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Biden and Kaine to pitch gun control in Richmond

Vice President Biden will be joined by Democratic Senator Tim Kaine in Richmond on Friday to pitch the Obama Administration's gun control proposals.

Assuming that Senator Kaine has forgiven the Vice President for calling him Tom Kaine back in October in one of his famous gaffes, the administration should find a willing ally. Kaine proved time and again when he was Governor of Virginia that he does not support gun owners.

Long-time political observers will remember that Kaine likes to tell his base that he is a “strong supporter of the Second Amendment.” However, he is apparently one of those who reads the term 'hunting' into the Second Amendment and considers any other violation of the right to keep and bear arms to be 'reasonable.'  

He told the Huffington Post in January of 2011 that “I have long been a supporter of what I think are reasonable regulations.” As for what some of those restrictions might be, he noted that limits on the size of magazines are the “kind of legislation that I've long supported.

Virginia's gun owners should also remember that, as Mayor of Richmond, Kaine spent $6,000 of the public's money to provide buses to the Million Mom March promoting gun control.

Stay strong Virginia, because Biden and Kaine are coming to tell you why you should give up your rights. We need to be prepared to explain to them why that's not going to happen.

Senator Saslaw bemoans his impotence over gun control

As Minority Leader, Virginia Senator Dick Saslaw (D-35th) may be the most powerful Democrat in the Virginia General Assembly but, try as he might, he cannot seem to strip those pesky citizens of their gun rights.

Last week at a legislative forum held at Alexandria City Hall, he spent a great deal of time complaining about his inability to “get sensible gun control.”

Saslaw, who represents Alexandria and parts of Fairfax County, specifically called out the Virginia Citizens Defense League as the force behind much of the pro-gun successes in Virginia.  He noted that, of the 39 pro-gun bills last session, the NRA was involved in only 4 and VCDL shepherded the rest.

DC born Saslaw has not made any secret of his disdain for gun owners in the past. Perhaps most famously, he was overheard by VCDL Executive Member John Pierce calling them ‘the cast of deliverance‘ during the 2008 legislative session.


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