What Virginian's Don't Want for Christmas: Extreme Agendas
December 22, 2011
Please note that this will be ProgressVA's last Progressive Point before the holidays. We hope you and your families enjoy a safe and happy holidays and look forward resuming the Progressive Point in the new year.
A new poll from Quinnipiac University today reveals that 58% of Virginians oppose a personhood amendment. 75% of Virginians believe guns should be banned on college campuses and 62% are against lifting the limit of one handgun purchase per month. Last week, a poll from Public Policy Polling showed that 55% of Virginians support power sharing.
Progressive Point: It is clear that Virginians don't support an extreme conservative agenda, but right-wing lawmakers are pushing their radical legislation anyway. Virginia's working families want conservatives in Richmond to stop ignoring unemployment and work to strengthen our Commonwealth's economy.
Criminalizing birth control and eliminating gun laws are wrong for Virginia, and against the will of Virginians. These frivolous, extremely ideological bills proposed by conservatives plainly show how out of touch they are with the people of Virginia.
Get the Facts:
- The personhood Del. Bob Marshall has filed would "effectively criminalize birth control and in vitro fertilization, in addition to abortion in all cases." (ThinkProgress, November 22, 2011)
- In addition to the person hood bill and eliminating gun laws, Virginia conservatives are also proposing to throw out this year's bipartisan redistricting plan, right-wing immigration laws, a blatantly anti-union bill, dangerously removing the ban on uranium, and other ideological legislation. (ProgressVA, November 22, 2011)
- Proposals to weaken Virginia gun laws that Republicans are already lining up include baring "localities from offering incentives to gun owners to surrender their firearms and another banning clerks from releasing the names of individuals who have permits to carry concealed handguns." Additionally, "The top target for pro-gun groups is lifting Virginia's limit of one handgun purchase per month." (Blue Virginia, December 15, 2011)