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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: Virginia Tech massacre

Bloomberg-backed group, Va. Tech victim's brother hit Fimian in new ad

The debates over gun control and the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre are making a late entry into the heated contest between Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) and Oakton businessman Keith Fimian (R) in Virginia's 11th district.

By Ben Pershing  | October 28, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Ben Pershing, Election 2010, Gerald E. Connolly, Keith Fimian, Virginia Tech massacre  
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Va. congressman heads forum on gun show loophole

Videos of undercover gun buys, prepared statements from law enforcement officers, and wrenching testimony from victims of 1999 Columbine shootings and the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre played out at a Capitol Hill forum Wednesday on the closing the so-called gun show loophole. It was standing room only in the Rayburn building for the meeting on the "Closing the Gun Show Loophole Act of 2009." But it was also as much about symbolism as lawmaking, because the gathering was a forum, and not a full-blown hearing. Gun-rights groups, such as the NRA, did not bother to show up. Even backers conceded that the Democratic leadership's decision not to hold a hearing on the bill was a sign of the unlikelihood of the bill's passage in an election year. Still, Paul Helmke, president and chief executive of the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence, said he welcomed it....

By Fredrick Kunkle  | July 15, 2010; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Fredrick Kunkle, Virginia Tech massacre  
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Mayors press Warner, Webb to support closing gunshow loophole

Gun-control advocates are making a full-court press for a federal law to close the so-called gun show loophole, rules that allows gun purchases from private vendors at gun shows without background checks. First, several family members of victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings signed a full-page ad in the Richmond Times Dispatch Monday calling on Virginia Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner to back legisation. Today, a group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns is launching a national television campaign urging passage of the bill. The mayors include New York's Michael Bloomberg and Richmond's Dwight Jones. The ads will begin running today and will last into next week, airing on national cable news channels as well as in local markets in Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Virginia. They note that both Sen. John McCain and President Obama have voiced support for changing the gun show law and, in Virginia, urge...

By Rosalind Helderman  | April 20, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  James Webb, Mark Warner, Rosalind Helderman, Virginia Tech massacre  | Tags:  Mark Warner, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Michael Bloomberg, Virginia Tech massacre  
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House panel approves repeal of gun-a-month law

Update, 12:05: A House committee on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would repeal Virginia's 17-year-old ban on buying more than one handgun per month. Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter, the bill's sponsor, told the panel Friday morning that the law is obsolete because the General Assembly has carved out so many exceptions to it already, including a provision that exempts more than 200,000 people who hold concealed-weapons permits. He also argued that instant electronic background checks -- which were not in place when the law was enacted in 1993 -- also make the law unnecessary. And he said that the law has only hampered law-abiding citizens interested in buying guns and has done nothing to combat illegal trafficking in weapons. "Criminals who are inclined to break the law don't obey this one," Lingamfelter said. But Andrew Goddard, a gun-control activist whose child was injured in the 2007 shooting rampage at...

By Anita Kumar  | February 12, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  2010 legislative session, Fredrick Kunkle, General Assembly, General Assembly 2010, House of Delegates, Virginia Tech massacre  
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Kaine on Tech: "The questions will never go away"

Gov. Tim Kaine said today at a news conference that he was convinced that the Virginia Tech report on the 2007 mass shootings needed to be changed to correct the record but that many facts of the crime will never be understood. "The questions will never go away about this day,'' he said. "The person who committed this horrible crime is gone. A whole series of questions about it -- primarily why -- will never be answered. When you wrestle with something like these revisions, you know that there will never be answers to all the questions and any new development will raise questions." Kaine released a revised report today that acknowledged for the first time what relatives of victims have been saying for more than a year -- that school officials not only failed to notify the university community about two shootings for more than 80 minutes, but also...

By Anita Kumar  | December 4, 2009; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Timothy M. Kaine, Virginia Tech massacre  
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Deeds Calls Relative of Virginia Tech Victim

Creigh Deeds is reaching out to families of the Virginia Tech shooting, some of whom actively opposed him in his three-way Democrat primary against Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe, because of his stance on guns. This morning, he called Omar Samaha, whose sister, Reema, was killed in the April 2007 shootings. "Creigh and Omar spoke this morning and had a good, friendly conversation,'' said Mo Elleithee, Deeds spokesman. "As with all the families of the Virginia Tech tragedy, Creigh intends to have an open door and continued dialogue with him." Samaha and Colin Goddard, a victim who survived the shooting (and was in the room when shooter Seung Hui Cho killed himself), issued an open letter opposing Deeds hours before the polls opened in June. Deeds has voted repeatedly against closing a loophole that allows some private vendors at gun shows to make sales without background checks -- a change...

By Anita Kumar  | August 14, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell, Virginia Tech massacre  
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Older Entries in This Category »

McDonnell Shift on One-Gun-a-Month, Rosalind Helderman , July 27, 2009
Former Top Cop Endorses Warner, Washington Post editors , July 1, 2008
Bell Will Not Run For Attorney General, Anita Kumar , April 14, 2008
Edwards Proposes "Gun Show Loophole" Compromise, Sandhya Somashekhar , January 28, 2008
Winners & Losers, Tim Craig , January 18, 2008
Text of Kaine Speech, Steve Fehr , January 9, 2008
McDonnell Unveils Legislative Agenda, Sandhya Somashekhar , January 8, 2008
Virginia Notebook: Election Day Questions, Tim Craig , October 24, 2007
 
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