Tone deaf GOP that shoots down gun bills on MLK Day could lose Virginia gun control fight

Tone deaf GOP that shoots down gun bills on MLK Day could lose Virginia gun control fight

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Virginia governor Ralph Northam is asking for votes and laws on gun control after 12 people were killed during a shooting in Virginia Beach. USA TODAY If you want to know how things have rolled in Virginia on the firearms issue, consider that Gun Lobby Day is an unofficial but highly memorable event held every year at the state capitol on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “That was so wrong for so many reasons,” Jennifer Wexton, a former state senator who is now a member of Congress, observed about the timing of the pro-firearms offensive. Wexton, first drawn to politics in part by her desire for tougher gun laws, said that the state Senate’s Republican leadership would “put up all the gun bills on that day and kill them, one after another.” It was quite a spectacle, said State Sen. Janet Howell, who, like Wexton, is a northern Virginia Democrat. “We would have citizens wandering the halls carrying Uzis and other assault weapons,” she said. “That was Virginia, darlin’.” Sen. Barbara A. Favola, D-Arlington, right, stands in front of her office and talks with pro-gun advocate Joe Ligon, with the Virginia Citizens Defense League, who was wearing a gun, while at the General Assembly Building in Richmond, Va., Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. Ligon and a large number of pro-gun rights citizens were visiting lawmakers Monday to lobby for their cause. Gun groups are squaring off at the Virginia General Assembly. Pro-gun rights groups held a morning rally at the […]

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