergoing a background check.

• Del. Luke E. Torian, D-Prince William, has introduced a bill that would delete some firearms safety courses that now satisfy the competency requirement to qualify for a concealed-weapon permit. The bill requires that certain firearms safety courses that satisfy the requirement focus primarily on the use and handling of a concealed handgun.

• Del. James M. Scott, D-Fairfax, has introduced a bill that would bar any person who is convicted of stalking, sexual battery, or assault and battery of a family member that results in serious bodily injury from possessing, transporting, or carrying a firearm or any other weapon for five years after conviction.

• Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell, introduced a bill that provides an exemption for any retired correctional officer with at least 15 years of service from any fee charged for the issuance of a concealed-handgun permit.

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6. VCDL joins gun rights coalition to fight gun control at federal level and coordinate at local levels
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VCDL has joined a coalition of gun rights organizations (19 national and state organizations) to fight and defeat the new gun-control legislative threats from the federal government. The group is called the National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban and takes a "no compromise" stand, regardless of what positions other gun groups might take. It will focus on un-electing legislators who support gun control.

The following Open Letter was delivered to Congress:

Open Letter to Members of Congress:

In coming weeks, you will face pressure from the Obama administration and others to implement a ban on semi-automatic firearms and certain ammunition feeding devices, and to pass laws requiring private gun transfers to be processed via the National Instant Check System.

Yet the “assault weapon” misnomer is a myth perpetuated by gun control advocates who seek to confuse the public about the difference between millions of semi-automatic firearms, which are functionally identical to hunting rifles, and military “assault rifles,” which are machine guns virtually unavailable to the public since implementation of the National Firearms Act of 1934.

The truth about modern rifles

The modern rifles Senator Dianne Feinstein has, by her own admission, waited decades to ban differ from others primarily by cosmetic features such as barrel shrouds, threaded barrels, flash suppressors, pistol grips and adjustable stocks – things which do not affect function. The notion being promulgated by gun control advocates that such features increase lethality by allowing guns to be “fired from the hip” is absurd: Any firearms expert will attest that rifles can only be effectively utilized from the shoulder.

Although you are being told that ammunition used by modern rifles is excessively destructive, in truth it is ballistically inferior to common .30-06 hunting ammunition and was selected by the military not for its lethality, but instead for light weight and low recoil.

And when you hear how “high capacity” magazines increase mortality in mass shootings, understand that Seung-Hui Cho carried no fewer than nineteen magazines for the Virginia Tech rampage, and that nearly all mass murderers who use guns carry multiple firearms, rendering magazine capacity moot. Like the misnomer “assault weapon,” the “high capacity” designation of more than ten rounds for magazines represents nothing more than an arbitrary limit set on devices which have been in common possession since the early Twentieth Century.

Moreover, attempts to process private gun sales through the National Instant Check System represent nothing less than a stepping stone to national gun registration; under the Clinton administration, the FBI retained NICS transaction records in violation of the Brady Act, creating a defacto national registration system.

Most outrageous, however, is Sen. Feinstein’s proposal to regulate “grandfathered” modern rifles under the National Firearms Act. Doing so would not only entail registering millions of existing firearms, but would represent unprecedented expansion of police powers through the BATFE by requiring millions of gun owners to be fingerprinted and photographed like common criminals. Because a large percentage will refuse to comply, the scheme, if implemented, will make felons of otherwise law-abiding citizens.

Semi-auto ban: No impact on violence

Neither have such laws been effective. From 1994 to 2004, the previous ban on semi-automatic firearms and magazines had no impact on school shootings, which actually increased during that period. Indeed, some of the worst school shootings, including Columbine High School, took place during the ban.

Despite predictions from gun control advocates that violent crime would increase after the ban expired, it has actually dropped: According to FBI Uniform Crime Reports, between expiration of the ban in 2004 and the most recent for which data is available (2011), violent crime dropped by 17% and homicide, by 15%.

Meanwhile, weapons use in homicide has remained unchanged and, significantly, use of rifles (including those targeted for bans) declined slightly from 2.7% of homicides in 2004 to 2.5% of homicides in 2011. Clearly, rifles of any type, including those with features targeted by semi-auto bans, are rarely used in crimes.

‘Gun Free School Zones Act’ increased killings

What does appear to have impacted school shootings was implementation of the latest version of the “Gun Free School Zones Act” (GFSZA), which is associated with a dramatic increase in school murders.

Between the first significant school shooting, in 1966, and enactment of the 1996 GFSZA, media summaries reveal 8 shootings with 134 victims killed or wounded – a rate of 4.3 victims per year. Between 1996 and 2012, the review finds 62 shootings and 367 victims – a fivefold increase to 23 victims per year. Yet, during the same period, FBI Uniform Crime Reports indicate homicide nationwide dropped by 14%.

While media summaries may not be comprehensive, the GFSZA has clearly been an abject failure. Worse, evidence suggests it may actually create “kill zones” which attract violent predators.

Researchers John Lott and William Landes, then at Yale and the University of Chicago, respectively, studied multiple victim public shootings. Said Lott, “Gun prohibitionists concede that banning guns around schools has not quite worked as intended—but their response has been to call for more regulation of guns. Yet what might appear to be the most obvious policy may actually cost lives. When gun-control laws are passed, it is law-abiding citizens, not would-be criminals, who adhere to them.”

Examining data from 1976 to 1995, they discovered that mass homicides in states adopting concealed handgun laws declined by 84%, deaths plummeted by 90% and injuries by 82.5%. Crediting the reductions to deterrence (even suicidal maniacs avoid armed victims), Lott and Landes called their findings “dramatic,” concluding: “[T]he only policy factor to have a consistently significant influence on multiple victim public shootings is the passage of concealed handgun laws.”

Coalition position

Members of the National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban demand that Congress refuse to use lawful gun owners as political scapegoats and instead reduce school violence by:

· Defeating any attempt to pass gun control including, but not limited to, banning semi-automatic firearms or magazines, or requiring private gun transfers to be registered through the National Instant Check System; and

· Repealing the Gun Free School Zones Act of 1996.

No ‘compromises’

Some will urge you to “compromise,” perhaps even the National Rifle Association. The many thousands of gun rights supporters represented by the Coalition, however, regard “compromise,” as our opposition defines it, to be a process in which we lose slightly fewer of our rights than under the original proposal. Consequently, any legislation which registers or bans firearms; limits magazine capacity; registers private transactions through NICS; or restricts time, place or manner of self-defense is unacceptable.

Members of Congress who support gun owners by opposing all gun control will, in turn, benefit from support by Coalition organizations. Members of Congress who support gun control by any means, procedural or substantive, will be targeted for defeat by Coalition members. They will be subject to picketing, leaflet drops at events in their districts, phone and mail campaigns, and political action committee opposition. NRA ratings and endorsements will have no impact on Coalition actions.

In coming weeks, we look forward to working with you to reduce school violence by allowing lawful citizens in schools and elsewhere to defend themselves against violent predators.

Respectfully,
The National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban

Signatories

National Organizations:

The Firearms Coalition
Jeff Knox, Managing Director
Chris Knox, Director of Communications

Gun Owners of America
Larry D. Pratt, Executive Director

Rights Watch International
F. Paul Valone, Executive Director

Second Amendment Sisters
Marinelle Thompson, President
Lee Ann Tarducci, Director of Operations

USRKBA.org
Dave Yates, Co-founder
Dave Van, Co-Founder

State-level organizations:

Arizona Citizens Defense League
Dave Kopp, President

Arkansas Carry
Steve Jones, Chairman

Florida Carry, Inc.
Sean Caranna, Executive Director
Richard Nascak, Executive Director

Grass Roots North Carolina
F. Paul Valone, President

Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, Minnesota
Joe Olson, President

Gun Owners of California
Sam Paredes, Executive Director

Gun Owners of Maine
Shane Belanger, Executive Director

Gun Owners of Utah
Charles Hardy, Public Policy Director

Gun Owners of Vermont
Gary Cutler, Legislative Director

Michigan Gun Owners
Jeff LaFave, President

Montana Shooting Sports Association
Gary Marbut, President

New Hampshire Firearms Coalition
Jonathan R. Evans, Esq, President

New Jersey 2nd Amendment Society
Frank Flamingo, President

Nebraska Firearms Owners Association
Wesley Dickinson, President

Oregon Firearms Federation
Kevin Starrett, Executive Director

Peaceable Texans for Firearms Rights
Paul Velte, President

Virginia Citizens Defense League
Philip Van Cleave, President

West Virginia Citizens Defense League
Keith Morgan, President

Western Missouri Shooters Alliance
Kevin Jamison, Press Officer

Wisconsin Carry, Inc
Nik Clark, Chairman/President

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7. Virginia now honors Indiana CHPs
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Gary Slider (handgunlaw.us) has informed me that Virginia is now honoring Indiana permits! They have been honoring us for years - it is about time we have now reciprocated. Let your friends and family in Indiana know the good news.

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8. A hard-hitting pro-gun video on magazine bans
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Good one!

http://youtu.be/eeQiVBvy0m0

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9. West Virginia Citizens Defense League to protest their Senator Manchin, welcomes VCDL members to help
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From my counterpart in the West Virginia Citizens Defense League, Keith Morgan:

We are holding a second protest of Joe Manchin (the first NRA A-rated traitor) at his offices in Martinsburg on the 19th. Anyone with 2a group contacts in VA (I know VCDL members are on this list), please help us spread the word. This is in Obama's back-yard, and we'd love to see folks from MD, VA, and DC join us. If anyone is interested in speaking at the event, please contact me at 304-421-3404. We are using facebook to organize the event. It is open to the public.

http://www.facebook.com/events/102137926629737/

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10. New York newspaper that printed CHP holder information now wants guns itself
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A New York newspaper revealed the names and exact address of CHP holders. A blogger then revealed the names and exact addresses of the paper's employees. Now the paper, who hates gun owners, has, you guessed it, armed security guards!

Payback is a, well you know.

If you subscribe to a Gannet paper, you might just want to cancel that subscription.

Their competitor, Rockland Times is having a field day and getting lots of new subscribers from the other paper: ;-)

http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2013/01/01/the-journal-news-is-armed-and-dangerous/

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11. Video explains difference between an assault rifle and a modern civilian rifle
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C-CLsMRcA0&feature=youtu.be

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12. Reporter calls for murder of gun owners
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Hah! I'm sure this hatef-filled reporter considers himself "tolerant" of the beliefs of others.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012312300033&gcheck=1

Kaul: Nation needs a new agenda on guns
This time, the debate has to be about more than not offending the NRA's sensibilities.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DONALD KAUL, a retired Des Moines Register columnist, writes for www.OtherWords.org. Contact: donaldkaul@att.net.

I’m glad I retired five months ago.

Think of it: I was spared writing about the presidential election, an event so vacuous it made reality TV seem interesting. If there was any serious discussion of an important national issue — global warming, obesity, transportation policy, the morality of drone attacks on civilian populations, the environmental consequences of fracking, existential implications of the designated hitter — I missed it.

Instead, we got a campaign of misrepresentations, exaggerations and outright lies. The Republicans were by far the worst offenders, but President Barack Obama didn’t cover himself in glory either.

I was happy with the result of the presidential election, but I didn’t regret not covering it. And I was entirely content to go on not writing about things. (If I could make a living at that, life would be perfect.)

But then Newtown happened. A misanthropic young man who never seemed particularly violent killed his mother then broke into an elementary school and massacred little kids, teachers and the principal.

And the very air changed. The holiday season suddenly turned somber. You looked at the small children around you differently, as fragile, precious gifts to be cherished and, above all, protected.

Obama struck that note in his moving speech at the memorial service. Speaking for us all, he said: “We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.”

Nice words, but somehow not enough. Not nearly enough.

That’s when I figured I should write a column about it. During my 50-year career, every time some demented soul would take a semiautomatic gun and clean out a post office, a school or a picnic, I’d get up on my soap box and let loose with a withering diatribe about guns, the National Rifle Association and weak-kneed politicians. Did it about 75 times, give or take.

And in every case the main effect was a spike in gun sales.

Still, I thought I’d give it one more shot ... er, chance.

Obama’s speech was fine as far as it went, but it didn’t go very far. Neither have any of the other responses I’ve heard.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she was going to introduce a bill to ban the sale and importation of assault weapons. Great, but the bill wouldn’t apply to weapons already out there, and in defining illegal weapons, it listed more than 900 exceptions.

Nine hundred!

The thing missing from the debate so far is anger — anger that we live in a society where something like the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre can happen and our main concern is not offending the NRA’s sensibilities.

That’s obscene. Here, then, is my “madder-than-hell-and-I’m-not-going-to-take-it-anymore” program for ending gun violence in America:

• Repeal the Second Amendment, the part about guns anyway. It’s badly written, confusing and more trouble than it’s worth. It offers an absolute right to gun ownership, but it puts it in the context of the need for a “well-regulated militia.” We don’t make our militia bring their own guns to battles. And surely the Founders couldn’t have envisioned weapons like those used in the Newtown shooting when they guaranteed gun rights. Owning a gun should be a privilege, not a right.

• Declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal. Hey! We did it to the Communist Party, and the NRA has led to the deaths of more of us than American Commies ever did. (I would also raze the organization’s headquarters, clear the rubble and salt the earth, but that’s optional.) Make ownership of unlicensed assault rifles a felony. If some people refused to give up their guns, that “prying the guns from their cold, dead hands” thing works for me.

• Then I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control.

And if that didn’t work, I’d adopt radical measures. None of that is going to happen, of course. But I’ll bet gun sales will rise.

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13. If confiscations begin, will Sheriffs stand against it?
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Where does YOUR sheriff stand?

http://mobile.wnd.com/2013/01/sheriffs-called-out-to-fight-the-law/

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14. Assault weapon ban didn't work then and won't work now
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Lots of murders and massacres while the Clinton "Assault Weapon Ban" was in effect.

http://clashdaily.com/2012/12/the-assault-weapons-ban-didnt-work-then-and-it-wont-work-now/#ixzz2GjRAIofH

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15. Why background checks on private sales must not be allowed to happen
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Every now and then we get some new members who don't understand the threat behind having background checks for private sales. So I will repeat here what I sent to somebody a few days ago:

There is a good reason NOT to require private sales to have background checks - it is called "registration." The government will know exactly which guns you have because you cannot sell or buy one without getting their clearance. Right now, they don't know for sure what guns you have or don't have. That makes confiscation hard, if not impossible. Background checks would not have stopped any of the massacres that have happened. And a straw purchase, where someone with a clean record buys a gun for a criminal, makes them ineffective, even if private sales required background checks. Don't buy into the anti-gun rhetoric about background checks or the lie that gun shows have some kind of "loophole."

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16. Hilarious spoof on Gregory holding a banned magazine on television in DC
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During an interview in DC, David Gregory held a normal capacity magazine (11 rounds and greater), which are illegal in DC, and some are now calling for his prosecution. We think that DC should just change their stupid laws (they have a little bit - see item 29 below).

http://www.quickmeme.com/David-Gregorys-Privilege/?upcoming

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17. If you are on Facebook, VCDL needs you to "like" the VCDL Facebook page
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https://www.facebook.com/groups/2372500698/

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18. Background checks are a waste of time - felon gets guns through straw purchase
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Background checks are easily defeated with straw purchases and nothing can be done to stop it. They are illegal, of course, but criminals don't care.

http://www.wtop.com/209/3170107/NY-firemen-killer-armed-himself-for-plan

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19. Chinese school massacre - with a cleaver
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Media is silent on this one - same day as the Connecticut massacre.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwKxYExe0BY [VIDEO]

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20. China again - man intentionally drives car into crowd of students
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I remember someone doing something like this in North Carolina at a university. Not much on the news about it, since only guns are newsworthy.

From sfgate.com: http://tinyurl.com/bnf4alf

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21. Gun control failure: 440+ children shot in Chicago
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Yep, we sure need some of that there Chicago-stye gun control! I wonder why the media isn't covering a massacre of 440 kids in gun-control heaven? Ah, we know. It's that political agenda thingy.

From breitbart.com: http://tinyurl.com/c8dn85u

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22. Code Pink gets a belly-laugh from gun owners outside of Chantilly gun show last weekend
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At the Chantilly gun show on Friday night, a handful of protesters from Code Pink were protesting gun rights. Their leader was chanting through a megaphone. At one point she and her fellow Codes were chanting "BAN assault weapons!" and the gun owners in line near them chanted back, "BUY assault weapons!" ;-)

Wait - it gets better!

Then Ms. Pink (?) chants, "Ban high-velocity magazines!"

At that point the gun owners all broke into belly-laughs. Ms. Pink (or whatever her name is) at that point was clearly shaken by the laughter. Having no idea what she said wrong, she put the megaphone down for five-minutes before getting the nerve to go back into her chanting again.

Shortly thereafter her group was evicted to the public sidewalk and the chanting, thank heavens, soon became but a funny memory.

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23. Coverage of micro-protest at NOVA Firearms store
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VCDL member Chuck Nesby is interviewed in this story.

From abcnews.go.com: http://tinyurl.com/dxu98at [VIDEO]

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24. Biggest school massacre in history was not done with a gun (and don't forget about Oklahoma City)
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Dynamite was the weapon of choice for a mass killer in 1927 - 45 children and teachers killed in a flash.

And EM Bob Sadtler notes:

"In direct response to the first AWB (along with Waco), Timothy McVeigh slaughtered 168 people with fertilizer and racing fuel, not a shot fired. Among the dead were 70 children, MORE THAN THREE TIMES THE BODY COUNT IN CT! If we have learned one thing from these tragedies, it is that these maladjusted losers all want to outdo each other. What's the next AWB going to bring?"

From the dailymail.co.uk: http://tinyurl.com/alv7ejd

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25. Only "modest" change in public opinion of gun control
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And each day that ticks by, the topic of gun control and the emotions used by gun-controllers to push gun control continues to fade.

From npr.org: http://tinyurl.com/awyptvj [AUDIO]

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26. Larry Pratt of GOA flattens Piers Morgan
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By the time Larry Pratt finished with Piers Morgan, all Piers could say is, "You're a stupid, stupid man!" Debate over. Point to Larry, Piers to showers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=avOV6_42xe4

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27. School in Texas allows teachers to carry
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http://kdvr.com/2012/12/18/texas-school-allows-teachers-to-carry-guns/

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28. VA Congressman Goodlatte - no more gun control!
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As gun control bills come up, we will be watching to see how all of our legislators vote. Congressman Goodlatte is certainly on the right side of the issue with his comments.

From wdbj7.com: http://tinyurl.com/agc8ze5

Congressman Goodlatte tells Capitol Hill publication that he won't support stricter gun laws

WASHINGTON, D.C.—
Congressman Bob Goodlatte told the Capitol Hill publication “Roll Call” that he would not support tightening gun control measures.

“We’re going to take a look at what happened there and what can be done to help avoid it in the future, but gun control is not going to be something that I would support,” Goodlatte was quoted as sayingin Roll Call.

Goodlatte was recently elected as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. His chairmanship begins in January. Goodlatte represents the 6th Congressional District, which is in the WDBJ7 viewing area.

Gun control has been a hot-button issues in the wake of Friday’s shootings in Connecticut.

Goodlatte’s office released the following statement Tuesday about the Connecticut shootings:

“Our hearts and prayers as a nation are with the community of Newtown and the families of the victims as they mourn the lives lost in this senseless act of violence. We must take a close look at what happened last week. I will listen to and carefully review suggestions made by the President’s task force and other groups to see what we can do to prevent a terrible tragedy like this in the future.”

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29. Senator Kaine says we need more gun control
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Kaine: "There is a Second Amendment, but the Second Amendment also needs to be paired with reasonable and common sense restrictions and regulations, just like other constitutional rights"

Trouble is that he has yet to show he has the foggiest idea about either being "reasonable" or having "common sense."

http://www.wtop.com/120/3163865/Kaine-We-need-more-gun-regulations

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30. DC lightens gun possession penalties
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Emily Miller covers an important story on D.C. lightening the penalty for gun possession.

From the Washington Times: http://tinyurl.com/a5k24jn

MILLER: D.C. lightens gun penalties
By Emily Miller - The Washington Times
December 18, 2012, 05:45PM

The District of Columbia’s city council voted unanimously on Tuesday to decriminalize inadvertently violating the city’s unique gun laws. The liberal council surprisingly moved forward with the schedule vote, despite the national calls for more gun-control laws in the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary mass murder Friday in Newtown, Conn.

The new law gives the prosecutor the option of using administrative disposition for unregistered firearm or unregistered ammunition offenses. A violator would be then be given a fine (to be determined by the court) but no criminal record. This only applies to people who aren’t charged with another crime during the same event.

The current penalty for possessing unregistered guns or ammo is up to $1,000 fine and a year in jail.

This new policy is for residents and tourists alike. Originally the bill only only applied to nonresidents, as the council thought it reasonable that they would not know about the District’s extreme firearms laws. In committee, this was challenged by lawyers who said that Americans can’t be charged different for breaking the law.

City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson amended the bill before final passage in order to make it universally applicable. However, the prosecution will be able to take into account whether the person was a resident at the time of arrest and “had knowledge of” the gun laws. The change will go into effect after Mayor Vincent Gray signs it and the 30-day congressional review period passes.

After the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the Illinois ban on carry rights, the nation’s capital became the only place in the country where Americans are denied their constitutional right to bear arms. The city requires that every single gun be registered with the police. In addition, D.C. only allows those with a registered gun to possess ammunition.

In the hearing on this legislation in September, Mr. Mendelson read aloud the stories I’d written on war veterans Army 1st Lt. Augustine Kim and Spec. Adam Meckler, who both went to jail for gun crimes.

Lt. Kim was legally transporting his guns in 2010 from his parents’ home to his own in South Carolina, but he stopped in D.C. for a doctor’s appointment related to injuries suffered while in Afghanistan. At a traffic stop, the police arrested him and charged him with four felony counts of possessing unregistered guns (which were locked in the trunk), threw him in jail overnight and confiscated his guns for two years. (Click here to read Lt. Kim’s story.)

Army Spc. Adam Meckler went to the VFW building in D.C. to turn in some forms as he was leaving active duty. The veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq had forgotten about some loose rounds of ammunition at the bottom of his backpack. Spc. Meckler was handcuffed, arrested and ended up accepting a plea deal, which he now regrets. (Click here to read Spc. Meckler’s story.)

Both Spc. Meckler and Lt. Kim cooperated with me because they believed that putting aside their own shame about having a criminal record (Lt. Kim’s deal cleared his name after a year) was worth it in order to help others avoid making the same mistake. Today they have been given the only reward they asked for, which is helping other responsible and law-abiding gun owners avoid getting tangled in Washington’s crosshairs.

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31. Bill Bennett: one person in a school should be armed
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One? Good start, but better to have many.

http://tinyurl.com/acgksp4 [VIDEO]

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32. VCDL in Style Weekly magazine in Richmond
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Part of my job is to work with the press. Sometimes that means working with some of the more hostile papers. I spent over an hour being interviewed by a Style Weekly reporter, covering a vast range of subjects. With such a broad interview, you never know what is going to come out of it. A few of my responses to the reporter's questions were given much more significance than I thought they deserved (like about machine guns). Clearly the reporter had an image he wished to paint as he picked and chose through that long interview. But some of the more important points I made are in the article, too - such as allowing CHP holders to carry in schools.

And because of that article, I learned why Andrew Goddard's hair is becoming more curly! ;-)

http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/open-season/Content?oid=1803244