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Ralph Northam Using Murders In Virginia Beach To Push Gun-Grabbing Agenda

Jeff Katz
June 04, 2019 - 11:14 am

Four months in hiding and now suddenly Ralph Northam appears again. And just in time to further his political agenda.

Four days after a gunman opened fire and killed 12 people at a Virginia Beach government building, Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday called for a special General Assembly session on gun laws.

Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark R. Herring expressed frustration over the weekend that Republicans who control the General Assembly have stifled efforts to consider any form of gun control.

According to The Washington Post Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R-James City) said he was open to discussion gun controls and that “there ought to be a meaningful discussion legislatively.”

Northam told the Associated Press on Tuesday he wants the General Assembly to hear from the public about the need for what he calls “common-sense”  gun laws.

“It’s an emergency here in Virginia, and it’s time to take action,” Northam said. “Every one of these pieces of legislation will save lives.”

The AP reports that Northam wants lawmakers to vote on items such as mandating universal background checks before gun purchases, limiting purchases to one handgun per month and a "red flag" bill that would allow authorities to temporarily seize someone’s guns if they are a shown to be threat to themselves or others.