Slanted news story.
This Yahoo News story is so slanted if it were a mountain there would be a rockslide every day.
Please join me in trashing it in the comments section.
McDonnell Poised to Sign Dangerous Gun Legislation
RICHMOND, Va., March 17 –
State Police Chiefs Describe Guns in Bars as a "Recipe for Disaster"
RICHMOND, Va., March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has until April 12 to take action on three unpopular gun bills that would put state residents at greater risk of gun violence: SB 334, SB 408, and HB 1217. Four gun violence prevention organizations -- the Virginia Center for Public Safety (VACPS), the Virginia Chapters of the Million Mom March, Protest Easy Guns (PEG) and the Angel Fund -- are calling on Governor McDonnell to veto this dangerous legislation and stand by a March 10 press release where he declared, "The foremost obligation of government is public safety."
SB 334 would allow concealed carry permit holders to bring loaded handguns into establishments that have a liquor license in Virginia, including bars, nightclubs, restaurants, pizza parlors and bowling alleys. The bill would bar permit holders from consuming alcohol while armed, but contains no mechanism to enforce this provision.
The legislation is directly at odds with the expressed wishes of Virginia residents. In an October 2009 Christopher Newport University poll, 68% of likely voters in Virginia answered "No" when asked, "Do you think people with concealed weapons permits should be allowed to bring their weapons into restaurants that sell alcohol?"
SB 334 is also opposed by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association. In a letter to Governor McDonnell on behalf of the state's police chiefs, Virginia Beach Police Chief Jake Jacocks, Jr. wrote, "We can fully expect that at some point in the future a disagreement that today would likely end up in a verbal confrontation, or a bar fight, will inevitably end up with gunfire if you sign this legislation into law."
Bar owners would be allowed to put up a sign that prohibits firearms in their establishments if the bill is signed into law, but as Robert Hodges, the owner of Bud Foster's Restaurant, noted, "How likely is someone from out of town to enter a restaurant or bar where they have a big sign posted that says 'No guns allowed?'"
Randy Rayburn, a Nashville restaurant owner, has commented on the effects of Tennessee's gun in bars law on the state's tourism industry: "It's very critical to our industry that our customers and our employees feel safe … [The law] has been used against our industry by our competitors across the country to encourage tourism and conventions to not come to our cities in Tennessee."
Another bill on Governor McDonnell's desk, SB 408, would allow those without concealed carry permits to keep loaded handguns in their vehicles or boats if stored in a locked container such as a glove compartment. Previously, Virginia residents were required to keep loaded handguns in plain view in their vehicles so that law enforcement could easily spot weapons during traffic stops.
Finally, HB 1217 requires the Virginia Board of Education to establish a standardized program of gun safety education for students in elementary school. The National Rifle Association's "Eddie Eagle" program is named in the legislation as being an appropriate model for the Board. The legislation ignores numerous studies that demonstrate that familiarizing children with guns makes them more - not less - likely to handle firearms when adults are not present.
Despite the fact that the NRA's Director of Federal Affairs was a member of his transition team, "Governor McDonnell promised to pursue a moderate path as Virginia's Governor," said Andy Goddard, President of the Richmond Chapter of the Million Mom March. "Unfortunately, rather than focusing on issues that Virginians are deeply concerned about - such as transportation, the economy and jobs - Governor McDonnell encouraged his friends in the legislature to waste valuable time considering dozens of bills promoted by the gun lobby."
"The governor talks about the importance of public safety, but in practice he has cut millions of dollars in public safety funding from the state budget and supported a number of dangerous changes to Virginia's gun laws," said VACPS Board Member Lori Haas. "Commonwealth families now have one last chance to hold him to his word and insist he veto SB 334, SB 408 and HB 1217."
The Virginia Center for Public Safety (formerly known as Virginians Against Handgun Violence) is a statewide organization that was founded in 1992 after a young person was shot outside a school in Hampton Roads. The organization seeks to create a safer Virginia through education, public forums, youth outreach, and work in the public policy arena. VACPS believes that a chief cause of gun violence is the easy access that criminals and youth have to guns in the state.
As the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, working with its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.
ProtestEasyGuns.com is a grassroots protest movement of Americans that emerged in response to the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history at Virginia Tech. We are outraged at how easy it is to obtain a gun in the United States and believe it is time to change lax laws that allow criminals and dangerous individuals easy access to guns. Each of the movement's "Lie-In" protests includes 32 individuals (symbolizing the number of students and teachers murdered at Virginia Tech) who lie on the ground for just a few minutes (signifying the brief amount of time it takes to buy a gun in the United States). Our goal is to encourage like-minded citizens to stage their own protests around the country so that we can influence the public discourse and ultimately the legislative process with regard to this critical national problem.
Angel Fund is the family, friends, neighbors and advocates of Reema Samaha, who was tragically killed on April 16, 2007 at Virginia Tech by a lone gunman, along with 31 other students and faculty. There were many complex issues that contributed to the Virginia Tech tragedy: mental illness, campus safety and security, lack of information sharing, privacy and gun laws. We would like to address those policies and laws we felt contributed to the tragedy and to seek practical and reasonable solutions to avoid another similar tragedy. We, therefore, would like to honor Reema's memory by making the world a safer place through education, advocacy and implementing practical solutions.
The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.
SOURCE Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
My comment (the first one!):
Ga! It is not "Dangerous and unpopular gun legislation." It is actually the opposite. You have dangerous assumptions and skewed polls on your side. What you fail to recognize is a little organization called the United States Supreme Court (Heller v. D.C.). The VA Chiefs of Police and the hospitality group, along with all the anti-gun organizations mentioned, have their heads up their butts. Shocker: This is already law in many states, and the blood is not running in the streets. This Yahoo News reads like a Brady press release on crack. Maybe next time you can get a quote from the NRA (the real nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence) or the VCDL to at least attempt to appear non partisan. If this 'news' story were in print it wouldn't be fit to clean up my dog's poop.
The mainstream media at its finest.
That's not mainstream news. PRNewswire is a public relations group that manages news releases for nonprofit groups and businesses.
This sounds like a VPC press release.
Originally Posted by SamRudolph
OTOH, the local anti-RKBA press is picking it up & printing it. :rant:
I don't seem to share the views presented in this article!
As far as children go, if you teach them correctly, they will handle any firearm as they should. I agree they should not handle them without adult supervision until they are responsible enough. My children can shoot, field strip and clean, and handle my shotguns, revolver and
SA XD40 SC as well as about any adult I've seen.
As for the rest of their arguments, hog wash!:gah:
wow thats about the biggest peace of .......................:aargh4::rant:
Well, they even admitted it...check the bottom section on the original in italics... They basically just listed their sponsors/creators:
Originally Posted by SamRudolph
The Virginia Center for Public Safety
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
SOURCE Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
:yup: and everyone of these (as well as the IACP and I suspect the VACP) are fronts for and/or significantly funded by his-dishonor-ship-from-NYC and/or the Brady Bunch. :rant:
Originally Posted by packinnova
Yeah that really isn't a news story...