Survivors and families of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings faced off Monday against gun-rights advocates over a bill that would prevent criminals and the mentally ill from buying firearms at gun showsAh, yes, the gun show loophole. That dirty little word that wrecks all sorts of havoc across our great land. Those who would want to take away our right to defend ourselves will tell you that anyone can walk off the street and buy a gun at a gun show without any paperwork whatsoever. No background check, nothing.
This is a perfect example of shades of truth. At gun shows where licensed dealers and private citizens can sell guns (or whatever), you must fill out the requisite forms and get the mandatory NICS done if you purchase a gun from a Federally licensed dealer. No ifs, ands, or buts. However, if I (and I'm not an FFL) wanted to sell a gun to someone, then I could, without having to fill out the forms or file a report or ask permission from the government.
And therein, my friends, lies the dirty little secret behind wanting to close the infamous gun show loophole. If you close the gun show loophole and make everyone, licensed or not, file a form with the government then you are now infringing on my right to conduct business as I see fit, and with whom I choose. The private sale of a firearm from one person to another would virtually cease. And trust me, my friends, if they can make you fill out a form for purchasing a firearm, where will it stop? And I surely shouldn't have to remind you that the vast majority of criminals don't pay any attention to what the law says about anything. So the only people affected, once again, will be law abiding citizens.
I have been attending gun shows for at least the last 25 years. If you are to believe the liberal's rhetoric, that guns cause crime, then you could expect that gun shows are a virtual crimer fest with mass murders, robbery and mayhem. Strange, but I can't recall a single mass murder (like what happened in Virginia Tech) or for that matter a murder, period, at any gun show. Ever. With all those guns around, you'd think something like that would happen on any given weekend across the country. Why is it that the mass murders and mayhem always seem to happen where guns are not allowed, but in those places where you can find literally thousands of guns in any given spot (like a gun show), there's no crime?
In response to a comment that basically said if the students were allowed to carry guns legally on campus (again, note that the criminal in this case chose to ignore the law), that the rampage could have been stopped, one of the injured students from Va Tech had this little pearl of wisdom:
“I feel sorry for you — the fact that you feel you need to protect yourself in every situation. “You’re afraid of crazy situations happening. I’ve lived through this and I know that I can’t continue in my life afraid of things,” he said, adding that he put his “full trust” in the police to protect society.Since I share the belief that armed students could have stopped Cho, I will respond to this idiot by stating that yes - not only do I feel the need to protect myself (and my family/friends), but I have the right to do so. If you want to be a sheep, and rely on the Police (oh yes, by the way - how'd that work out the last time?) then by all means feel free.
I don't carry a gun because I'm afraid. I carry a gun because unlike you, sir, I REFUSE TO BE A VICTIM.
Those who would take away our right to self defense refuse to let the facts speak for themselves.
They want everyone to go through a background check - even in the case of a private sale - even though Cho went through a background check - and passed. And with all this fuss about buying a gun through the gun show loophole, surely Cho must have purchased his weapons at a gun show, right?
... Cho did not buy his weapon at a gun show, but supporters [of those who would infringe upon my rights] said that doesn’t matter. The idea, they said, is to reduce the possibility of similar tragedies in the future.If you want to reduce the possibility of similar tragedies in the future, stop making people helpless victims with your ridiculous gun free zones - which do nothing more than make everyone in them a nice fat target for someone wishing them harm.
Remember people,self defense is a human right. And you will not be taking that right away from me.