Don't take it from me.
Take it from the editorial page editor of the Times.
From Christina Nuckols, said editor, in "Wilder silent as his legacy takes a bullet," we learn that she called up former Governor Douglas Wilder in order to get him to pitch in to help keep in place that moronic "one-handgun-a-month" law that he had pushed through the legislature many years ago; the one that was intended to stop Virginia guns from flowing into New York City; the one that stopped zero guns from flowing into New York City in all its many years on the books.
A revealing exchange:
Nuckols: "I look forward to you turning on the heat like only you can do."
Which was followed by: "A raspy laugh exploded from the receiver, and the line went dead."
Perhaps ol' Doug saw the whole escapade as having turned out to be one big joke too.
Not that such things deter crusaders like this Nuckols woman from pressing onward - Don Quixote style - in their never-ending quest to get that first handgun blocked from flowing out of the Commonwealth and into the hands of a gang member up in the big city.
Some day, by God. Some ... day ...