Have you ever had one of those quintessentially Facebook moments when a news article randomly appears in your newsfeed and you know you were just meant to see it? I’m not talking about sophisticated algorithms that target your every digital move; I’m talking about serendipity, the randomness of coming across that one article out of many.
That happened to me this morning as I went about my daily morning ritual of halfheartedly perusing Facebook for the topics du jour. One article jumped out and smacked me in the face: “Virginia Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Bill Allowing Those With Protective Orders to Carry Guns”.
Terry McAuliffe is, sadly, my governor. You may remember him as the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He was also the consummate Clinton insider, having served as co-chairman of Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign and chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 failed presidential campaign. In short, he raised gobs of money for the Clintons.
I, and other Virginians, know him as the guy who inhabits our Governor’s Mansion in Richmond and has been inflicting his anti-woman policies on our commonwealth for nearly four years. He’s a money guy, so his legislative priorities are dictated by whoever is going fill his campaign coffers. Typical Democrat.
His latest anti-woman maneuver could have deadly consequences for women who are the victims of stalking or domestic abuse, the kind of women that could really benefit from Terry McAuliffe offering them some protections. From the Washington Free Beacon article:
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.) vetoed a bill on Friday that aimed to allow victims of domestic violence to carry concealed firearms without obtaining a permit.
House Bill 1852 would allow anyone in Virginia who has a protective order and is over 21 to carry a concealed firearm without a permit for up to 45 days after the order is issued. It would then give anyone with an active order an additional 45 days to carry concealed should they apply for a permanent concealed-handgun permit, which can take up to 45 days to process. The person with the protective order would be required to show police the order or permit application and photo ID if stopped.
This bill of course, was introduced by a Republican, thus ensuring the ultra-partisan McAuliffe would veto it. And now women are going to suffer.
The article continues:
Governor McAuliffe noted in a statement that the bill bypasses the training and background check requirements associated with obtaining a Virginia concealed handgun permit and said it would make domestic violence situations worse, not better. “The bill perpetuates the dangerous fiction that the victims of domestic violence will be safer by arming themselves,” he said. “It would inject firearms into a volatile domestic violence situation, making that situation less safe, not more.
Got that, ladies? Arming ourselves against predators who wish to do us grave bodily harm will make us less safe. Why, it’s a “dangerous fiction” for us to even think that way! The danger here is Terry McAuliffe and his rather cavalier dismissal of the real dangers faced by victims of domestic abuse.
The website Bearing Arms notes:
Laws similar to House Bill 1852 are on the books in many states, and have not made the situation “less safe” as the pro-felon governor has opined.
Restraining orders are nothing more than a piece of paper, and nothing is going to stop a stalker or abuser from carrying out an attack on his victim more effectively than a firearm.
Philip Van Cleave of the Virginia Citizens Defense League’s president told the Washington Free Beacon that the first 48 hours after a protective order has been issued is the time when a potential victim needs to be armed.
Protective orders really enrage the aggressor and the vetoed bill would have allowed the victim to be fully armed, yet in a discreet manner, even during those initial 48 hours,” he said. “Sadly, the governor’s veto will likely cost innocent lives.
And, maybe it’s just me, but I get the distinct impression from the governor’s statement that he doesn’t think we ladies have the ability to successfully use a firearm in these situations. This is another case of the anti-woman Democrat party showing that they see women as nothing more than a voting bloc who needs the almighty government to tell them how to live their lives. And they turn their backs on us when we need actual protections.
Thanks for nothing, Terry McAuliffe.
(PS – If you’re wondering why it’s important that this story caught my attention, it’s all because of Carol Bowne. She was murdered in 2015 while waiting for approval of her gun permit; Terry McAuliffe just told all future Carol Bownes that they are on their own.)