OPINION: Gun Safety or Gun Rights? Virginia’s lawmakers are igniting a feud on this issue.
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OPINION: Gun Safety or Gun Rights? Virginia’s lawmakers are igniting a feud on this issue.

January 17, 2020


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  1. Law abiding citizens do not commit these crimes. Criminal cause crimes. You are brained washed. Down with democrats. They are trying to make this a communist country.

  2. This guy…is so brash and irrational. He doesn’t base anything on facts, even though he says he does…sounds like the dumb guy thinking he’s the smartest person in the room.

  3. "Shall not be infringed" is constitutional law. You people cherry pick the constitution, the Bill of Rights like you cherry pick the bible, torah etc.

  4. The anchor is very good at making this a black and white issue devoid of complexity, especially since he clearly hasn't read the statutes as proposed which are seeking a blanket ban on pretty much every long gun out there and the vast majority of most common handguns by way of arbitrary magazine limits that apply to 90+% of common firearms currently available for sale. I don't think the anchor even understands that the "some cursory form" is actually the basis upon which records checks are performed into an individuals background and that an "enhanced background check" is a myth. You cant predict future behavior using a background check. I mean what possibly can you do, spend millions of dollars to go door to door conducting interviews and setting up a snitch fund for gun owners and require a polygraph for prospective gun owners (knowing polygraphs are junk science of course and the guilty can pass)? Even then, you can't predict future behavior. Would it make it more difficult to legally acquire firearms and discourage mainly poor minorities from doing so due to the added cost? Sure. But that's always been a known side effect of gun laws, disenfranchising minorities from gun ownership and it's a very much appreciated side effect on the part of old southern Klan democrats that dominate in the legislature. Anyone with money will not be effected by these laws at all. They can just dump a few grand on a big name Arlington law firm to go to court and get a permit using those lawyer types that golf with judge and all. Everyday people making minimum wage won't be able to afford the cost of the regulations. Criminals and citizens that don't think the government should dictate what they do and keep in their home can just manufacture their own firearms using well known open source methods. I think this anchor doesn't quite comprehend the dynamics in this situation. People distrust the government, the government tells them they may need to surrender their property, legislators agitate said group of people by threatening them with armed military and paramilitary action, said group is bound to react defiantly. Mass shootings are exceedingly rare. What the anchor fails to be homest about is that neither mass shooting he mentioned was committed with an "assault weapon". There's a lot of intellectual dishonesty and rhetoric here. The current firearms regulations are more than sufficient. If someone is insane, you don't send an armed team to their house to red flag them, leaving them without any mental health help at all and a lot of anger that their guns were just robbed by armed thugs, maybe you'd be better off following I don't know, the law, and go through the existing mental health commitment process? Gee that sounds like an idea. Anyways, when you go deliberately agitating and threatening people, you can't be surprised when the less intelligent amongst those groups goes biting back and does something that can't be undone, especially when you're threatening a group of individuals that re extremely well armed. As far as the race issue, I can guarantee you there are black people that want to own guns too and don't like this gun control nonsense either. Trying to make guns "the white mans thing" is just ignorant and racist, but I suppose that's what culture the Dems come from.

  5. It is a right given by God and recognized by government. The government didn’t give me permission, my Lord and Creator did. If you want to crack down on “gun violence” why not go to Washington DC or Baltimore where you can’t even have a gun? You don’t care about facts… you just want to disarm law abiding people.

  6. None of Blackface Northam anti-gun laws will curb any of the violent criminals and gangs. Proof you ask? I conjured up California that has strict gun laws and yet FBI statistics have shown that California is still number one in the U.S. in murders by firearms. WUSA9 is nothing more than a Tory mouthpiece for Gov Blackface folks.

  7. Hey anti-gun Zealot! Opinions are like "A" holes… everyone got one. Oh by the way here is little tidbit of info for you!

    FBI Statistics, Table #8, Murder Victims…..2017…….2018
    Rifles, (which includes the AR-15 rifle)……..390………..297
    Handguns………………………..……………………..7,051…….6,603
    Knives or Cutting Instruments……………….1,609 …..1,515

    So tell me WUSA9 how the AR-15 rifle is number one in mass murders when in fact that FBI Statistics proven that you are dead wrong? In fact the number of murders by all weapons have decline! Oh and Pistols, Knives and Cutting Instruments have murder far more people than rifles! No wonder your ratings are lower than whale poop when you put false info about the AR-15 rifle. MOLON LABE TORIES!

  8. "Pathetically" call it our God given right to bear arms? What about that pathetic right to free speech, that laughable freedom of religion, silly people think they have a right to due process.

  9. Who is this piece of s***? How dare him. You shouldn't have to have a license to carry a firearm you shouldn't have to have a FOID card carry a firearm you should just be able to have a firearm to defend yourself and your family.

  10. Obviously a communist; he's making the "OUR collective rights versus YOUR individual rights" argument. Nice try comrade

  11. You are in fact talking about an all out ban if you are siding with the democrats in Virgina and that is what they are working on right now as we speak. Also, just because your daddy got his first gun at 12 doesnt make you any more knowledgable, experienced, or understanding on why protecting our constitutional rights is important. Its comparative to saying you understand the struggles of minorities becasuse you have a friend who is hispanic.

  12. Gun free zones mean ONE thing to criminals….hunting grounds! Chicago has done SO well as a gun free zone. Youngstown Ohio was once know as the murder capital of the US…The state started issuing CCWs and Youngstown has lost that title. The AR 15s you speak of are NOT what the military and police carry. The police and military carry M16s…and to the novice, almost identical to the AR 15.

  13. One more thing…CRIMINALS who are not allowed to have guns in the first place are NOT going to care about the fact they are NOT allowed to have guns, They will steal them if need be. They arent going to care about carrying a gun into a gun free zone…they are going to do it anyway…The gun is only the tool.
    More people are killed by Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) that ALL rifles including the AR 15.
    More people are killed by Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) that ALL rifles including the AR 15.
    MANY More people die in DUI related car accidents than ALL rifles combined.
    4-5 times as many people will die from Knives or cutting instruments than will die of ALL rifles combined.
    AGAIN…these are only tools criminals use…they will ALWAYS find a way to hurt or kill someone if the criminal wants to.

  14. Carry permit is infringement on the Second Amendment. We the people let them take advantage of us. One thing I’ve learned in life is you give the gov. An inch and they take a mile. It’s time to say no more.

  15. Apparently the stupid idiot governor has not read the Virginia flag…..and apparently this idiot talking has no idea what he's even saying America has had enough of this horseshit you Godless snake….shall not be infringed it's that simple…no but if.

  16. DO NOT PUNISH THE GOOD GUN ARMED AMERICAN PEOPLE! Go after criminals.
    YOU ARE EITHER GOING AFTER GOOD AMERICAN, GUN OWNING CITIZENS OR YOU ARE GOING AFTER THE CRIMINALS WHO USE GUNS ILLEGALLY AS IN CRIMINAL?

    Which is it? Innocent gun owning Americans citizens or the criminals who acquired guns ILLEGALLY (Dems have a hard time understanding the word ILLEGAL in any form of the word) on the streets????
    Well, which is it Virginia? Are you going to allow your Governor to break the Laws of the Constitution and take/acquire your weapons or have him arrested, charged, and tried? No political person is permitted to take our God given Freedoms/Rights from us and if we are to read our founding fathers papers, we would understand exactly why the Second Amendment was given.

    So politicians, KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF OUR GUNS/WEAPONS AND AMMO!!!!!!

  17. You are a Fool sir..😡.if it's not my God given right then enlighten me on your version of the 2nd Amendment..
    I'm against gun violence by our Intergovernmental against we the people and you want to disarm America to control America… History has proven that every mass genocide by a ruling Government or Dictatorship committed against the population started with the restriction or all out ban against firearms… This is no longer an issue about thwarting a small number of gun violence incidences, although that is your latest excuse to start the ball rolling toward a series of steps to disarm, control and eradicate any and all who stand in the way of the NWO's demand on the UN to fulfil this agenda and nutralize all threats to their plan of a one world ruling dictatorship .. Sound a bit familiar sir? Ring any bells sir? You are merely a cog in a wheel a puppet in a regime of a system designed and hellbent on population CONTROL.. And to think you bragged about how your father was given his first means of protection at the age of 13 smh how do you think your father would upon what festerd from his loins now dear sir? If they are successful in this endeavor and they probably will be at first, I hope you look back on this from whatever FEMA/death camp their holding you and your family's in and reflect on what a fine service you provided towards the taking of America the last stronghold for defending the very freedoms you and you kids arer enjoying rightl now.. And not only a country and it's people's freedoms but an entire planet and its ultimate struggle for the survival of the human race… Yes sir, you did this… How's it feel?
    A little melodramatic lol tell me that from whatever detainment facilities they've got your treasonous ass in..

  18. You, sir, are a condescending, un-informed, pompous ass. You lack any depth or thought in the analysis. You have no knowledge of history, the Constitution, civil rights, or the basic intellectual ability to define or analyze and issue. Or, it could just be that you are an extremely intelligent troll, looking to fuel the flames of civil unrest. Isn't ironic that a short 60 years ago, people were marching to obtain civil rights equal to white land owners. Now the masses march to remove those same rights just a few short decades later. Rest assured, we all know what side of the isle you stand on this topic, and that is enough. In the long run, you will not win this disagreement. Had you any knowledge, you would also understand the fact that you are advancing this specific issue in Virginia. History has a nasty way of repeating itself for the uninformed.

  19. Amazing that these politicians live in the same country as us peasants yet their security teams use GUNS to keep these politicians and their families safe. So if GUNS ARE THE CAUSE OF DEATH AND VIOLENCE,politicians and their families would be the highest statistics of gun violence if they are surrounded by security forces with guns.
    Maybe it's the criminals that violate the laws against violence and death that already exists, yet they still break every law that already exists banning aggression against people unprovoked.
    HOW ABOUT THOSE FACTS?
    God bless America

  20. Here forward we should just refer to those who oppose 2A as “Loyalists”. Also, wear ORANGE, be counted. 500 stickers, mark them 2A… https://www.amazon.com/ChromaLabel-inch-Color-Code-Labels-Orange/dp/B00VIMCC3W/ref=asc_df_B00VIMCC3W/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=198082409990&hvpos=1o5&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6976653755349848665&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1014226&hvtargid=pla-349443759720&psc=1

  21. "You are either for gun violence protection or gun violence permission"? Really??
    you sir are either working for the Democrats or your trying to get a job working for the Democrats.
    The 2nd Amendment is clear Shall not be infringed!

  22. News commentator who didn't actually read the laws being proposed in Virginia. The proposals as they stand include forced surrender of personal arms to the state, prohibition of magazines in common use, an expanded definition of "assault weapon" that would include many competition-grade firearms. The body of proposed laws threatens to infringe on the right to bear arms as a peremptory act against unlawful action. In plain, general English, it's not illegal to carry a gun (yet), but it's (already) illegal to use it to shoot your neighbors maliciously. I guess that malicious wounding being at least a class 4 felony in Virginia isn't enough disincentive means the state needs to create a lower level crime for the possession of a certain class of firearm. It's as if they determined I'm three times as likely to kill someone while DUI because I drive a Dodge Ram, so Dodge Rams will be banned. It's outrageous.

  23. 36,000 lives lost a year 500,000-3,000,000 lives saved
    98% of mass shooting happen in gun free zones these are the stats does gun control really work.

  24. its not about guns, and its not about safety, its about control.
    and since when do criminals care if you write another law.
    the only reason a government would seek to disarm its citizenry is because it plans to do something so evil it fears its citizens would use those arms …..your intent is showing for all to see
    what is alt right and white nationalist anyway..some imaginary boogey man you conjure up whenever you have nothing legitimate or factual to say….propaganda nothing more as is usual of socialist/ communist progressives
    ….and one more thing…who is this idiot?

  25. Hey fathead, how much did they pay you to be the talking head jackass you are? You even fumbled on your script its so much bought and paid for bullshit haha…so go to :56 sec….The fact is you're 'choosing emotions over facts' – not the other way around – in order to manufacture consent to eventually violate the American people. You should be tarred and feathered for your choosing to propagate the slippery slope to eventually disarm the American people via 'gun control to keep people safe'. The reason why you want to disarm the American people is because the plan is AFTER YOU HAVE DISARMED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THEN YOU WILL DO SOMETHING TO THEM THAT THEY WOULD WANT TO SHOOT YOU FOR…. THE REASON JAPAN DID NOT INVADE THE US MAINLAND IN WWII IS A KNOWN FACT AND DUE TO THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND THAT EVERY AMERICAN WILL HAVE A RIFLE BEHIND A BLADE OF GRASS AND THEY ARE ALL A CRACK SHOTS. NOTHING HAS CHANGED AMERICANS AS THEY ARE AT OUR DOOR AGAIN ….EXCEPT THE NEW INVADERS ARE TRYING TO PULL AN INSIDE JOB WITH BOUGHT AND PAID FOR CORRUPT POLITICIANS CREATING LAWS TO IMPLEMENT THE SOFT COUP THAT WILL LEAD TO MASS GUN CONFISCATION – NO DICE WORLD ORDER JOKERS – THE NEXT MOVE MARKS THE BEGINNING OF EITHER DIRECTION

  26. We need imprisonment and public floggings without trials for tyrants to make them more appreciative of the Constitution and inalienable rights.

  27. lets looks at the facts: 36.3k gun death per year. 22k are suicide (61%) 12.8k are homicide (35%(note gang related shooting falls under this category. also self defense shootings in non "stand your ground" states also falls under this. people who uses guns for self defense but are found guilty of 2nd degree murder also falls into this.)) law enforcement shooting 496 (1.4% (this includes unjustified shooting by police officers)) unintentional shooting 487 (1.3% (this can be accidental shooting, I.E. handling a firearms and having a negligent discharge. dropping a fire arm and having it go off. kids getting their hands on a fire arm. bascally all accidents)) Undetermined 295 (.08%(basically a gun shot victim shows up in a ditch)

    now that we have a better understanding of the statistic, lets look at gun owner ship…. 430 MILLION guns a year. and less than 12.8k are used in homicide annually, thats less than a fraction of a percent. remind me again how that is consider an "epidemic" when diabetes kills millions a year? where the outrage in that?

  28. Go ahead and start another civil war! YOU will have started it, not gun owners. The governor IS the reason we have the 2nd amendment!!

  29. You can buy heroin on any street corner in any city in america!! The war on drugs hasn’t stopped them from coming into our country. Remember that according to LIBERALS if you don’t agree with a law you don’t have to obey it!! Illegal aliens are criminals, period, and yet our LAWS aren’t enforced!! So why should we care what laws you pass??

  30. Who is this Idiot? Talk facts, well let's prosecute the criminal
    Hold up the laws on the books
    More laws does not mean safer
    I can keep going but we all know. I just want to know who this Idiot thinks he is, Demorat shill, To say I dont need a gun because we have the police. Well then why do you have a fire detector we have firemen!

  31. These people dont give up do they. Neither will we! You dont have a RIGHT to rewrite the constitution to fit your narrative and if you try there will be people who you apparently dont like who will not let you! Thats pretty black and white and you can tell from his voice hes scarred and he should be!!!

  32. IF YOU WANT YOUR GOVERNMENT TO LISTEN !!! WITH OUT BREAKING THE LAW WITH OUT TEARING UP THE TOWNS OR OUR CITY'S WITH OUT HAVING TO PROTEST AND FIGHT OR ARGUE WITH ANY ONE OPPOSING , EVERY ONE IN THE UNITED STATES TAKE OFF TWO MAYBE THREE DAYS FROM WORK AND WATCH THE RICH AND OUR GOVERNMENT MAKE A CHANGE ON EVERYTHING THAT IS FAIR , BETTER PAY , DO NOT INFRINGE ON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, LOWER OUR AGE FOR RETIREMENT SO WE CAN ENJOY LIFE AT A YOUNGER AGE , RISE OUR RETIREMENT BENEFITS MAKE MEDICAL AFFORDABLE , DO SOMETHING ABOUT HOW MUCH WE ARE TAXED , MAKE EVERYONE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE SAME LAWS AS YOU AND I ARE NO ONE SHOULD BE ABOVE THE LAW THAT INCLUDES OUR GOVERNMENT , GET OUR VETS AND HOMELESS OFF THE STREETS BEFORE WE GO AND HELP OTHER COUNTRY'S , STOP OUR GOVERNMENT FROM MAKING LAWS WITH OUT WE THE PEOPLE VOTES , JUST THINK 2 MAYBE 3 DAYS OF THE UNITED STATES NO ONE GOES TO WORK MAKING A STAND WITH OUT BREAKING THE LAW TO MAKE A CHANGE FOR EVERY ONE BEFORE IT IS TO LATE AND THE CHANGE WILL BE MADE FOR YOU RATHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT . AGREE ON A DATE AND EVERY ONE REACT IT WOULD BE LIKE TAKING A VACATION AND GETTING WHAT WE DECREASE IN THIS COUNTRY

  33. ANTIFA will be there. Taking bets that they start a fight, and Gun Owners will get blamed. As for what is being pulled in Virginia, they are wanting to VIOLATE both Virginian and US Constitution:
    Constitution of Virginia:
    Article I. Bill of Rights
    Section 13. Militia; standing armies; military subordinate to civil power.
    That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

    United States Constitution:
    Bill of Rights. Amendment 2
    A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.

  34. the creature speaking is not only wrong, and highly emotional, he speaks like England did in 1775. his mindset is the problem with American. Stand tall and proud Virginia hold back the tyrants, America as a whole is counting on you

  35. Facts? Facts? How about the fact that the 2nd Amendment says "Shall not be infringed". How about the fact that your draconian gun laws do nothing to stop crime or gun violence. The most violent cities in the US have the strictest gun laws and it does not stop gun deaths. The so called Assault weapons they are saying are so dangerous account for less than 2.5% (total percent of all types of rifles used, assault rifles used in only a few of these). There are more people killed with fists, feet, blunt instruments, knifes, than assault rifles. This has nothing to do with saving lives or saving the children. It's about power and control, plain and simple. They are banning every gun other that revolvers, lever action rifles, and some shotguns. They think they have the right to confiscate legally owned property without compensation. Apparently they missed out on recent US Supreme Court decisions affirming the right to own and bear arms.

  36. There is no Nuance to a fundamental God-given right. Democrats are always trying to keep the black man down by disarming them

  37. Why doesn't the state go after those known criminals that have weapons first? Just go to their homes or places of work, etc. and take them? Ohhhh…. WAIT, felons and criminals rights outweigh ALL lawabiding citizens. I forgot. Well, that's wonderful. The bad guys will have all of the weapons and let the good guys have no way to defend themselves. Got it. I'll never go to any state with this idiotic law.

  38. I'm against gun violence and for gun freedom protection. You think that people who support the second amendment are pro violence, the fact that we haven't taken to the streets to fight back proves that we are peace loving. If we weren't, anti Americans like you would be dead. But make no mistake pal, if idiots like you press hard enough you will get the message, or at least the bullet points of it.

  39. @0:45 NOBODY CARES WHAT YOU THINK! You don't have to be scared Francis, the gov. was scared enough for the both of you, so you don't have to be afraid of the big, bad, private gun owner Monday. It's safe for you, come on out….

  40. Clearly the powers that be are cramming this down our throat. Just look at the overwhelming dislikes on EVERYTHING VA.

  41. What?!? Another arrogant authoritarian libtard with a mic and a camera mocking Americans?? Gee, there's a shock!!! Thankfully, nobody of any significance or relevance is buying your tired old screams of racism-everywhere, nazis, and white supremecy. When you baby killers finally go full potato with your anti-American violence as threatened by this "duly elected" liberal, the response from Americans, on the hand, will be swift, justified, and thorough. Good luck with that.

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