Introductory note: Near the end of the 2018 General Assembly session, and several weeks after the Parkland shooting, Republican Delegate Nick Freitas from Culpeper delivered an incendiary and divisive speech linking gun violence to abortion and the welfare state, attacking today’s Democratic Party as the creators of slavery and massive resistance, yet claiming that any dialogue on this issue required “respect for opposing points of view.” Most of my colleagues viewed his speech as disrespectful; my comments below expand on my speech on the floor in response and the March for Our Lives last Saturday.
When it comes to our discussions about reducing gun violence, elected officials always seem to be speaking past each other instead of speaking with each other. America is telling us that this is no longer acceptable. We see it in the outpouring of energy surrounding the March for our Lives events in many American cities and an apparent shift in public opinion on this issue. [Read more…]