A Richmond-area lawmaker brandished an AK-47 on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday in a wild stunt aimed at rallying support for tougher gun laws.
Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Highland Springs, pulled the weapon out shortly after the day’s session got underway, a time when legislators typically welcome school groups and other visitors in the chamber’s gallery.
Morrissey assured his colleagues the gun was not loaded and pointed it toward the ceiling as he pleaded for Republican House Speaker Bill Howell to help push through a subcommittee the assault weapons ban that Morrissey is proposing.
Republicans in the chamber were not amused by Morrissey’s stunt.
Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, interrupted Morrissey’s speech to ask him to take his finger off the trigger lock and later said that taking guns from citizens is what led to the Holocaust and mass killings under the Soviet Gulag.
“Those who put the Second Amendment into the fabric of our nation understood that a government that is formed and instituted by free people trust its citizens with the right to defend themselves with arms,” Gilbert said.
“A lot of people don’t know that in many locations in the commonwealth, you can take this gun, you can walk in the middle of Main Street loaded and not be in violation of the law,” Morrissey said. “Even though the law right now says you can’t bring this gun into a high school or elementary or middle school, there is nothing from keeping you from walking in front of [an elementary school with a gun].”
So what? It’s what we call freedom, a concept pretty much unknown to you bed wetting nanny state sissys. freedom goes hand in hand with another concept foreign to you, called personal responsibility.
It is actually not illegal to bring a gun, loaded or otherwise, into the Virginia statehouse. If you have a CCW, if you’re a cop, or if you’re a member that is. But this is a real dumb-ass stunt, even if it is a post-ban weapon (no pistol grip but a thumbhole stock instead, ie a work-around).
A House subcommittee late Thursday effectively killed Morrissey’s bill, which mirrored President Obama’s call for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammo magazines following the mass killing of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school. The same panel also rejected universal background checks for gun buyers and sent a proposal to arm school staff to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s school safety task force.
Damn right they did. This is Virginia after all.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed nearly two-thirds of Virginians support banning military-style assault rifles and high-capacity magazines. More than 90 percent favor universal background checks.
Morrissey told lawmakers: “The people want us, by an overwhelming margin, to ban these weapons.”
Bull + Shiite. To the Nth power. If QU ran such a poll, then it was intensely skewed, polling only hippies, college students, and attendees at the Joe Biden Is Our God convention. No doubt the questions were weaselly worded, running two or more issues together. “Are you in favor of universal background checks and banning abortions performed by chainsaws?” kind of thing.
Joe Morrissey. Sleazeball drama queen. Go back to chasing ambulances Joe, and this time try harder to bite the tires when they’re going 40mph. Idiot.
Oh, and let me ask some of my Virginian readers, since I’ve never been to your statehouse: isn’t the gallery where the school kids go when they come visit up above the floor where the delegates are? So this jerkwad was essentially pointing a gun in their direction?? A gun that you can’t tell by looking whether it’s loaded or not? A gun he was holding by the friggin’ trigger??? Wow. Whadda maroon. I think Eddie the Eagle needs to do an emergency intervention.
See how great it is yo have your own web site Drew.
Sic Semper Tyrannis!
Fuck em All!
Genius find, typical leftist moron.
The rifle is a Romaian semi auto knock off. The politician is a total fucktard. Not only is his thumb on the trigger, there’s a high capacity magazine in place (loaded or not loaded staus unknown) the action is closed (round in the chamber?) and the safety is off. I’ll bet one of his aids handed it to him to use as a prop and he has no idea whether the weapon is loaded or not. In house security should have knocked his dick stiff with a tazer and disarmed him, then arrested him for reckless endangerment and bringing a firearm into a government building. This jerkwad shouldn’t be allowed within 1,000 yards of a firearm. He’s too stupid to be near a gun and too stupid to be in his job. I bet it’s the first time this moron has ever held a real gun.
grayjohn, I bet you’re right. I bet he didn’t check the chamber and had no idea how to. One would hope the
palace guard statehouse cops gave it the proper once over beforehand, since they were tipped off about it ahead of time.
But the article does say he got the gun from someone else ... which is the big no-no with your luggage at airports these days ... you’d think even Democrats could put that together ... OMFG ... what if the aide had a gripe and had slid a blank in there? Wouldn’t that have been a frisky moment?
This is the problem with the gun ‘control’ debate and the debate on healthcare - idiots who don’t have a clue (never forget this choice quote during the Dumbocare dustoff: I love these members, they get up and say, “Read the bill”. What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?
John Conyers (D-MI, 14th),
House Judiciary Committee chair. . .
NATIONAL PRESS CLUB LUNCHEON
WASHINGTON July 27, 2009 )
and now we are back once again to the ‘gun control’ legislation dustoff by a bunch of people who have no real clue about a damn thing they are talking about.
Please pass these around to as many people as you can, I think that they will help us do a good job to get information and our beliefs out. We need to fight this with every American and every (verbal and logical) weapon we have at our disposal:
To track the firearm legislation proposed in Congress:
To send a fax to ALL of your representatives:
and to explain the faux ‘assault weapon’ meme:
They can NOT take our RIGHTS, if We The People stand up and defend them.
Ok everything I said was in the article. Sorry for being redundant. I reacted, I was at work and in a hurry and didn’t read the article. I was pissed and just went for it.
I saw this picture at another site, zoomed in on the trigger, and some very unpleasant, and uncomplimentary words were uttered. “Hissing, spitting, and twirling” would be an apt description of my reaction.
Thanks guys for noticing that here too. It’s part of why I love this place.