|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ends 1/27/2016|
As Nelson Lund, Ph.D. said, "The right to self-defense and to the means of defending oneself is a basic natural right that grows out of the right to life." Your actions are undermining our ability to protect ourselves, and therefore undermining our right to life. There is no economic or health statistics that support your decision to restrict open or concealed carry in the commonwealth. You are politically posturing, pandering to the emotional and irrational fears of the uninformed.
I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed I am in your decisions. Why don't you try representing the entire commonwealth, instead of just the folks in NoVA?
1. Gun control laws won’t stop mass shootings. The tragic rash of school, religious and workplace shootings has turned up the heat on the public conversation about guns. In nearly all these cases, however, more restrictive gun laws would not have stopped the shooters from legally obtaining a firearm. Most mass shootings are perpetrated by mentally disturbed individuals who have never previously been identified as dangerous.
2. Guns are the most effective means of self-defense. If someone is breaking into your house, calling 911 will probably not save you. Self-defense techniques do not provide protection against an armed attacker or more than one man. Only a gun provides the ability to defend oneself from a safe distance. Guns are also an equalizer for women and the elderly or handicapped.
3. Gun laws won’t keep guns out of the hands of criminals. While most law abiding citizens would obey new gun control laws, criminals would not. And with an estimated 300 million firearms in the United States, obtaining a gun will never be difficult.
4. Hunters and sportsmen would be unfairly penalized by gun laws.In only 3% of murders is the weapon a rifle, yet most proposed gun control legislation is directed toward long guns. Millions of law-abiding citizens keep guns for hunting and sport shooting. They, not criminals, would be forced by gun control laws to change their lifestyles.
5. Gun laws haven’t worked in the U.S. A recent study by Quinnipiac University studied 30 years of statistics, and determined that stricter gun control laws have not correlated with a reduction in crime.
6. Gun laws in other countries haven’t reduced violence. A Harvard University study debunked the myth that the rate of intentional deaths is higher in the U.S. than in countries with restrictive gun control laws. In Russia, where handguns are banned, the murder rate is much higher than that of the U.S. Yet Norway, where 32% of households own guns, has the lowest murder rate in Western Europe.
7. Crime rates are down without gun control. Crime is a reflection of culture, not gun ownership. Violent crimes in the United States have fallen 22% in the last ten years. The murder rate has actually fallen since 2004, when the federal assault rifle ban expired.