...Virginia lawmakers could not be "moved" to pass laws that are irrelevant to that tragedy.
So laments the Roanoke Times in a recent Editorial.
Ignoring the editorial's blatant propaganda in attempting to link the Virginia Tech tragedy to gun shows (the perpetrator of Virginia Tech received his guns from licensed dealers, not at gun shows, and was subjected to the requisite background checks), the fact is, as already mentioned on this blog a couple of weeks ago, even the anti-gun lobby's own "researchers" have begun admitting that the "gun show loophole" is a fallacy:
In fact, there is no gun-show loophole as such. Federal law is silent on the issue of gun shows and permits private-party gun sales to occur anywhere.
Furthermore, this same researcher, Dr. Garen Wintemute, a researcher who's never met a gun control proposal he didn't like, was forced to admit that a measure requiring background checks for private sales at gun shows would have minimal impact, if any at all, on criminal access to guns:
Gun shows account for a small percentage of all gun sales in the United States — between 4 and 9%, according to the best estimates available.1 Similarly, they account for just 3 to 8% of all private-party gun sales. Legislation to close the gun-show loophole would not affect the great majority of private-party sales, and motivated illicit buyers could simply find private sellers elsewhere. (In addition, closing the alleged loophole would not necessarily reduce, by more than a small amount, the importance of gun shows as a source of guns used in crimes. Most sales at gun shows — more than 80%, according to unpublished data3 — are made by licensed retailers, not private parties, and data from gun-trafficking investigations indicate that two thirds of the guns used in crimes that have been linked to gun shows were sold by licensed retailers2).
In other words, there is very good reason for legislators to refused to be "moved to pass laws" that are based on nothing more than emotional appeals and imaginary links to heinous crimes.
As much as the Roanoke Times editorial staff loves to paint the NRA as some faceless, unstoppable leviathan, the elephant in the room is that it is the millions of law abiding gun owners (and dependable voters) that the NRA represents, as well as the tens of millions of other law abiding gun owners who are not NRA members, that gives "the gun lobby" such sway over the the legislative process.
As difficult as it is for some to admit, it is gun rights supporters who are in the mainstream in the land of the free and the home of the brave. It is the anti-rights bigots of the Roanoke Times, the Brady Campaign, the Violence Policy Center and their ilk who are the fringe element...the minority that is, through propaganda and emotional appeals, attempting to foist their agenda onto the majority.
Thanks to alternative media and the tireless efforts of the millions of individuals who make up "the gun lobby", more and more freedom loving Americans every day are waking up to the truth about gun rights; and that's why we are winning.