Wednesday, April 18, 2007

How's This For "Fair and Balanced"?

For this article titled, "Experts say Mass. gun laws may thwart campus crises", the Boston Herald's Jessica Fargen turned to such "experts" as John Rosenthal, gun-grabber extraordinaire and founder of Stop Handgun Violence, and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, the man responsible for overseeing one of the most bigoted gun licensing schemes in the country.

Can't you just feel the objectivity in the air?

Let's have a look...

Massachusetts state law prohibits anyone, except an on-duty police officer, from bringing a gun on a school campus.

Yep, just as is it was on the campus of Virginia Tech, where individuals licensed to carry concealed firearms are prohibited from carrying their weapons on campus, per the laws of the Commonwealth.


But Virginia, where the National Rifle Association is headquartered, has some of the most lax gun laws in the country, experts noted.

Which is why it doesn't enjoy having the same low murder rate as its next-door neighbor, Washington D.C., where the possession of handguns has been outlawed altogether, and the restrictions on the possession of long guns makes Massachusetts look like rural Idaho by comparison.

Virginia residents can buy guns without a background check...

Just like all the drug-dealing gang members responsible for the rise in deadly shootings in Boston's inner city neighborhoods.

Also omitted here is the fact that in Virginia, "any person person who sells, barters, gives or furnishes, or has in his possession or under his control with the intent of selling, bartering, giving or furnishing, any firearm to any person he knows is prohibited from possessing or transporting a firearm pursuant to §§ 18.2-308.1:1, 18.2-308.2 or § 18.2- 308.7 shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony."

But, then again, why should newspaper reporters get all worked up over such things as accurate reporting and fact-based research?

Also, let's remember that this asshole, Cho, was able to purchase his firearms legally, from a federally-licensed firearms dealer, after having passed the required background check. This type of sale happens every day.

Worldwide media coverage notwithstanding, someone like Cho making the transformation from law-abiding gun owner to homicidal nutcase is as big a deviation from the norm as one could imagine.

...and carrying a concealed weapon requires only a permit from local police.

Setting aside the obvious reference to the aforementioned gangbangers who don't give a flying fuck about getting permission from the government to hide a stolen handgun in their baggy-assed jeans, this is, again, no different than the laws for carrying a concealed weapon in Massachusetts.

Well, OK, it's slightly different.

In Virginia, an applicant for a concealed carry permit can't be turned down for such grievous offenses against humanity as losing a rental video from Blockbuster, living in an apartment building with loud neighbors, or failing to file a change of address form for one's automobile registration.

Don't you feel safer, Jessica, knowing these vicious criminals have been disarmed by the common-sense gun laws of Massachusetts?

I wonder how many people were injured or killed as a result of drunk driving on Monday. And, what are the odds we'll be hearing anything in the news about the millions of lawfully purchased firearms that were not used to carry out the vicious slaughter of the innocent?

But, as is so often the case, this horrific incident will fuel the fires of those determined to pass more laws restricting the rights and freedoms of the many, based on the lawless actions of the few.

In Massachusetts, that's known as "common sense".