I am disappointed the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution about the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in anticipation of sensible gun safety laws being passed by the Virginia General Assembly next year.
Even more disappointing was the county sheriff’s irresponsible public promise to deputize armed citizens without any screening or requirement for safety or training standards.
Both of these approaches sanction gun violence, and really have little to do with protecting the Second Amendment.
I am a gun owner and allow hunting in season on my property. I support the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.
I also support sensible regulation on gun ownership. I support reinstating the ban on multi-round assault-style weapons, which have no use in legitimate hunting. I support universal background checks and restrictions on gun ownership for persons legally declared to be a danger to themselves and/or others.
These types of limitations are not an infringement on Second Amendment rights. Our forefathers, in all their wisdom, could not have predicted what a single-shot musket would become almost 250 years later—so the amendment cannot be considered to cover assault rifles. Nor could they have forecast the population density and therefore the potential impact of those who may be mentally ill.
The U.S. has the highest rate of mass shootings of any developed country. Through September 2019 there were 21 deadly mass shootings in the U.S. that murdered 124 people, including one shooting rampage in Virginia Beach that killed 12. This is a 50 percent increase over 14 mass shootings in 2018. These mass shootings occurred in schools, offices, malls, movie theaters and other places of entertainment. Our fellow citizens were going about their everyday lives when they became casualty statistics.
I do not want to see these untimely deaths continue. Guns do not save lives; guns take lives. It is time that common sense prevails and we all unite behind reasonably regulated, responsible, safe gun ownership.