Tracey Lane’s son Jarett was murdered in the mass shooting at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, along with 31 of his classmates and professors. The shooter had been adjudicated mentally ill and was prohibited from buying firearms. But his mental health records had not been submitted to the background check database, so he was able to pass a check and buy the murder weapons from a licensed gun dealer. Jarrett had just turned 22.”
This problem has been known about since at least the 1970’s, but nothing has changed all the way up to today. Mentally ill people can still buy military weapons legally, as easily as buying a cookie from a street vendor, and then use that weapon to kill dozens of innocent people in schools, concerts, theaters, and parks.
What is holding up the passing of common sense gun safety laws that would change this situation?
Republicans, the NRA and people like Joe The Plumber, who want military weapons kept legal and available to buy, as easily as purchasing lemonade from a street vendor.
via Mayor Bloomberg; 34 People, 8 Children Per Day Are Murdered Inside The USA With Guns, Equivalent of Full Fledged War, 30,000 Per Year Casualty Rate, More People Killed With Guns Inside US Than In Foreign Wars As Soldiers | A Green Road Journal