BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has fallen back on one of the oldest, and most shoddy, tactics in the gun grabber playbook by using the Virginia Tech tragedy to launch an attack on gun shows, when the crime had nothing to do with gun shows, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
â€œNeither of the guns used by Virginia Tech killer Seung-Hui Cho was purchased at a gun show,â€ noted CCRKBA Legislative Liaison Joe Waldron. â€œAttacking some mythical â€˜gun show loopholeâ€™ will do nothing to prevent criminals from getting their hands on guns illegally, because it has been shown statistically that criminals rarely get firearms at such shows.â€
Waldron was alluding to a study done for the Department of Justice that found less than one percent (0.7 %) of criminals imprisoned for using guns in crimes got their firearms from gun shows. The overwhelming majority get firearms from family, associates or on the street. However, Gov, Kaine wants to require background checks on all firearms transactions at gun shows, including private sales that are exempt under current federal statute.
â€œVirginia Tech was a tragedy of monstrous proportions,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, â€œbut there was absolutely no connection with gun shows. Cho purchased both of the guns he used from a federally licensed retail gun shop, he successfully passed a mandatory background check.
â€œGov. Kaine already took action by ordering the State Police in Virginia to deny firearm purchases to people like Cho, who had been ordered by a court to seek outpatient mental health treatment,â€ Gottlieb recalled. â€œIt is disappointing, to say the very least, that the governor has grabbed a cheap headline by suggesting, even remotely, that adding restrictive regulations to gun show operations will somehow keep people like Cho from obtaining a firearm and committing a crime.
â€œWe agree with Republican State Del. William R. Janis, who said this new proposal by Gov. Kaine is â€˜a largely meaningless gestureâ€™,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œBut thatâ€™s the nature of most gun control schemes. They are empty gestures aimed more at demonizing guns and honest gun owners than they are at preventing or solving actual crimes, and extremist gun control advocates know it.