FIRST LIFE SAVED UNDER NEW ‘RED FLAG’ LAW
A 45-year-old Winchester man told police, “What’s the point in living?” “I just want to die.” Those were the comments he made prior to having his guns taken in the first reported case involving Virginia’s new “red flag” law. The man voluntarily surrendered three guns to police and will not be allowed to possess guns until at least Jan. 30.
The new law, which went into effect July 1, is designed to keep guns away from potentially violent people. There are approximately 1,000 gun deaths annually in Virginia, with well over half being suicides.
Virginia’s new law provides that a person posing a “substantial risk of injury” to themselves or others cannot buy, own, or transport guns. Virginia and at least 15 other states and the District of Columbia have red flag laws.
In the local incident, police responded to an unnamed store after a clerk said a man in an “agitated state” in possession of an ammunition clip had left the store. When police arrived to investigate, they reported the man became angry, making a series of suicidal remarks. He was taken to Winchester Medical Center. The law gives authorities 14 days to hold a court hearing or return the guns. On July 20, the man turned in two semi-automatic pistols and a pump-action shotgun.
There have not been reports thus far of pro-Second Amendment advocates or militia folks protesting a violation of Constitutional rights. Sounds like a life has been saved.
COUNTING THE FOLKS IN NOVA
As of August 17, local census response rates in NOVA continued to be impressive. Accurate census data are critical, as congressional representation and many other national decisions rely upon the census data.
Here are some samples of the latest response rates:
United States: 64% * Virginia: 69%
Fairfax County: 79% * Loudoun County: 81%
Cong. District 11 (Connolly): 77% * Cong. District 10 (Wexton): 79%
Issues continue to plague the completion of the census largely due to the administration. Some critics attribute the delays to GOP fears of being counted out.
PWC MAY PROCLAIM END TO PROCLAMATIONS
Prince William’s Board of County Supervisors will consider a proposal submitted by a Republican member to cease conducting votes on board proclamations, saying they have become too political, causing strife among board and community members, as well as taking up time.
While this seems curious at first, many governmental proclamations no longer limit themselves to the uncontroversial. For example, recent PWC proclamations have supported Black Lives Matter, commended local police, and celebrated LGBTQ+ month. These have led to a divide between Democrats and Republicans and even physical fights among citizens.
The maker of the proposal suggested that, instead, individual supervisors make their own proclamations during Supervisors Time. His motion to discontinue proclamations will be considered at a future board meeting.