No, it wasn't a scene from a revolutionary coup somewhere in the horn of Africa, but it was meant to spark change.
Virginia Del. Joe Morrissey brandished an unloaded AK-47 in front of his fellow politicos on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates Thursday, in a stunt meant to encourage tougher gun laws, reports Politico
. In tandem with the firearm display, the Democrat delivered an "impassioned" speech on the need for an assault weapons ban akin to the one that existed at the federal level from 1994 to 2004.
"A lot of people don't know that in many locations in the commonwealth, you can take this gun, you can walk in the middle of Main Street loaded and not be in violation of the law," said Morrissey, whose scenario recalls the actions
of two Portland, Oregon men earlier this month. "Even though the law right now says you can't bring this gun into a high school or elementary or middle school, there is nothing from keeping you from walking in front of [an elementary school with a gun]."
notes, Morrissey's ban proposal failed to survive the scrutiny of a House subcommittee.