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18 April 2007 @ 02:15 pm
Virginia Tech killings  

From the Age.com.Au:

Cho Seung-Hui walked into a Virginia gun shop five weeks ago, put down a credit card and walked out with a Glock 19 handgun and a box of ammunition. He paid $US571 ($687).

And that is just how easy America makes it for you to then become a mass murderer.

Raptoe: Aerith - FFVIIraptoe on April 18th, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)
Indeed, it is just sick to see how any mentally unstable person can walk into a shop there and get a gun.
Joey: 300pohewa on April 18th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
And yet they still don't want to change their gun laws.....
Michellemichelleanne217 on April 19th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)

The thing is...what he did is illegal. He walked into the store and purchased a legal item with illegal intent. I'm guessing, based on the gravity and severity of his crime, that if guns were only available for purchase on the black market, he still would've gotten one.

Making it impossible to purchase weapons in the U. S. would mean that only criminals have access; it disregards the rights of law-abiding citizens to self-protection.

That said: I don't like guns. I resent, on principle, all gadgets and machines invented with the very precise purpose to hurt, maim and/or kill others. I'm not a fan; I'll probably never own one. But they do exist, and they do permeate the world, and it's a little too late to do much about that...so, I'd have a problem with amending our laws based on the actions of Cho Seung-Hui, because in attempting to assure that crazies like him aren't armed, what you really do is make victims more vulnerable. Owning a handgun, to some extent, makes sense in a crazy world. (I might not want to live in Detroit or somewhere without one.)
Joeypohewa on April 20th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
hello missy, nice to know you are still alive too! ;-)

That's an interesting point you are making. Having grown up in countries where it is illegal to own a gun, the American gunlaws are very alien to me. The thought that anyone can just walk into a shop and buy one (with a liscence) is something I find rather scary. Hence why I'm against it.
Michellemichelleanne217 on April 22nd, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
It is, a little. But there are some restrictions. It's only a certain type; for most, there's a 30-day waiting period so they can do a background check. And you can't buy more than one at a time (looks suspicious). There're safeguards...it's just hard to safeguard against crazy. ;)