(Breitbart) – Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) plans a war on guns after Democrats assume their newly elected positions and take control of his state’s legislature.
Northam introduced a number of gun controls following the May 31, 2019, Virginia Beach shooting in which 12 people were shot and killed with guns that were legally acquired. The gun control push failed to survive Republican opposition, but Northam sees hope for more Second Amendment restrictions now that Democrats will be in control.
Northam told CNN he will push universal background checks, as well as bans on “high volume magazines,” bump stocks, and more.
Ironically, these gun controls would not have prevented the Virginia Beach shooting. After all, the attacker acquired his guns “legally,” which intimates that he passed a background check, and a “high volume magazine” ban can be defeated by simply carrying more lower capacity magazines. The May 23, 2014, Santa Barbara gunman had 41 ten-round magazines in his car when he carried out his attack.
Moreover, bump stocks had nothing to do with the Virginia Beach attack, and such firearm accessories are already illegal at the federal level.
Flashback: President Trump: ‘It’s Not The Gun That Pulls The Trigger’
During his “Keep America Great” rally in New Hampshire, President Donald Trump commented on violent crime, saying, “It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger.”
Trump said, “We’ve been working very hard to make sure we keep guns out of the hands of insane people and those who are mentally sick and shouldn’t have guns.”
He noted that, years ago, many “cities and states closed mental institutions for budgetary reasons.” The people who would otherwise have been treated were thereafter left on the streets. He noted that this was especially true in places like New York where “they let really seriously mentally ill people out on the streets.”
Trump noted that “seriously ill people” need to be taken off the streets.
He differentiated between the mentally ill and law-abiding gun owners, saying, “We can’t make it harder for good, solid, law-abiding citizens to protect themselves. We will always uphold the right to self-defense, and we will always uphold the Second Amendment. We will.”