Dear Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe:
In wake of the Chattanooga, TN terrorist attack, it’s incumbent upon you and others down in Richmond to ensure the safety of our servicemen and women here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Six states have already taken steps to arm their National Guard as a start. Will you join them or continue to be beholden to partisan politics? They make countless sacrifice to protect us here and aboard. Why not afford them the right to carry firearms at military bases and similar installations here in our state?
I understand you are busy hosting cocktail parties in the Governor’s Mansion, luring in shoddy businesses to our state, trying to dismantle good reforms put in place by your predecessor, and laying the groundwork for Hillary Clinton–but if you want to make a positive impact as governor, though most of us doubt you will, you should allow our military to protect themselves. You’re THE Governor of Virginia–you’re accountable to more than 8.3 million people. Want to actually do something positive for the Commonwealth? Don’t be an ideologue.
We are one of the most military-friendly states in the United States. Our state boasts 27 military bases and dozens of recruitment centers. Millions of veterans also reside here. Why should servicemen and women be defenseless against attack? Hell, we send them abroad to fight with guns and yet, they aren’t afforded the right to protect themselves here at home. Do you want Virginians to feel safe or insecure?
I doubt you’ll read this given how selective you are in putting your support to good causes, but now more than ever these gun-free zones need to be done away with. Not another life – military or civilian- as a result of these dangerous policies.
Do something right for once; let servicemen and women arm themselves here in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
A concerned resident of Virginia