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    From VA-ALERT: VCDL UPDATE 11/27/2007 (with slight modifications to sample message #1)

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    5. Fairfax County's School Board and Board of Supervisors plan to
    urge the General Assembly to pass more gun control
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    Well they're at it again in Fairfax County!

    Both the School Board and Board of Supervisors have included anti-gun
    positions in their legislative agendas urging the General Assembly to
    restrict YOUR right to keep and bear arms:

    School Board Draft Legislative Agenda: See
    http://tinyurl.com/2wkj2q, at pg 34:

    "The FCSB supports legislation to prevent weapons violations and to
    protect citizens, specifically authorization for localities to ban
    possession of dangerous weapons in recreation centers and prohibition
    of the sale of look-alike firearms, particularly BB and pellet guns,
    to minors. The FCSB supports interpretations and provisions of law
    that allow local school boards to be rigorous in banning the
    possession of weapons on school property in order to protect the
    safety of students in the school environment."

    County Supervisors Draft Legislative Agenda: See
    http://tinyurl.com/2da5hm, at pg 5:

    Summary of County Initiative item 4: (1) Allow County to preempt
    state law and ban gun carry on all County property, with a permit
    holder only exemption; and, (verbatim) (2) "Oppose any state or
    federal legislation that would make it easier to traffic in illegal
    weapons."

    VCDL Analysis: Looks the like the current elected leaders of Fairfax
    County don't believe in your right to self-defense and are living in
    the past. They even want to repeal concealed handgun permit holder's
    right to carry in vehicles on K-12 school grounds!

    Hello!? Did they not watch pro-gun Democrat Chap Petersen crush
    anti-gun Republican (and Bloomberg backed) Devolites Davis on
    election day??

    We're not sure the Fairfax County School Board took the time to ask
    for public comment, but the Board of Supervisors did, and the
    comments were 2 pro-gun & 0 anti-gun out of the 3 speakers at the
    hearing. To watch the video, go to
    http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/c...b_hearings.asx,
    then move toggle button at bottom of video to 58:30. At the end of
    the hearing, Supervisor Connolly said the record will remain open for
    more public comment until their next meeting in December when they
    will vote on the final form of the agenda.

    ACTION ITEM # 1: If you are a Fairfax County Resident, email the
    Board of Supervisors and the newly elected Supervisors to tell them
    to delete the anti-gun agenda items!

    Sample message:

    To: chairman@fairfaxcounty.gov, dranesville@fairfaxcounty.gov,
    braddock@fairfaxcounty.gov, hntrmill@fairfaxcounty.gov,
    mason@fairfaxcounty.gov, mtvernon@fairfaxcounty.gov,
    provdist@fairfaxcounty.gov, springfield@fairfaxcounty.gov,
    sully@co.fairfax.va.us, Leedist@FairfaxCounty.gov,
    info@foustforsupervisor.com, info@mckay4supervisor.com,
    mike@patherrity.org, info@foustforsupervisor.com

    Subject: Please remove anti-gun items from the County's Legislative Agenda!

    Dear Supervisor:

    I urge you remove an anti-guns item from the County's Legislative Agenda.

    I specifically object to the effort to ban gun carry by law-abiding citizens on County property. The right of self-defense does not end just because a citizen sets foot on County property paid for with taxpayer dollars in the first place.

    Further, I object to the non-sensical plank about opposing measures to facilitate trafficking of illegal weapons. Just what on earth IS an illegal weapon??

    Sincerely,
    YOUR NAME YOUR ADDRESS

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    ACTION ITEM # 2: If you are a Fairfax County Resident, email the
    School Board and the newly elected members to tell them to delete the
    anti-gun agenda items!


    Sample message:

    To: SchoolBoardMembers@fcps.edu, tina4kids@gmail.com,
    candidate@JimRaney.com, johna4nvswcd@cs.com, candidate@jimraney.com

    Subject: Please remove anti-gun items from the School Board's
    Legislative Agenda!

    Dear School Board Member:

    I urge you remove the 3 anti-gun items from the from the School
    Board's Legislative Agenda, which are: (1) To "ban possession of
    dangerous weapons in recreation centers," (2) prohibit "sales of BB
    and pellet guns to minors," and (3) to support "interpretations and
    provisions of law that allow local school boards to be rigorous in
    banning the possession of weapons on school property."

    The School board needs to stick to education and stay away from
    anti-gun politicking. Frankly, restrictions on gun carry by
    law-abiding adults on school grounds are already too onerous, and I
    will be urging my legislator to conform Virginia law to federal law
    and that of many other states so as to fully de-criminalize concealed
    handgun permit holder gun carry on ALL portions of school grounds and
    at school events.

    Simply telling criminals and madmen who seek to murder people "I'm
    unarmed, please don't hurt me" does not work.

    Sincerely,

    YOUR NAME YOUR ADDRESS

    P.S. To send the school board action email to the newly elected
    Springfield District School Board Member, go to
    http://www.lizbradsher.org/contact.asp and copy/paste your email
    there!

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    Dana Kauffman responded:

    Ms Xxxxxxxx:
    Thank you for writing to let me know that you do not support the gun section of the County's legislative package.
    I appreciate your taking the time to let me know how important this issue is to you. From where I stand, though, this isn't something that lends itself to compromise and I do share my colleagues' position on keeping weapons out of our County venues.
    Dana Kauffman

    My response to Kauffman ran something along the lines of:

    "No problem. It worked well for Ms. Devolites-Davis, too."
    Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population. -Albert Einstein

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    Tess wrote:
    Dana Kauffman responded:

    Ms Xxxxxxxx:
    Thank you for writing to let me know that you do not support the gun section of the County's legislative package.
    I appreciate your taking the time to let me know how important this issue is to you. From where I stand, though, this isn't something that lends itself to compromise and I do share my colleagues' position on keeping weapons out of our County venues.
    Dana Kauffman

    My response to Kauffman ran something along the lines of:

    "No problem. It worked well for Ms. Devolites-Davis, too."
    You are a wickedly humored woman, I like you :^).

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    I received the exact same response Tess. I replied with - See you next election cycle.

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    My reply to Supervisor Kaufmann:



    Dear Supervisor Kauffman:



    I am very disappointed to see that you seem to have you mind made up on this issue.



    There are over 100,000 law-abiding citizens in Virginia who have passed the criminal background checks, submitted fingerprints, and obtained firearms training in order to receive a COURT-ISSUED concealed handgun permit.



    Your position on this matter would discriminate against this group of law-abiding people, among whom I am a member.

    I urge you to reconsider your position on this matter.



    The General Assembly passed specific pre-emption legislation to protect the rights of people like me. I am gravely disappointed that you would support a position to strip thousands of law-abiding citizens of their rights.



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    W.E.G. wrote:
    My reply to Supervisor Kaufmann:



    Dear Supervisor Kauffman:



    I am very disappointed to see that you seem to have you mind made up on this issue.



    There are over 100,000 law-abiding citizens in Virginia who have passed the criminal background checks, submitted fingerprints, and obtained firearms training in order to receive a COURT-ISSUED concealed handgun permit.



    Your position on this matter would discriminate against this group of law-abiding people, among whom I am a member.

    I urge you to reconsider your position on this matter.



    The General Assembly passed specific pre-emption legislation to protect the rights of people like me. I am gravely disappointed that you would support a position to strip thousands of law-abiding citizens of their rights.

    In fairness to Sup. K., the proposal is to exempt CHP holders from the gun ban - I still find this objectionable as (1) discrimination against those eho shoose not apply for a CHP or who cannot apply for a CHP or who have just moved ehre and don;t have their CHP yet.

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