Once again state Republicans have failed to do the job they were sent to Richmond to do. Quite literally, they adjourned the special session on gun control before even discussing, much less voting on, a single proposal. What are they afraid of? The proposals on the table include common sense measures such universal background checks, a ban on silencers, bump stocks and high capacity magazines, a “red flag” law to allow law enforcement to seize weapons from people the courts deem a threat and limit the number of handgun purchases per month. The majority of citizens including many Republicans agree with at least some of these proposals. So why are state lawmakers unwilling to even have a discussion or go on the record with a vote? This demonstrates a shameful disregard for public safety and the will of the people. Are they so afraid of the NRA that they are not able to represent their constituents as they have been elected to do? I consider this the very definition of cowardice.