Monday, April 30, 2007

Coming: Plugging the dike

I'm looking forward to the Courier editorial responding to Virginia Governor Tim Kaine's executive order today expanding background checks for gun-seekers. Place your bets.

6 comments:

shano said...

Hope you all saw 60 minutes last night on gun control law for people who have been judged mentally ill.

Even the NRA is for controlling these peoples acces to buying a gun. wow.

leftturnclyde said...

and crazy people shouldnt drive a car or own a chainsaw or a axe or become president and occupy Iraq or be allowed to rewrite Beach boys songs to their own tastes...
or start a war and become head of the world bank...or vote for a war and that anybody could see was doomed to failure ...
oops, perhaps Ive gone too far..

Steven Ayres said...

Welcome Shano. It would be awfully hard for the NRA to resist it given the current topic of conversation. My question (and no, I don't watch TV) would be how they define mental illness, or more specifically sufficient mental incapacity to warrant a firearms restriction.

shano said...

The definition was they had to be 'involuntarily' admitted for evaluation like Cho was, and determined to have a problem..
Cho was officially declared to be a danger to himself by medical evaluation.
(in other words, not just an ordinary person seeking help for mental problems)

Anyway, its already a federal law, Va. is just agreeing to be included in the federal database to exclude gun purchases by these kinds of people in a background check.

They estimate it will be about 2 million people excluded from buying guns on this basis. Most are in institutions or outpatient care...

The main objection seems to be from people who are basing their stance on a right to medical privacy.
Go figure.

v/funny leftturnclyde, hahah

courierfriend said...

Hey, Leftturnclyde, I think you have a leak. Maybe you should plug it.

leftturnclyde said...

welcome shano !
hey courierfriend welcome to the discussion !