by Brian Coy
Aug 19, 2013
Senator Herring and Public Safety Advocate Lori Haas: Republican Ticket’s Safety Record is Dangerous for Virginia
Senator Mark Herring and Lori Haas from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence on Monday discussed Ken Cuccinelli and Mark Obenshain’s extreme record on public safety. Senator Mark Herring said:
Throughout his career in the State Senate and as Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli has a long record of putting his extreme agenda and personal interests ahead of what is best for Virginians’ safety. His extreme running-mate Mark Obenshain has joined him many times in opposing commonsense safety proposals.
Cuccinelli and Obenshain have both voted to allow guns on school grounds and to allow guns and missiles in airport terminals. The two both voted against increasing a fine on repeat drunk drivers by just $25 to fund state trauma centers, and Obenshain opposed legislation that would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person who is under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs to carry a loaded firearm in a public place.
“Cuccinelli and Obenshain’s positions aren’t just bad policy–they are so far out of the mainstream that it would hinder our police and law enforcement officials’ ability to do their jobs, and put our Commonwealth, and especially our children, in danger,” stated Lori Haas.
Herring also commented on the likely impacts of Ken Cuccinelli’s extreme tax plan on local law enforcement and public safety, noting, “Ken Cuccinelli’s proposal for a $1.4 billion tax cut is just another budget gimmick. His refusal to explain how he will pay for it would likely result in additional stress on municipal budgets for police, fire, and schools that Virginia’s communities just can’t afford.”
Haas concluded, “We need leaders who will prioritize our safety, support our public safety officials, and address the real issues that will prevent more tragedies from occurring in the future, like the diagnosis, treatment, and awareness of mental health issues.”