City of Falls Church Vice Mayor David Snyder lashed out at the remarks of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell today, saying that McDonnell’s suggestion that teachers and principals should be armed to prevent Connecticut elementary school-like tragedies “appalling and incredibly stupid.” Snyder contacted the News-Press to make his remarks today, saying they were intended to be on the record. McDonnell’s comments were “unbelievable,” he added.
On the governor’s notion, Snyder said, “More guns lead to more deaths, it’s as simple as that,” saying he is “furious about the descent of our society to incivility and violence.” He said McDonnell’s remarks represent “an admission of failure beyond comprehension.” Snyder issued a statement on the Connecticut tragedy Saturday noting that the first petition by the Falls Church City Council in its annual wish list for state legislative action was for a ban on firearms in City Hall, the library, community center and parks.
When State Sen. Dick Saslaw and State Del. Jim Scott appeared at the F.C. City Council meeting Monday to accept the wish list, Snyder wrote, “We were basically told to forget about getting that authority…because the regime in Richmond would never agree.”
Snyder added, “Among the recent successes of the gun advocates are measures allowing guns on public property and in bars, repealing limitations on firepower and numbers of firearms, and even preventing employers from security their property against gun violence. As a citizen, taxpayer, and public official, I oppose this interference into our civic affairs and hate the fact that our police have to be armed as though they are on a battlefield because, of course, they are. And I don’t think we need any longer to accept that the Second Amendment can be used to trample on the ‘unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’”
Sen. Saslaw was quoted in a press release issued by the Virginia Democratic Party tonight reacting to Gov. McDonnell’s comments today, saying, “And when that fails to stop this, what’s next? Arm the students? If teachers wanted to carry guns in order to do their day job, they would have become policemen.”
Sen. Donald McEachin, Democratic Caucus Chair, was quoted in the press release, “I am appalled. There are more guns in America than people, and yet we have one of the highest rates of gun violence in the world. The Governor should know better than to suggest that arming citizens will solve anything. Maybe the Governor should focus on solutions that could actually have an impact, like banning the high-capacity magazines used to inflict horrific violence upon countless American cities, from Aurora to Newton.”