(National Sentinel) No Debate: A Friday speech on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates by conservative lawmaker Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) about guns and school shootings caused a number of Democrats to walk out of the chamber in anger, leading to new charges that they aren’t really interested in finding ways to better protect students.
As reported by the Washington Post, some Democrats became so outraged by Frietas’ speech they left the chamber to calm down.
Del. Joseph Lindsey (D-Norfolk) told the House after Democrats settled down, “Today, I have been offended as I can never recall since being a part of this body. And I have seen many of my colleagues emotionally shaken and bothered by either a lack of concern for facts or just simply playing to the cameras, I don’t know which.”
But Freitas was as relentless in his criticism of the opposite party as he was in defending Republicans’ dedication to the preservation of the Second Amendment.
“I would really appreciate it if every time you want to make a powerful point, you don’t project the sins, the atrocities and the injustices that the Democratic Party perpetrated onto others onto us,” said Freitas, who is running for the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine this year.
In his speech, which has been viewed millions of times on Facebook, Freitas began by saying that most debate about the most recent school shootings in Florida as well as others, in general, has focused primarily on limiting access to guns, not in hardening schools to make children safer.
“So, over the last several days, Mr. Speaker, there’s been a lot of discussion about an open and honest debate with respect to school shootings, gun violence, gun control, etc…and an open and honest debate as I understand it, is one that would rely on data, facts, evidence, analysis, reason, logic, etcetera, etcetera… and I’m certainly willing to have that debate,” Freitas began.
“I think if we were going to look seriously at school shootings and gun control, we would analyze things like: Why do all mass shootings seem to take place in gun free zones? Wouldn’t it be reasonable to test whether or not the efficacy of gun-free zones have actually achieved what they’re intended intent is?” he continued.
He noted further that most mass shooters have come from broken homes, which he blamed largely on liberal policies and laws that disrupt or discourage traditional families.
“We would start to look at…most of the shooters come from broken homes. What sort of government policies have actually encouraged broken homes?” he said.
“You can look at Left-leaning think tanks like the Brookings Institute, that will actually say that some of it can be attributed to various cultural change that happened in the 60’s to include the abortion industry,” Freitas said.
“You can look at a more conservative-leaning organizations that will say that the welfare state contributes significantly to dismantling the family as families became more and more dependent upon the government than they were mothers and fathers in the home raising children,” he added.
He also noted that cities like Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York City, and other large urban areas have strict gun control policies but are rife with murder and gun-related violence. And he blamed Democrats for only wanting to pursue more gun control as the solution to school shootings.
“If you’re wanting the other reason why we can’t have an honest debate about this one is because, quite frankly, I don’t think any of us, on this side of the aisle, believe you when you say that’s all you want to do,” said Freitas.
“It will be bump stocks, it will be background checks, it will be a different kind of background checks that register the guns… Then, after that, it will be ‘We need to ban assault weapons.’ ‘What’s an assault weapon?’ ‘Something that looks scary,’” Freitas asserted.
“Then after that, it will be semi-automatic rifles, then it will be semi-automatic handguns. Then it will be revolvers, shotguns… because when the policies fail to produce the results you were promising your constituents, you will be back with more reasons for why we’ve got to infringe on Second Amendment rights.”
He said that Democrats were only focused on the one policy of “tearing apart or gutting the Second Amendment.”
A veteran, Freitas served with the 82nd Airborne Division and 25th Light Infantry Division as an Infantryman, The Gateway Pundit reported.
“Following the terror attack on September 1, 2001, Nick volunteered for US Army Special Forces (Green Berets) and eventually served 2 tours in Iraq as a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant and Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant,” the website noted further.
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