Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Gun Control Ad Hits Airwaves In Virginia

Friday, April 17, 2009

Virginia, which, along with New Jersey, is one of two states with off-year elections this year, has been targeted by the anti-gunners, who are seeking to advance their agenda this election season as a run-up to the 2010 midterm elections. 

Americans United for Safe Streets, a Washington, D.C.-based group heavily bankrolled by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), has fired an opening salvo in Virginia's elections with an ad featuring Omar Samaha, whose sister was tragically killed by a criminal madman at Virginia Tech. 

In the ad, Samaha blames the mythical gun show "loophole" for the death of his sister and 30 others.  In reality, no loophole exists; all laws that govern sales outside gun shows, apply equally at gun shows. 

The ad urges viewers to contact Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell, and ask him "why he is protecting criminals."  What the ad conveniently chooses to ignore is that as a state delegate and former Virginia Attorney General, Bob McDonnell has taken the lead on many crime-fighting initiatives, including:  mandatory minimum prison sentences for violent child sex predators, strengthening mental health laws (including gun sales to prohibited persons), and being the chief patron of former Governor George Allen's Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative, to name just a few. 

But could the ad represent more than just politics as usual?  There is history between then-Attorney General Bob McDonnell and Mayor Bloomberg. 

In 2007, following a series of Bloomberg-sponsored undercover "sting" operations at gun shops in states including Virginia, Virginia passed a law prohibiting the Bloomberg practice of sending out civilian investigators who deliberately attempted to simulate straw purchases. 

In a letter to Bloomberg written April 13, 2007, McDonnell left no ambiguity about the Mayor's actions:  "As you know, the U.S. Department of Justice recently wrote to you that such activity is counterproductive to legitimate law enforcement efforts to police illegal firearm trafficking, and has potential legal liabilities.  Representatives of your Office have apparently suggested publicly that they may continue such simulated firearm transactions in Virginia perhaps with a view towards further litigation.  The new legislation passed this year at my insistence and signed by Governor Kaine, makes clear that such non-law enforcement activities related to undercover illegal firearm purchases will be punishable as a felony in Virginia." 

Another glaring omission in the ad is the fact that the Virginia Tech shooter didn't get his gun at a gun show, but rather from a federally licensed dealer.  The shooter cleared a NICS check, though he shouldn't have due to his mental history--a shortcoming NRA worked to correct through enactment in 2008 of the "NICS Improvement Amendments Act".  Among other things, this important reform: 

  • Creates incentives for states to upgrade their records on criminals and others currently prohibited from buying guns.
  • Improves the accuracy and completeness of NICS by requiring federal agencies and participating states to provide relevant records to the FBI. For instance, it would give states an incentive to report those who were adjudicated by a court to be "mentally defective," a danger to themselves, a danger to others or suicidal.
  • Requires a Government Accountability Office audit of past NICS improvement spending.

Unlike this relatively new advocacy group that is exploiting tragedy to advance a political agenda, NRA has worked for 20 years to ensure that the records of those who are prohibited from legally owning a firearm are included in an instant background check.  Also, unlike anti-gun groups, NRA has supported safeguards against abuses of the system that would harm gun owners' rights. 

View the misleading political ad:

TRENDING NOW
Illinois: Committee Passes Bill to Allow Local Infringement of Second Amendment

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Illinois: Committee Passes Bill to Allow Local Infringement of Second Amendment

The Illinois state Senate could vote on legislation to allow localities to infringe upon Second Amendment rights as early as today.  Senate Bill 2314 was moved to third reading after it had passed the Senate ...

Dick’s Sporting Goods/Field & Stream to Destroy Firearms Inventory

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, April 20, 2018

Dick’s Sporting Goods/Field & Stream to Destroy Firearms Inventory

Dick’s Sporting Goods took their campaign to alienate law-abiding gun owners to an extraordinary new level last week. The beleaguered retailer announced that in addition to removing certain types of semi-automatic rifles from their stores, the company ...

Another Group of Anti-Gun Celebrities Forms!  In Other News, The Sun Rose Today.

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, April 20, 2018

Another Group of Anti-Gun Celebrities Forms! In Other News, The Sun Rose Today.

In case you were worried there were not enough anti-gun organizations working to eradicate the rights of law-abiding gun owners, a new one has formed, and it’s called NoRA.  Get it?  The name implies that the ...

New Jersey: Senate Committee Approves Gun Control Bills

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Jersey: Senate Committee Approves Gun Control Bills

On Monday, the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee approved several gun control bills during a hearing that stretched over five hours. 

Unfriendly Skies: Delta CEO Claims Bashing NRA Members is Good Business

News  

Friday, April 13, 2018

Unfriendly Skies: Delta CEO Claims Bashing NRA Members is Good Business

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, murders, there has been an unusual amount of anti-gun and anti-NRA commentary by private corporations with plenty of problems of their own.   In February, Delta announced it was ending a ...

Washington: Seattle to Consider Legislation to Make Firearms Unavailable for Self-Defense

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Washington: Seattle to Consider Legislation to Make Firearms Unavailable for Self-Defense

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Councilmember M. Lorena González have announced their intention to introduce legislation to impose a one-size-fits-all method of storing firearms as well as punishing victims of theft by requiring reporting of lost or ...

Pennsylvania: Semi-Auto Ban Legislation to be Introduced

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Pennsylvania: Semi-Auto Ban Legislation to be Introduced

This week, Senator Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) started circulating a co-sponsorship memorandum soliciting members of the Pennsylvania state Senate to support a proposal to ban commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines in Pennsylvania.  Please ...

NRA backs Challenge to Vermont Magazine Ban

News  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

NRA backs Challenge to Vermont Magazine Ban

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today announced support for a lawsuit brought by Vermont citizens, sporting-goods stores, and shooting clubs to challenge the state¹s recent ban on many of the most ...

NRA Salutes “the Gunny” and Mourns the Passing of an American Patriot

News  

Friday, April 20, 2018

NRA Salutes “the Gunny” and Mourns the Passing of an American Patriot

America, and the NRA, lost a true friend and a staunch defender of freedom with the passing of R. Lee Ermey on April 15 from complications of pneumonia. He was 74 years old. 

Bailed-out Banks Launch Coordinated Attack on Law-abiding Gun Owners

News  

Friday, April 13, 2018

Bailed-out Banks Launch Coordinated Attack on Law-abiding Gun Owners

There is growing evidence that some of America’s financial elite want to create a world in which America’s public policy decisions emanate from corporate boardrooms in Manhattan rather than from citizens and their elected officials.  ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.