Gov. Northam Can’t Help Himself, Picks Gun Control Over Virus Control
Gun control legislation has been all the rage in Richmond since Democrats took over the Virginia General Assembly last November. The Democratic majority teamed with Gov. Ralph Northam in their ambitious efforts to cross items off the gun control checklist, such as enacting a “red flag” law, banning private firearm transfers, reviving a handgun purchase limit, and even implementing a modern sporting rifle ban that was thankfully defeated in committee — for now.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the governor who wouldn’t let his past use of blackface stop his political pandering would also not let a global pandemic stop him and his fellow Democrats from diverting taxpayer funds toward purely symbolic gun control programs.
This past March, as the coronavirus pandemic began sweeping across the nation, Virginia’s General Assembly passed SB 248, a bill that would redirect $3 million in grant money over the next two years to local-level gun control initiatives. Despite the gaping fiscal hole Virginia faces due to Northam’s disjointed efforts to combat COVID-19, the governor is expected to sign this gun control bill.
This is no doubt what Northam must do to satisfy his anti-gun financiers such as Michael Bloomberg, who spent millions to buy the 2019 Virginia election. The state’s taxpayers, however, would be better off if their elected officials instead focused on blunting the economic and health effects of the Wuhan virus.
Three million dollars of taxpayer money is no paltry sum, but for Virginia Democrats it is most likely just the tip of the fiscal iceberg. While the grant allocation has yet to be laid out publicly, a simple comparison to similar programs in other states shows that costs will still be prohibitive. For instance, a contract with the Cure Violence program, which has received similar grants in other
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