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Brady Campaign Responds to NRA

Rosalind Helderman

Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, has issued a statement responding to the National Rifle Association's endorsement of Bob McDonnell for governor. According to Helmke, the "one critical issue" that separates Virginia's candidates for governor on gun rights is the tightening of rules for buying weapons at gun shows--the so-called gun show loophole.

"Creigh Deeds agrees with the families of the victims of Virginia Tech that the most dangerous people, prohibited by law from purchasing guns from federally licensed gun dealers, shouldn't be able to get around those laws by buying them from non-licensed gun sellers at weapons bazaars," Helmke said in his statement. "Bob McDonnell, who now refuses to acknowledge that this gaping loophole in Virginia gun laws even exists, appears eager to do whatever the gun lobby wants him to. That's playing politics with public safety, and the voters should judge the candidates accordingly."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 14, 2009; 4:27 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Playing politics with public safety is the gun control lobby's persistence in attempting to link the Virginia Tech tragedy with the gun-show loophole, even though facts inconveniently get in the way.

Posted by: VABlogger | September 14, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

MR Deeds appears to have forgotten that elected representatives are just that; representatives.
They REPRESENT the will of The People, they do not lead us like a dog on a leash.

MR Deeds alliance with people like Mayor Bloomberg, of New York, will cost him this race. And it is appropriate.

Instead of Mayor Bloomberg telling Virginia how to control our guns, he needs o first learn to control New York's criminals. He can take MR Deeds back to NY with him to do it, since MR Deeds will be unemployed the next four years.

Let's see...NRA, VCDL, JFPO, The Union vote, and all the non-NRA members that vote NRA...How does it feel to lose a million votes MR Deeds?

Posted by: confedrate1111 | September 14, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Creigh Deeds made a brave political decision to seek a way to close what everyone on all sides calls the gun-show "loophole" (hint: loopholes are not a good thing) in the wake of the Virginia Tech decision. [Deeds has a history of politically brave decisions, as noted in the original Post endorsement, including fighting for funding for Northern Virginia transportation while representing Bath County, because he thinks we're all in this together.]

He has repeatedly and openly noted that there is no direct connection to the Virginia Tech tragedy as those guns were not purchased in that way. He has never said they were. They obviously weren't.

However, it was still that tragedy, and the efforts of the Virginia Tech victims' families, that convinced him to work on this other long-neglected gap in our legal system as related to guns. His plan imposes no new restrictions beyond those faced by any other Virginian buying guns in any other context. It simply makes the system the same. It closes what, again, all sides openly refer to as a "loophole."

As to how this dispute will play in Bob McDonnell's continuing efforts to masquerade as a mild-mannered PTA Dad and centrist politician from northern Virginia (and from Virginia Beach, and from Richmond...), I think it makes him look pretty bad.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | September 14, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

There is no "Gun Show" loophole. It is more of a "Private Sale" loophole. Private sales, no matter where they are conducted, do not require a back ground check.

Of course, the Brady Campaign, like Obama, lies about this to give people the impression that all sales at gun shows are a loophole. Licensed dealers are require to conduct back ground checks at guns shows and the Brady Campaign knows this.

Posted by: ahashburn | September 15, 2009 6:56 AM | Report abuse

notice how The Brady Gun Control Group assigns evil names to benign objects/practices? (Gun Show Loophole, Assault Weapons, Child Proof Guns, Saturday Night Specials, ect).

One thing to be said for The Brady's is they don't bother letting facts get in their way.

Posted by: confedrate1111 | September 15, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Now, let me get this straight, Deeds only parts company with pro-rights voters on the issue of gun shows but has said he would sign a repeal of handgun rationing (one gun-a-month), as well as repeal of the restaurant ban. Even on the gun show issue, Deeds tried to find a way to make both parties happy (never a good thing because you only succeed in ticking off everyone) by offering to exempt those with Concealed Handgun Permits (CHPs) from undergoing background checks to complete a private sale at a show. And Brady felt the need to issue a statement on the NRA's endorsement? It must really blow to be part of the gun control lobby these days.

Posted by: vssapresident | September 21, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

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