Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Jim Webb Tosses Aide Under The Bus
As most of my readers here know, I’m not a fan of Virginia’s freshman Senator Jim Webb. He owes his senate seat more to a relentless cheap shot barrage from the Washington Post than to any political prowess he may or may not possess.
Thus far in his short time on the job, he’s done little to distinguish himself as a leader and on two occasions has done much to embarrass the very people he claims to represent.
Webb is a 2nd amendment supporter, as am I. I believe the Constitutional guarantee of a right to keep and bear arms means exactly what it says. Virginia has laws on the books allowing her citizens to carry concealed weapons. Webb has just such a permit. He says, and I believe him, that
It's important for me personally and a lot of people in the situation that I'm in to be able to defend myself and my family.That’s all fine and good. However, with the right to have a gun comes the responsibility of keeping track of said weapon.
Webb’s aide, Phillip Thompson, was arrested for carrying a loaded gun (with two spare magazines) into the US Capitol complex. Turns out this is Webb’s gun and, according to Webb, should have been left at a Virginia location. In case you’re wondering , gun control laws in DC are strict to the point that a cap gun can get you a few months in the slammer.
Well, today Webb’s story is starting to unravel. Thompson spent the night – and the better part of his 45th birthday – in jail before being released on his own recognizance. After he got out of jail, Thompson was promptly run over by the Jim Webb express bus when Webb stated to the Hill
I have never carried a gun in the Capitol complex and I did not give the weapon to Phillip Thompson, and that’s all that I think I’ll say.Webb’s waffling begs the following question: If Senator Webb did not give his gun to Thompson, exactly how did Thompson get it? Is Senator Webb so careless with a loaded weapon and enough ammunition to take down a strip mall that he loses track of the bag? Does he just toss it in a car and hope for the best?
This is about responsibility. If you are going to take advantage of the gun laws in the Commonwealth of Virginia, then you get the responsibility for what happens with the gun. It really is that simple.
This is not Webb’s first gaffe. It will not be his last. To add my own voice to that of PoliticalDerby.com’s Jason Wright, “Virginia deserves better”.
Here endeth the lesson.
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