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The Virtue of Listening to your Opponent PDF Print E-mail
Written by Catherine Webb   
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 20:11

On Monday, August 8th, I attended a forum hosted by the Second Amendment Foundation and Students for Concealed Carry on Campus at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  As a college student myself, I was intensely interested in the issue and was impressed by the caliber (no pun intended) of the speakers, many of whom were near my own age.  During the five hour long event, the audience was fortunate enough to hear the stories of concealed carry holders who have been victimized by gun violence after being legally (but not necessarily Constitutionally) disarmed, panels of academics and legislators, and speakers with a variety of backgrounds to offer their own unique points of view on the subject of concealed carry on college campuses.  The most interesting to me, though, and the focus of this article, was a debate between Colin Goddard of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and John Lott, who is the author of More Guns, Less Crime

Colin Goddard was shot during the shootings at Virginia Tech, and he was invited to speak so that at least one opposing viewpoint was represented at the forum.  He is due great admiration for his courage; it is not easy to stand in front of a crowd of people that is clearly of a different mindset.  For Mr. Goddard, it must have been like walking into a lion’s den.  It is comparatively easy to address an audience when you know that they support your ideas, but this was not the case for him.  Nonetheless, he spoke well and was professional and composed, and we should all be reminded by this that we should not reject a person simply because they disagree with us, but we should instead welcome their opinions and listen intently to what they say so that we may learn from it.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2011 09:55
Physician Affidavit PDF Print E-mail
Written by SAS   
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 22:40

Here is a  tool to give to your doctor if he/she starts to ask/advise you about your possession of firearms.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2011 22:48
Written by Pat Webb   
Monday, 21 March 2011 18:28

One might ask, “What does this have to do with me?” I am sure most of you remember the “assault” weapons ban.  Arbitrary features on certain rifles made them illegal if they were manufactured after a certain date.  Now the ATF would like to do the same with imported shotguns.  This is a back-door assault on the Second Amendment.  If this rule is instituted, what will be next?

Some of the 10 features which would bar a shotgun from import are integrated rails, light enhancing devices, forward pistol grips, collapsing/folding or telescoping stocks, flash suppressors and magazines which hold more than 5 rounds. The premise is that these features are not necessary for “sporting purposes”.  Well, frankly, I never saw the phrase “sporting purposes” in the Bill of Rights!  Our United States Constitution says that “...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. ”

In addition to the proposed rule being unconstitutional, it will violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Light enhancing devices (think fiber optic sights) allow many to clearly see their sights.  Telescoping stocks allow fathers, mothers and children to share a firearm in a safe manner.  Forward pistol grips allow for more controllability, making it viable for many with disabilities to still effectively use a shotgun safely.

What can you do?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2011 17:32
Currently before the Virginia Legislature PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Webb   
Sunday, 13 February 2011 13:01

Here is an outline gun related legislation in Virginia and its status as of February 11, 2011.. Credit for compiling and maintaining this list goes to the Virginia Citizens Defense League and updated information can be found at the following link:  http://www.vcdl.org/static/2011leg.html 

Last Updated on Monday, 21 February 2011 23:55

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