Earlier this month the Metropolitan Washington Council Of Governments approved a resolution calling for more gun control which has prompted a few localities in Virginia to threaten that they will withhold their annual dues payments until the resolution, which has pretty much nothing to do with the mission of the MWCOG anyways, is repealed. Today I’ve learned that Manassas City has joined Frederick County, Loudoun County, and Fairfax City with this protest, but there’s still no word from Prince William or Stafford Counties regarding this issue.
That silence is rather remarkable given that the leaders of those counties, Corey Stewart and Susan Stimpson both claim to be very strong supporters of the Second Amendment and Stimpson has even gone to great lengths to court approval from various NRA and VCDL activists on the basis of her statements about this issue. When it comes to whether Stafford will continue to fund an organization hostile to our civil rights, Stimpson’s failure to take action should give a number of those folks pause. Talk is cheap, but action (or lack thereof) is what counts.
The amount of taxpayer money these localities divert to MWCOG can easily run $250,000 or more a year and the benefits of those expenditures are rather difficult to identify. Now that the MWCOG has taken upon itself to get involved in gun control, that expenditure appears to have moved from the “waste of money” category right into “taxpayer abuse.” Why would a local government ever desire to be a part of an organization that takes taxpayer money to fight against freedoms guaranteed under the Bill of Rights?
Corey? Susan? You say you’re concerned about our freedom but you haven’t said a word about how you are permitting local taxpayer dollars to fund this gun-grabbing political agenda. Do you intend to act at all? And why are you to the left of the City of Fairfax on an issue like this?
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