Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Virginians/Creigh Deeds Agree: Close the Loophole

According to a poll conducted by Christopher Newport University's Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy, 80% of Virginians want to close the "gun-show loophole" that allows anyone to buy a gun from an unlicensed dealer without a background check. The same sale at the same show from a licensed dealer requires the buyer undergo a criminal background check.
Driven by the horrible shootings at Virginia Tech, Senator Creigh Deeds worked for several sessions to find a bipartisan compromise that will close the gun-show loophole while at the same time preserving the rights of legitimate buyers to purchase a gun. Of course, to the National Rifle Association, any restriction no matter how common sense and reasonable, pulls their hair trigger. Although Deeds wrote the constitutional amendment that guarantees the right to hunt and fish and has an A rating and was endorsed by the NRA in 2005, his due diligence and hard work seeking a way to close this dangerous loophole earned their ire this year. Even with an "A?"
But, as the poll indicates, Creigh Deeds is very much in line with the vast majority of Virginians on closing the loophole. It also found that 63% of Virginians agree with Deeds that redistricting of legislative districts should be done by a bipartisan commission. Fundamental to our democracy, killing the gerrymander is an issue which Deeds has worked on for years and promises to accomplish as Governor.
As we consider who to vote for on Election Day, this poll reminds us of something more than the fact the Deeds is in tune with voters in the Commonwealth. Creigh Deeds has taken on tough issues with a tenacity rarely seen in politicians. For Creigh it is all about finding solutions to tough problems. Solutions that do the greatest good for the greatest number.
The CNU survey was was conducted Oct. 8-13 in cooperation with The Virginian-Pilot and WVEC-TV. It has a MOE of ± 4.4 percentage points.


Anonymous said...

The shooter at Va tech purchased the guns from a licensed dealer not at a gun-show.

Cargosquid said...

ONE: There is NO "loophole". There are licensed dealers and private citizens. Some sellers that are saying that they are private sellers may be dealers. THAT is already illegal. Private citizens are allowed to sell/transfer their firearms to others without background checks. Are you suggesting that ALL transfers be subject to background checks? The only way to do that is to register guns. Which criminals won't do anyway.

TWO: The VT shootings had nothing to do with gun shows, non-existent loopholes, or background checks. Cho was checked. It was the weakness of the law system and the unwillingness of the court to commit Cho that prevented his mental problems from showing up on his background check.

THREE: "common sense and reasonable"? Whose common sense and reasonableness are we defining? The Brady gun banners or yours or mine?

I do agree that districts need to be drawn differently. However, lets get an impartial computer to arbitrarily draw the lines. Even "bipartisan" groups can be influenced.

Creigh's biggest problem is that he's never seen a tax that he didn't like. Lets prioritize and stop spending so much.

Raise my taxes, lose my vote.

Anonymous said...

Very well said Cargosquid.

Agitator said...

how dare private citizens come together in commerce concerning a constitutional right in a controlled setting where a law enforcement officer can verify the gun is unloaded without having to further bend over and grab their ankles to prove to people like Coarse Crack that they are law abiding citizens!

Mary said...

Way to go BR, this "G" word woke them up. What's next... god or gays?

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Anonymous said...

Another good reason to vote for Bob McDonnell for governor.