Yeah, so the year isn’t that old; but this really is the dumbest thing I’ve heard all year, and probably for a good part of 2007 I hadn’t heard anything dumber than this. From Uncle’s place I find the link to a “story” (and I use the term loosely) about the bill proposed in VA to allow CCW holders to carry on campus. The story is basically a Brady Campaign press release and contains the gem which inspired the title of this blog entry:
“Had Mr. Gilbert’s law gone through [in 2006] and [the Virginia Tech shooter] had gone out and applied for a concealed carry license in order to bring guns legally onto campus, the state of Virginia would have given him a license,”(Brian) Siebel [attorney for the Brady Campaign] said.
Wait, what? He said what? There is so much ignorance in that one sentence that I actually don’t know how to respond. When I first read it this morning, I literally stared, dumbfounded, at my monitor for a solid five minutes while my beleaguered brain attempted to process the content of that quote, and ultimately failed.
The belief of the Brady Campaign, and what they wanted you to believe, is that the VA Tech killer would have applied for a concealed weapons permit to carry his guns onto campus so he could murder people with them. Aside from the mind boggling stretch of imagination that it takes to imagine that someone who was bent on murder would have gone through the rather exhaustive CCW process in Virginia just so he could murder some people he was planning on murdering anyway; the VA Tech shooter couldn’t have gotten a VA carry permit anyway. From the Virginia State Police I have a list of all of the steps that must be taken before someone is granted a VA resident CCW.
Now, if you look around on that page, it doesn’t take long to find out that the VA Tech shooter never would have been granted a Virginia CCW permit, for any number of reasons. Remember, he was able to purchase his guns because Virginia didn’t report his mental problems to the NICS system (an issue which should have been solved by HR 2640); but those same mental problems would have been readily available to the VA State Police, who conduct the background investigations for CCW permits. They would have seen his involuntary mental care, and denied him a permit.
18. An individual who has received mental health treatment or substance abuse treatment in a residential setting within five years prior to the date of his application for a concealed handgun permit.
Basically, what I’m saying is that the Brady Campaign needs to get their facts straight. Lying in the press is common, but if you’re going to lie at least lie in such a manner that I can’t uncover it in less than 10 seconds with a Google Search.