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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Gun bill gets shot down by panel

A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly.

House Bill 1572 didn't get through the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety. It died Monday in the subcommittee stage, the first of several hurdles bills must overcome before becoming laws.

The bill was proposed by Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County, on behalf of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Gilbert was unavailable Monday and spokesman Gary Frink would not comment on the bill's defeat other than to say the issue was dead for this General Assembly session.

Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated. "I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus."

Greg Esposito, January 31, 2006

Gun control advocates seem to decide, arbitrarily, that some class of people are more likely to commit mayhem when in possession of guns and then, contrary to any sort of logic, decide to prevent everyone else from owning or carrying a gun. Had one or more of the students or faculty on campus at VA Tech been armed, it is not demagoguery or maudlin conjecture to assume that some of the people killed this morning might still be alive.

How long will we listen to people who cannot think beyond their emotional reactions and how many of our fellow men will we feed to the grinder to allow them to continue pretending?


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