WDBJ7 political analysts react to special session

Published: Jul. 10, 2019 at 8:22 PM EDT
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The sudden end to Tuesday's special session of the General Assembly surprised the gun rights advocates and gun control supporters who filled Capitol Square.

It also surprised our own political experts.

But Virginia Tech Professor Bob Denton and Roanoke College Professor Harry Wilson say it doesn't change the dynamics of the issue, or the way both parties are using it to motivate their base.

It's reinforcing the status quo," Denton said Wednesday morning. "It will be an issue for Democrats and Republicans as we go into the fall. Both will use it to raise money for the fall campaigns."

"Both sides are going to be hammering away at this, that the future of this issue really depends on the outcome of the election," Wilson added. "And most of the time I'm standing here saying that's hyperbole, but in this case I don't think it's hyperbole."

Both men say the results of the November 5th election, when every seat in the legislature will be on the ballot, will ultimately determine if Virginia moves toward stricter gun control.

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