In the course of searching desperately for a reason to restrict the sale of guns by private individuals to private individuals at these shows, the Times had the gall to include this bit of deceit:
After last year's mass murder at Virginia Tech, the commonwealth should act. Opponents correctly point out that Seung-Hui Cho bought his guns despite submitting to background checks. But the error there was at the data-gathering stage, an error the state has corrected.Perhaps?
Were Cho, or anyone with his mental health history, to try to make his purchases today, the instant background check would stop him, but not at a gun show*. Would he find another way to arm himself even if the gun-show* loophole were closed? Perhaps.
"Perhaps," fellas, gives license to ban everything known to man. You need to come up with something better than that.
But there is a cause onto which you might latch. And it has to do with weapons being used maliciously on the Virginia Tech campus. I expect to see this Cho Seung-hui-related editorial any day now:
Student banned from Tech ordered to do community serviceKnife control. The Cho Seung-hui incident demands it. Might there be mayhem unleashed on the Virginia Tech campus without it?
By Shawna Morrison, The Roanoke Times
The charge brought against a man who was banned from Virginia Tech after an altercation with his roommate could be dropped if he performs community service and stays out of trouble.
Michael William Tilrico, 20, was charged with attempted malicious wounding, a felony, after police said he brandished a knife at his roommate April 1. The roommate, Philip McElmurray, was not hurt. [link] [my emphasis]
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* Memo to Roanoke Times: If you're going to keep using the annoying non-word "gun-show," you need to start using words like "beauty-pageant." And "car-alarm." And "Christmas-tree."