Do you remember the ambitious gun control agenda proposed by Governor Ralph “Coonman” Northam? After yesterday’s election results in the Old Dominion, there will be nothing to stop him from enacting virtually every aspect of it. That includes a red flag law, one gun a month limits and universal background checks.
So you’d better get out there, Virginia gun owners, and buy those assaulty-looking rifles and 30-round magazines while you still can. Because while wearing black shoe polish on your face may be perfectly acceptable in Virginia, selling standard capacity magazines is likely to be unacceptable in polite society soon.
As CNN reported in a story titled, How a Bloomberg-funded gun-control group helped turn Virginia blue Tuesday. . .
On Tuesday in Virginia, all three seats flipped from Republican to Democrat — after a $2.5 million spending spree in the state by Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control group aligned with billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The investments made the Bloomberg-affiliated organization the largest outside spender in the elections that saw Democrats take control of the state’s executive and legislative branches for the first time in a generation.
Everytown officials — who provided CNN with details of their Virginia strategy — say their approach to the off-year election demonstrates the potency of the gun-safety message one year before the nation heads to the polls to decide control of Congress and the White House. The spending also underscores how aggressively the deep-pocketed group will pursue its agenda in the months ahead. Everytown outspent the embattled National Rifle Association by roughly 8-to-1 in Virginia, plowing money into the state to target vulnerable Republicans months in advance of Tuesday’s election.
“Gun safety will be one of the defining issues of 2020,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown.
The AP notes a gleeful Governor Coonman with visions of gun control laws dancing in his head . . .
Northam, speaking at a Cabinet meeting, promised swift action on a host of liberal policy proposals, with a particular emphasis on gun control measures.
He said Democratic gains were largely powered by voters who wanted to see commonsense gun laws enacted and noted that Republicans adjourned a special session earlier this year called in response to a mass shooting in Virginia Beach in less than 90 minutes “with no results.”
“The landscape has changed,” Northam said.