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VA GOP Wants To Eliminate Bodyguards For Governor Because He’s Pro Gun Control

Proving yet again just how deeply in the pocket of the National Rifle Association (NRA) the Republican Party truly is, GOP members of the Virginia General Assembly are proposing bills to completely eliminate all bodyguards or other forms of protection from Democratic Governor Terry McMcAuliffe simply because he happens to be in favor of sensible gun control in his state.

Republican State Senator Bill Carrico, who has introduced an amendment to the budget which would strip McAuliffe of his armed security detail, was practically flapping his arms and crowing when he told the press this week:

“A lot of the governor’s power is deferred to the General Assembly at that point and I’ll be getting with my colleagues to circumvent everything this governor has done on this point. I have a budget amendment that I’m looking at to take away his executive protection unit. If he’s so afraid of guns, then I’m not going to surround him with armed state policemen.”

While you’re at it, Senator Carrico, why not mandate that the governor also wear a suit with a bullseye on the back of it?

What started all of this hateful rhetoric and behavior by the Virginia GOP is a new law signed by Governor McAuliffe which no longer recognizes concealed carry permits which have been issued from 25 named states. In other words, if you happen to be spending time in Virginia, you cannot carry your weapon of mass mayhem and murder unless you get a permit from the state of Virginia. Seems pretty reasonable, and aren’t Republicans supposed to be in favor of “state’s rights?” Sure they are, except when it comes to instruments of death.

This whole rhubarb is even further proof–if indeed any was needed–of just how far the GOP in this country will go to suck up to the NRA and the gun industry in order to secure their blessings and campaign contributions. The Republican Party is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the NRA. They are puppets dancing on the end of a blood-soaked string.

For Senator Carrico and his cronies who want everyone to be able to carry whatever gun they wish wherever they choose, I have this message from the majority of Americans: You are going to lose, so get used to it.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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Wimping Out: Country Music Star Quits Sandy Hook Benefit Concert Following Online Comments

Country music star Billy Currington, responding to online postings from gun nuts, has decided to back out of his previous commitment to play at a benefit concert for Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit which has the mission to:

“Protect children from gun violence so no other parent experiences the loss of their child.”

The concert, which was organized by Tim McGraw and was to be held in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 17 , was to feature McGraw, Chase Bryant, and Currington. From the minute it was announced, Second Amendment absolutists began to post hateful screeds online. For example:

3 Country musicians holding a concert to benefit an org that wants to take my#guns? #WTF? @TheTimMcGraw@chasebryant @billycurrington

#TimMcGraw: Playing Gun Control Fundraiser for ‘Community’http://t.co/J79cjgZPrfHey Tim, turn ur guns in & go home. You’re a phony! #tcot

Tim McGraw anti guns???? He just lost a fan..

Conservative propaganda website Breitbart painted the benefit concert as a “gun control fundraiser” and erroneously claimed:

“Sandy Hook Promise is a vehicle through which various relatives of Sandy Hook victims have joined to push gun control until it passes.”

Currington, wimping out with record speed as soon as the online comments began, posted this sad excuse for a reason on his Facebook page:

“I’ve never been one to take on controversial issues – I’m a singer. I do feel strongly about honoring and supporting the Sandy Hook community and will be making a donation to a local organization.”

Billy, maybe it’s time you took a stand on something that matters as much as this does. 20 precious children lost their lives at Sandy Hook, along with six adults. At what point do we as a nation stand up and say we will not tolerate the kind of lax gun laws which allow this sort of massacre to take place?

I’m not a country music fan, but if I were, I would most certainly not be listening to Billy Currington ever again. Hey, Billy, how about growing a pair?

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.