Gubernatorial candidate has told Old Dominion’s constitutionalists who to vote for.. anyone but him
October 25, 2013
McAuliffe made anti-gun remarks yesterday at Virginia Tech University during the final debate against Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli.
When Cuccinelli stated that increased gun restrictions would have done nothing to prevent the shooting that took place at the campus in 2007, in which a senior student launched a pre-meditated attack on unarmed and unsuspecting peers, killing 32 people, McAuliffe toed the party line that more gun control equals less gun crime.
“Some people should not own guns,” McAuliffe audaciously responded, adding “I don’t care what grade I got from the NRA. I never want to see another Newtown or Aurora or Virginia Tech again.”
McAuliffe, the former head of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and co-chair of husband Bill’s 1996 campaign, was referring to grades handed out by the NRA Political Victory Fund, an educational tool for voting gun owners which measures whether a candidate is pro or anti-gun rights.
McAuliffe received an “F” rating, meaning he is a “True enemy of gun owners’ rights. A consistent anti-gun candidate who always opposes gun owners’ rights and/or actively leads anti-gun legislative efforts, or sponsors anti-gun legislation.”
On the other hand, Cuccinelli received an “A,” signifying he is a “Solidly pro-gun candidate. A candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues,” according to the NRA-PVF.
McAuliffe might do well to consider the state’s statistical facts.
The Richmond Times Dispatch, when comparing state crime data with state records of gun sales, found increased gun ownership actually correlated with a decline in violent crime:
Gun-related violent crime in Virginia has dropped steadily over the past six years as the sale of firearms has soared to a new record, according to an analysis of state crime data with state records of gun sales.
The total number of firearms purchased in Virginia increased 73 percent from 2006 to 2011. When state population increases are factored in, gun purchases per 100,000 Virginians rose 63 percent.
But the total number of gun-related violent crimes fell 24 percent over that period, and when adjusted for population, gun-related offenses dropped more than 27 percent, from 79 crimes per 100,000 in 2006 to 57 crimes in 2011.
The NRA’s rating properly reflects the Democrat operative’s consistently awful track record on gun issues.
In McAuliffe’s 2008 book What a Party!, he wrote that Bill Clinton’s signing of the Brady Bill – the gun bill that instituted background checks for firearm purchases conducted by federally licensed dealers, manufacturers or importers – was “the right thing to do.”
A section on McAuliffe’s campaign website also reads,
Support common sense gun control measures
As Governor, Terry will support mainstream and majority supported gun control measures like universal background checks, limiting the size of magazines, and a return to the 1-gun-per-month rule. These measures respect Virginians’ right to bear arms while reducing gun violence.
McAuliffe has already told Virginia gun owners, and anyone who values the Constitution, who to vote for.. anyone but him, but he’s not going down without a fight. In his book, he also boasts of his superior fundraising abilities.