Letter: Kathy and Francis Ashland, Lovettsville

Editor: Our family lives in Northern Loudoun County, just outside the Lovettsville town limits. We strongly disagree with the recent vote by the Lovettsville Town Council to promote second amendment rights, and in essence, to oppose common sense gun legislation currently being proposed by the state legislature.  

We are declaring our intention to show our displeasure by boycotting Lovettsville businesses. We will no longer spend our money in a place in such opposition to the safety of local families. No more Friday night take out from Andy’s, no more stopping to fill up the tank at the 7-Eleven, and no more meeting up with friends at Backstreet Coffee.

We hope the Town Council will rethink its vote as people like us choose not to visit your town.We hope others will join us in using the power of our economic choices to take a stand against the idea that gun rights supersede our right to live in safer communities.

We will increasingly be taking our business to places that oppose strengthening the Second Amendment in opposition to furthering our safety.

We applaud the Loudoun County supervisors’ recent vote to oppose further Second Amendment support.

Please join us in a continued civil conversation. Be brave and vocal in support of reasonable proposals foruniversal background checks and banning assault weapons in our neighborhoods. Use the power of your purse to tell our community leaders we are strong in our resolve to raise our families without the threat of increasing gun violence.

Kathy and Francis Ashland, Lovettsville

12 thoughts on “Letter: Kathy and Francis Ashland, Lovettsville

  • 2020-02-10 at 4:57 pm
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    Punishing those who have nothing to do with a political position you don’t like. How progressive.

    We’ll see how long the self-righteousness lasts.

  • 2020-02-10 at 10:48 pm
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    I applaud your right to exercise such a boycott. However, I am saddened to hear your disdain for law abiding citizens to exercise their 2nd amendment rights. These are the same people law abiding people who would protect BOTH pro and anti 2nd amendment folks from those who criminals who choose not to follow the law. as for identifying those businesses, I’m happy and proud to frequent them as I feel much safer there knowing that they are located in a community of law abiding people.

  • 2020-02-11 at 4:01 am
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    I live in Loudoun and strongly agree with the 2A sanctuary move, it will counter the dictatorship that the New World Order elite are pushing like Soros/Bloomberg. As a result I will support Lovettsville town economically. I hear Mexico has strict gun laws all who wish to be safe may visit there .

  • 2020-02-11 at 7:41 am
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    Well I certainly appreciate you exercising your 1st Amendment rights to note your displeasure. I would also note that you are literally surrounded by people with guns every day and most likely never realize it. This faux fear you express and displeasure at your Town’s decision, doesn’t actually hurt you. Amazon does more damage to the town businesses than your boycott will. In fact, if anything, laws making their way through the VA general assembly WILL hurt you. They will make you less safe, even if you personally don’t own any firearms. You don’t have to google hard to find evidence to support this, look at NY, Chicago, next door to Maryland and California.

    The gun laws VA is proposing aren’t a result of something like 200 DUI incidents a year alone in Loudoun County, no. They are only a result of a democratic majority in the VA House and Senate and a democratic Governor. Make no mistake about it, there is no public scourge that mandates a sudden excessive increase in restricting rights. Though you personally most likely haven’t time to educate yourself on that. You could learn these things just as easily through Google.

  • 2020-02-11 at 8:13 am
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    There is no “strengthening” of the Second Amendment. Saying that one supports the 2A does nothing to strengthen it any more than you sharing your opinion in this newspaper does nothing to “strengthen” the First Amendment. Perhaps we should be advocating in these pages for you to not have the right to share such an opinion when it is so clearly destructive to our Republic. If that thought is abhorrent to you, Kathy and Francis (as it should be), perhaps now you understand how the Bill of Rights work.

    As for me, I have never patronized Andy’s or the 7/11 or Backstreet Coffee but this week I will be making the trip From Ashburn to visit all three. I hope it’s good because I will be doing the same thing next week and the week after that and I strongly encourage freedom loving residents of Loudoun to do the same. Here is the good news, you won’t have to deal with the dirty looks from Kathy and Francis.

  • 2020-02-11 at 9:18 am
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    People like this woman are sadly misinformed, have never been around a gun, have no understanding of how a gun can not only protect your family, but put food on the table and provide recreation as well, and cannot grasp how important the Second Amendment is to maintaining our freedom. All they see is the results of criminals and the mentally ill using guns to force their will on others (that’s what a holdup or carjacking is about) or to kill innocents. In their misguidedness, they think that guns are responsible for violence (hence the term “gun violence”) and that without guns, violence will either diminish greatly or disappear altogether. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case at all and in fact, the opposite is true. I won’t even get into how, as a responsible gun owner, I’m insulted by her view that we need “common sense” gun laws insinuating that gun owners don’t have common sense.

  • 2020-02-11 at 11:21 am
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    Not suggesting this is the case of the authors, but many people advocating restrictions to the Second Amendment are simply products of a long sowed dogma, beating the drum everywhere they go. They haven’t grown up around guns and haven’t taken the time to educate themselves on the subject or delve into the actual purpose of the 2nd Amendment. This is immediately obvious when they tout approval for family fun target shooting or railing on “assault rifles” because of some plastic bits strapped onto a Ruger 10/22!
    Most replies here do a good job of making a meaningful point without trying to insult. We need more of this, taking the time to educate a little at a time. Stay out of their face, have a little fun finding out if they understand what “semi-automatic” means. (Always start with this one, please!)
    On topic, it is unfortunate the authors would boycott businesses, when Lovettsville used the democratic process to determine they would send a message to Richmond. It passed 4-1-1, very democratic. Well done!

  • 2020-02-11 at 12:46 pm
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    You don’t live in Lovettsville but are publicly concerning yourself with the Town’s leadership.

    You’re boycotting local businesses even though they have no authority over the Town’s proclomation.

    You evidently have no respect for the citizens of the Town who are concerned with the erosion of basic constitutional rights.

    To the Ashlands: I declare my displeasure with your letter and position.

  • 2020-02-11 at 1:28 pm
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    Bullies disagree and mansplain and are closed-minded to the fact that they may be indulging in dangerous behavior. But muh freedumbs.

  • 2020-02-11 at 2:57 pm
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    We already have the 2nd Amendment. What insecurity compels gun proponents to seek additional affirmation?

    • 2020-02-11 at 6:47 pm
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      How about the unconstitutional legistation being forced upon law abiding citizens of the Commonweath? Proposed laws that would deprive citizens of property and due process? Literally thousands of Virginia citizens, essentially all of whom are upstanding, tax-paying residents, will become potential felons if HB961 becomes law. So don’t be surprised if folks who believe in basic, constitutional rights are “insecure” and are chosing to be proactive when under attack.

  • 2020-02-15 at 1:42 pm
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    Pretty unbelievable that someone would be upset with a local government “promoting” our constitution. I am not a gun owner but I do value our constitution, including the second amendment. That amendment is there for a reason: to defend against the tyranny of a government made up of people who would prefer our rights guaranteed under the constitution be taken away. Take any other right (freedom of speech, freedom of worship, free press, due process, etc) and substitute it for the second amendment in this letter. Would these people boycott innocent business owners because the local government “promoted” any one of these rights? Maybe they would because some people are just that arrogant.

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