Daily Archives: April 19, 2012

McDonnell Urges Every Governor to Help Keep Mentally Unstable People from Having Guns

Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell speaking at...

Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell speaking at CPAC. Please attribute to Gage Skidmore if used elsewhere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pay attention, because this might be the only good thing I have to say in favor of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

Gov. McDonnell just sent a letter to every Governor, urging them to close the gaps that allow mentally unstable people to buy guns.

Since the tragic Virginia Tech shooting, Virginia has made this issue a top priority. Their progress has set an example for the nation.

As head of the Republican Governors Association, NRA-endorsed Gov. McDonnell shows that keeping guns from dangerous people is more important than politics.

It’s a huge moment, and you can help make sure every Governor in America reads this letter and takes action.

Sign Gov. McDonnell’s letter and make sure your Governor takes action to prevent the next Virginia Tech tragedy.

Too many states haven’t closed the gaps that five years ago allowed a mentally unstable man to buy a gun and murder thirty-two people at Virginia Tech.

Governor McDonnell writes in his letter:

I believe that we can all work together to help prevent these acts from occurring again anywhere in our Nation. I write to ask for your support in providing critical information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Nearly half the states have submitted fewer than 100 mental health records into the system. Four have submitted none at all. That means millions of records are missing, and every missing record is another tragedy waiting to happen.

Please sign Gov. McDonnell’s letter and call on all states to get their records of prohibited gun purchasers into our national background check system: http://fixgunchecks.org/mcdonnell

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3 Secret Service Members Leave Over Prostitution Scandal

Three U.S. Secret Service members are leaving the agency after a prostitution scandal in Colombia, though the investigation is ongoing.

The service reported that one supervisory employee was allowed to retire, a supervisory employee was removed “for cause,” and a third resigned. The remaining eight members remain on administrative leave.

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Republicans Undecided about Vice President Candidates

Governor Mitt Romney of MA

Governor Mitt Romney of MA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is an ideological split among Republicans over who should Mitt Romney‘s running mate, according to a CNN/ORC International Poll released Wednesday.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tops the list, with 26%. Rick Santorum was the top pick of 21%. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were tied at 14%.

Among self-described Tea Party supporters, Sen. Rubio is the top choice, with 22%, and Gov. Christie is second, with 18%.

Among Republicans who aren’t Tea Party supporters, 36% say Ms. Rice is their choice, and one in four prefer Mr. Santorum.

For more details, click here: http://on.cnn.com/Je8Df3

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