Virginia General Assembly

The problem is, 'all guns start out as legal guns'

Why can’t we have a reasonable discussion about how to stop the horrible gun violence in our country? Whether it’s around the dinner table, on social media or on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates, we retreat to our intractable sides of this contentious debate. While we sit in our corners arguing, people are dying.

We nearly all agree on certain aspects of the gun control debate. We agree that constant mass shootings with tragic consequences are too high a price to pay for guns in our society. We agree that the right to bear arms is guaranteed under our Constitution. And we agree that legal firearms are not meant to end up in the hands of those not legally allowed to...