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    Editorial | Wednesday, Dec. 17
    EDITORIAL: Common safety, common sense in the commonwealth
    Gov. Terry McAuliffe this week called for a package of gun control measures that is sure to renew a volatile debate over guns in the commonwealth.

    The governor called for new background check requirements on private gun sales at gun shows. He proposed legislation keeping guns away from people convicted of crimes related to domestic violence. And he proposed revoking concealed-handgun permits for parents who are behind on child-support payments.
    Speaking one day after the anniversary of shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., McAuliffe said his proposals are common sense measures to help keep Virginians safe.

    Twenty students and six adults were fatally shot in Newtown, the second deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings where 32 people were killed.

    “Our Commonwealth and our nation have seen too many tragedies as a result of dangerous weapons getting into the hands of the wrong people,” McAuliffe said.

    Gun rights advocates say there is little chance the governor can get the measures through the General Assembly. They say that restricting ownership would not have stopped high-profile Virginia shootings for which mentally ill individuals were responsible, such as the Virginia Tech case and the tragedy that struck Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds and his family last year. They also fail to see the rationale for denying a parent the right to carry a concealed weapon when a domestic dispute may put a spouse or a child in a household at risk.

    The governor’s measures won’t resolve all the disputes in Virginia that are settled with a gun. Nor will they eliminate all senseless shootings. But they may make Virginia a little safer. They may provide citizens with a measure of peace-of-mind.

    We could use some peace-of-mind on the gun issue. A headphone mistaken for a gun brought a lockdown at Loudoun County High School just last week. There was no gun and no one was hurt, but hundreds of students, parents and teachers – indeed an entire community – couldn’t help but worry for an excruciating hour. Many now ask the school district for assurances.

    Any measure that keeps the possibility of a gun from finding its way into a school is a good measure. The governor isn’t seeking to overturn the Second Amendment. He’s just trying to stop people who shouldn’t have a gun from getting one.

    Virginia can lead the way on curbing gun violence and can prevent vulnerable or dangerous individuals from illegally obtaining firearms. That’s an idea that responsible advocates of gun ownership should get behind. It’s not about being a Republican or a Democrat, it’s about common safety and common sense in the commonwealth.

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