VCDL Had the Right To Distribute Stickers
Editor, Times-Dispatch: I write with respect to the recent news article detailing efforts by the Virginia Citizen Defense League to hand out at the Coliseum lapel stickers stating, "Guns Save Lives." Will Jones' article stated that officials at the Coliseum attempted to stop members of the VCDL from distributing the stickers.
As a member of the General Assembly, I have frequently spoken out against the proliferation of handguns. Indeed, during the recently completed session I spoke out strongly against any attempts to allow people to bring concealed handguns into bars and restaurants. Further, I introduced legislation that would define who was and was not a registered gun dealer at gun shows.
I do not expect to be invited to too many VCDL barbecues.
However, it was absolutely wrong and constitutionally irresponsible for officials at the Coliseum to prohibit, or otherwise hinder, VCDL members from distributing the stickers. While I do not agree with the message conveyed, I absolutely agree that members of the VCDL should have the unfettered right to distribute lapel stickers to anybody and everybody.
To obstruct or impede an individual's efforts to distribute said stickers is a clear and unequivocal violation of the First Amendment.
Joseph D. Morrissey.