Monday, February 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens.
It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on active military duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who has completed basic training to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that
It has been a weekend of jokes by media editorials, blogs and online publications like The Huffington Post. It has even been dubbed as (dare I day) #bobbiegate.
The pin Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli passed out to government employees covered the exposed left breast of “Virtus.”
Virtus represents the virtues of heroism, righteousness, freedom, and valor according to the description of the seal HERE.
With expected fodder coming from late night television Cuccinelli “nips further ridicule in the bud” with this statement Monday, May 3:
“The image on my office lapel pin is similar to that of a large antique state flag that hangs in the Virginia Capitol. That is where I got the idea for my pin. I liked this particular image and thought it would be something unique for my employees.
“I cannot believe that joking with my staff about Virtue being a little more ‘virtuous’ in this antique version has become news. This is simply a media-made issue that has become distracting to the work of my office. I am going to end this distraction by discontinuing future use of the pin. I think we all do the citizens a service by getting back to talking about things that are more important to them, including my office’s work last week to get four sexually violent predators committed to mental health treatment, the collection of $225,000 in back debt owed to the commonwealth, and assisting local law enforcement in an investigation that resulted in a drug kingpin being sentenced to life without parole.”
[Added to the statement] Note: The pins were not paid for with taxpayer dollars. The image from the flag was not altered in any way by the attorney general or his staff.
Causing more of a stir was the fact that the pin resembled the official flag adopted after it had seceded from the Union in 1861.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: art, attorney_general, cuccinelli