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Dec 19, 2012 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Washington Examiner: The debate over gun control sparked by last week’s mass killing at a Connecticut elementary school has quickly seeped into Virginia’s gubernatorial race.

Terry McAuliffe, the likely Democratic nominee, strongly favors a ban on assault weapons similar to the one passed in 1994 under President Clinton, a close ally of McAuliffe. The original ban expired in 2004, though President Obama may resurrect it.

McAuliffe also called for the return of Virginia’s one-handgun-per-month law, a longstanding limit that Republicans successfully lifted earlier this year.

“While we will never know the exact cause of unimaginable violence, our children should know that we’re trying our best to make their lives and our commonwealth safer,” McAuliffe said.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the presumptive Republican nominee, ripped McAuliffe’s stance as “political opportunism.” The state’s top prosecutor is siding with Gov. Bob McDonnell, who on Tuesday suggested that giving guns to teachers and principals could prevent school violence.

“Leaving options for defensive schools on the table is wise,” said Cuccinelli, who said gun control won’t stop the violence.

“If someone can demonstrate a restriction that will help deal with this situation meaningfully and not just make people feel good for doing something [I would consider it],” he said. “But I am totally unaware of any incidents anywhere that gun control would have prevented, and all of the evidence is to the contrary.”

Gun issues played almost no role in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race this year, even after General Assembly Republicans successfully abolished the one-gun-a-month limit. Democrat Tim Kaine, who has an “F” rating from the National Rifle Association, handily defeated NRA-backed Republican George Allen.

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