Last night, Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) hosted an anti-gun townhall panel event at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA.
With the help of the Arlington Falls Church Young Republicans club, hundreds of constituents from Virginia’s 8th congressional district-mostly Second Amendment activists-came to the event to express their dismay with Congressman Moran’s support for anti-gun policies.
The event, “Preventing Another Newtown: A Conversation on Gun Violence in America,” featured five gun control speakers:
Omar Samaha – Advocate with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence; family member of gun violence victim in Virginia Tech tragedy
David Chipman – ATF Special Agent (retired), advisor to Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Josh Horwitz – Executive Director, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Earl Cook – Chief of Police, City of Alexandria
Jonathan Lowy – Director of the Legal Action Project, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Karen Marangi – Advisor to Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Principal, the Raben Group
“Our nation’s gun problems go far beyond these mass shootings…People are shot on a daily basis,” Moran said.
During the Q&A section portion of the townhall event, young conservative activist and gun owner Celia Bigelow confronted Moran about supporting female victimhood.
Bigelow asked, “But why aren’t you pro-choice when it comes to self-defense for women?”
She added, “Why do male politicians like to stand from their ivory towers and like to tell women how they should defend themselves…for example, why don’t you guys listen to the young rape victims in Colorado when they said that if they had a gun they could have prevented their attacker?”
Watch the full exchange below:
Congressman Moran recently co-sponsored a House bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). He released this statement after its passage:
“Today’s passage of the Violence Against Women Act will ensure that our nation’s mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends continue to receive federal resources that help keep them safe from harm. I was proud to cosponsor this bill and vote for its passage today.
“Violence is an all-too-common reality in the United States. Nearly one in four women are the victims of rape or abuse by a partner during adulthood. With the programs established through the Violence Against Women Act, no man or woman should be afraid to report domestic or dating violence.
Although Moran claims to be a champion against domestic violence, he has a history of committing it himself. In June 1999, his ex-wife called the cops on him after he grabbed her. Reason Magazine reported on the incident:
By many accounts the last couple of years have been tough on Moran. In June 1999, his wife called the cops on him during an argument in which she claims the former boxer grabbed her. Moran, who told police he was only trying to restrain his wife, avoided arrest and no charges were ultimately filed in criminal court. But his wife filed for divorce the following day. That’s when the real trouble began.
Domestic abuse appears to be common in the Moran family. His son Patrick Moran, who was caught on film committing voter fraud by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, recently plead guilty to beating his girlfriend:
Moran and his girlfriend were fighting outside 14th Street bar The Getaway around 1:23 a.m. on Dec. 1, according to a police report, over Moran talking to another woman at the bar. Suddenly, Moran allegedly slammed his girlfriend’s head into the bar’s metal trash can cage.
After the attack, police described Moran’s girlfriend as “bleeding heavily from her nose and also observed that her nose and right eye were extremely swollen.” One of the ambulance technicians who transported her to Howard University Hospital told police that Moran appeared to have broken her nose and given her a skull fracture under her right eye.
Moran was arrested for felony domestic violence assault, but pleaded the charge down to simple assault today. He was sentenced to probation.
Throughout the night, Moran refused to answer questions from concerned citizens and shot down criticism of attacks on the Second Amendment. Pro-gun activists shot back at Moran and continued to press him on the Second Amendment.
It was a tremendous night for gun rights supporters.