Virginia Republican Stuns Democrats With Barnburner Speech for Second Amendment

A Virginia lawmaker challenging Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) stunned Democrats last week with a barnburner speech on the Second Amendment.

In a Friday address, Virginia Delegate Nick Freitas (R) called for an “open and honest debate” on what might lead to mass shootings, suggesting many attackers — like the one who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in February — come from “broken homes.”

“Most of the shooters come from broken homes,” Freitas said. “What sort of government policies have actually encouraged broken homes?”

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, several Democrats were “visibly upset” and walked off the chamber floor.

Freitas also rebuked Democrats for launching hyperbolic attacks on their conservative counterparts, claiming their rhetoric is making the debate over guns much more difficult. He noted Democrats were originally the party of slavery and segregation:

“It was not our [Republican] party that supported slavery, that fought women’s suffrage, that rounded up tens of thousands of Asian-Americans and put them in concentration camps, that supported Jim Crow, that supported segregation, or supported mass resistance. That wasn’t our party. That was the Democrat Party.”

The debate over gun control reform has been raging ever since 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at the Florida school.

Several of the survivors are reportedly eyeing book deals to advance their pro-gun control message.

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