Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe can buy a gun today and ban Virginians’ guns tomorrow.
He is a gun control chameleon that does what he must to get the votes and the money needed to succeed.
This explains how he could wander into a Virginia gun store in January and make sure reporters knew he bought a Beretta shotgun, then spend the next few months campaigning on banning “assault weapons,” passing universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, and telling Virginians he will only let them buy one gun a month if he wins the governorship.
Think about it–McAuliffe handled finances for Bill Clinton’s 1992 and 1996 presidential runs. He raised record amounts of money to make Clinton unbeatable, and remained mum on Clinton’s “assault weapons” ban, magazine limitations at 10 rounds, or the institution of back ground checks with a waiting period.
And McAuliffe remained close to the gun-banning Clintons long beyond the 1990s. Giving the impression by association that his views and their views on guns are more similar than different.
Then McAuliffe traded bad for worse when he began nurturing ties with Bloomberg. After all, Bloomberg is an anti-gunner through and through. Yet as with Clinton, McAuliffe has no criticism for Bloomberg’s gun control antics.
When Bloomberg sided with gun control politicians instead of the people of Colorado in September, McAuliffe was silent. When Bloomberg sided with Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) gun control scheme in April instead of siding with the American people, McAuliffe did not say a word.
What will McAuliffe do when Bloomberg says it’s time to take Virginians’ guns away?
So McAuliffe bought a shotgun in January? Big deal. That’s a small price to pay for the opportunity to win the governorship and gain the chance to ban entire classes of firearms in the state of Virginia.
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