VA Gov McAuliffe Pushes Gun Control Seconds into Remarks

In 2015, Gov Terry McAuliffe made national news by moving to ban the carrying of guns in state buildings, and empowering law enforcement broader authority to crack down on such crimes. Today, while being asked about a still-breaking tragedy in his state, of an attack on Republican congressmen practicing for a bipartisan charity game tomorrow, he went back to his knee-jerk political position, rather than just respect the moment.

During a CNN interview shortly have 11am ET, anchor Kate Bolduan asked the Virginia governor, “What can you say about what happened today?” After a brief few words praising the “coming together of everyone” in law enforcement, he launched into an awkward gun control rant that left Bolduan in the position of having to segue back into the story.

“Well, listen this is a very sad situation,” McAuliffe said. “We’ve got to find out about this individual,” he continued. “Your job is governor is to keep your community safe, and that’s you’re number one job. And I have said we have got to do a better job. This gentleman who we going to a shootout at a ballfield where people were having practice for a charity event, obviously this man should never have been in possession of a firearm. And we has a nation, and all of us need to come together in a bipartisan way to stop the gun violence we have. 93 individuals a day are killed in America. I unfortunately just had to give the eulogy for a great Virginia state trooper who lost his life on the streets of Richmond. We’ve got to get serious about this issue.”

Perhaps confused by his prepared remarks on gun control, Bolduan turned it back to the story, saying, “I do want to ask you though, we can hold the conversation about the gun control debate for another moment, because I do want to ask you about this breaking news situation we are dealing with…”

Speaker Paul Ryan, and his counterpart minority leader Nancy Pelosi showed the civility and respect that should be held today for the situation, when they praised the law enforcement officers (the only armed individuals there) who protected the innocent, tended to the wounded, and took bullets for those they were protecting. Then, they both encouraged their respective caucuses to set aside partisan disagreement, and love each other for our humanity, our families, and our care for public service.

As for hitting back at such gun control nonsense, Rep Mo Brooks (R-SC) appeared ready to respond when he was prematurely asked about gun control by a reporter, “does this change your views on the gun situation in America?” His response was epic:

“Not with respect to the second amendment. The second amendment right to bear arms is to ensure that we always have a republic. And as with any constitution provision in the Bill of Rights, there are adverse aspects to each of those right that we enjoy as people. And what we just saw here is one of the bad side effects of someone not exercising those rights properly.

But, we’re not going to get rid of freedom of speech because some peoples ay some really ugly things that hurt other people’s feelings. We’re not going to get rid of Fourth Amendment search and seizure rights because it allows some criminals to go free who should be behind bars. These rights are there to protect Americans, and while each of them has a negative aspect to them they are fundamental to our being the greatest nation in world history.

So no, I’m not changing my position on any of the rights we enjoy as Americans. With respect to this particular shooter, I’d really like to know more about him – whether he was an ex-felon, by way of example, who should not have had possession of a firearm – I’d like to know other things about his background before I pass judgment.”

In 1783, Sir William Blackstone paraphrased the philosopher Voltaire when he said, “For the law holds, that it is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.” Voltaire believed that violating the freedom of even one innocent man was worse than allowing bad men from attempting to do so. I agree.

A nation of innocents suffer when we allow our security and prosperity to be controlled by a few assuring us they will eliminate the effects of human nature that only God and nature can. Thankfully, we have men and women like Mo Brooks who understand this principle, and continue to safeguard our Founders’ principles in Washington, D.C.

Paul Ryan on House Floor: “We Are All Being Tested Right Now.”

This morning, at 12:18pm ET, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered an emotional address on the House floor, at times showing a strained voice as he encouraged his colleagues to move beyond the partisan rancor in a surreal moment for all of them.

 

“My colleagues, there are very strong emotions in this house today.

“We are all horrified by this dreadful attack on our friends and colleagues and those who serve and protect this capitol. We are all praying for those who were attacked and their families. Steve Scalise, Zachary Barth, Matt Mika, Special Agent David Bailey, Special Agent Crystal Griner… We are all giving our thoughts to those being treated for their injuries at this moment, and we are united. We are united in our shock, we are united in our anguish, and an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.

*Standing ovation*

“I know we want to give our thanks to the first responders, and the Alexandria Police Department, who were on the scene in minutes. And I know this house wants to say unequivocally, that we are as ever awed by the tremendous bravery of the Capitol police.

“I spoke with Special Agent Bailey, and Special Agent Griner this morning. One of them was being treated, and the other one was about to go into surgery. I expressed our profound gratitude to them. It is clear to me, based on various eyewitness accounts, that without these two heroes, agent Bailey and agent Reiner, many lives would have been lost.

“I know that we all want to learn as much as we can about what happened. We all just received everything from the Sergeant-at-Arms. I have complete confidence in the investigation that is being conducted by the Capitol police, and the FBI, who are also working with local law enforcement.

“I know we want to extend our gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received from throughout the capital and throughout the country. And now, knowing Steve Scalise as we all do, he is likely to be really frustrated that he’s not going to be able to play in the baseball game. I also know that Steve wants us all to commend the bravery of those who came to the aid of the wounded.

“In the coming days, we will hear their stories. We will have a chance to hold up their heroism. My colleagues, there are so many memories of this day that we will want to forget. And there are so many images that we will not want to see again. But there is one image in particular that this house should keep. And that is a photo I saw this morning of our Democratic colleagues gathered in prayer this morning, after hearing the news.

“You know, every time we come here to test and challenge each other, we feel so deeply about the things that we fight for, and the things we believe in, that at times our emotions clearly get the best of us. We are all imperfect. But we do not shed our humanity when we enter this chamber. For all the noise and all the fury, we are one family. These were our brothers and sisters in the line of fire. These were our brothers and sisters who ran into danger and saved countless lives. So, before this house returns to its business let’s just slow down and reflect. To think about how we are all being tested right now. Because, we are being tested right now.

“I ask each of you to join me to resolve to come together, to lift each other up, and to show the country and the world that we are one house, the People’s house, united in our humanity. It is that humanity which will win the day, and it always will. It always will.

God bless.”

 

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) followed Speaker Ryan’s remarks with some of her own, acknowledging the “distinguished Speaker,” and in a lighthearted moment said, “to my colleagues, you’re going to hear me say something you’ve never heard me say before: I identify myself with the remarks of the Speaker. They were beautiful remarks, Mr. Speaker, thank you so much for the sentiments they represent.”

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