The lies to which I refer began before Tim Kaine was even elected governor. In 2005, he promised us that he wouldn't do that which he is now doing. From his campaign website, reproduced here:
"Tim Kaine strongly supports the Second Amendment. As the next Governor of Virginia, he will not propose any new gun laws."
Today Tim Kaine proposed a new gun law:
Va. Gov Proposes Gun-Show Sales ChecksOh, politicians make such empty promises all the time, you say. That's how they get themselves elected. Mark Warner lied about not raising taxes; Kaine lied about not proposing new gun laws. The next person to run for the office will do the same.
By Kristen Gelieau, Associated Press Writer
Richmond, Va. (AP) -- Gov. Timothy M. Kaine on Tuesday proposed requiring background checks for everyone who tries to purchase firearms at gun shows - legislation he called critical to helping prevent tragedies like the shootings at Virginia Tech.
Because we accept it.
In this particular instance, to make matters worse, the basis upon which Kaine's new gun law is founded is a twisted distrortion of the truth in itself. The bigger lie. The now oft-repeated gun show lie:
Attempts to expand background checks in Virginia have failed repeatedly, but the latest effort has support from relatives of several of those killed or wounded by a mentally ill student at Virginia Tech. Some of the family members joined Kaine for his announcement Tuesday at Virginia State Police headquarters in Richmond.
"If by doing this, we can keep one family from having to go through what these families have suffered, it will be the best thing that the Legislature will do this year," Kaine said.
But we all now know that gun show background checks would have made no difference with regard to the incident that took place on the Virginia Tech campus in April. Our governments - state and federal - have passed gun laws on top of gun laws and Seung-hui Cho still managed to purchase two handguns - legally - and kill - with impunity.
So the governor, thoughtless, powerless, shameless, proposes what in response?
Another gun law.
And when the next crime is committed by someone using a firearm, what will Tim Kaine's response be?
Another gun law.
The people of Virginia must tell this man that enough is enough. Tim, you have your gun laws. Plenty of them. Enforce them. You'll have no more.
Beyond that, your lies and distortions serve us poorly and dishonor the office you have been allowed by the good citizens of this commonwealth to temporarily occupy. We'll have no more of it. You disgrace us.