Before I talk about the July 9 Special Session, here is a video of my opponent revealing she is hardcore anti-Second-Amendment. When Mavis Taintor is asked if she would go along with robbing people of their rights, she has a one word answer, “YES!”
Politically-Motivated Special Session
Governor Northam has set the date of the Special Session for Tuesday, July 9th. The terrible shooting incident that occurred in Virginia Beach is still painfully fresh in everyone’s mind, especially the 12 families that lost loved ones.
How much thought went into this? Probably about as much forethought as he gave before offering to do the Moonwalk in a press conference. If only his wife had let him do it!
Governor Northam, in another desperate attempt to rehabilitate his image, has called a special session of the General Assembly at a cost of approximately $50,000 per day to the taxpayers of Virginia. The Governor’s call to Special Session is hasty and suspect when considered against the backdrop of the last few months. Unfortunately, the Governor, joined by a Lieutenant Governor who was accused of sexual assault by two women, and an Attorney General who also admitted to wearing blackface in public, appears to once again be putting their political rehabilitation ahead of what is best for the Commonwealth.
Following the tragedy at Virginia Tech in 2007 and 2017’s shooting in Parkland, Florida, Virginia took a very deliberative approach that ultimately ended in substantive and bipartisan reforms to keep our communities safer.
While the Governor can call a Special Session, he does not have the authority to specify what actual legislation the General Assembly chooses to consider, or how we do our work. It seems Governor Northam will not allow any crisis to occur without attempting to capture some personal benefit from it. We need to do better.
What We Can Do
Addressing gun violence starts with holding criminals accountable for their actions, not infringing on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. The governor and others want to divert people’s focus to guns; instead of people who commit crimes. We will use the Special Session to take steps to address gun violence by putting forward a package of legislation to hold criminals accountable. Just this year, the Governor vetoed a bill to require second offense domestic abusers to serve 60 days in jail, giving their victims the space and safety, they need.
The House of Delegates will convene as constitutionally required and work within the rules we adopt and the regular legislative process to consider any matter before us. Our actions will be focused on sound public policy and the best interests of the people of our great Commonwealth.
What We are Learning from Virginia Beach
First, through the words of a husband who lost his wife, we have learned that she and her coworkers were deprived of ability to defend themselves; that policy probably cost her life and others as well. You can read more about that here: Virginia Beach shooting victim considered taking gun to work over concerns about colleague, lawyer says.
Second, when building security does not allow first responders, in this case local law enforcement, into a locked building, precious time and lives are lost. You can read more about this here: Opinion/Editorial: Don't lock police out when their help is needed
Virginia laws should protect our freedom of self- defense in a public setting. Many are unjustly deprived of that right as a condition of employment. It is not likely this problem will be corrected in a short special session.
Actually Improving Public Safety
I am having legislation drafted seeking to assure buildings do not lock out first responders; that includes police, fire fighters, and emergency medical services. This will apply to gates, building entrances and interior spaces.
In December of 2015, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, announced he intended to unilaterally end Virginia’s long-held concealed carry reciprocity agreements with 25 states. The public outcry nipped that bad idea in the bud. This anti-Second-Amendment initiative by Northam deserves to be put to rest similarly. Please send him that message loud and clear.
Contact Northam here.
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