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
U.S. Senator Jim Webb
U.S. Senator Jim Webb’s Legislative Alert hit my mailbox. I usually don’t post national or global news but thought this was interesting. This gives some good perspective on getting involved in Libya.
U.S. SENATOR WEBB: “There has been a great deal of debate regarding how the United States should respond to the conflict in Libya.
Military commitments in this region, however small, are easily begun, but very difficult to end. This is something I have stressed for years, and a reality we continue to confront in Iraq and Afghanistan. History shows that this is a region full of surprises.
In response to my questions at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made it clear that the U.S. does not know the Libyan rebel groups with any degree of familiarity. Our executive branch leaders are engaged in intense discussions on this point, but it is not a good idea to give weapons and military support to people you do not know, whose ultimate goals may not be supportive of our own policies. Implementation of a no-fly zone or the delivery of weapons to unknown rebel forces could ultimately be counterproductive to U.S. national interests and security.
I find myself in general agreement with positions taken recently by Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, when it comes to the potential use of our military in Libya. No one wants to see Gaddafi remain in power, but overt military action in this situation should not be done unilaterally and, if done at all, it should be done knowing who we are helping. We should continue to work in partnership with our allies in the region and exercise all of the diplomatic tools at our disposal.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Commentary, National, Politics
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