Tyrannical Virginia Ignores Wise Gun Man, Takes Away Domestic Abusers' Guns
What kind of idiots think that just because you like to slap your little lady around, or get convicted of criminal stalking, you should surrender your constitutional right to hump your firearm at all times? The Virginia state Senate, apparently, which did not even listen to this nice old gun nut who explained that it is super fucking dumb, not to mention really MEAN, to take away a person's weapons just because they have been convicted of domestic abuse, stalking, or sexual battery. Sure it might be a slap, but it feels like a kiss!
Let us look at this terrible un-American bill, Virginia SB 510:
Possession of firearms following conviction of certain crimes; penalty. Prohibits any person who is convicted of stalking, sexual battery, or assault and battery of a family member involving the use of force from possessing, transporting, or carrying a firearm or any other weapon for a period of five years following his conviction. A violation would constitute a Class 6 felony. The bill also provides for the forfeiture of any weapon possessed, transported, or carried in violation of the prohibition. Finally, the bill provides for a process by which a violator may petition the circuit court for a reinstatement of his rights to possess, transport, or carry a weapon.
Now let us listen to this nice old man who has all our best interests at heart. Take it away, Virginia Citizens Defense League's Philip VanCleave!
In a video from the hearing, posted Tuesday by Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws, Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D) pressed VanCleave about his position:
SASLAW: So you think that, if you go out and you slap your wife around and all it is is a misdemeanor, you shouldn’t lose your weapon after that. Is that what you’re telling me?
VANCLEAVE: Correct. If she slaps me, I wouldn’t expect her to lose her gun rights either. … for [people to] lose their rights, that’s silly.
Yes, it is "silly," like a Winnie the Pooh story, or Doktor Zoom's obsession with children's programming, or a baby with a bowl of spaghetti on his head, or when someone is raped or stalked or has her ass beaten into the ground. All very silly things! Thank you for reminding us that while the Supreme Court in its infallibility has determined there is a non-regulated-militia right to private gun ownership, there is nothing in the Constitution that says women get to mouth off to their husbands without a little gentle correction. Philip VanCleave, you're the tops!
[ ThinkProgress ]