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  •  The NRA says: (4+ / 0-)
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    "Let's enforce the laws we have on the books already!"  The right-to-insurrection crowd screams the same thing.  But...

    But which laws should we enforce?  Should we enforce Virginia's law that allowed  Seung-Hui Cho to buy two semiautomatic handguns and 19 (10-15 round) magazines, all legally, even though he had been judged more than once as being mentally ill and a danger to himself?  He passed the NICS easily because he had never been committed to a mental hospital against his will!  

    •  Not according to Wikipedia (0+ / 0-)

      Virginia officials and other law experts have argued that, under United States federal law, Barnett's order meant that Cho had been "adjudicated as a mental defective" and was thus ineligible to purchase firearms under federal law; and that the state of Virginia erred in not enforcing the requirements of the federal law.
      The Comonwealth of VA dropped the ball here.  

      Under capitalism man exploits man, under communism the roles are reversed.

      by DavidMS on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 11:25:25 AM PST

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      •  Virginia (0+ / 0-)

        He bought the Glock at Roanoke Firearms, after a computer background check found no felony convictions or mental health commitments that would have barred him from buying a gun.

        Cho had been court-ordered to receive outpatient mental treatment. That made it illegal for him to have a gun. But at the time, only commitments to mental hospitals were included in the database used to screen potential gun buyers.

        VA changed its law after Seung Hui Cho murdered 32 and injured 17 more at VA Tech.

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