Virginia Gun Owners Should Worry About Governor Northam’s Gun Control Package

Earlier today, Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA)  announced his intention to promote a “reasonable” package of legislation aimed at “preventing gun violence” and “improving “the safety of Virginia’s citizens and communities” during the upcoming General Assembly session in Richmond, VA. Session will commence on January 9th.

“We lose too many Virginians each year to senseless gun violence, and it is time we take meaningful steps to protect the health and safety of our citizens,” said Governor Northam. “I look forward to opening a dialogue with the General Assembly on this legislative package of reasonable gun violence reforms, which appropriately balances Second Amendment Rights with public safety.”

The provisions included in this package are the following:

  • Establishing an Extreme Risk Protective Order
  • Reinstating the  previously enacted One Handgun a Month law;
  • Prohibiting individuals subject to final protective orders from possessing firearms under red flag laws;
  • Banning so-called “assault firearms”—largely semi-automatic in nature
  • Preventing children from accessing firearms
  • Requiring individuals to report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement more quickly
  • Banning magazines exceeding 10 rounds

 

Virginia gun owners should contact their state lawmakers and attend Lobby Day on January 21st, 2019, to lobby their delegates and state senators to vote down this legislation.

Ralph Northam Deserves to Lose in Virginia Next Tuesday

Current Virginia Lieutenant Governor and Democrat nominee for Governor Ralph Northam is desperately fishing for votes, so his campaign is issuing one defamation attack after another to paint his opponent–Ed Gillespie–in the most egregious terms to win.

The latest attack, an ad issued by a pro-Northam SuperPAC called Latino Victory US, depicts a man in a truck adorned with a Confederate flag and Gillespie bumper sticker targeting kids of different ethnic backgrounds. You can find the ridiculous ad below:

https://twitter.com/latinovictoryus/status/924972736996364289

Here’s more on the ad:

“The ad, titled “American Nightmare,” shows a large pick-up truck with a Gillespie campaign sticker, a ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ front license plate, and a huge Confederate flag on the back, chasing down a group of minority children, including a Muslim girl wearing a hijab, an African-American boy, and two young Latinos.” 

But these acts of desperation aren’t working on voters despite what Northam’s campaign is saying. They have even turned off the editors of major influential publications here in Virginia. For reference: Gillespie recently won the endorsements of the Winchester StarInside NoVA, and yes, Richmond Times-Dispatch.

This comes at the heels of a flier painting Gillespie as a Neo- Nazi sympathizer in wake of Charlottesville.

Moreover, former Hillary Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon mocked Gillespie and defamed his character by unsurprisingly conflating his campaign with the reprehensible Charlottesville protest.

However muddied the president’s statements on Charlottesville were, Gillespie provided a clear contrast by  immediately condemning the August gathering:

“Having a right to spew vile hate does not make it right. It is painful to see these ugly events in Charlottesville last night and today. These displays have no place in our Commonwealth, and the mentality on display is rejected by the decent, thoughtful and compassionate fellow Virginians I see every day. I know we all appreciate the law enforcement officials maintaining order and protecting public safety there.”

All eyes are on the Commonwealth of Virginia these next few days as voters in our state prepare to elect a new governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. As expected, this election cycle–Virginia boasts elections every year–was nasty. I cannot wait for the ads to disappear from local TV and radio markets here.

Given the pace of the election, polling, and key endorsements, Ralph Northam is likely to lose–and he should. He is an extension of the unaccountable McAuliffe administration gaslighting its constituency to think Republican policies kill people or make our state worse off. Northam wants voters to believe he’s far removed from what’s transpiring down in Richmond, but cannot divorce himself from it no matter how many TV or radio spots paint him as this rosy, compassionate doctor. This is the same administration in Richmond whose Attorney General illegally rescinded concealed carry reciprocity (but failed), has scaled back on abortion clinic heath regulations, has produced zero percent GDP growth in our state, has economic boondoggle after boondoggle resulting in millions of taxpayer dollars lost, and has allowed MS13 to metastasize in many Virginia suburbs, just to name a few prime examples.

Virginia is a conservative state when you exclude hubs like the immediate DC-area suburbs, Richmond, and portions of Hampton Roads. If you watch election returns for every statewide election, you know Northern Virginia–particularly Fairfax and Arlington counties–decide the fate of elections here. The map is overwhelmingly red up until the final returns. (Many Virginians believe more of the vote shares in NoVA will go to Gillespie this year.) The folks here are mild-mannered, self-reliant, God-fearing, and cling to their guns. This is a Southern state, no matter how many entrenched government workers or rabid Democrat consultants keen on turning the state blue are. Virginia has been mired with a storied past, but is doing its best to move into a better future. I’m proud to call this state my adopted home for the last five years and hope others in disaffected blue states come here to make a new home.

I have no qualms voting for Gillespie and the rest of the ticket next Tuesday. I hope you join me in doing so to getting Virginia moving in a positive direction again.

Virginia’s Democrat Nominee For Governor Deletes His Black Running Mate From Palm Cards




Oh how Democrats will make excuses for their own side. In Virginia, Ralph Northam is the Democrats’ nominee for governor. He has a black running mate named Justin Fairfax. Except, in Northern Virginia, you would never know that. Justin Fairfax has been memory holed in Northern Virginia. Ralph Northam deleted Fairfax from palm cards being passed out.

Why would they delete Fairfax in Northern Virginia? Well, one of the more powerful unions in Virginia favors a pipeline that Justin Fairfax opposes. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been pushed by the unions passing out the palm cards for Northam’s campaign. So the only statewide black Democratic candidate has to be deleted from the palm cards.

Now ask yourself how the Washington Post would cover this if the Republicans had memory holed a black candidate like that?

Virginia Primary: A Surprise On Both Sides

Virginia residents went to the voting booths on Tuesday to choose their party nominees for governor. Heading into Election Day, most experts predicted a decisive victory in the GOP primary for Ed Gillespie, a former RNC chairman. They also expected a too-close-to-call match between Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello in the Democrat corner.

Surprisingly, Lt. Gov. Northam won handily. Also surprising – Gillespie barely won his respective race after a nail-biter that lasted late into the night.

Three candidates ran in the GOP gubernatorial primary. Ed Gillespie, Corey Stewart and Frank Wagner. Stewart serves as chairman of the County Board of Supervisors of Prince William County and Wagner is a member of the Virginia state Senate. After the dust settled, Gillespie emerged victorious with almost 44 percent of the vote. Stewart was not far behind with 42.5 percent. As you can see from the county-by-county map, Stewart did well in Virginia’s rural areas, but could not overcome Gillespie’s performance in the voter-rich counties surrounding Richmond, Roanoke and D.C.

 

 

Lt. Gov. Northam performed very well against former Rep. Tom Perriello in the Democratic primary. Despite liberal heart throbs like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren endorsing his opponent, Northam ended the night with almost 56 percent of the vote – beating Perriello by double digits.

 

 

There are several main takeaways from these election results.

The “establishment” claimed victory on both sides Tuesday night. Gillespie, a former RNC chairman and counselor to President Bush, enjoyed strong fundraising numbers and a well-oiled campaign operation by seasoned politicos. Many felt his even tempered approach when stumping on the campaign trail would jive better in a general election in a purple state.

Gov. McAuliffe and U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine all endorsed Lt. Gov. Northam ahead of the Democratic primary. He also had the backing of almost every single Democratic member of the Virginia legislature.

Trump was a huge factor in this race. Stewart served as the Virginia chair of Trump’s presidential campaign. Throughout his own race, Stewart touted his closeness to the Republican president and purposefully used strong rhetoric to gain media exposure. Stewart even took a note from Trump’s nickname playbook and dubbed Gillespie: “Establishment Ed.” It was this insurgent/populist strategy that gave him shockingly strong turnout in Virginia’s rural districts. Gillespie was very hesitant to associate himself with Trump. He appeared more concerned with positioning himself for a general election in a state where the president does not enjoy high approval numbers.

Whether Virgnia’s GOP insiders like it or not, Republican primary voters are still vehemently pro-Trump.

On the other ticket, Perriello used the gubernatorial election as a referendum on Donald Trump. He criticized the president at every campaign event and speaking engagement (Northam was able to undercut this strategy by out anti-Trumping him). While Virginia Democrats may have not preferred him, Perriello enjoyed backing from many progressives on the national stage.

Democrat turnout was extremely high. This is something the Virginia GOP needs to focus on now that we are moving on to the general election. Much like they are nationally, Democrats in Virginia are energized. The Dem turnout for this primary was 170 percent higher than the last gubernatorial primary in 2009. If, theoretically, Virginia was under the jungle primary system, we would be looking at a general election between Democrat Perriello and Democrat Northam.

Gillespie begins the general election as the underdog. Early polling shows him behind Northam by double digits.

While he may be down in the polls now, let’s not forget how well Gillespie performed in his 2014 senate bid. He lost, sure, but no one even had his campaign on their radar before Election Day. Gillespie shocked the country when he nearly ousted incumbent Sen. Mark Warner by less than one percentage point.