In the recent gubernatorial election in Virginia, Virginians went to the polls and elected vocal and non apologetic gun hater, Terry McAuliffe. McAuliffe actually campaigned vocally for gun control in the old dominion and won.
Now Virginians will have to live with that for the next four years.
As if I couldn’t have predicted what that entails, here is the first taste; McAuliffe names Lori Haas to his transition team.
Who is Lori Haas? She is the Organizer for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. One of the most rabid gun control organizations in America. A gun control organization so out of the mainstream that President Obama doesn’t even include them in the weekly White House meetings he has.
Officials from the White House Office of Public Engagement, which reports to senior Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, are now carrying the administration’s gun control efforts. OPE officials hold a regular meeting with the major gun control groups known as the Gun Violence Table.
The weekly sessions often include OPE Director Paulette Aniskoff or official Paul Monteiro along with representatives from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action, the Center for American Progress, Organizing for Action and Americans for Responsible Solutions.
The CSGV is pretty far out there, going so far as to say that “life IS liberty”. Huh? So as long as the government doesn’t summarily kill me I have liberty? I’m sure all the people in prison will rejoice that they are really free. And no doubt the innocent who get their persons and property violated in warrantless searches will be happy to know that their liberty is intact because (unlike the family dog) they weren’t shot by the police stormtroopers.
You may be thinking that I took that “life IS liberty” thing out of context. How’s this for a followup, Josh Horowitz, the Executive Director of CSGV believes that the government should have a monopoly on force:
“The concept of a government “monopoly on force” may sound inconsistent with the political traditions of a country steeped in stories of its own revolution, but it is the fundamental organizing principle of any nation-state.”
May sound inconsistent? It basically goes against every notion of what our country was founded on. The monopoly of any right given to the government basically invalidates the idea of liberty at all.
These are the kind of people that McAuliffe is bringing into his administration. The door is open for CSGV to walk in and start making changes in Virginia that I don’t think many Virginians are going to appreciate. Just goes to show you, elections matter and they have consequences if the wrong people win.
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