March 2010

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Richmond Rally at the Capitol Bell Tower

03/08/2010

Rally at the Bell Tower

Monday, March 8th: 11AM- 12 Noon

 

We the People won't be ignored!

While the House & Senate fire off shots at eachother and hold bills hostage in both houses, the will of the people is being ignored. 

They need to know

WE ARE WATCHING

and

we won't set idly by

while they play games with HB69,

the Virginia Firearms Freedom Act.

 

Show up with your signs and make you voices heard!

 

Does Virginia Senator Richard L. Saslaw Need a Lesson in History?

In a stunning remark made by Senator Richard L. Saslaw in the Commerce and Labor Committee yesterday afternoon, he made it obvious he does not understand the role of state government. It brings into question whether he is qualified to do his job as a legislator of the Commonwealth.

Delegate Robert G. Marshall’s Virginia Healthcare Freedom Act, HB10, which had already passed in the House, was being considered by Chairman Saslaw’s senate committee. The bill states that “No law shall restrict an individual’s natural right and power of contract to choose private health care systems or private plans”. Delegate Marshall argued that “never has Congress mandated that individuals buy anything”. Senator Saslaw stunned members of the tea party movement in attendance in support of the measure with his comment “you’re telling me that we’re going to tell Congress what to do? Congress can do whatever it wants.”

Senator Saslaw demonstrates that he doesn’t know that it was the states that created the federal government, wrote the U.S. Constitution, and insisted on a Bill of Rights to spell out what the government can do.

Senator Saslaw makes it clear that he believes his role as a state legislator is to serve as an arm of the federal government and administer to it rather than defend state’s rights against the overreaching power by the federal government to ensure the sovereignty of the state.

History tells us that the states didn't want to lose the ability to make regional decisions nor to be subject to a greater authority. The Framers wanted to assure that the states would remain largely in charge within their own borders.

They felt so strongly about this principle that they codified it in law as the Tenth Amendment:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

When legislators of the Commonwealth do not understand the job they were elected to do, it is questionable whether they should keep it. Perhaps Senator Saslaw should take a lesson in history.

To the surprise of supporters of the HB10, Senator Normant first vote "no" effectively killing the bill. Delegate Marshall's appeal to the Senator to move to substitute the language for the language of Senator Vogel's SB417, already passed by the committee, put it up for a second vote and was reported with a vote of 8 - 7.  It will now go to the Senate floor for a vote.

BREAKING NEWS: Virginia Firearms Freedom Act Is Set To Die

Word came today that anti-gun Senator Marsh, Chairman of the Courts of Justice Committee, has sent ALL gun bills, including HB69, the Virginia Firearms Freedom Act, to an anti-gun subcommittee to die.

The subcommittee's membership leaves little doubt about the fate of HB69 and most other pro-gun bills. Sending the bills to a subcommittee takes advantage of a new practice of the Senate to allow the smaller group of senators to kill bills without requiring a vote of the full committee. For years the Senate has criticised the House for operating under such rules and failing to give its proposals the consideration of full committees. Yet they have decided to adopt a similar practice this year. This will ensure the bills will be killed by senators from safe districts, whose voting history on gun issues is well established. It spares Democrats on the full committee who sometimes vote for such bills a tough vote that could hurt their reelection efforts.

The members of that sub-committee are:

Senator Linda T. Puller (D) anti-gun
Senator Janet D. Howell (D) anti-gun
Senator L. Louise Lucas (D) anti-gun
Senator Henry L. Marsh III (D) anti-gun
Senator Frederick M. Quayle (R) pro-gun

Courts Committee Chairman Henry Marsh (D) denied protecting Senate voting records was a motivation for creating the subcommittee. Instead, he said he was aiming to "expedite" the work of the committee. Without sending the bills to subcommittee, he said the committee would not be able to complete its docket this year.

You are not receiving a suggested script for this one folks. The anti-gun members of this subcommittee are deeply intrenched and have never before been swayed to vote in favor of gun rights.

But elections give us an opportunity to inflict pain and bad politicians can be voted out of office. What is left for us to do is replace them with pro-2nd amendment legislators when the 2011 election rolls around.

Since the LEADERSHIP of the Senate is controlled by anti-gun Democrats, the only way to stop the Senate leadership from continuing to play games with our rights is to take them out of power.

If we can replace just three anti-gun Democrats with pro-gun patriots, we can win back the control of Senate in 2011 with legislators who take their oath of office to protect our constitutional rights seriously.

The special subcommittee is scheduled to meet Thursday.