"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms..disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one." -- Thomas Jefferson quoting Cesare Beccaria, Criminologist in 1764. That was 230 years ago. -Thomas Jefferson

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Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) announced on Monday that she will not seek re-election next year after being diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder that affects body movements.

Wexton, who is 55 and represents a Northern Virginia district, said she decided to settle on retiring from Congress at the end of her current term upon receiving a troubling health update several months after the congresswoman revealed that she had Parkinson’s disease.