by Kerry Dougherty
Call me crazy, but I think it should be easier to vote than it should be to buy a gun.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) July 6, 2021
OK, Terry, you asked for it. We’re going to call you crazy because the notion that it’s easier to buy a gun in Virginia than it is to vote is insane. And clearly that’s what you’re implying with your silly Tweet. So here’s a little quiz to test your knowledge of Virginia gun and voting laws:
Do you have to be 21 to vote? (You have to be 21 to purchase a handgun.) Nope.
Do you have to pass a criminal background check to vote? Nope.
Can you vote if you’re insane? Yep.
Can you vote if you have a history of domestic violence? Yep.
Can you vote if there’s a protective order against you involving a spouse or former spouse? Yep.
Can you vote if you’ve been convicted of misdemeanor assault and battery of a family member? Yep.
I could go on.
The list of acts that prohibit gun ownership in Virginia is longer than Leviticus. Read it over and get back to me about the ease with which one can purchase a gun in the commonwealth.
How desperate must the McAuliffe campaign be to be Tweeting nonsense like this?
One of two things must be true: Either Terry McAuliffe — or his Tweet ghostwriter — is ignorant of Virginia’s gun laws, or he’s lying.
I’m going with the second option. This is the sort of thing lazy politicians do. They fabricate a lie, they say it often, they count on the slobbering lapdogs in the media to parrot it, and pretty soon the lemmings in their party are saying things like, It’s easier to buy a gun in Virginia than it is to vote!
This falsehood — that it’s easier to buy a gun than vote — is the new mantra of the left as they fight voter integrity laws that make it harder to cheat.
McAuliffe didn’t get away with it. There were more than 8,000 responses to McAuliffe’s Tuesday morning Tweet. The ratio was wild. I saw only a handful of responses that supported the former governor.
The rest were brutal. Here, read a couple for yourself:
When I buy a gun, I can't say "Yeah, I have ID, but not with me. I'll show it later."
— Tess Ailshire (@tbailsh) July 7, 2021
Let me know when my mail-in AR-15 is arriving. 🤦🏻♂️
— Douglas Karr (@douglaskarr) July 6, 2021
This is not a good talking point. It is not easier to purchase a firearm than vote. You can make other arguments but as they say "this ain't it"
— Brian Littleton (@BPLittleton) July 6, 2021
Look, Terry, if you want to be governor of Virginia again, have some modicum of respect for the voters.
Stick with the truth. Stop lying.
This column has been republished with permission from Kerry: Unemployed & Unedited.