Full auto are already highly regulated by the 1934 National Firearms Act. You have to submit forms and pay a $200 tax to the BATFE to own a class 3 weapon. On top of that, us mere citizens can’t purchase newly manufactured machine guns (since 1986), hence, the prohibitive cost.
He’s given up earmarks. I used to always ask him about his voting record at his advisory council meetings and sometimes the answers were less than satisfactory, but I believe now that he has given up the typical Washington attitude (although he still has a few curious votes).
Ever driven on I-64 crossing from West Virginia into Virginia? Not much traffic there at all. The speed limit goes from 70 to 65 so you can easily be doing 15 mph over the speed limit and not be harming a soul.
Finally got around to sending Sen. Watkins an email. He sent an email the other day talking about increased school and public safety spending. It's not the best letter, but I think he'll get my point.
I do not have much time to put together a lengthy email, but I am strongly opposed to any new or increased taxes. Two years ago the legislature passed the largest tax increase in the history of the Commonwealth. In large part it was to fund schools, public safety, etc. We then found out we had an incredibly large surplus. I suppose that money went to pay "the bills in the drawer," but if we emptied that drawer today it would be full again tomorrow.
The easy way out for the legislature when a problem arises is to raise taxes. Anyone can do that. It is easy for those in Richmond to stick their hands in my pockets and take more of the money I earn. The hard work that never seems to be done is to look at the spending side of things.
Whenever higher taxes are opposed we hear cries from the tax hike supporters that we will be paving the streets with school books, hospital beds, and the list goes on. Public school spending is up inflation adjusted 73% over the last 30 years or so. What has all this spending got us? Graduation rates and SAT scores have remained the same. Perhaps we should look at other school reforms rather than simply throwing money at a perceived problem. And perhaps we should remember the words or Ronald Reagan:
"There's a lesson here that we all should write on the blackboard 100 times -- in a child's education, money can never take the place of basics like discipline, hard work, and, yes, homework."
There is no single issue that brings more Republicans to the table than the desire for limited government and lower taxes. The Republicans in the Senate seem to have forgotten that. We need to return to the ideals of smaller government, free markets, and individual liberty.
When things are tight at home I always look for ways to cut cost. Even when things are going good I still look for ways to lower my monthly expenditures. For example, my wife and I removed call waiting and caller id from our phone plan. Can we afford it? Certainly. But every dollar counts. And every dollar the government takes from my hand is a dollar I will not be spending elsewhere.
I sincerely hope you will reconsider your support for higher taxes. I doubt, however, I can change your mind. My last request is that you think of my family and all the other families in, not just the 10th district, but, Virginia as you make it harder for us to save while the Senate takes the easy way out.
Do all banks have no guns signs hanging on their doors or just BB&T?
I know BB&T and Wachovia do. Wachovia didn't always. They added them about 2.5 years ago or so.
Suntrust does not and neither did Southtrust before Wachovia bought them. I don't believe Bank of America does either. There are some smaller local banks I have seen that don't have "no guns" signs too. Of course, there are smaller local banks that do as well.
The thing I don't like about BB&T is that they have no guns signs on the doors. Since I am a law abiding citizen I would disarm before entering. However, I don't think someone with criminal intent would do the same.
Nice letter. I'll be sending one to Sen. Watkins. My delegate is one of the good guys, but I'll send him an email too. It's really disgusting that there are legislators who think we need to pay more in taxes. The Warner budget was $10,000,000,000 more than the last one. One would think that would be enough to cover whatever spending they could think of.
Why this man has a 70+% approval rate is beyond my comprehension.
Mine too. If that is really an accurate number it should read "70% of Virginians are fools."
The only good thing about him restoring the rights of felons is that it will give a candidate against him in the future more ammo. Of course, Warner just gave himself 3400 more votes that would have to be overcome.
Del. Black's defeat hit me harder than the Kilgore loss. The Kilgore loss felt like a punch in the stomach and Black's loss felt like a ton of bricks falling on my head. We lost one of our best in Del. Black.
VCDL didn't end up endorsing anyone for the Gov race (at least not yet, but they won't endorse Kaine or Potts). They are a top notch group. IMO they are the most effective gun rights group in the country at the state level. Far more effective, I believe, than the NRA, at least in VA.
They are hot button issues and I can understand why he wouldn't want to fill it out (but then why did Bolling, McDonnell, and Deeds is what I ask myself). I just wish they would have handled it a little better. They kept coming up with lame excuses and then the statement by Tucker Martin. However, I'm not a single issue voter and the last thing we need is Governor Kaine.