""The Democratic platform last fall was very clear,” she said in a statement. “Limiting access to weapons of war used in mass murder was a key part of that platform.”
Northam, supported by the newly-elected Democratic majority, highlighted eight measures at the beginning of the year that he said would reduce gun violence and save lives. Most of the other bills he supported — including limiting handguns to one a month and instating mandatory universal background checks — have passed in some form in both chambers.
“While the governor is disappointed in today’s vote, he fully expects the Crime Commission to give this measure the detailed review that Senators called for,” said Alena Yarmosky, Northam’s spokeswoman. “We will be back next year.”" Pilot
""It's like a jewelry store smash and grab," Republican Sen. Bill Stanley said of Democrats' strategy. "They're going to grab everything they possibly can while they can get it before the lights go on and the siren goes off."
It’s a breathtaking change after years of legislative inertia. Virginia has been a political outlier among southern states for a while, routinely electing Democrats to statewide office. But Republicans held a firm grip on the legislature until President Donald Trump’s election in 2016, which mobilized disaffected suburban voters and boosted Democrats in two successive legislative elections. They have full control of the General Assembly this year for the first time in two decades." Pilot
Well, pilgrims, Ralph Northam is, IMO, a very ambitious man. His eyes are firmly focused on a national level future in a Democratic Party that has gone permanently to the far left with the backing of the PTA/League of Women Voters left. A record of maximum endorsement of gun control laws can only benefit him in that future.
IMO Northam has been a smiley faced opportunist who has skated through life as a hale fellow well met type. He reminds me of Pompeo (first in his class at USMA).
Northam's Record – He had an Army ROTC scholarship at VMI just after the Viet Nam War when there were few who desired one and they were easy to get.
The Army sent him to a second rate medical school after graduation. He received full pay and allowances as an Army officer while there.
The Army then sent him to a medical residency on the same basis.
He tries at times to imply that he had something to do with treating combat casualties from the ME Wars. In fact, he was a pediatrician at an Army hospital in Germany. Yes, combat casualties passed through the hospital.
In return for education that the US Army provides, it exacts an obligation for active duty service. The ratio is usually two years for every year of education provided.
On that basis it seems evident that Major Northam MC, resigned as soon as he legally could.
As I said, he is IMO a lifetime opportunist. And now, pilgrims, IMO he is pursuing his political ambition at the expense of the declared interests of millions of his fellow Virginians. pl