Media release from the office of Kirk Cox on February 20, 2018
Statement of Majority Leader Todd Gilbert following Delegate Mark Levine’s attack on law-abiding gun owners
House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) released the following statement following a newsletter sent by Delegate Mark Levine (D-Alexandria) that says Republican policies are aligned with mass murder, terrorists, Al Qaeda, and Nazis.
We were incredibly disappointed by Delegate Levine’s email. There was no subtlety or attempt at implication; this was a direct and overt personal attack on those who believe in the rights of law abiding citizens to own a gun, and an insult to those who support rational and reasonable political discourse.
The violent act that occurred in Florida at the hands of a deranged individual is heartbreaking and infuriating to us all. I know Delegate Levine would be the first to criticize my desire to keep the victims and their families in my prayers, but I do so nonetheless. Many of us are willing to be part of a sensible discussion on violence and mental health in our communities and schools, but this email is not a productive contribution to the dialogue.
At the beginning of the session, the Speaker urged the House to recommit to a level of civility worthy of the esteemed House in which we serve. I hope every member of the House will join me in encouraging Delegate Levine to reconsider his reckless words and apologize for them.