Thursday, May 16, 2013
That's the plan. What do you think?
So far, plans remain for a 1,000-person -- or more -- march from Virginia into DC on the Fourth of July with loaded guns. Over the weekend, we asked people in our 31 Virginia and DC Patches just what they thought of plans for the march, which DC police say they will block with guns of their own. Not surprisingly, more than 300 people commented on the story. "It's the second Amendment," one commenter posted. "There is no beating around the bush. It is a American Right that can not be infringed upon." "No they shouldn't," countered another. "The Supreme Court has already ruled that states and localities can impose certain limits on gun ownership. This is about the rule of law." Arlington is at the center of the issue, as the protesters plan…
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
'Preventing Another Newtown: A Conversation on Gun Violence in America' was held at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington.
A forum on preventing gun violence Monday night turned into a heated debate on gun laws. “At what point do you stop infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens and start enforcing the laws that are in place?” one gun rights advocate asked U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., who hosted the event in Arlington. "When the death of innocent people is reduced,” Moran retorted. “Then we will probably be less aggressive.” The forum — "Preventing Another Newtown: A Conversation on Gun Violence in America” — featured a mix of panelists, including former federal agent David Chipman, who is an adviser to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook, and Jonathan Lowy, the director of the Legal Action Project, Brady Center to Prevent …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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Wednesday, January 23
The following opinion column was submitted by John Harrison, a former teacher at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and a professional lecturer. Although gun control proponents call all homicides "murder," they are not. Murder is an illegal killing; homicide is a killing of one human by another. According to the FBI, in 2010 there were almost 700 justifiable homicides, most with a gun. Law enforcement accounted for about 400 of those; citizens killed about 300. Police usually acted after a crime; citizens usually acted to stop a crime in progress. According to statistics collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans overall are far less likely — down 28 percent…
Monday, December 24, 2012
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.
In an Friday morning press conference, the Fairfax-based National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, Conn., and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." "We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
In response to the shootings at a school in Connecticut, state Del. Bob Marshall has a proposal to arm some teachers.
Lawmakers nationwide are discussing the possibility of enacting tighter gun control laws after the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. But in Virginia, one local legislator has proposed that some school staff be required to bear arms. Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, has proposed a bill that would require schools to have some staff, certified in gun safety and competence, carry concealed weapons, according to The Washington Post. His proposal comes on the heels of Gov. Bob McDonnell's comments on WTOP that the state should consider allowing teachers to carry weapons in schools. Marshall's proposal takes the idea a step farther, ordering schools to arm some staff members. Gun control and schools are very much on …