Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) ordered a special session of the legislature after the Virginia Beach attack. In the weeks leading up to the special session, Northam announced plans to push a long list of gun-control legislation—none of which would have stopped the murderer he claimed he acted because of. From the beginning it was a political stunt.
Just 90 minutes into the special session, as hundreds of gun owners showed up to protest in mass and as gun-control activists chanted, the General Assembly abruptly adjourned without voting on Northam’s restrictions on the Commonwealth’s law-abiding gun owners.
Republican leaders in the state House and Senate said they would refer all the bills submitted to the bipartisan Virginia State Crime Commission so they can study them and offer recommendations before the General Assembly reconvenes in November.
“The call for this session was premature,” said House Speaker Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights). Cox said Northam had tried “an election-year stunt” that has now failed. Cox also parried Northam’s political opportunism by noting that gun violence needs more thorough study before they consider legislation that might have actually stopped this particular murderer.
In Virginia, Republicans currently have a 51-48 majority in the House of Delegates and a 20-19 advantage in the Senate. Virginia has been a toss-up state in recent national elections. This disagreement over our freedom will likely make gun rights a central issue in Virginia’s upcoming elections.