On Nov. 17 Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli appeared before gun owners at the monthly meeting of the Virginia Citizens Defense League and tried to defend his defense of George Mason University in a case before the Virginia Supreme Court. This came three years after he had told the same group that if GMU came to him seeking a ban he would, as AG, tell them to go elsewhere.
During the meeting Cuccinelli said that three years ago he’d gotten it wrong and had made a “legal mistake”. He further stated that “…all governing agencies, the governor and legislators are my clients”. The AG is correct that the governor and legislators are his clients, however, he is under no obligation to take their cases particularly if there is a conflict of interest or if his client is breaking the law. His main duty and concern is to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia NOT to an agency. An agency, such as a university, is an inanimate object and the safety of those people who travel and inhabit that university trump any possible claim to representation that the agency may have.
In a further slap in the face to gun owners Cuccinelli issued an opinion that a University of Virginia policy banning carrying a handgun on campus by those who have been issued a concealed handgun permit would not stand a legal challenge, but the University could still ban them if they were to enact a regulation. Could he have shouted “here’s how to do it” from the roof tops any more plainly?
When AG Cuccinelli took his oath of office part of that oath was to “defend and preserve the Constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia”. Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution of Virginia reads: “That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their post erity, namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety” (emphasis added).
Exactly how did your ruling preserve the safety of students on GMU Mr. Attorney General? How did you serve the safety of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia who elected you to, primarily, ensure the well being of themselves in their travels throughout the Commonwealth with this ruling?
It’s very easy for AG Cuccinelli to now proclaim that the University is “nuts” and doesn’t make students safe with its policies. Where were you when it really counted? Where was Ken Cuccinelli when a student was raped on campus? How did his ruling protect her?
Ken Cuccinelli took the easy way out by siding with an agency, to wit a university, instead of flesh and blood human beings. The Constitution of Virginia, moral law and the inherent rights of citizens demanded he stand up for them. In that respect he failed miserably and so have all who supported him.
When election time rolls around Virginia voters need to remember this and send Ken Cuccinelli home.