Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Guardian: "Virginia gun giveaway to go ahead despite massacre"

This is how Virginia is viewed by our sister states and overseas:
They are calling it the "Bloomberg Gun GiveAway". On Thursday two gun shops in the state of Virginia will stage a prize draw. Anyone spending more than $100 in either Bob Moates' stores or Old Dominion Guns and Tackle will be entered, and the first prize a free handgun or rifle worth $900.

The draw has been devised as an act of defiance against the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, who is suing two Virginia gun shops, including Bob Moates, as well as 25 stores in other states, for allegedly selling guns too freely and thus fuelling violent crime. In a sting operation last year, Mr Bloomberg sent a team of undercover investigators into Bob Moates and other stores to expose how regulations on sales were being openly flouted.
You can read the rest of the story here. If it is true that our already lax gun sales laws are being "flouted," then I hope that Attorney General Bob McDonnell will launch an investigation. It is one thing to decide for ideological reasons to have weaker laws, it is another thing altogether to refuse to enforce any laws: that's anarchy. Perhaps it's no coincidience that a string of Republican Attorney Generals has led to weak enforcement of our already anemic gun laws.


deadissue.com said...

I'll highlight this on deadissue either today or tomorrow and link to your post. This is in very bad taste. I'm glad to have found your blog!

Peace - DI

napoleon15 said...

Is it right to enforce laws that violate the Constitution (in this case the Second Amendment) or basic human liberties (such as the fugitive slave law from the 1850s)? Also, had any students at VT been allowed to carry concealed weapons, would Cho have murdered as many people as he did? Wouldn't he have been killed early in the spree?

Triscula said...

If one believes that a particular law violates the US constitution then the appropriate response is to fight it in court, not fail to enforce it. We have a system in place to address these issues. There are laws that I disagree with as well, but I don't expect to get away with breaking them.