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Standing with Virginia Beach

I grew up in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, and my mom and daughter still live there. I was sick inside when I got the news of yesterday’s mass murder, and scrambled to the phone to check on them. They were safe, but a dozen or so families are now robbed of a member’s life…

I was sickened yet again at the predictable outpouring of “thoughts n’ prayers” to the victims and their families. Why is no one demanding any real action?

I believe in the right of self-defense, and yes, full disclosure, I own firearms. But Virginia has some of the most lax gun-ownership laws in this country, and is a major part of this obscene worship, idolizing and even fetishizing of guns. How many senseless killings does it take before we can finally have a meaningful, nationwide discussion on gun control?

I offer my heartfelt sorrow to the families of the victims of the Virginia Beach murders, and my hope that we can finally begin creating a country where such things never happen again.

Pass the word!
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5 Replies to “Standing with Virginia Beach”

  1. We do need better gun control. No denying that. A lot of people think we need to ban guns entirely, but that’s just going to leave millions of law-abiding citizens unable to defend themselves. I propose better security to make high calibur and full-auto firearms unobtainable by black market. These need to stay under government and military possessions only. I also propose that the typical citizen should be allowed a basic personal defense item, like a 9mm or colt-45, but they should have a 365-day waiting period between registering for a carry permit and actually being certified.

      1. Furthermore; during the 365 waiting period, the Registration candidate in question must pass a written exam, must be trained to use, dismantle, and clean a firearm, and must also pass a field test of when to and not to discharge the firearm. If even one test fails, they fail the whole ordeal and either be permanently inapplicable or wait 5 years to take the test again.

          1. Yeah, but our armed forces already joined the military for this stuff. We’re talking about the average citizen who doesn’t have any military or even game-hunting experience. Plus, then it’d work about the same way as obtaining a driver’s license, you have to prove you can use a vehicle responsibly so why not the same for a Personal Defense Firearm?

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Alan Augustson: author of Rust, Protocol Six and other stories
Alan Augustson: author of Rust, Protocol Six and other stories