This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, June 28, 2019:
It’s unclear who said it first: Everett Dirksen, Barry Goldwater, or Ronald Reagan. What’s clear is that the members of Virginia Beach’s city council are about to hear it again: when politicians feel the heat, they see the light.
It’s coming in the form of a petition urging – nay, demanding – that they repeal the “gun free zone” law that cost the lives of 12 city workers last month.
And it’s coming from a city employee who lucked out. Vincent Smith was absent from his workplace in the city’s Municipal Center on May 31 when the shooter entered the building where he worked, and killed 12 of his co-workers before the police could stop the rampage.
Three years ago, Smith, a city engineer, saw a gap in the security measures protecting city employees: “The gap was not allowing employees to carry a firearm … instead, people were forced – like I am every day – to choose between earning a living and saving my life.”
So he created a petition demanding that the city council reverse its “gun-free zone” policies. He got 260 signers, and it went nowhere.
On Tuesday he tried again. He refreshed the petition on Change.org: