Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Media jackals and guns

As the whole country knows, there was a large scale shooting in Virginia Tech yesterday. First off prayers to all of the students and families of the students and others in Blacksburg, VA.

That said; leave it to a shooting to bring the worst out in the media. Almost immediately, the gun grabbers in the media were dancing and celebrating this shooting and the jackals were released. That is how they operate. They insert their agenda, and I have no choice but to defend my safety, the safety of others, and my way of life against these jackals, even if it may be considered bad taste. They are starting this fight to take away our freedoms. As part of the gun lobby, I’m going to give them one. While the NRA is staying quiet currently and understandably so, they are more patient than I am.

In the beginning, the talking heads on TV were talking about “AK-47’s” and “M-16’s” I’m not a gun expert, but I do know the difference between a rifle and a pistol and the sound difference between them. But since AK-47 sounds sinister, they used that as much as possible. This shows the willful ignorance of the media in firearms measures.

Next, CBS comes out and speculates as fact that it was due to “easy access to guns” with this hit piece.

From CBS

Virginia Tech Killer Used Easy-To-Get Guns

“(CBS) A well-placed law enforcement source tells CBS News the weapons used in the massacre were a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun (Glock) and .22-caliber pistol.

Both are readily available in gun shops across the United States and particularly accessible in the commonwealth of Virginia, which recently earned a C-minus rating by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.””

9mm semi-automatics and .22 pistols (probably also semi-auto) are two of the most common types of firearms in this country. Semi-auto firearms sound scary, but they are no different than any other pistol. One pull of the trigger, one bullet is discharged. Glocks are one of the favorites of pistol shooters in general. They aren’t cheap.

“””That’s in part because there's no gun registration, no mandatory waiting period to purchase weapons. The only major restriction: a limit of one gun purchase per month.”””

Registration doesn’t work. It hasn’t worked in Detroit where there has been registration (“Safety inspection”) for 80 years.

“””But CBS News discovered there was a gun show just 25 miles from Blacksburg last weekend where 405 guns were sold. “”””

This is agenda “journalism” at its worst. What the F(udge) does that have to do with anything? CBS (BS is right) is renewing the media’s crusade against those “evil” gun shows. I’ve been to gun shows. I’ve bought at gun shows. Here’s the real facts. Anyone who buys a gun from a dealer must go through a background check, just as someone who buys at the local gun shop. There is no “gun show loophole.”

“”The magazine containing ammunition for the 9 mm handgun can carry between eight and 24 bullets, rapidly fired, and quickly reloaded.””

“Rapid Fire?” Just as any other pistol which is not class III, these “rapid fire” pistols work the same. One pull of the trigger, equals one bullet discharged for a gun. That goes for semi-automatics AND revolvers. “Rapid Fire” is another agenda term by the gun grabbers in the media.

ABC now gives us this gem as cited here. From Washington Times

“”For Brian Ross of ABC News, however, the Blacksburg massacre was an opportunity to promote irrelevant propaganda about the expiration of the so-called “assault weapons” ban:

High capacity ammo clips became widely available for sale when Congress failed to renew a law that banned assault weapons.

Web sites now advertise overnight UPS delivery of the clips, which carry up to 40 rounds for both semi-automatic rifles and handguns. …

[G]un experts say the number of shots fired indicate, at the very least, that the gunman had large quantities of ammunition.

“When you have a weapon that can shoot off 20, 30 rounds very quickly, you’re going to have a lot more injuries,” said Peter Hamm of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence””.

First off, you could get pre-ban magazines even when the ugly gun ban was in effect. I can change magazines (or speedloaders in revolvers) in under two seconds. Push button, eject magazine, enter new magazine. This goes whether it holds the basic 7 rounds in a 1911. Secondly, I have no idea what magazine was used. Most are 7 (1911) or 10 (Glocks).

Lastly, since the media and gun grabbers are making this a gun control thing, I’m going to counterclaim with the fact that while conceal carry is allowed in Virginia, it is not allowed on campus.

From Roanoke Times

“”A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly.

House Bill 1572 didn't get through the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety. It died Monday in the subcommittee stage, the first of several hurdles bills must overcome before becoming laws.

The bill was proposed by Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County, on behalf of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Gilbert was unavailable Monday and spokesman Gary Frink would not comment on the bill's defeat other than to say the issue was dead for this General Assembly session.

Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated. "I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus."””

If there was ONE CPL holder there, maybe, just maybe, we would not have had this disaster yesterday. We don’t know, but there would have been at least a chance.

EDITED - Apparently he was able to pass the background check as a resident alien (13 years in US) I edited that out of the post. I stand by the rest of the post. BATF form 4473 - background check form has the list. Permanant residing immigrants can buy firearms, non-resident aliens can not.


Communications guru said...

This is just sad. Is there anything you don’t blame the media for? “There was a large scale shooting?” Talk about downplaying a rampage. It’s you that has the agenda. You call that a large scale shooting? I call it the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history because it is.

I’m sure it was the media’s fault. They pulled the trigger. Or is trigger the proper term since you’re the firearm expert? How lame.

Republican Michigander said...

I blame the perp for the shooting. I blame the media for sensationalizing it and bringing its agenda with its buzzwords and innuendos. AK-47, gun show innuendos, "rapid fire", spray, etc.

Communications guru said...

That’s a load of crap. I read your rant again, and nowhere do you even mention the “perp” except at the end where you let us know he’s a resident alien. Right off the bat you set your agenda with this over the top statement, “Almost immediately, the gun grabbers in the media were dancing and celebrating this shooting and the jackals were released.”

That’s disgusting, and it seems to me the only one “dancing and celebrating” is you because you and crow about your pet issue, and you once again blame the “media” for every ill in society. This is so typical of you and people like you, and that’s why you’re such a big fan of Ann Coulter with ridiculous statements like they were celebrating over the deaths of 31 people.

keithr said...

The shooter in this case was a certified psycopathic maniac. He was taking medication for depression. He wrote creative stories about committing gruesome violence, which so disturbed his professor that she reported him to the police. Two different women had reported him to the police for stalking. He had spent time in a mental hospital for depression, and people that knew him joked that he was a potential mass murderer.

Any number of these concerns were sufficient under existing laws to disqualify him from buying a gun. But none of this came up when the FBI background check was done.

The investigation should focus on why none of this information was available to police and what can be done in the future to make mental illness records available to police for background checks. Nobody, not even *** evil *** gun owners, wants to see nuts like this buy guns.

It is worth noting that none of the nonsense being thrown around by politicians and media would have made any difference. Waiting period? He purchased his first gun over a month before the crime. Ban gun shows? He bought the guns at a gun shop, not a gun show. Ban assault rifles? He did not use one. High capacity clips? Any competent person can change clips almost as fast as he can shoot. Ban handguns? Truth be told, we should be glad he did not use a sawed off shotgun as it is THE most dangerous weapon at close quarters (This is why sawed off shotguns are illegal!!!). Ban guns? We should not forget that pipe bombs have been used for these kinds of crimes, and that the Oklahoma City bombing was done with a "homemade" bomb.

And let's not forget banning guns from campus. Wait . . .guns were ALREADY banned from campus . . . but for some reason this criminal didn't obey the rules. But this rule DID make sure that nobody being attacked had a legitimate weapon which could be used to fight back.