Repeal of gun limit signed by governorBeing the heartless bastard that I am, had I been governor and this whiner had said that to me, I'd have responded with, "How does rationing Virginia citizens' 2nd Amendment rights "cause innocent people to die"?
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times
Richmond — Gov. Bob McDonnell signed legislation Tuesday repealing Virginia's one-per-month limit on handgun purchases, scrapping a law that he voted for nearly two decades ago as a member of the General Assembly.
McDonnell's decision to sign HB 940 was not a surprise. He said before the legislative session began that he supported repeal of the one-handgun-per-month law, a top priority of pro-gun organizations that have long derided it as unnecessary "gun rationing." The repeal will take effect July 1.
Despite McDonnell's public statements supporting the repeal, gun-control advocates made a last-ditch effort to change the governor's mind in recent days. On Saturday, four families of victims of the 2007 mass shootings at Virginia Tech urged McDonnell to veto the legislation, arguing that public safety would be jeopardized by making guns more accessible.
"I had a very emotional, a very informative discussion with the families who told me why I should veto the bill," McDonnell said Tuesday afternoon, before his office announced he had signed the bill.
McDonnell's staff spoke to the families again Tuesday to inform them of his decision to sign the bill.
Colin Goddard, who was shot four times in the 2007 rampage, said McDonnell "offered sympathy, not solutions."
"Sympathy alone will not save lives," said Goddard, who now works as an advocate with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "The governor had a chance to be a leader for our state and for the nation in preventing future gun tragedies, but he chose a different path. As a result, innocent people will die. We will not let Virginians forget his shameful decision." [link]
And shut up.
"One handgun a month" was a silly notion. And if its purpose was to stop killings up in New York City, none other than New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg - Mr. Gun Control himself - will tell you it was a failure.
So worthless legislation that - if these fools were honest with themselves - was passed into law only to make themselves feel good about themselves, is now history. The law made no difference. Its demise will make no difference.
So shut up.
And leave us alone.