Sunday, November 22, 2020

Your November 22nd Sunday Summary

Dear Friend of TJI,

From student loan debt to environmental regulations to higher taxes, the Biden Administration-elect is unleashing four years of pent-up proposals and appointments aimed at making America seem like a bubble.

Meanwhile …

1.) For some, Donald Trump’s continuing legal battle over the election is foolish and a lost cause. Others view it simply as positioning for the 2024 race and to do to Joe Biden what the Left did for four years. Marc Thiessen, the only Trump defender among the Washington Post’s columnists, suggests a better strategy (here). 

Either way, The Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel points out that the continued losing litigation is dangerously distracting focus on the Georgia run-offs (here), which will decide whether there is a check on progressive insanity. And here in Virginia, the upcoming General Assembly battles will decide the direction the Commonwealth takes.

2.) Governor Ralph Northam last year signed onto the regional Transportation and Climate Initiative, a carbon tax which, if approved by the General Assembly, would increase gas taxes to 50 cents a gallon. Last Monday, former House of Delegates Speaker William Howell (a Jefferson Institute Board member) struck back in a The Richmond Times-Dispatch commentary, dissecting TCI’s cost (high) and implications (less transportation funding). Read his piece here.

3.) Howell’s commentary came the same day the Thomas Jefferson Institute released a new study by the respected Beacon Hill Institute, demonstrating that TCI would raise household costs by $737, cost 12,000 private sector jobs, and reduce state GDP by $1 billion. Read the details here.

4.) “TCI is just taxing poor people so that we can subsidize rich people’s electric cars.” But don’t take our word for it: They come from Maria Lopez-Nuñez, Deputy Director, Organizing and Advocacy for the Ironbound Community Corporation (see here). Steve Haner, the Jefferson Institute Senior Fellow for Tax Policy, provides a full
picture (including Lopez-Nuñez’s full testimony) in Bacon’s Rebellion here.

5.) Environmental and tax programs aren’t the only liberal policies hurting poor and middle class children. So, too, do lockdowns of schools resulting in students who are poor or have disabilities being hurt the most. Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes estimates that students lost on average 57 to 183 days of learning in reading and 136 to 232 days in math during the spring closures alone (here). The impact on future income is devastating: The University of Pennsylvania estimates that lower educational quality from school closures “costs current students between $12,000 and $15,000 in future earnings.” As of October, they project students had lost four to five percent of their lifetime wage earnings (here). If the Left is concerned about income inequality, they might start here.

6.) Virginia’s response to school closures has been to water down accountability, making it next to impossible to measure the effects of shutdowns (here).  That which cannot be measured will be ignored. But Virginia Beach School Board member Vicky Manning has another solution to shutdowns here

7.) Despite the Left’s claimed concern for the poor, those concerns disappear with obsequious bows to the teachers union which demands a shut-down – even for those who need help the most. In Virginia, these demands have taken the form of caravans with child-sized coffins; in collective bargaining states the demands are more vociferous and backed with collective bargaining agreements (CBAs). CBAs will be coming to Virginia in May … and Virginia parents can expect agreements that will prioritize the union over children and good teaching (here). 

8.) The poor and working class are starting to see through the claims of the Left, which is why Donald Trump – despite language that often repelled – did a good deal better with minorities in 2020 (here). Virginia conservatives would be wise to take note.

9.) Over in higher education, Senators Charles Schumer and Elizabeth Warren propose to cancel student debt (here)… in other words, saddle the working class with the debts of a “participation trophy generation.” (here).

10.)              Tired of the Nanny State? Have a laugh at its expense. The Moving Picture Institute invites you to take a Short Break with a special virtual screening of their short film, A Piece of Cake, starring Mad Men’s Rich Sommers on December 9, from 12:00 noon to 12:30 pm, including Q&A with the filmmakers. Watch the trailer and register for free by clicking here.

Finally … No newsletter next week as we celebrate Thanksgiving with family -- appropriately during National Family Week. We trust yours will go better than the one these two political consultant brothers probably had (here).

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone.

May God Grant You Many Years.
Chris Braunlich
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Friday, November 13, 2020

FW: Site

As Rudy rebuilds the site,  he needs an update on the by-laws. 

Jay



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Can someone update the attached?

 

Rudy

Thursday, November 12, 2020

VA-ALERT: VCDL Update 11/12/20

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1. Regardless of election outcome, we have work to do in Virginia
2. Carry a gun always.  Another example of an unexpected threat stopped by someone using a gun defensively
3. VCDL virtual membership meeting on Wednesday, November 18
4. Norfolk 2nd Amendment Preservation group urges Norfolk to stop stalling on 2nd Amendment Sanctuary status
5. Remember that for localities that have banned guns in certain areas, there must be signs at all entrances or the ban doesn't apply
6. FOIA:  Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords behind Virginia's red flag law and attempt to shutdown gun stores during COVID-19
7. Company selling apparel that benefits VCDL
8. Shocking: Everytown lying about firearms being the leading cause of death for teens in Virginia
9. Florida Governor drafts law that would allow looters to be shot
10. Hopefully you didn't buy one of these portable wall hangers
11. Pro-gun restaurant owner from Colorado and VCDL Lobby Day attendee, elected to Congress!
12. OH, NO!  Tell me it isn't so! These two guys from Virginia had G, GU, GUNS!!
13. Neat homemade repeating slide-action shotgun
14. New study: Healthcare workers help drive gun surge
15. Can't carry a gun somewhere?  How about a cane?
16. Thanks to those who made the VCDL/RRRC shooting match on October 31 a success!

1. Regardless of election outcome, we have work to do in Virginia

The federal election is still up in the air with corruption appearing to be rampant in some states.  However the election turns out, VCDL's main focus is going to be here in Virginia, as the state government players remain the same for 2021.  Gun-hating Democrats control the Senate, the House, and the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General positions, so expect another batch of heinous gun control to be introduced.  

No doubt there will be a semi-automatic rifle ban, a magazine-capacity greater than 10 rounds ban, and a suppressor ban introduced.  And expect an attack on reciprocity, which would greatly limit carrying in other states.

Lobby Day 2021 is on Monday, January 18th, and we need to dwarf the 2020 Lobby Day turnout to send a strong message that gun-control is unacceptable.

A year from now a new Virginia House of Delegates will have just been elected and we need to make sure that it is no longer controlled by those who want to strip us of our rights, when that General Assembly convenes in January, 2022!

Oh, and don't make any assumptions about having to come to Richmond unarmed.  Details will be covered in future alerts.

See you there!


 
2. Carry a gun always.  Another example of an unexpected threat stopped by someone using a gun defensively

"Rare" doesn't mean "never happens."

https://www.ammoland.com/2020/11/defensive-wolf-shooting-washington-state-sheriff-says-carry-a-gun/#axzz6dVtygawq


 
3. VCDL virtual membership meeting on Wednesday, November 18

VCDL is have its monthly virtual membership meeting on Wednesday, November 18, from 8pm to 9:30 pm.  The meeting can be watched live on Youtube and Facebook, or it can be watched as a recording after that.

To watch on Facebook, go to the VCDL page: https://www.facebook.com/VCDLpage

To watch on Youtube, go to the VCDL channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfjb__SDLZWOnZd4zlLX-xg/featured


 
4. Norfolk 2nd Amendment Preservation group urges Norfolk to stop stalling on 2nd Amendment Sanctuary status

Sufficient signatures were gathered (2,656 with only 1,300 required) during the election to compel the Norfolk City Council to consider a Second Amendment Resolution!  City Council has 30 days to respond.

A new effort will now start to collect 4,000 signatures to get a referendum put on the ballot which will prohibit Norfolk from banning guns in public places.  The 2,656 people who signed the current petition can re-sign the new referendum petition.

A detailed press release can be viewed here.


 
5. Remember that for localities that have banned guns in certain areas, there must be signs at all entrances or the ban doesn't apply

Reminder that those localities that choose to have local gun-control in parks, government buildings, recreation and community centers, and at permitted events and adjacent streets (Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Charlottesville, Richmond City, and Newport News, currently), MUST post notices at all entrances and access points or the ordinance is not enforceable.  Should there be a sign, you miss it, and you are either open carrying or doing an absolutely horrible job of carrying concealed, you will be notified and asked to leave by the police.  Refusal to do so can get you charged with either trespass or a violation of the said gun-ordinance.  Note that some of the signs are quite tiny and easily missed.

Also, remember that Newport News only prohibits open carry, but not concealed carry, in the specific locations specified by their ordinance.


 
6. FOIA:  Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords behind Virginia's red flag law and attempt to shutdown gun stores during COVID-19

Some FOIAs by Ammoland, that VCDL is also studying, brought to light what we had already surmised about the incestuous ties between gun-control groups and the Northam Administration.

https://www.ammoland.com/2020/11/mark-kelly-gabby-giffords-behind-virginias-red-flag-laws/

https://www.ammoland.com/2020/10/giffords-gun-control-group-behind-virginia-governor-northams-gun-store-shutdown/#axzz6cDdQ8uQP


 
7. Company selling apparel that benefits VCDL

https://www.piecekeepersapparel.com

 
8. Shocking: Everytown lying about firearms being the leading cause of death for teens in Virginia



Hell, yes, I'm angered by that flyer found at UVA - it's a lie!

Board member Patricia Webb noted this:

I did a quick search to see just how far off they were....

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db37.htm#fig2

The vast majority of deaths are from motor vehicle accidents.  And one must also take into account that this is for age groups 12 - 19.  I'm not sure why they wouldn't include 11-year-olds, but no doubt it would skew the results even further away from homicides, suicides and accidental firearm deaths.

 


9. Florida Governor drafts law that would allow looters to be shot

The concept isn't new, but it may be time to resurrect it.  "You loot, we shoot" was on a sign I saw in a photo after Katrina.  Pretty sure there was no looting in that neighborhood in Louisiana.  People have gotten hurt and murdered trying to protect their property from looters.  Insurance doesn't cover losses from looting, you are on your own.

Here in Virginia you can protect innocent human-life with deadly force, but not property.

https://nypost.com/2020/11/11/florida-governor-drafts-laws-that-allow-people-to-shoot-looters/


 
10. Hopefully you didn't buy one of these portable wall hangers

If you did, you might want to talk to a lawyer about the best way to divest yourself of it.

https://youtu.be/UefLWOCMQOw


 
11. Pro-gun restaurant owner from Colorado and VCDL Lobby Day attendee, elected to Congress!

Lauren Boebert, the owner of Shooter's Grill in Rifle, Colorado, beat an incumbent Republican in a primary and went on to win the election to be in Congress.  She's strongly pro-gun and even came all the way from Colorado in January to attend Lobby Day.  In fact, she was interviewed while at Lobby Day.  I wish I had the chance to meet her there, but it didn't work out.

From Ammoland:

https://www.ammoland.com/2020/11/colorado-a-message-from-your-new-congresswoman-elect-lauren-boebert/#axzz6dVtygawq

In the article below, I love how, when denied an interview by Ms. Boebert, a reporter for the New York Times suddenly discovers Liberty, the Constitution, and the Rule of Law, all at once! ("That's what freedom may look like in a second Trump term: more the my-way-or-the-highway muzzle of a Glock than the liberty enshrined by the Constitution and the rule of law.")  Will wonders never cease?

https://bearingarms.com/cam-e/2020/11/02/anti-gun-dem-aiming-co-2a-challenger/


 
12. OH, NO!  Tell me it isn't so! These two guys from Virginia had G, GU, GUNS!!

So, two gun-owners from Virginia traveled to Pennsylvania allegedly heading to where a vote count was being done.  One had a Virginia CHP and the other didn't.  So, when they arrived in Philadelphia and were walking around, the person with the CHP carried a concealed handgun and the other person openly carried their gun.  They supposedly also had an AR-15, which was left in their vehicle.

The actual problem is that Pennsylvania does not honor Virginia permits.  You have to get a non-resident PA permit if you wish to carry there (easy and quick to get).  Also, while PA is an open carry state, it is NOT in Philadelphia, unless you have a valid CHP.

Supposedly the police got a "tip" that these two were headed to Philadelphia and were keeping an eye out for them.  There is no evidence that either gun owner posed any kind of threat.  Yet, you'd think they were about to destroy half of the City!

To me this press conference seems to be more political showboating by the Philadelphia police and wide-eyed freaking out by the media, than anything else.   The press, as always, have their narrative.  Unfortunately for the media, the prosecutor pretty much shot their hopeful narrative down.

Do check the local laws when you travel to another state armed.  VA CHPs are recognized by most states, but NOT ALL of them.
https://youtu.be/Rpq65oG_cgA
 
13. Neat homemade repeating slide-action shotgun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcNhas3See4&feature=youtu.be

 
14. New study: Healthcare workers help drive gun surge

https://freebeacon.com/2020-election/health-care-workers-helped-drive-gun-surge/

 
15. Can't carry a gun somewhere?  How about a cane?

Tom Ashmore, who has the website below, and associated video, on using a cane for self-defense, has offered to do a lecture/demo as a VCDL fundraiser.  Once things get back to normal, we will probably schedule something in central Virginia, assuming there is interest.

www.caneloyalty.com


 
16. Thanks to those who made the VCDL/RRRC shooting match on October 31 a success!

Getting the usual door prizes to hand out to the shooters in the VCDL/Roanoke Rifle and Revolver Club Match this year was unusually difficult, due to COVID-19's affects on the economy.  That said, we still had many stores who stepped up to sponsor prizes, as well as two individual prize-sponsors.  We thank all of them for their generosity and support and we urge you to thank the businesses personally when you visit their store:
 
* Trader Jerry's, Salem
* Big Boyz Guns,  Blue Ridge
* Lynchburg Arms; Lynchburg
* Bryansteens Gun and Archery, Roanoke
* Gander Mountain, Roanoke
* Ed French and
* Al Steed Jr

We also thank those VCDL volunteers who drove many, many miles to get those prizes lined up and collected!  Al Steed Jr. and EM Ken Modica set up and ran the VCDL table, as well as prepared the food, and Kathy Smith did the registration, while the rest of us were having fun.  Thank you Al, Ken, and Kathy!  

We also thank the Roanoke Rifle and Revolver Club for hosting the event, and to the many Range Safety Officers who ran the stages.  

VCDL netted over $1,200!


 
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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

FOIA Council, Electronic Meetings Subcommittee - Meeting Notice

Good afternoon,

The Electronic Meetings Subcommittee of the FOIA Council will meet virtually on November 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Please see attached for a proposed agenda. The agenda includes a link to view the meeting as well as a link to register for public comment. Registration will close 2 hours prior to the start time of the meeting. 

You can find more information regarding the work of the subcommittee as well as any draft legislation on the 2020 Subcommittees page on our website. 

Please let us know if you have any questions. 

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