The NRA Institute of Legislative Action reported that budget bill (HB30) allocates a quarter million dollars to implement a set of gun control measures that Northam and his anti-gun cronies are anxious to carry out in the upcoming session of the Virginia state legislature.
The $250,000 is to be assigned to the Corrections Special Reserve Fund in order to facilitate the “increase in the operating cost of adult correctional facilities resulting from the enactment” of Northam’s gun control policies. Among the laws listed that this budget is expected to cover is a ban on conventional semi-automatic firearms, the criminalization of private firearms, and red flag gun confiscation orders.
These gun control policies will do very little to reduce crime.
Long guns of any type are rarely used in violent crime incidents. According to a 2018 FBI report, there were five times as many people killed in cases involving “knives or cutting instruments” than with rifles of any kind. In addition, the data also demonstrated that rifles were used in less homicides than “blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.)” or “personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.).”
Similarly, a study that the Department of Justice funded in 1997 covering the 1994 federal “assault weapons” ban found that “At best, the assault weapons ban can have only a limited effect on total gun murders, because the banned weapons and magazines were never involved in more than a modest fraction of all gun murders.”
A subsequent Department of Justice-funded study in 2004 reached a similar conclusion. The study found that “AWs [assault weapons] and LCMs [large capacity magazines] were used in only a minority of gun crimes prior to the 1994 federal ban,” “relatively few attacks involve more than 10 shots fired,” and “the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.”
Universal background checks also don’t prevent criminals from acquiring firearms. They’ll either steal them or acquire them on the black market. According to the DOJ, 75 percent of criminals in state and federal state prison who possessed a firearm during their crime obtained the weapon by stealing it, “Off the street/underground market,” or “from a family member or friend, or as a gift.” Less than one percent bought their firearms from dealers or non-dealers at gun shows. The ATF also discovered that “[t]he most frequent type of trafficking channel identified in ATF investigations is straw purchasing from federally licensed firearms dealers.”
Researchers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the UC Davis School of Medicine discovered that comprehensive background checks and prohibitions based on violent misdemeanors “were not associated with changes in firearm suicide or homicide.”
The NRA-ILA piece notes that red flag gun confiscations orders are not needed in Virginia “because the state already has strong and effective civil commitment laws.”
It also highlighted the following:
Under Virginia law, a law enforcement officer may take an individual into emergency custody for a mental health evaluation without prior court approval. A person detained in this manner is then evaluated to determine whether they meet the criteria for a temporary detention. A person that was subject to a temporary detention order and subsequently agreed to voluntary admission to a mental health facility is prohibited from possessing firearms until their rights are restored by a court.
All in all, Virginia’s gun control laws will do nothing to stop crime, but it will strip hundreds of thousands of law-abiding individuals of their God-given right to self-defense while criminals get to prey on them at will.
Virginia gun owners must brace themselves for all sorts of gun grabs in future legislative sessions.
Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse
At this Time, Cons
Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.
The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer, posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail.
In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”
This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.
Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”
She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”
The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”
Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”
Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”
At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.
It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks.
Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?
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