Gun Control Advocates, Opponents Talk At VA Raffle


Peter Read, whose daughter was killed in last month’s massacre at Virginia Tech, spoke last night for gun control at a gun raffle in northern Virginia, near Washington, D.C., reports the Washington Post. Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, said the problem on the campus — and in the nation — was not the guns but who used them, he said. “If just one of those adult students had been armed in that building, there would have been a much better chance that somebody would have stopped the madman.”

Several hundred people gathered for the raffle, which was held to protest New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun-control campaign. Bloomberg’s top law enforcement adviser vowed to continue targeting Virginia dealers who make it easy for criminals to obtain guns used in crimes in the city. “This isn’t about gun control. This is about crime control,” said John Feinblatt, the mayor’s criminal justice coordinator. He said he would not hesitate to expand New York’s campaign against dealers who look the other way on questionable transactions. “This is not about New York versus some other part of the country. We are just going to do what it takes to keep New Yorkers safe and keep our police safe.”


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