Dancing In The Blood Of The Fallen

The Lynchburg News & Advance asks in an editorial “Will debate on guns be one-sided?” The debate they are referring to of course is the gun-control debate. They use the recent killing of a VA Tech cop to resurrect the specter of the massacre and ask if gun laws have been fixed since then. By fixed, of course, they don’t mean recognizing the natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil, and Constitutional right of students and staff to own and carry the weapon(s) of their choice. Instead, they’re asking, “have laws reducing the flow of guns and the number of guns floating around the state been tightened since then?” They then answer their own question…

Hardly. If anything, the more widespread use of concealed weapons permits has increased the number of guns in public venues, including bars.

Yes the horrifying “drinking and shooting” law that went into effect back in July of 2010. So have the predictable predictions of mayhem come to pass? Nope. Next comment?

And some say the pro-gun conservatives in the General Assembly are setting their sights on repealing a gun control law that has made much sense during the decades it has been on the books.

The law they are referring to is Virginia’s 18 year-old “one handgun a month” (OHM) law. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership states that OHM laws prevent gun trafficking:

By limiting handgun purchases to one per person per month, a gunrunner is unable to obtain many handguns at one time, dramatically reducing the profitability of gunrunning. Quite simply, these laws put most gun traffickers (and their straw purchasers) out of business.

What both the Brady Bunch and the News & Advance staff fail to address is why two states with OHM laws, South Carolina and Virginia, rank sixth and seventh highest in terms of “gun exports” while two states without OHM laws, Texas and Minnesota, rank 39th and 45th respectively. Indeed, according to the tracetheguns.org website, Texas has zero, nada, niente, hичего, of the “Ten Key State Laws That Curb Illegal Gun Trafficking” yet still ranks below Maryland which has eight of the ten and a OHM law.

All of which makes it really hard to see how exactly the N&A staff can conclude that the Commonwealth’s OHM law ‘has made much sense’ over the last 18 years. The N&A then trots out the classic “but why would anyone need…”

No one has ever satisfactorily answered the central question that underlies the law, which is this: Why does anyone need to buy more than one handgun a month? Gun proponents will say that the Second Amendment offers the right to buy as many guns as you want, but that ignores the question of need.

Hey guys, you know what? No one has ever satisfactorily answered the central question that underlies all gun laws which is this: Why do I need to justify exercising my rights in as free and unfettered a fashion as I choose?

The N&A folks then trot out the eee-vil Gun-Show Loophole®

Also, the prospects of closing Virginia’s so-called gun show loophole don’t appear to be great. That loophole allows anyone — even convicted felons and those with a history of mental illness — to buy weapons from a private dealer without a background check.

Background check? How about a reality check. There is no such thing as a “private dealer.” Anyone who is engaged in the business of selling firearms is required to get a FFL. Someone who is selling uncle Bob’s hunting rifle isn’t (unless uncle Bob had a lot of rifles).

Furthermore, the way ‘gun show vendor’ is defined in the proposed legislation, I’d be committing a Class 6 felony (whatever that is) if I sold, offered for sale or transferred any firearm at a gun show without having registered with the organizer. Since the legislation neglects to define the term transfer that means if someone sees my peace-bonded pistol in its shoulder holster and says “Is that the FN FiveseveN? Cool! Can I see?” and I hand it to them, I may well have just committed a felony.

Private dealers at many of the open air gun shows do not have to abide by the same laws, including background checks, that apply to dealers selling weapons from licensed shops. Since the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, families of victims have tried unsuccessfully to close the gun show loophole. That would require gun buyers to submit to the same background check required of buyers at federally licensed shops.

Oh no, it’s the massacre again. Of course the Tech shooter didn’t get either of his weapons at a gun show, nor did he violate Virginia’s OHM law which makes talking about the killings at VA Tech A) irrelevant and 2) offensive. I don’t bring up the Medford Pitchfork Murders every time I talk about getting onstitutional carry passed somewhere because I consider it to be in very poor taste to exploit tragedy for the sake of furthering a political agenda which is completely unrelated to the issue in question.

Rahm Emanuel once said that you should never let a good crisis go to waste; the motto of the antis seems to be “Never let a pool of innocent blood go uncelebrated.”

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About Bruce W. Krafft

I am a bit of a Johnny-come-lately to the civil rights (firearms flavor) movement, having not really gotten involved until after I hit 40. I am not really a "gun guy"; I can generally hit what I aim at, but I'm not a competitive shooter. I enjoy the craftsmanship of a fine pistol or rifle, but I am not particularly knowledgeable about firearms in general nor am I a Glock guy, or 1911 guy, I'm just a guy. What I am is passionate about civil rights, especially those of the firearm flavor.

16 Responses to Dancing In The Blood Of The Fallen

  1. avatarST says:

    The Anti’s want ALL guns banned. This is not hyperbole, but the stated goal of the organizations opposed to gun rights. They are not stupid and know that the best way to get to total gun control is the same way a salaryman gets to be a CEO-start off in the mailroom and work your way up.

    Crime is the elevator in the corporate office of citizen disarmament. Its the perfect tool, because there will always be some type of crime somewhere. So no matter what the Anti’s will never be without a tragedy to exploit.

  2. avatarRR says:

    Just to let you know – South Carolina hasn’t had a one gun a month law since it was repealed in 2004.

  3. avatarMatt Gregg says:

    I try to keep the one gun a month thing as a goal.

  4. avatarMatt Gregg says:

    I try to keep the one gun a month thing as a goal. In fact I’ve made it my new year’s resolution. It’s gonna be a fun year.

  5. avatarHSR47 says:

    What I still fail to understand is the entire principle of requiring all guns at a gun show to be peace-bonded…

    It’s idiotic, and unsafe.

  6. avatarTom says:

    The law they are referring to is Virginia’s 18 year-old “one handgun a month” (OHM) law. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership states that OHM laws prevent gun trafficking:

    By limiting handgun purchases to one per person per month, a gunrunner is unable to obtain many handguns at one time, dramatically reducing the profitability of gunrunning. Quite simply, these laws put most gun traffickers (and their straw purchasers) out of business.

    What both the Brady Bunch and the News & Advance staff fail to address is why two states with OHM laws, South Carolina and Virginia, rank sixth and seventh highest in terms of “gun exports”

    Was this the law that was supposed to eliminate all of the guns going from Virginia to NYC and circumventing the Sullivan Act ban?
    Another example of the “River of Iron” in this country due to the big bad gun dealers.

    • avatarVA Pete says:

      There is a big push in VA to repeal OHM, led by the Va Citizens Defense League. Since the Republicans evened up the State Senate in the last election there’s a pretty good chance of it happening. (The Republican Lieutenant Governor breaks ties.) And just a side note: if you have a VA resident CHP, you are not restricted to OHM.

  7. avatarDaveM says:

    I wish CA would repeal OHM , really expensive trying to obey that law

    • avatarRobert says:

      That on top of the ten day wait is a pain, especially for people who live in counties that drove out all of their FFLs.

  8. avatarRalph says:

    I really hope that Massachusetts doesn’t adopt that one gun a month law. Not only would it get really expensive, but I’d need another safe. I think I’ll just stick to one very other month.

    And that “need” thing the grabtards always talking about? Well, I agree with it. Why would anyone need The Lynchburg News & Advance?

  9. avatartheaton says:

    There is no such thing as a “Constitutional right.” Rights are bestowed on each individual by their Creator and can’t be taken away by anybody unless they are used to infringe the rights of others and then only for a period of time prescribe by the punishment. Once the punishment is over, all rights are restored to the individual. To say that we have Constitutional rights is to infer that the right is bestowed by the government and thus can be taken away. That is part of the reason we find ourselves in the police state in which we live.

  10. avatarLarryA says:

    Q. “Why do you need to buy more than one gun a month?”
    A. “Because I get paid twice a month.”

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