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Va. lawmaker who brandished AK-47 during session was disbarred following assault, death threat
The Daily Caller ^ | January 20, 2013 | David Martosko, executive editor

Posted on 01/20/2013 9:30:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

A Virginia lawmaker who drew gasps from his colleagues when he brandished a borrowed AK-47 during an anti-gun speech Thursday was found guilty in 2002 of committing a vicious 1999 assault, was sanctioned for legal misconduct while prosecuting a rape case, spent six months in jail for contempt of a federal court, and saw his law license revoked in 2003.

Democratic Delegate Joseph Morrissey brought the rifle to the floor of the House of Delegates to demonstrate how easy it is to carry firearms in Virginia. Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert interrupted Morrissey’s speech to ask him to remove his finger from inside the gun’s trigger-guard — a basic gun-safety practice.

“I don’t think you should be able to possess an assault rifle,” Morrissey told ABC News on Friday.

But while Morrissey introduced a gun-control bill Thursday aimed at reducing criminal violence in Virginia, he has a history that involves physical violence of another kind.

Morrissey paid a man $500,000 in 2007 to settle a 2002 court judgment against him, related to a 1999 physical assault.

According to legal brief filed by the victim’s attorneys, Morrissey shouted, “I’m going to kill you. I’m going to beat your head in,” before beating the victim and “smash[ing] his head into the corner of a brick wall.”

The 2003 revocation of Morrissey’s law license followed that courtroom reckoning...

(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...


TOPICS: Virginia; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: banglist; democrats; doasisaynotasido; gunconfiscation; guncontrol; secondamendment; virginia
Sounds like another Alan Grayson.
1 posted on 01/20/2013 9:31:11 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think he more resembles his fellow Virginian jim moran - or is it moron?


2 posted on 01/20/2013 9:34:05 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Drew gasps? I watched the video.
Looked like most of them were having a good chuckle.

This is all kabuki theater.


3 posted on 01/20/2013 9:39:56 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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Do these people look scared?


4 posted on 01/20/2013 9:44:08 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Joseph Morrissey

5 posted on 01/20/2013 9:46:20 PM PST by Ken H
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To: All

And BTW That Gun was legal under Clinton’s Assault weapon ban.

It’s a freakin Chinese MAK 90


6 posted on 01/20/2013 9:47:13 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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MAK 90 “Sporting Rifle” now defined as an assault rifle.


7 posted on 01/20/2013 9:49:31 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Mylife,

Look up the Lautenberg amendment that passed congress in 2004 or so.

I seriously think this guy may have broken the law under that provision.


8 posted on 01/20/2013 9:52:34 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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We had better ban Autos and stick shifts too, after all those are "semi autos"


9 posted on 01/20/2013 9:55:17 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
A Virginia lawmaker who drew gasps from his colleagues when he brandished a borrowed AK-47 during an anti-gun speech Thursday was found guilty in 2002 of committing a vicious 1999 assault,

The assault should be a felony conviction which makes his possession of a firearm another felony.

10 posted on 01/20/2013 9:56:05 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

That idiot Coumo in NY just banned the military and police from having more than 7 rounds in his haste.

Idiots


11 posted on 01/20/2013 9:57:46 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Last time I saw a real “semi auto” transmission, it was in a 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle. Had the stickshift, but no clutch. Two forward speeds; just low gear and high gear.

Used to see buses like that all the time in Dublin, back when they had Leyland Titan buses (rear entrance) and Leyland Atlanteans (front entrance); those had five-speed “semi autos” although the bus drivers would start in second gear during normal driving.


12 posted on 01/20/2013 9:59:55 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Pontiac
There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt.

Atlas shrugged

13 posted on 01/20/2013 10:00:48 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The article doesn't say whether Morrissey was ever convicted of a felony or even a misdemeanor, but a "vicious assault" and "death threat" certainly sound like felonious behavior.

Perhaps one reason Democrats are so hell-bent on gun control is that so many of them are forbidden by current laws to possess firearms, because they have demonstrated dangerous behavior in their past.

14 posted on 01/20/2013 10:01:53 PM PST by meadsjn
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To: Olog-hai
You didn't need no clutch with the sychro mesh gear drive ☺
15 posted on 01/20/2013 10:02:28 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

>”Do these people look scared?”<

No, but the guy holding the AK looks kind of stupid.
He obviously needs to attend an NRA Gun Safety Course.


16 posted on 01/20/2013 10:06:19 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (I only Fear a Government that doesn't Fear me.)
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To: Olog-hai

As I recall, even the manual syncro mesh gear drive could be worked by ear without a clutch

Down shift up shift listen and wait


17 posted on 01/20/2013 10:10:28 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Kickass Conservative

He’s got the booger hooker on the trigger doesn’t he?


18 posted on 01/20/2013 10:13:02 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

bear in mind he’s on the D side of the chamber


19 posted on 01/20/2013 10:13:14 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA

Looks like the entire chamber is on the D side.
They’re yukking it up and having a good time.


20 posted on 01/20/2013 10:18:18 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I know.


21 posted on 01/20/2013 10:21:21 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another lib, nutjob, sociopath. We need background checks for politicians. If they can’t pass a background check to purchase a firearm, they have no business telling me what to do. Kind of like someone that doesn’t pay their taxes running the IRS.


22 posted on 01/20/2013 10:21:29 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: All

You know what scares me?
Posers like this guy and all those posing along.

Some animals are more equal than others.


23 posted on 01/20/2013 10:21:29 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Jet Jaguar

It is mass hysteria


24 posted on 01/20/2013 10:23:16 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Jet Jaguar

BAN ASSAULT LEGISLATION!!!

These people frighten me.


25 posted on 01/20/2013 10:25:13 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Mass Hysteria LOL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO73e7Y5wHY


26 posted on 01/20/2013 10:29:23 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The last time the Clintons drove the world MAD on this issue, someone would remind everyone:

1. That is NOT an AK-47.
2. That is NOT an automatic weapon.
3. That is NOT an assault weapon.

I fear we are standing on the sidelines on this point. I have a friend , retired Marine, who is afraid to join the NRA because he “will be on a list” with the government.

It is now or never.


27 posted on 01/20/2013 10:31:53 PM PST by Phosgood (Send in the Clowns...but Wait, they're here!! >..<)
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We need a Quorum.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEI77QI1rXQ


28 posted on 01/20/2013 10:35:10 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Phosgood

WTF is an assault weapon?
What is the meaning of the word “is”??

A Rock is an assault weapon loosely defined.


29 posted on 01/20/2013 10:37:32 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Phosgood

We are all on the list.


30 posted on 01/20/2013 10:38:33 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Olog-hai

I’m quite familiar with double-deck busses. I got a few in my Matchbox collection :)


31 posted on 01/20/2013 10:39:41 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Phosgood

There already is a national gun registry. It’s called the NRA membership list.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2979114/posts


32 posted on 01/20/2013 10:49:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sounds like he committed a Federal felony gun violation. Isn’t there a zero tolerance policy on Fed gun violations? Don’t those crimes carry a mandatory minimum? I guess we’ll see how serious 0bama is about gun control.


33 posted on 01/20/2013 11:23:13 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Phosgood

If your friend was in the Marines he’s already on the list.


34 posted on 01/20/2013 11:28:51 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Give him a break; he’s a life-long Democrat: that is enough penalty & suffering for anyone. /sarc


35 posted on 01/21/2013 12:42:24 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: mylife

You didn’t need no clutch with the sychro mesh gear drive


Until it was time to stop. Back in 64, I drove with a broken clutch cable from Crescent City to the VW dealer in Eureka, CA. Getting behind logging trucks on hills & “timing” stop lights was a real pain, but not as bad as killing it, then starting again. Gotta love full-syncro.


36 posted on 01/21/2013 12:47:52 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: mylife

Democrats. They can’t even hold a gun without screwing it up.


37 posted on 01/21/2013 2:19:17 AM PST by golux (man)
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To: mylife

I know the quote but you will have to explain why you posted it.


38 posted on 01/21/2013 2:31:59 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: mylife

Yes but you still need the clutch to get in to firs gear.


39 posted on 01/21/2013 2:37:47 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Pontiac

Put it in neutral and stop, turn off engine, shift into first gear, start car while in gear... repeat as necessary.


40 posted on 01/21/2013 3:24:30 AM PST by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: Phosgood
Put me on "THE LIST"! Come and get me!!!
41 posted on 01/21/2013 4:16:16 AM PST by 41Thunder (The SUPPLY of Government is GREATER than the DEMAND of the people)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m surprised he’s not State Party Chairman.


42 posted on 01/21/2013 5:49:34 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not an AK


43 posted on 01/21/2013 6:03:05 AM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: smokingfrog

“Another lib, nutjob, sociopath. We need background checks for politicians.”

He has a rap sheet longer than any of us, and he wants to take our guns. The picture of him posing (the official pic) shows it in his eyes. Could never trust him. Truly a sociopath as was stated earlier, HE is never the problem, it’s always someone else.


44 posted on 01/21/2013 7:26:40 AM PST by selfdefense
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To: Pontiac

Because they are writing new laws to convolute the law.


45 posted on 01/21/2013 8:23:06 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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