Posts Tagged ‘Virginia Tech’

Governor Kaine demonstrated again yesterday demonstrated that he will say anything to promote his agenda.  Take this for instance:

There isn’t any reason why someone who is dangerously mentally ill or a felon should be able to get a gun under any circumstances and I continue to be surprised that people feel like that is OK.

That was Governor Kaine talking to reporters just before the vote yesterday on SB1257 – Senator Marsh’s “Gun Show Loophole” bill.

I don’t know a single gun owner who thinks it it “ok” for felons or mentally ill individuals to get their hands on firearms.  We simply don’t think the government should be involved in transfers of privately owned firearms when the vast majority of those sales are between family and friends.  When you look at the number of firearm sales that occur at a gun show, private sales make up a small percentage of the total sales.  And no less than three federal studies have shown that gun shows are not a source of firearms for criminals.

If keeping felons and mentally ill people from getting firearms was the goal of Kaine and others pushing this legislation, then voluntary checks and providing an FFL at the show to conduct those checks (since only FFLs have access to the State Police for running such checks) should be sufficient.  But both Kaine and some of the families of Virginia Tech shooting victims said yesterday that they were not interested in such amendments.  So, something else is their real goal and that something is ending all private sales.  You have to believe shutting down gun shows is also an ultimate goal because every bill that has been introduced goes well beyond simply requiring background checks.  They all require some form creating a registration list of everyone that walks into a gun show.

So, the next time you hear Tim Kaine say he can’t understand why someone thinks it is okay for felons and mentally ill people to buy firearms, ask yourself why Kaine had not interest in at least getting voluntary checks at gun shows for private sales.

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A female Virginia Tech graduate student was stabbed to death decapitated yesterday.  The victim lived at the graduate center. Authorities identified the suspect as Haiyang Zhu, 25, of China. He was charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond, accordin to university spokeman Larry Hincker.  The assault took place in the center’s cafe, Au Bon Pain.

Sadly, the university has made it impossible for students to protect themselves against such attacks because they prohibit students, faculty, and other staff from carrying firearms on campus and school property.

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Spotsylvania County Repeals Fingerprinting Requirement for CHP Applicants
On a unanimous vote last night, the Spotyslvania County Board of Supervisors voted to repeal the requirement that concealed carry permit applicants be fingerprinted.  This was sold by the Board staff as a cost saving measure and as localities struggle with balancing their budgets in an economic downturn, more localities may see the value in doing away with the fingerprinting requirement.  This is an opportunity for gun owners to contact their local governing board and suggest that the locality could save money be eliminating the fingerprinting requirement if they have such a requirement (not all localities do).
Virginia Crime Commission Delays Vote on Gun Show Loophole Legislation
The Virginia Crime Commission met yesterday and heard testimony on possible legislation to address the so-called “Gun Show Loophole” but put off a vote on recommending legislation until January 13th.  At the meeting both pro-rights and anti-rights citizens spoke, with many on the anti-rights side being family members of victims or survivors of the Virginia Tech shootings.  The press covered this heavily yesterday and articles about the meeting are plentiful.  The Virginian Pilot reported that during a break, Senator Ken Stolle, vice chair of the commission said that the commission would probably approve a strict background-check  requirement at gun shows, but to  survive, the recommendation would need majority support from members of  both parties on the commission.  Stolle said “That’s not going to happen.”   The Pilot reports that Delegate Dave Albo, the commission chairman, and Stolle both floated the idea of having a state trooper stationed at each gun show with a computer available to conduct  voluntary background checks for private gun purchases. A State Police  representative said that could be done if it’s funded and Stolle said that proposal could likely get majority support on the commission. 
So, at a time when the state budget faces a shortfall of $2.3 billion, we are going to pay a State Trooper overtime (because that’s what it would be – an off duty trooper in uniform getting paid overtime) to sit at a gun show and see if anyone comes up wanting him to conduct a background check.  I understand Senator Stolle wanting to offer something in the hope that we can finally stop seeing these gun show bills every session but this proposal is not going to please the anti-rights side because it is not mandatory and if it were to pass, it gives Governor Kaine a vehicle to make it mandatory with an amendment or sending down a substitute bill that would not go to committee but would hit the floor for an up or down vote.
Gun owners need to make it known between now and January 13th when the commission meets again that there is no need for gun show legislation.  Key on the pro-rights members of the commission – Delegate Terry G. Kilgore, Delegate Beverly J. Sherwood, Senator Kenneth W. Stolle, Delegate Robert B. Bell and Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell and urge them to oppose any recommendation from the commission that would impose background checks for private sales at gun shows.  Also ask them to oppose any proposal that would commit taxpayer funds in these tight budget times to pay for a state trooper at gun shows for voluntary background checks when there is no evidence it would be a wise use of taxpayer money.  It is very likely the trooper would spend the entire weekend twiddling his thumbs.

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