Laws not applied, not understood

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Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 05:50 am

The normally-sensible Greg Sheridan:

For two months, a couple of years ago, my family and I lived in Virginia in the US.

It was an outer suburb of Washington, really, but very much part of Virginia, the state whose gun laws allowed Cho Seung-Hui to buy a 9mm Glock handgun and kill 30 people at Virginia Tech.

Well, let’s get one thing straight: under Virginian law, you are not allowed to kill dozens of people. Secondly, if certain laws already in place had been observed, Seung-Hui wouldn’t have been permitted to buy a gun:

Under federal law, Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho should have been prohibited from buying a gun after a Virginia court declared him to be a danger to himself in late 2005 and sent him for psychiatric treatment, a state official and several legal experts said Friday.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/22/2007 at 11:59 AM
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