On the first day of the Special Session of the Virginia General Assembly, pro-gun group American Firearms Coalition confronted Governor Ralph “Blackface” Northam.
Posted by American Firearms Coalition on Tuesday, July 9, 2019
With film crew on their side, activists from the gun group tried to get Northam on the record for his support of gun control laws.
One activist asked, “Gun-free zones killed 12 people at Virginia Beach, why do you want to expand gun-free zones?
Northam was pressed even further, after being asked “Why aren’t you asking the legislator to outlaw gun-free zones?”
The Virginia Governor did not respond to any of the activists’ questions.
At the end of the video, the activists described Northam’s gun control push as an “embarrassment” and “shameful”.
Northam called the special session after the Virginia Beach massacre in order to ram a slew of gun control bills down Virginia gun owners’ throats.
Interestingly enough, the perpetrator of this massacre went through all the government hoops that all gun owners must go through, and he still carried out his crime. No additional gun control laws would have likely stopped him.
However, Northam obviously ignored these stubborn facts and proceeded to push gun control forward.
But Northam was alone.
According to Second Amendment Daily, Republican Senator Tommy Norment filed a gun control bill at the last minute.
Second Amendment Daily stated that “Norment’s bill would make FELONS out of otherwise law abiding Virginians who carried a firearm into public (taxpayer funded) buildings — even with a permit!”
Thankfully, for gun owners, the special session came to a screeching halt after gun rights activists were able to get Senate Republicans to kill the session on gun control.
Minnesota Had Record Numbers of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in 2020
Red or blue, Americans nationwide are getting strapped.
Gun sales have boomed all across America. And it’s not just the Red states. Blue states like Minnesota have also witnessed an increase in the number of concealed carry permits issued.
According to Valley News Live, over 96,000 permits were issued in 2020, which represented the highest number of permits issued since carry permits became legal in 2003. Furthermore, 2020’s numbers represented a twofold increase from 2019 in the number of permits issued.
Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms noted that roughly “400,000 permits have been issued in total in a state of just over 5.6 million people.”
The Valley News Live piece actually conceded that the increase in permits issued was largely the result of a “ rise in violent crime in the Twin Cities and the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd.”
Minneapolis was the epicenter of social unrest after the death of George Floyd in late May 2020. With calls to defund the police and irresponsible political leadership that refused to decisively crack down on crime, Minnesotans began to take matters into their own hands.
Gun owners are ultimately the most effective first responders in times of crisis and overall breakdowns of social order. Minnesota’s gun laws are actually quite strict, which has earned it dismal rankings in Guns & Ammo magazine’s rankings for Best States for Gun Owners (39th place) and Best States for Concealed Carry (37th place). Regardless of the sub-optimal gun policies, Minnesotans still instinctively understand the importance of the right to carry.
2020 was a big year for gun sales and showed that the right to bear arms still has a massive constituency of people that can be targeted and activated for future occasions. Serious Republican campaigns should recognize this trend and make targeting gun owners a major priority throughout their get out the vote programs.
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