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.
Rapper Lil Wayne Breaks the Silence on George Floyd’s Death
On May 29, 2020, Lil Wayne commented on the death of George Floyd.
The controversial death involved Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin placing his knee on Floyd’s neck as he was handcuffed on the ground.
“I think when we see these situations, I think we also have to understand that we have to get very specific. … And what I mean by that is we have to stop viewing it with such a broad view, meaning we have to stop placing the blame on the whole force and the whole everybody or a certain race or everybody with a badge,” Wayne remarked during an IG Live chat with rapper Fat Joe.
Wayne added: “We have to actually get into who that person is. And if we want to place the blame on anybody, it should be ourselves for not doing more than what we think we’re doing.”
On top of that, the New Orleans rapper explained why he doesn’t always go public on these political issues.
“What else am I gonna do after that?” Wayne said to Fat Joe. “Some people put a tweet out and they think they did something. Some people wear a shirt and they think they did something. What you gonna do after that? Did you actually help the person? Did you actually help the family? Did you actually go out there and do something? So, if I ain’t about to do all that, then I ain’t about to do nothing. I’ll pray for ya.”
Wayne shared more of his thoughts regarding how people should process information during times of controversy.
“It’s actually learning about it,” Wayne commented. “What we need to do is we need to learn about it more. If we wanna scream about something, know what we’re screaming about. If we wanna protest about something, know what we’re protesting about. Because if we wanna get into it, there’s a bunch of facts that we think we know that we don’t know. … We scream about things that, sometimes, they really ain’t true.”
Wayne and Joe’s full discussion can be viewed below:
Riots have spread to other cities across the U.S., which included Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed. On May 29, Derek Chauvin received charges of murder and manslaughter in the killing of Floyd.
Derek Chauvin officially charged in death of #GeorgeFloyd with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
— Complex (@Complex) May 29, 2020
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