Cho Seung-hui Should Have Been Stopped

Posted on April 20, 2007. Filed under: uncategorized |

Guns are as American as apple pie.

What really bothers me is that Cho Seung-hui was able to purchase one of his guns online. Not only that, he was able to purchase guns even though a judge had ruled that Cho Seung-hui was mentally ill and posed an imminent danger to himself.

From Rules should have barred weapon purchase:

Also Thursday, the owner of an Internet gun store based in Green Bay, Wis., told The Associated Press that one of the weapons used in the Virginia Tech shootings was purchased from his Web site.

Eric Thompson, who runs http://www.thegunsource.com, said the Walther .22-caliber handgun was then shipped to a Virginia pawnbroker so Cho could pick it up.

From Package mailed to NBC helps track shooter’s activities:

Some gun-control advocates and mental health experts on Wednesday questioned why Cho was able to purchase two handguns after having been declared mentally ill.

Authorities said that although Cho may have been extremely troubled, he was legally permitted to buy the guns because there was no record in his background check of him being involuntarily committed to a mental institution. In Virginia and many other states, even if someone voluntarily commits himself to a mental institution, he may still be able to purchase guns when he gets out.

Kristen Rand, legislative director for the Violence Policy Center, said that regardless of whether Cho was voluntarily or involuntarily committed, the judge’s finding in the temporary detention order that he was mentally ill should have been enough to block the gun purchases. “Based on the determination that he was a danger to himself and to others, he should have been precluded from buying a gun,” Rand said.

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