Northern Virginia is an interesting area. Virginia in general is a”red state,” a Republican stronghold. But the Fairfax County area of Virginia (near Washington, D.C.) is so packed with touchy-feely millennials and big government Democrats that it throws off the politics of the entire state. One gun store is feeling the full force of the local anti-gun fervor as the local elected officials have been engineering a smear campaign with the sole purpose of driving a law abiding business owner out of business for no reason other than his existence offends their sensibilities . . .
From the Washington Times:
Democratic elected officials in Northern Virginia worked together to engineer a campaign against a Fairfax County firearms store in a bid to politicize gun violence and drum up support for a Democrat in an election Tuesday, an exchange of emails shows.
JB Gates, owner of Nova Firearms, opened a shop in McLean after protesters thwarted his expansion efforts in Arlington County by pressuring his landlord into breaking his lease.
Delegate Kathleen Murphy, McLean Democrat, wrote an email to state Sen. Barbara Favola, Arlington Democrat, seeking help in shutting down the gun store. Ms. Favola was instrumental in organizing opposition to Mr. Gates’ shop in Arlington.
“Basically, we convinced the land owner that his business tenants would lose business,” Ms. Favola told Ms. Murphy in a reply. “In other words, moving a gun shop to a small cluster of shops in the middle of a neighborhood was bad for business.
“The argument has to be about supporting small businesses,” Ms. Favola wrote in her email. “The ‘we’ versus ‘they’ argument is winnable with the NRA.”
Ms. Murphy forwarded that email Sept. 25 to other Democrats in her district, including Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust, who is up for re-election Tuesday, saying, “Lets do it.”
The Democratic cabal succeeded in getting the gun store kicked out of its first location, but they re-opened only a little while later in a new location: right next to a local public school. Naturally the Democrats went absolutely insane, and they immediately made the gun store location a political issue. Mailers went out to the local residents on the issue which included inflammatory language basically equating the (100% legal and law abiding) gun store with the root cause of all “gun violence.”
What’s interesting to watch is the fact that this whole situation started because the elected Democrats wanted to ruin the life of one gun store owner who was simply minding his own business and operating 100% within the law. The article in the Washington Times doesn’t really do the emails justice, though. They left out all the best bits, specifically where the elected officials in question start making derogatory statements about the owner of the gun shop. From Bearing Drift:
From the beginning, Foust repeatedly and personally attacked the store’s owners and landlord, stating, among his other attacks, that they lacked “decency and respect” while calling them “antagonistic to our community.”
The truth is that the only people who were being antagonistic were the elected Democrats trying to run a legal business run by law abiding Americans out of their community. I wonder what the response would be if Republican elected officials had acted the same way about a Planned Parenthood office.