Virginian-Pilot today, 12/31/’19, front page: “What’s next for 2020 . . .”

“What’s next for 2020

Gun control: Following the Virginia Beach mass shooting in May, state Democratic legislators have made it their mission to pass laws they think will curb violence, such as universal background checks, limits on the types of guns that can be purchased, and extreme risk protection orders. With Democrats in the majority, such bills are likely to pass and go into effect July 1, despite the wishes of gun-rights advocates who say they feel targeted by the legislation and have promised to fight it.”

I chose this particular “what’s next . . .” because someone has been telling me this exact same outcome was coming regarding sensible gun laws for a good while, now. And, today the front page of the V-P said it, too.

Must be true, huh? Well, I for one hope so.


The naysayers can’t complain, not one itty-bitty bit, if the changes in this entire paragraph come true. Why do I say that? Well, because the ‘Guns for All, Anytime, Any Day, in Any Numbers’ gang has had continuing chances to be part of the dialog of this conversation calling for sensible new gun laws. They, however, have thumbed their noses at any and all conversations related to guns laws – even the one when Gov. Northam called a special session of the VA General Assembly to discuss JUST THIS TOPIC AND JUST GUN ISSUES.

So, yeah, I think my friend is correct – new gun laws will come about in our state in 2020. I’ve been all for sensible changes to make mass-shootings result in less deaths, even if we can never end all mass-shootings. As for those law-abiding citizens, however, who cannot/will not budge even one itty-bitty bit for any kind of new gun laws . . . ? Well, there’s just one thing to say  . . .

‘Read them and weep.’ They WILL happen. There was opportunity upon opportunity to be part of the solution that hopefully 2020 will reap regarding gun laws.

Good for Virginia and good for the Virginian-Pilot for putting this paragraph front and center this morning.

10 thoughts on “Virginian-Pilot today, 12/31/’19, front page: “What’s next for 2020 . . .”

  1. They may get passed, but the price come next election will be very high for the Democrats, and it is unlikely any of those restricting particular firearms will survive the State courts. Article I section 13 of the VA Constitution is far less ambiguous than the 2nd Amendment.

    Red flag laws may survive the courts, as well as the totally unenforceable “Universal Background Checks” but the weapons and magazines bills will be shredded by the courts as fast as they are signed. Those will be a pain in the neck, but they won’t be around long anyway as the Democrats get annihilated in the next election cycle.


    1. “ Democrats get annihilated in the next election cycle.”

      Your certainty that rural voters will rise up and oust the Dems may be misplaced. I think it will largely depend on what new laws make it through the courts and other non-gun issues.

      However, a significant majority of voters in the Commonwealth favor more control.

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    2. Your wishful thinking is noted. Elections have consequences. The “no regulations crowd” is in the minority in VA, and new CONSTITUTIONAL laws will be passed and those LE officers who refuse to enforce them will be out of a job. No matter how many rural folks come out to vote, the majority of common sense voters will outnumber them as they have in the past several election cycles.

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      1. Don’t pick words out of context.

        First, the proposed SB64 would ban ‘training to arms.’

        But more importantly, Art I section 13 has the “therefore” missing from the 2nd Amendment, which Scalia inferred in Heller. Our Constitution explicitly separates the”right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” from militia service. The active clause stands alone in ARtI section 13. Go ahead and read it in context.

        So, please do tell me how any part of SB16 meets muster under the VA Constitution.

        Red flag laws, with sufficient protection for due process might get by.

        The Universal background check law might be Constitutional IF it is crafted to prevent a backdoor registry, but even so, it will be utterly useless for its intended purpose.

        The point being that the most of the proposed laws are blatantly unconstitutional and their proponents simply don’t care. They believe their slim majority give them the power to ignore our Constitution. And that is very dangerous no matter where you stand on the gun control issue.

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        1. “ please do tell me how any part of SB16 meets muster under the VA Constitution”

          I wasn’t taking a stance, rather I was trying to make the point that EVERY word and phrase will be picked apart “in context” and out. I actually think the courts will be very strict in interpreting whatever the GA comes up with and find anything close to crossing the line unconstitutional.

          I have some faith the system will work as designed here in Virginia. Unlike what is happening at the national level with the DOJ under a bought and paid for AG.

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  2. Have you considered what you will reap? The arrogance of your “read and weep attitude is duly noted, and is echoed by our Governor and AG.

    Understand that the devotion those of us in flyover country have for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is not just about and afternoon of recreational shooting, as enjoyable as that might be. It is the thing that makes us citizens and not subjects. Perhaps being subjects of a benign tyrant is desirable for those who live in cities where government is the primary employer, but people in the countryside do not find that acceptable. Independence has value here. What you seek to do is to deprive them of what they see as making them Americans.

    So, what if you succeed in ramming through laws that make them subjects? Do you truly want a Virginia as dysfunctional as the US Congress, where the Cities and the Countryside are in a state of political warfare, each seeking to deny the other any success? Because that is what you’re going to get, half the State acting as bullies thinking they “won” by simply having greater numbers without regard to reason, and the other half seething with hatred that will make the middle east look like a kumbaya festival.

    So, take care what you wish for, lest you get it.


    1. Part of the problem is the line in the sand attitude that you and others embrace. I know you believe there is no room for negotiation at the point we’re already at, but the result is what you see now.

      As noted above, I think the courts will do their job and you’re being overly pessimistic and hyperbolic.

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      1. I hope you are correct, but don’t forget we have been fighting this fight since 1964, and every previous compromise has simply become the starting point for new demands. The gun control advocates move the goalposts faster that we can keep up.

        At some point you have to realize that compromise is a losing position.

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        1. “Compromise” is always a losing proposition because each side has to satisfice (kinda of a sorta win/ sorta win situation).

          When either side draws a line it becomes the win/lose scenario that typically ends badly for both sides.

          I lean more to your perspective than not, but made a living at high-level negotiation and think with the guardrail of the legal system (working properly) a reasonable compromise can be achieved, or, at least I hope so….

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