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Kicking (or Shooting) Her When She's Down?

Amy Gardner

State Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R-Fairfax) has been taking quite a beating in the public domain since she lost resoundingly to Democrat J. Chapman Petersen in last Tuesday's election. The Democratic-friendly blogs have been crowing over her defeat, and the de facto blow that the loss represented for her husband, U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, who devoted much of the last two months, hundreds of thousands of dollars in his campaign money, and a fleet of his political staff to saving his wife's political career.

The beating is coming from the other side today, when the gun-rights group Virginia Citizens Defense League will hold a party to celebrate Devolites Davis's loss. In an effort to win in an increasingly Democrat-leaning district, the one-term senator campaigned in part on a promise to enact further gun controls. She also angered gun-rights activists by appearing with New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who praised her push for greater gun controls.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League will meet at 8 p.m. at the Mason Government Center in Annandale (6507 Columbia Pike). "It should be a good time," said VCDL member Mike Stollenwerk. "Just picture a crowd of armed men and women eating cake and lip synching to 'Na Na Hey Hey Kiss [Her] Goodbye' from the faux music group Steam. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwnqqj5Q1BU or Bananarama version at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF2XN4GMsY8). 'Na na na naaaa, na na na naaaa, hey D D, good bye!'"

Those who pay attention to such things will remember that the Mason government building is where gun-rights advocates staged a gun raffle in May to protest Bloomberg's campaign to target Virginia gun dealers who make it easy for criminals to obtain guns used in crimes in the city. The event became a showdown between gun-rights advocates and relatives of victims killed during the Virginia Tech massacre, which had occurred only weeks before.

By Amy Gardner  |  November 15, 2007; 5:27 PM ET
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"The event became a showdown between gun-rights advocates and relatives of victims killed during the Virginia Tech massacre, which had occurred only weeks before."

I don't think that is a fair description at all. There were 3 parents of Cho's victims there. They quietly held signs and photos and talked to people. We had no problem with them being there - we understood their grief. There were also some anti-gun participants there. But even many of them took part in the drawing (hoping to win a gun to destroy it), but participating nonetheless. No harsh words between our side and theirs, either. Yes, we differed in what we thought was the solution to making sure that no more such tragedies happen again, but it was not a "showdown" by any account.

Posted by: VCDL President | November 16, 2007 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Can't sell your article without sensationalizing it? How about just sticking to the facts?

Posted by: Bohdi | November 16, 2007 6:27 AM | Report abuse

She's a morally corrupt person. She got what she deserved.

Posted by: Trooper | November 16, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Amy Gardner wrote: "Those who pay attention to such things will remember that the Mason government building is where gun-rights advocates staged a gun raffle in May to protest Bloomberg's campaign to target Virginia gun dealers who make it easy for criminals to obtain guns used in crimes in the city."

Your bias is showing. Bloomberg targeted gun dealers in Virginia for sure but there is no evidence that the dealers he targeted had any linkage to New York City crime other then his imagination.


Posted by: biasedreporters | November 19, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Fairfax county citizens lost a great legislator to represent them in Richmond.Jeannemarie got more and better legislation for the county then any other or present legislator.She was not a contraceptive or abortion candidate who only think that they are the only ones who should be on this earth and should make the decision of who should be born

Posted by: Anonymous | December 31, 2007 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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