Skip to comments.Va. governor closes loophole that armed Tech gunman
Posted on 04/30/2007 10:08:12 AM PDT by bedolido
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's governor said Monday he has closed the loophole that allowed a mentally disturbed Virginia Tech student to acquire the guns he used to kill 32 classmates and faculty on April 16 in Blacksburg.
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said he issued an executive order requiring immediately that the names of persons found dangerous and ordered to undergo involuntary mental health treatment be entered in a database barring the sale of firearms.
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Dusts off hands, walks away smiling that he’s fixed it...Although I agree with what he did, we need to rethink the entire process for dealing with the mentally ill.
He’s a regular Johnny-on-the-Spot, isn’t he?
Said it before, say it again.
A few years back here in PA, a guy who was released from a mental hospital went on a shooting rampage.
How did he get the weapon? Easy, mail order from Cabellas.
Those black powder Colt replica revolvers do the job quit nicely, thank you.
Well, we’ve taken guns away from the mentally ill. No reason we can’t start taking them away from normal citizens now too. We’re all safe donchaknow.
Hey, slow down there! We can't take guns away from normal citizens--we've got to certify them crazy first!!
Seriously, how long before the divorce lawyers discover this?
Reminds me of a conversation I had with a street thug decades ago. At the time there was a fad of gangstas arming themselves with black powder revolvers since they could be bought by anyone. He said his crew got in a shootout with another crew across an intersection with a street light. They had to quit the gun battle when it got so smoky neither crew could see each other any more.
So much for the privacy of medical records. The ACLU will get right on the case—not.
Look at this:
It had to happen. A taxpayer-funded study by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation (NIMH-NSF) announced last August  that adherents to conventional moral principles and limited government are mentally disturbed.
NIMH-NSF scholars from the Universities of Maryland, California at Berkeley, and Stanford attribute notions about morality and individualism to dogmatism and uncertainty avoidance. Social conservatives, in particular, were said to suffer from mental rigidity, a condition that, researchers assert, is probably hard-wired, condemning traditionalists to a lifelong, cognitive hell, with all the associated indicators for mental illness: decreased cognitive function, lowered self-esteem, fear, anger, pessimism, disgust, and contempt.
I can see where that would be a problem. Also, gangsta aren’t known to be real savvy with the finer points of weapons. Cleaning after that 5th shot isn’t something that’s “kewl”.
Ah, it’s The Eyebrow, come to save us all.
If you need a gun, then that means you are paranoid, which therefore means you must be crazy.
See, how simple that is!
How many mental wierdos DID NOT kill anyone, let alone 32 people? So why make a new law? Bad idea and I disagree with it.
If you really think that goverment can keep weapons out of criminal hands then think about prisons.
So what are you saying, Al, ban private ownership of cap and ball revolvers?
By the way, is that jerk who keeps trygin to extend Federal Firearms regulations to flintlocks from your district?
Perhaps he needs to be committed. You could kill more people with a car than with a cap and ball revolver.
How about the loophole that allows weapons for those here on a “student” visa?
Is it just me, or does this seem a bit off as well? Talk about your immigration and security problems...
Sorry, no right is infinite. You don’t have a right to own an atomic bomb. I don’t have a problem with restricting gun sales to the disastrously mentally ill. And no I don’t think the government can keep weapons out of all the wrong hands, but in this situation, government has to at least try. Adding these people to the database is not going to bring the Republic to its knees.
Oh dear me, I’m for unrestricted 2nd Amendment rights.
There are idiots in this state though, who really do try to run at black powder.
One was the goof ball Joe Ho AKA Joey Hoeffel. After this incident, he wanted to classify black powder in the same category as modern weapons, subject to the same restrictions.
Fortunately, he is no longer in office.
Who was on a student visa? As far as I know, those on student visas are not allowed to purchase fire arms.
Hoeffel is the guy.
In New Joisey, they had Governor Tom Kean Senior who, back in the 1970’s decided to protect the citizens - excuse me - subjects - of the People’s Republic of New Jersey by including flintlock pistols in the same category as .44 magnums.
No, they can’t. But legal permanent residents, such as Cho, can own firearms.
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