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Terry McAuliffe on Gun Control

Democratic nominee for Governor; previously DNC Chair


Brady Bill was the right thing to do

Clinton went over how the NRA, the rich and powerful gun lobby, had defeated about a dozen of our members who had voted for the Brady Bill and Assault Weapons Ban. The NRA pumped more than $70 million into targeting Democrats and even bragged about how much money they'd spent. The Brady Bill was named for Jim Brady, Reagan's spokesman, who was seriously wounded when Reagan was shot, and his wife Sarah campaigned for that bill for 10 years before it finally passed. That vote was the right thing to do.
Source: What A Party!, by Terry McAuliffe, p.100 , Jan 23, 2007

1983: On first hunting trip, show a turkey buzzard

There ended up being 20 of us ready to spend 3 days hunting turkey and quail.

Understand, coming from Syracuse, the only turkeys I'd ever seen were the kind you unfold like an accordion and put down in the middle of your Thanksgiving dinner table. I'd never even held a gun, much less gone hunting. So, that 1st morning, we were out of bed before 5 AM, and the 1st thing I knew, they'd thrown a shotgun in my hands. I liked the feel of that shotgun in my hands, but I had one small problem How was I going to load the thing? I had no idea.

Before long there were birds flying all around me. I pointed my shotgun and pulled the trigger and BLAM!! The black bird with the big red head didn't have a chance.

I got me a turkey! I got me a turkey! I started yelling.

But something was up. The laughter was going on too long.

Finally someone told me the truth: I'd shot a turkey BUZZARD, which is a vulture, not a turkey.

I was hooked on hunting after my 1st weekend.

Source: What A Party!, by Terry McAuliffe, p. 64-67 , Jan 23, 2007

Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology.

McAuliffe adopted the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":

Make America the “Safest Big Country” in the World
After climbing relentlessly for three decades, crime rates started to fall in the 1990s. Nonetheless, the public remains deeply concerned about the prevalence of gun violence, especially among juveniles, and Americans still avoid public spaces like downtown retail areas, parks, and even sports facilities.

We need to keep policing “smart” and community-friendly, prohibiting unjust and counterproductive tactics such as racial profiling; focus on preventing as well as punishing crime; pay attention to what happens to inmates and their families after sentencing; use mandatory testing and treatment to break the cycle of drugs and crime; and enforce and strengthen laws against unsafe or illegal guns. Moreover, we need a renewed commitment to equal justice for all, and we must reject a false choice between justice and safety.

Technology can help in many areas: giving police more information on criminal suspects so they do not rely on slipshod, random stop-and-search methods; allowing lower-cost supervision of people on probation or parole; and making it possible to disable and/or trace guns used by unauthorized persons.

Above all, we need to remember that public safety is the ultimate goal of crime policy. Until Americans feel safe enough to walk their neighborhood streets, enjoy public spaces, and send their children to school without fear of violence, we have not achieved public safety.

Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC11 on Aug 1, 2000

Other governors on Gun Control: Terry McAuliffe on other issues:
VA Gubernatorial:
Bob McDonnell
Ken Cuccinelli
Robert Sarvis
VA Senatorial:
Mark Warner
Tim Kaine

Newly seated 2013:
IN: Mike Pence (R)
NC: Pat McCrory (R)
NH: Maggie Hassan (D)
MT: Steve Bullock (D)
WA: Jay Inslee (D)

Re-elected 2012:
DE: Jack Markell (D)
MO: Jay Nixon (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
UT: Gary Herbert (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WV: Earl Ray Tomblin (D)

Up for election 2013:
NJ-R: Chris Christie
NJ-D: Barbara Buono
VA: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe
Up for re-election 2014:
AK: Sean Parnell
AL: Robert Bentley
AR: Mike Beebe
AZ: Jan Brewer
CA: Jerry Brown
CO: John Hickenlooper
CT: Dan Malloy
FL: Rick Scott
GA: Nathan Deal
HI: Neil Abercrombie
IA: Terry Branstad
ID: Butch Otter
IL: Pat Quinn
KS: Sam Brownback
MA: Deval Patrick
MD: Martin O'Malley
ME: Paul LePage
MI: Rick Snyder
MN: Mark Dayton
NH: Maggie Hassan
NM: Susana Martinez
NV: Brian Sandoval
NY: Andrew Cuomo
OH: John Kasich
OK: Mary Fallin
OR: John Kitzhaber
PA: Tom Corbett
RI: Linc Chafee
SC: Nikki Haley
SD: Dennis Daugaard
TN: Bill Haslam
TX: Rick Perry
VT: Peter Shumlin
WI: Scott Walker
WY: Matt Mead
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