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Del. Ken Plum: Too Close for Comfort

by Del. Ken Plum — October 5, 2017 at 10:15 am 99 Comments

This is a commentary from Del. Ken Plum (D-Fairfax), who represents Reston in Virginia’s House of Delegates. It does not reflect the opinion of Reston Now.

For many years, I have been involved in various demonstrations and vigils to bring attention to the sobering facts about gun violence in our society. I have always been astonished at the number of people taking part in these events who have personal stories to tell about the way gun violence has affected their lives.

There are parents involved in working to end gun violence whose children were either killed or wounded in the massacre at Virginia Tech. Parents of children who were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School travel the country telling their stories and campaigning for commonsense gun safety laws. Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who survived being shot in the head, campaigns against gun violence even though her wounds slow her down. Ask your friends or neighbors if they know anyone whose life was changed because of gun violence — you may be surprised at the numbers who say yes.

My involvement in the movement to end gun violence grows out of my service as an elected official who believes that my actions need to reflect my belief that the government has a responsibility as stated in our founding documents to protect life and liberty. I am also greatly concerned with the individuals and organizations who continue to distort our history and the meaning of our Constitution to try to make the case that gun rights are absolute even though there are qualifiers on all our other rights in the Constitution. The appeal that the right to bear arms is a protection of all our other rights presents a frightening prospect for our future with the extremism that has become so commonplace.

Last week, an incident reminded me that any one of us could without any notice become more aware of the dangers of gun violence than we could ever imagine. One of our children was on the way to a meeting in an office building when it became necessary to turn around because the building was ringed with police cars. Had the meeting been an hour earlier, our child would have been among those evacuated because an active shooter was on the loose. Some of those removed from the building were the children in its day care center.

For unknown reasons, the shooter decided to shoot only himself and not harm others. It is uncomfortable to realize had the timing or his motivation been different how many others would have suffered the trauma of gun violence. Now his family and acquaintances bear the pain.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are nearly 43,000 suicides per year, and almost exactly half those occur with firearms. Public service announcements attempt to educate people who have depressed family members or friends to keep firearms out of their easy reach. There is no time to reconsider or to seek help on personal issues once the trigger has been pulled. From 1999 through 2014, the age-adjusted suicide rate in the United States increased 24 percent, from 10.5 to 13.0 per 100,000 population, with the pace of increase greater after 2006. Everytown for Gun Safety reports its research shows that on an average day, 93 Americans are killed with guns, with seven of those being children.

How much more uncomfortable do we need to become before the public insists that commonsense gun-safety laws are passed?

  • drb

    Would Mr. Plumm do away with the freedom of the press? They after all have been inciting violent behavior of the left for quite some time now. How about Miranda?
    What have we seen from the left in dismissing the rights in the constitution?
    1. life (pro abortion without due process)
    2. religion ( supports people of faith to be forced by government to violate their faith)
    3. the 10th amendment (support taking the rights of the people and States unto the Federal government though specified it is not allowed.

    The left feels these rights are not important and are doing all they can to end the 2nd amendment. The 2nd amendment is to allow “we the people” to have the capacity to stand against the tyranny of government. We have not used that right to stop the abridgments of the other rights that the left has infringed apon, yet.
    As to the increase in violence, when you dismiss the value of life in our government and schools it isn’t hard to see that society will eventually devalue life as well. I don’t hear how horrible it was that so many in Chicago and other Democrat strong holds die every weekend. Perhaps they aren’t the right color for the left to be concerned over.

    • Mike M

      While I don’t agree with all of your points, I think you missed one where we could agree. The steady and sustained attempt to suppress the speech with which they do not agree.

  • Anonymous Poster

    Ken is right. We gotta keep guns out of the hands of Liberal Democrats.

  • Michael C

    Ken Plum, the man who thought you could guy a “Machine gun” in Virginia.

    • drb

      Maybe that is what he thinks is the gun show loop hole.

    • Greg

      “buy”?

  • Anonymous Poster

    How come all the cities with Democratic leadership always have the highest volumes of gun violence?

    • Adrian Havill
      • The Constitutionalist

        Oh wait, it’s almost like that across the whole country, even in the places with the most relaxed gun regulation. Like Virginia – Oh God, don’t trip on all the dead bodies as you let your cat outside.

        • Anonymous Poster

          Remember that time when handguns were illegal in Washington D.C and all the gun violence stopped?

          • The Constitutionalist

            Yeah that’s still today, right?

        • Adrian Havill

          Don’t have a cat and that wasn’t what was alleged but maybe you didn’t read Mr. Anonymous Poster’s sentence. Again:

          http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/21/5-facts-about-crime-in-the-u-s/

          • Mike M

            So, your source says crime is down. Yet there are more guns being bought, manufactured, and accumulated in the US. So, . . . Ken is overeacting? By the way, the vast majority of murders are committed with hand guns and not rifles.

          • Adrian Havill

            “Your source?” That would be the FBI. Now change the subject. Oh, I see you did.

          • Mike M

            MTO News.

          • Adrian Havill

            Quoting the FBI.

      • Mike M

        From your source:
        “The city ended 2016 with just under 1,000 shooting incidents.”

        So, that’s good?

        Chicago and Philly are a disaster! Especially when you consider that so much shooting goes on in so few neighborhoods.

        • Adrian Havill

          You do understand what “per capita” means. The crime rate in NYC is lower than many rural states. This is because of their poverty perpetuated by conservative leadership. Read on:

          http://mtonews.com/fbi-ust-released-list-violent-cities-amer1ca/

          • Mike M

            Again, you are disingenuous and gratuitously insulting. Hiding behind that? Nothing I wrote indicates I don’t understand per capita. Chicago and Philly are worse per capita than even NYC which is high. The Great Society is a better explanation for their problems than anything conservative. Didn’t I note that even in the big cities small neighborhoods would have a much higher per capita rate.

            Also:
            1) Your source is dubious.
            2) Are Democratic mayors not accountable?

          • Adrian Havill

            Evidently you didn’t read the link. And deflecting by going back to the sixties is a silly dodge. You really are too uninformed to even argue with….the facts are that liberal blue areas have lower crime rates generally than red area because the red areas have more poverty and poverty is the root cause of crime. Which is why Jackson, MS. has a much higher murder rate than Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala. has a murder rate that is ten times that of NYC. Try and read the entire link this time. FBI figures, don’t you know.

            http://mtonews.com/fbi-ust-released-list-violent-cities-amer1ca/

          • Mike M

            Poverty? Wasn’t that fixed by the Great Society? Should we throw more money at it. This isn’t deflection. Most of the Great Society continues to drain the US economy to no good effect. The same is true for the New Deal.

            But, you didn’t read my post. I said you can’t spread the Chicago rate across all Chicago when most of it could be associated with specificr sections with a MUCH higher per capita rate.

            So, . . . everyone who is poor is a shooter? The Vegas shooter wasn’t poor. Does criminal lifestyle contribute to poverty? You deflect. Ken’s statement was about gun law. You are talking poverty. Have you solutions?

          • Adrian Havill

            Now you’re ranting. And citing anomalies. Can’t play anymore when you can’t face facts.

          • Mike M

            Your source: MTO News
            Your deflection: Poverty
            The topic: Gun control
            Run along.

          • Adrian Havill

            I have. So go play among the trolls who, like yourself, post anonymously, in fear of having their stupidity exposed.

          • The Constitutionalist

            “I have.”

            Continues to make the comment in past tense.

          • Adrian Havill

            Desperation makes trolls say strange things.

          • Mike M

            You always resort to name calling. Why is that?

          • Adrian Havill

            Because you engage with ad hominem attacks bases on either hyperbole or falsities under the guise of a pseudonym.

          • Mike M

            My pseudonym irks you. Why is that? Why do you need to know my name. Adrian? Why is that, really? Look at the record. You are the ad hominem deflector. Yet you project that on me. Odd.

          • Adrian Havill

            A pseudonym is like wearing a mask. It allows the poster to write unhinged thoughts without fear of consequence. Quite cowardly in my view and it gives the anonymous poster the freedom to lie and distort.

          • Mike M

            Cowardly? Interesting word. You used it first. I could lie and distort under my own name. People do it all the time. So, that’s a bit of a distorted argument. Consequences? What consequences should I face Adrian for saying what I believe?

          • Adrian Havill

            No consequences at all. A pseudonym allows you to defame and slander without legal consequence.

          • Mike M

            I don’t recall defaming nor slandering. Do you? I mean, you just called me a coward for not showing my name here. Odd, since you don’t know who am I , nor would you had I shown my name. You really shouldn’t have done that. That was out of line. By the way, you can prosecute someone for slander (or perhaps libel) and defamation even if they don’t use their real name in here. No one is truly anonymous in here. So, again you are factually incorrect. Adrian, your stuff is stuffy.

          • Adrian Havill

            Wrong. And that’s why you hide your posts. By the way, calling the President of the United States “scum” because he had his heels on his desk is defamatory. Here’s your quote.

            “Obama is scum in my book. But when the GOP and right wing go after him for petty stuff likethis, it brings great discredit upon them. When they whine about punishing Asad for using chemical weapons, when you know any GOP President would have already acted, they merely bring discredit upon themselves.
            Things have degenerated, haven’t they? If you won’t defeat Obama on the field of real national issues, then you are not worthy opposition. It should be easy to defeat Obama on the real issues. He is a naive Socialist, for crying out loud!”

            So many others to choose from.

          • Mike M

            Yes. I stand by my comments on that former President.
            Why can;t you refute without letting me make you look bad then getting all angry with me. Why is that? Why are you so hostile, Adrian?

          • Adrian Havill

            Calling the former President of the U.S. “scum” is defamatory. Full stop. He has a wonderful wife and two lovely daughters. (As compared to the present occupant of the White House who is an admitted sexual deviant who has cheated on all three of his wives while cheating honest tradespeople who trusted him to pay for goods and services. Now that is scum.)

          • Mike M

            So, you just defamed our current President? Double standard?
            I don’t think he can sue you. I am confident he won’t. Perhaps scum is in the eye of the beholder. We might agree that most politicians are scum. As you know, I prefer the current scum in the White House. So sorry to disagree with you. His sex life is not my business, nor is it really known to you and I. “Sexual deviant?” Not long ago homosexuals were called deviant, depending upon details. I think people’s sex lives are generally their business, and perhaps their spouses. What do you make of people who call people cowards because they don’t use the real name on the internet? That’s scummy. Isn’t it?

            Is it scummy to traipse into a site like this presuming you are everyone’s intellectual superior and getting really angry when you find they disagree with you and you can’t decisively refute them? Then getting all angry and personal? Scummy? Or slimey?

          • Adrian Havill

            Grabbing women’s genitals is both assault and deviant. Unwanted sexual advances are illegal. Cheating honest workers is criminal as is conning people. The current President has had civil suits filed against him more than 400 times and just paid off one case to the tune of $25 million, And no, most politicians are not scum. And yes, you are a coward and much more.

          • Mike M

            More name calling from Adrian. What’s new? I believe most politicians are scum. I think that is key to Trump’s sudden success. If he broke the law his victims have recourse. A payout does not always indicate guilt.

            I believe you are petty, arrogant, and incapable of debate without ad hominem. You are childish and ignorant to call me a coward on the internet. Somewhere in Britain a village misses its pettifogger.

          • Adrian Havill

            Your beliefs are based on ignorance. Ever try to sue a billionaire? A payout does not always indicate guilt, but usually it does. And you are a coward for not telling the world your name and hiding behind anonymity.

          • Mike M

            Adrian, you are a coward for insulting people personally over disagreement on largely political issues and hiding behind your elderly state. My name will remain unposted precisely because of emotional jerks like you who cannot conduct civil discourse. There are no shortage of those who might attack me, my family, or my property, simply because they don’t like my beliefs. Say hello to the DNC of 2017. I have already seen their hires in here poking around for my name. People who know me know my beliefs.

            By the way, billionaires get sued all the time! It is an industry. Scumbags go after money. Democrats increasingly go after those who challenge their irrational beliefs.

          • Adrian Havill

            Elderly? Emotional? My, you do presume to know a lot. But yes, you probably should keep your name secret. And maybe move to a cave to protect your alleged “family and property.”
            If you actually believe that people are poking around for your name you really have a paranoid, inflated sense of importance. You are a nobody, period.

          • Mike M

            Inflated sense of importance? Adrian?
            People poking around for my name? Add Adrian to the list with his verbal insults. Wuss!The record here shows it. One of the probers had low-level work with the DNC. It’s all in the record here.
            Emotional? Check. Review your posts.
            Elderly? Check. You are easily pushing 77. Probably older.

          • Adrian Havill

            Uh, where is here? Does the “prober” have a name–even a false one? Where is the “record here?” Oh, and take your meds.

          • Mike M

            The most prominent was in the first week of August. Someone outed the guy.He used his real name. I have no meds. But I’ll bet you do. Not that it matters.

          • Adrian Havill

            So, what is his name and how do you know he’s real? And who does he work for? You say it’s all in the record “here.” Document “here” by posting it. Or are you in a delusionary state for the rest of the day. And I hope your alleged family is well and safe.

          • Mike M

            You’re not threatening my family, are you Adrian? That would be a bigger mistake than calling me a coward.

            I told you. First week of August. You do the labor. You like doing research.

          • Adrian Havill

            Impossible to threaten an imaginary family that probably doesn’t even exist. Sort of like the “prober” who’s also a little friend who lives inside your head. Are you willing to bow admit that you’re really a homeless man with a laptop living at Embry Rucker?

          • Mike M

            Busted! You really put two and two together didn’t you.

            I’ve noticed you look down on the poor and downtrodden. Yet you support left wing policies. Go figure.

          • Adrian Havill

            You really need to double up on your meds. Because I grew up in an orphanage I make special efforts to give to those who have the least and need the most.

          • Mike M

            Yet you try to demean me by concluding I must be one of those people. You have also bragged about your money and your son’s income. Unsavory. Contradictory.

            I have no meds. But I am worried about your heart, Adrian. Your bitterness toward me is worrisome, as are your quips about those for whom you “make special efforts.”

          • Adrian Havill

            You are one sick old man. Who do you make special efforts for? How much did you give to the Mexican earthquake victims? The Puerto Rican relief fund?

          • Mike M

            I am am healthy and young. Why would you say I am sick or old. Thanks for your concern. Reminder, you are at least 76 and probably 77.

            What I do with my money after getting roughed up for taxes is none of your business. There are lots of sob stories in this world, Adrian. I choose my causes. Mine tend to be closer to home.

          • Adrian Havill

            So you’re close to broke? In my experience when someone says “I choose my causes” without naming said cause usually means they don’t give. As for “healthy and young” who knows? You have no profile and no credibility. You could be a bot posting from Russia for all I know. How many rubles in your pocket right now?

          • Mike M

            I see they brought you back from your walk. You read a little too much between the lines. Might wanna up that prescription though.

          • Mike M

            “Unwanted sexual advances are illegal.”

            Touching and advances are not the same. Here is some fun education on “unwanted sexual advances.” (Always, I am educating you.)

            https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/sexual-harassment/2751966

          • Scott

            To be fair Adrian, NYC was a cess pool of crime under Dems like Dinkins. It became the safest big city in America under Republicans- guliani and Bloomberg. Now, the borderline communist in charge is letting the place descend back toward chaos.
            It is factually to say that the most violent municipalities are all run by Democratic machines.

          • Adrian Havill

            1.Michael Bloomberg left the Republican party in 2007.2.Bill de Blasio became Mayor in early 2014 and the crime rate has gone down under him. 3. I’ll ignore your “borderline communist’ slur. 4. Here’s the evidence:

            http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/new-york-city-had-record-low-crime-rate-in-2016.html

          • Scott

            Thanks for your knowledge. Bloomberg was an R when he was elected and then became an independent before becoming a gun control nut. In NYC, he continued the same policing policies as Guliani. deblasio IS a borderline communist (just listen to him talk) and he reversed the policing policies that turned NYC from sh*t to safe.
            Your link is fiction…lies, damn lies, and statistics. Talk to an NYC cop or a resident. It’s worse and cops are afraid to do heir job b/c of comrade Bill in Gracie mansion.

          • Adrian Havill

            !. You wrote that Bloomberg is a Republican and he hasn’t been for ten years which destroys any credibility you had. 2. Facts are stubborn. NYC has a record low crime under DeBlasio and offering anecdotal evidence is not valid. And finally, it’s sort of silly to say anyone is a communist by the way they talk.

          • Scott

            Yes. I’m the one without credibility. Sure.
            Communist is not a slur when it’s true. Listen to deblasio speeches, platform, and policy, and then go read he communist manifesto…not that far off. Just bc the Democrat party has adopted many of the tenants, doesn’t make it less communist. The only thing silly is your burying your head. I’m sure you’re also in the campaign that says the Obama economy was good bc “statistics”. SMH

          • Adrian Havill

            1. It’s the Democratic party, not Democrat party. Broad accusations are far from valid. What tenants? What speeches? What policies? Provide them if you can. And I see you’re now pivoting to President Obama’s economy who replaced George Bush and inherited a 9.9 percent unemployment rate and an economy that was shedding 800,000 jobs a month. When he left the unemployment rate was 4.4 percent and averaged 180,000 jobs a month created in 2015. The Dow Jones industrial average nearly tripled during his eight years. Oh, and he saved General Motors and killed bin Laden, something Bush couldn’t accomplish.

          • Scott

            Splitting hairs does not improve your argument.
            Thank you for taking the bait on the Obama economy. It illustrates your BS statistics. Seriously, simply look up the labor force participation rate. So many people stopped looking for work during his term. Those ppl aren’t counted in the unemployment number. It’s totally BS. You can also look up BLS state on underemployment. So many people were working sh*t jobs to get by or were working part time when they wanted to be working full time. Your stats are Bullsh*t Adrian.
            Now, I’m done with you. As a non-communist sympathizer, I have to go be productive in society.

          • Adrian Havill

            1.Not my BS statistics but that of the U.S. labor department. 2. On the labor participation rates, the population on this country is getting older each year and thus more people are retired. 3. In 1990, some $92 billion was earned and not declared to the IRS. Today, that number is $2.1 trillion. Why? It used to be that Americans had to wait until 65 to switch to Medicare. Today, they do it much earlier, taking early retirement in their fifties and switching to the ACA. They then work on the side at a skill they have and ask the customer for cash. See the April 29th 2013 New Yorker magazine for more details. It’s called the “gig economy.”
            (I see you’ve now switched to profanity to try and make a point. This is what people do when they have no facts to cite.)

          • Scott

            So now you are picking and choosing the DOL statistics to bolster your argument, you don’t really understand the stats, and thing the gig economy magically happened in 2009. As the best president of the 20th century once said, “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”

            Now, seriously, just stop. You are embarrassing yourself. I’m done here.

          • Adrian Havill

            “I’m done here.” (Second time!) Please pick and choose a statistic–at least one. And to quote the worst President of the 21st century, “Is our children learning?” You evidently did not.

          • Mike M

            Psst! Tenets, not tenants! -5 points.

          • Mike M

            Crime went down precipitously under Giuliani. Before him the city was something altogether different than today. And in a very bad way. Cesspool covers it.

          • Adrian Havill

            And it went down under Bloomberg. And it went down under De Blasio. Your point?

          • Mike M

            My points were made. Scroll up. But for this note that Giuliani turned it all around. He caught some grief for his methods. But you digress. Gun Control?

  • SuperCoop1280

    Since my question has yet to be answered, I’d be curious to know what Del. Plum’s thoughts are on the Board of Supervisors’ proposed population density increase in Reston. I totally get it is not an Assembly issue but as a resident of Fairfax County, I would like to think you have an opinion. Wouldn’t the massive population growth cause for more potential funds from the State for projects to ease overcrowded schools and roads? You talk about gun violence but what do you plan to do with a potential massive influx of new apartments in South Reston which is already a crime haven.

    I know it is not a fluff question, but where do you stand?

    • The Constitutionalist

      Simmer down, Pepper. We’re discussing more important things.

      • SuperCoop1280

        That made me laugh. Good one.

        • The Constitutionalist

          Good, I’m glad I could brighten your day in a post about gun violence.

  • ichrysso

    Despite my disagreement with Mr. Plum in his last opinion piece, I don’t believe he says anything disagreeable here. That said, what is his specific proposal of commonsense gun safety laws? Social media is doing everything from proposing very specific measures with which I would even agree to questioning the validity of the Constitution and the second amendment. What is your proposal, Mr. Plum? Even supporters of the Constitution would be open to any discussion which may help save lives.

    • Mike M

      Psst! Lives were expended in laying the groundwork for the Constitution and upholding it. “Saving lives” is not always a trump for anything else. Honestly, if that were always our priority we could bankrupt the planet in short order. Then what? Ich, we’re all temporary.

  • The Constitutionalist

    Ken, when you and your fellow democratically elected morons can come up with some common sense gun legislature that will statistically decrease the probability of a mass shooting, I guarantee you that we will all support it.

    I find it incredibly ironic that you work in a profession guaranteed and created by the exercising and real practice of the to-be 2nd Amendment.

    I’m all ears, I’ve traveled the world, fought our Nation’s harshest enemies and have yet to see a single common sense gun legislature suggestion from anyone in your position.

  • Mike M

    Dear Ken,

    We know guns frighten you. Many things do. Have you considered being frightened by automobiles? More people are killed by automobiles every year than by guns. Also, a huge chunk of gun violence in the US are restricted to certain small places among criminal populations. You may argue that we have many common sense automobile laws. We do. But still people die. Bad stuff happens – often because someone is doing something they shouldn’t do. Most of the mass shootings that invigorate the frightened among us involve people doing things they shouldn’t do. In fact, guns, like cars are already highly regulated. The shooter in Las Vegas like all the others broke many common sense gun laws. You should note that most of the mass shootings that have so frightened the impressionable COULD NOT have been stopped by any common sense gun laws. See, Ken, when it comes to curbing our Constitutional rights, some people are sensitive to propaganda such as “commonsense gun laws.” Bad things happen, Ken. Some people do really bad things, my dear snowflake. Our Constitution isn’t the problem.

    Love,
    Mike M

    • Scott

      If only we would ban killing people, all this violence could be stopped. Why don’t pols pass common sense legislation about killing people?

      • Mike M

        Dilly! Dilly!

  • TheKingJAK

    His own article just pointed out the issue with suicide and mental health, yet, he still points towards guns themselves as being the problem. Guns have been far more heavily regulated in the past few decades than they ever have been at any other point in our nation’s history, yet, with fewer regulations our parents and grandparents somehow lived in an overall safer country. Maybe you should connect those dots before rallying behind further restrictions as being the solution to anything at all!

    • Mike M

      Violent crime has been in decline as America’s stock of guns has increased. Go figure!

  • Adrian Havill

    Play among yourselves, children.

    • Mike M

      Oooooh! An aloof escape! Run along smarty pants!

    • The Constitutionalist

      Is that your self removal from the playground? You were playing with us earlier, but like always, were completely outclassed. I don’t blame you for forfeiting this one. Perhaps losing every single time is starting to weigh heavily on you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

      • Adrian Havill

        I do try not to punch down. It’s not fair and sort of like trying to reason with the residents of a mental hospital who have forgotten their real names.

        • The Constitutionalist

          Have a lot of experience arguing with the residents across the hall?

          • Adrian Havill

            Thought I saw you when I was delivering hot meals.

          • The Constitutionalist

            Oh please Adrian, they would never put you in the cafeteria. Think of the other patients!

  • cRAzy

    Both this article and almost all of the comments about it are ridiculously trivial.

    So, Mr. Plum, what is a potential “commonsense” gun control solution? Give me just one.

    Commenters on both the right and left (most are from the right) offer no more insight into the issue, sticking with worn out cliches and wrapping themselves (wrongly) in the Constitution.

    What a waste of my time.

    • The Constitutionalist

      Well duh, get rid of machine guns and enforce background checks, oh yeah, make that bullet button illegal – and clipazines too!

    • Mike M

      Why do you hurt me so, with your clear superiority?
      (nyuk, nyuk, nyuk)

  • Malcol6

    Delegate Plum advocates for common sense gun laws, and like the politician he is, does not provide a clue what he means would be “common sense gun laws”. Typical ranting without providing solutions. With Virginia’s lax campaign contribution laws, was this in exchange for contributions?

    If advocating a national permit-to-purchase, then which federal agencies engage, what is the process, what are denial criteria, and what is an appeal process when an applicant is denied? Oops, not his domain to influence.

    If at the state level, which is Mr. Plum’s domain, might a viable common sense law pertaining to guns be require a state permit-to-purchase that denies, even for private party sales or ownership transfers, purchase by or transfer to anyone who has been convicted of multiple offenses involving violence, alcohol abuse, or drugs; or had a restraining order for domestic violence; or committed a serious crime that was handled in juvenile court. The question becomes what is an appropriate penalty set both to a purchaser and to a seller; and, does the permit apply to any Virginia resident, etc., etc., etc.? This is for public safety, and outweighs the infringement of the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Should not the NRA support this?

    Mr. Plum … lead by recommending real solutions to problems … not give opinions that pander to your base.

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  • EADGBE

    Gun laws are a hard topic… First of all, the ONLY reason I am pro firearm is because i’m ANTI-VIOLENCE. You have some areas, like where my country house is, that have basically 5 guns for every 1 person and ZERO gun violence (Zero crime at all in some cases). Then you have places like Chicago where EVERY GUN IS ILLEGAL but there are multiple shootings a day….Obviously I think there are exceptions (I don’t think we have to worry about gangsters in Chicago committing a mass murder) but clearly the laws do little to protect people from guns. I hear people talking about “Common Since Gun Laws” but then the law brought forth is so incredibly over-reaching that nothing gets passed. The redneck party gets blamed. Its so easy for all the puppets to blame the other party but its absolutely both democrats and republicans fault equally. Like if you want to ban bump stocks, ban bump stocks and get it done. These fake bills that claim to “ban bump stocks” but then actually puts forth a ban on the majority of accessories? We need bi-partisanship response if we want to get this done. Clearly neither party can handle that right now. Morons.

  • 40yearsinreston

    Typical Plum article
    Throw some more red meat to the base at election time
    In the meantime attempt nothing and do nothing
    “Its really,really hard having to deal with the opposition”

    Go back to sleep Ken, you are boring us all

  • RoadApples

    Delegate Plum:
    Please be very specific in your request for your “Common sense gun laws”
    I specifically believe in your heart of hearts you would specifically want to confiscate all guns; an antithesis to what makes our country great and unique in that: an overbearing government possibly can be neutered by the electorate.

  • Scott

    When will we get some common-sense Ken Plum control?

    Every week this guy manages to write a couple hundred words and say exactly nothing.

  • 40yearsinreston

    Why doesn’t Ken comment (and do something) about the horrendous traffic congestion?
    Or is that too hard ?

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