Dear Washington Times, you can do better than this:
People? People? That sure ain't gonna get it done.
Gun law battle gets personal in Virginia
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Since the April 16 shootings, in which Cho killed 32 others and himself after a long history of mental illness, several of the victims' families have demanded stricter oversight of gun purchases and a revamping of the state's mental health system. Nine survivors and 16 families of those killed signed a letter of support to Congress urging lawmakers to strengthen the background check system for weapons purchases.
Cho was able to pass a background check and buy two guns despite having been deemed mentally defective by a Virginia court. In response, Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, signed an executive order requiring that anyone ordered by a court to get mental health treatment be added to a state police database of people barred from buying guns.
But people can still buy guns through other means that require no background check in Virginia, such as gun shows — vast firearms bazaars where scores of people sell or swap firearms. (link) (my emphasis)
If you're going to sway the populace - the people - you need to come up with something better than that. If you're going to make people forget that gun shows had nothing to do with the Virginia Tech massacre, you'll need to use some language far more pejorative.
You're right of course. People show up at gun shows. People swap their guns between themselves. People sell their rifles and shotguns to make a buck. People meet at shows - as they have for hundreds of years (your choice of the word bazaar is revealing; it comes from ancient Persian and means "market"; it's been in place that long) - and do what Americans have done since before there was an America. Even before there was a Virginia Tech. People buy and sell and trade firearms. Good people. Honest people. Law-abiding people. American people.
But your being right is not going to move the gun control agenda.
So let me rework that sentence, just to provide a boost to your effort:
But deranged psychopaths can - and will, unless stopped - buy lethal weapons of mass destruction through other means most nefarious that, because of the machinations of corrupt Republican (make that word drip off the page) politicians over the years, require no background check in Virginia, a legal deathtrap, such as those infamous gun shows — vast assault weapons exchanges where scores of miscreants, child killers, and potential mass murderers meet to sell or transfer their messengers of death and to plot the destruction of our way of life.Lest the people get the wrong impression, you guys need to make yourselves clear.
Guns bad. Guns kill. Gun shows a malignity. Stop gun shows.