First, the news:
Lie-in planned at Capitol on Monday, despite voteWhat's boneheaded about this effort? The expressed reason for it:
By Greg Esposito, The Roanoke Times
Friday's vote by a House of Delegates committee to kill a bill to close the "gun show loophole" won't deter protesters who have planned a lie-in on the Capitol lawn Monday.
Monday's planned activities include a legislative briefing, meetings with legislators and a vigil at 1 p.m. at the Capitol's bell tower. That will be followed by the lie-in, organized by Spangler's group, ProtestEasyGuns.com. The group has inspired dozens of lie-ins across the country, which consist of 32 people in black lying down to symbolize the number of people at Virginia Tech killed by shooter Seung-Hui Cho before he killed himself on April 16. (link)
Despite Friday's vote, [protest organizer Abigail] Spangler said the top priority of the protest remains changing state law that allows unlicensed vendors to sell firearms without conducting computerized criminal records checks on buyers -- the so-called loophole. A 1991 state law requiring instant background checks applies only to licensed dealers.
Cho was able to purchase firearms from licensed dealers because authorities had not entered information about his mental illness into the federal database used for instant records checks. Two weeks after the shootings, Gov. Tim Kaine issued an executive order requiring the names of all people involuntarily committed to receive mental health treatment to be entered into the database. The General Assembly likely will pass legislation making Kaine's order permanent.
But a panel that investigated the Tech shootings noted that Cho could have avoided a background check by purchasing weapons from an unlicensed seller at a gun show. It recommended changing the law to prevent that scenario.
One scenario. Of many. MANY. Many scenarios that these jokers would, if they could, prevent.
And with regard to that scenario ...
Cho could have avoided a background check by borrowing a weapon from a friend.
Cho could have avoided a background check by purchasing a weapon from a neighbor.
Cho could have avoided a background check by purchasing a weapon through newspaper Want Ads.
Cho could have avoided a background check by picking up a weapon at a garage sale.
Cho could have avoided a background check by fashioning his own weapon.
Cho could have avoided a background check by purchasing a weapon on an on-line auction site.
Cho could have avoided a background check by having done what a lot of murderers do - he could have stolen the firearms from others.
Cho, in fact, could have used Richard Speck's preferred weapon.
Or that of Julio González.
I don't want to give these knuckleheads any ideas, but WHY GUN SHOWS? They played no part in the Cho saga and, besides, Cho passed that precious background check! Twice!!