Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner are big fans of Gov. Ralph Northam’s gun control agenda; so much so that the pair have introduced federal legislation that would impose the same kind of gun control laws on the whole of the United States that Northam’s enacted in Virginia.
The “Virginia Plan to Reduce Gun Violence Act of 2020” includes a national mandate for red flag laws, universal background checks, a “one-gun-a-month” handgun rationing plan, and more, though interestingly enough the measure does not include the centerpiece of Northam’s anti-gun agenda; a sweeping gun, magazine, and suppressor ban that failed to pass out of the state Senate earlier this year.
According to the senators, the bill is nothing more than a collection of a few “reasonable measures” that would reduce violent crime.
“Too many communities across the Commonwealth have been affected by gun violence. That’s why earlier this month, Virginia led the charge by adopting reasonable measures to help prevent future tragedies. Now it’s time for Congress to act,” said Warner, who faces a re-election battle this fall. “Today, we are introducing a commonsense approach to help make our communities safer by helping to keep guns out of the wrong hands while still respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. We owe it to victims and their families to stop talking about the problem and start doing something to address it and this bill is an important step in that direction.”
“We have seen the scourge of gun violence in the tragedies of Virginia Tech and Virginia Beach, drive-by shootings, domestic violence, the hundreds of suicides by firearm every week, and other crime in cities and towns across our country,” Kaine said. “For too long, Congress has remained a bystander while states like Virginia have taken action. While no single piece of legislation can eradicate gun violence, as elected officials we have a responsibility to act. We must learn painful lessons from these horrific events and follow the Commonwealth’s example to take commonsense steps that can help save lives.”
What neither Kaine nor Warner are willing to acknowledge is that Virginia actually has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the country, which, according to their anti-gun ideology, should be impossible since the state didn’t have restrictive gun control laws until just a few weeks ago. In 2018 though, the state had the fourth lowest violent crime rate in the country, behind only Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Note that none of those states have a lot of gun control laws on the books either. In fact, all three of them are Constitutional Carry states where no permit is needed to carry a firearm. If you can legally own it, you can legally bear it.
If Congress had a “truth in legislative labeling” law, the Virginia Plan to Reduce Gun Violence Act of 2020 wouldn’t contain a single gun control provision. It would include national right to carry reciprocity (the state currently has universal recognition of concealed carry licenses from other states), the ability to open carry without a license, no bans on firearms, magazines, or suppressors, no additional taxes on ammunition, no gun licensing or registration requirements, and a strong embrace of the right to keep and bear arms.
It would also put an end to early release of violent criminals (offenders have to serve 85% of their sentence before they’re released in the state), target violent offenders for federal prosecution (Project Exile began in Richmond, Virginia, and helped to lower homicide rates by 40% in the first few years), and ensure that the focus of law enforcement is on the most violent criminals in any given community, rather than law-abiding gun owners. That is the Virginia plan to reduce violent crime. What Senators Warner and Kaine are offering is simply an attack on the Second Amendment rights of all Americans.