Tomorrow, thousands of people will participate in marches across the country, demanding comprehensive gun reform in response to the horrific school shooting in Parkland, one month ago, and most recently in Southern Maryland. The March for Our Lives is a perfect opportunity for citizens across the country to demand accountability from their representatives to pass legislation that is not beholden to the NRA. This past December, just a few months ago after the Las Vegas shooting, a bill co-sponsored by VA-10’s Representative Barbara Comstock, passed the house by 231-198. Bill H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would allow states to enforce concealed weapon permits across state lines. Not only has Comstock co-sponsored the bill, she is also one of the top ten NRA funded Representatives.
In an op-ed piece published on March 9th for Inside NOVA, Paul Pelletier argues that “we need new laws on the books to provide law enforcement and citizens with the tools they need to keep our kids safe.” The H.R. 38 bill, cosponsored by Comstock, would play straight into the hands of the NRA and would do little to protect the citizens of VA-10. Pelletier argues that “the most effective measure to stop mass shootings is to curb the manufacture and sale of assault weapons. ” Allowing concealed carry laws to be enforced in all fifty states would be inefficient in assisting law enforcement keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and preventing another mass shooting.
“They need laws that help them take guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals before they harm others, as well as laws that prevent the sale of assault weapons to anyone with an identification and a pulse -- commonsense laws that will prevent horrific carnage and save the lives of our children,” said Pelletier. Pelletier will march in Washington on Saturday to pressure Congressional Representatives to pass legislation to ensure that another mass shooting will never happen again.
After serving as a federal prosecutor for over 27 years, Pelletier retired from the Department of Justice in 2011. While at Justice, Pelletier developed a reputation as a fearless fighter who would successfully prosecute the biggest and baddest criminals, including international drug kingpins, Wall Street and banking executives and corrupt politicians, on both sides of the aisle. The 10th Congressional District is located in Northern Virginia and includes portions of Fairfax and Prince William Counties, all of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties and the cities of Winchester, Manassas and Manassas Park. A primary for the Democratic nomination will be held June 12, 2018.