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For those who agree we need more gun control, we have a talking point.

We know the Virginia Tech shooter was found by a District Court Judge in Virginia in 2005 to be a "threat to self or others." (CNN is trying to obfusctae the salient "others" finding, though, by deleting mtention of it.)

We know Mr. Cho twice passed background checks to buy a firearm in the past month.

So, between the Federal and Virginia governments, there was no mechanism to prevent individuals who were found by the court to to be a danger to others from buying handguns. No laws, no databases, no resources and no will.

No amount of spin by the N.R.A. can obfuscate this fact.

The N.R.A. must answer the following question "yes" or "no"- no equivocation:

"Should a court-held 'threat to others' be able to buy a gun legally?"

The N.R.A.'s answer is "yes" and the American people deserve to hear this.

Our police state is a farce: Cat Stevens can't fly but Mr. Cho can buy a gun.

Originally posted to essexgreen on Wed Apr 18, 2007 at 04:48 PM PDT.

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