The gun prohibition lobby is whining over anti-gun Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s reversal on concealed carry reciprocity yesterday, honoring permits and licenses from several other states, while trying to celebrate something of a hollow victory over Facebook’s Friday decision to “crack down” on gun sales.
It is publicly embarrassing because Virginia is the far bigger prize, and they know it. As members of the Northwest Firearms forum are noting today, Facebook is hardly a major place where people buy, sell or trade firearms. As gun people know, there are far better places for that activity, and all of those on-line forums insist that transactions comply with the law.
But The Hill is reporting the lamentations from gun prohibition lobbying groups. Anti-gunners are doing everything but calling McAuliffe a traitor. They are accusing him of “caving to the gun lobby’s demands.” Andy Parker, father of slain TV journalist Alison Parker (gunned down by a former colleague on live television last year during a remote broadcast) signed a letter chastising the governor yesterday, the Hill report said.
It’s all about symbolism. Virginia was a “trophy” of enormous implications; Facebook, not so much. Now the trophy has been snatched away like a Miss Universe crown, and Virginia has returned to the substance of respecting agreements over making symbolic gestures that never accomplish anything.
And just what are those “demands?” Only that Virginia recognizes the Second Amendment rights of millions of Americans from other states that might travel to the Old Dominion. Last month when Attorney General Mark Herring announced that Virginia would stop recognizing concealed carry permits and licenses from 25 other states with allegedly “weaker gun laws,” the anti-gun crowd was dancing in the streets.
Now they’re limping because Second Amendment activists just kicked their behinds. In the process, McAuliffe has had to recognize that gun owners have rights, too, and Herring may be eating crow. The concessions to which the governor agreed may not amount to much. One might suggest they simply follow existing law that prohibits people convicted of domestic violence from having firearms, while expanding “voluntary” background checks, whatever that means.
Meanwhile, Shannon Watts, founder of the Michael Bloomberg-backed Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, is trying to make the Facebook announcement a bigger deal than it apparently is. She trotted out the discredited claim by gun control proponents that “In this country, 40 percent of gun sales are through unlicensed dealers, without background checks.”
The Washington Post has shown this claim to be bogus at least twice, the first time calling foul on President Barack Obama three years ago. More recently, in October of last year, the WaPo did the same to Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose problems with credibility lately go well beyond the gun control arena.
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