Well, I think it's worthwhile to reprint a letter to the editor of the Times that says it even better than I did:
Gun-show story was short on truth and relevance
In the, thank-goodness, eventually passing wake of recent national and local elections, The Roanoke Times has returned to provincial form in its noblesse oblige mission to buoy the masses. Noble ends heed no pedestrian scrutiny; truth and relevance, unneeded weight. In reference to "Gun decision in limbo" (Dec. 10 news story):
1. No decision is in "limbo." The sole purpose of the commission is to make a legislative recommendation.
2. The Times can display and quote as many Virginia Tech massacre victims as desired; this will not change the fact that this tragedy had absolutely nothing to do with any gun-show sale.
3. If, as reported, Omar Samaha purchased an "assault rifle" at a gun show, he and others would be in serious legal jeopardy. It seems pointless to yet again explain the difference between an assault rifle and a semi-automatic firearm. Those yet unable to understand, and/or unwilling to cease manipulating such, appear immune from elucidation.
Excellent. Thanks, Jim.