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April 22, 2007

E-Bay The Gun Runners Paradise

A post by my good friend Roger.

So let’s see if I have this all straight.

1. Cho, Seung-Hui, the mad gunman of VT, had an e-bay account.
2. He used this account to bypass federal and state background check regulations.
3. The good folks at e-Bay had no obligation to assure that the gun supplies listed on the e-Bay website did not get sold to the wrong people.

Wow! Now that makes me feel safe and secure. So is Cho, a buyer that could not pass muster on Federal or State background checks could purchase weapons and weapon supplies (presumably because his name never hit the Federal background check data base) then what is to stop some Christian, Muslim or Jewish fanatic from using e-Bay as its gun dealer of choice?

I feel for y’all, who think the Second Amendment preserves the absolute right to unfettered gun ownership. I’ll bet you are the same folks that scream that our borders ought be better secured. Do you see the (dis)connection here? If we want more security we have to begin with the biggest hole in the bucket. Regulate guns and gun purchases. Make ammunition subject to the same constraints as the weapons themselves. Background checks are a small beginning. Social responsibility is the responsibility of all of us, each and every one of us. Now is the time to accept that responsibility. Secure our borders and stop the insane flow of guns into the hands of those who would misuse those weapons.

My Comments:  You forgot he had a 98.5% rating.  Talk about nailing it on the head.  I was going to post on this, but happily GMTA.

I do own guns, but I’m not a looney, and I have NO problem with waiting periods and registration as well as reasonable safeguards to protect society.  Policy decisions always demand the “balancing” of rights of individuals and “safeguards” to society.  Well said, Roger.

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8 Comments »

  1. Clips are available at most any sporting goods store. They require no background checks, or pass any federal muster. Clips were purchased on ebay: not guns, not ammo. Roger’s anti-gun hysteria is showing.

    Comment by nuke — April 22, 2007 @ 3:30 am | Reply

  2. Clips are available at most any sporting goods store. They require no background checks, or pass any federal muster. Clips were purchased on ebay: not guns, not ammo. Roger’s anti-gun hysteria is showing.
    I am glad that you posted this before I did. I read one article that said that he had gotten ammo from eBay. It was actually magazines. eBay doesn’t allow ammo sales.
    A Lot of times I think that it’s anti-gun bias, but for the most part I think that poepl just don’t know what they are talking about. I love to see people that know very little about guns talk about guns.

    Comment by LLR — April 22, 2007 @ 3:43 am | Reply

  3. Consider this situtation.

    You have a gun and a 12 year old who knows you have it and say it’s locked, which usually isn’t the case, and he wants to do some unsupervised target practice. He goes to ebay uses a credit card or a paypal account with a friend’s card and in a few days he has ammo and can blast away.

    Why not keep ammo sales limited to people who can see who is buying.

    Also, Cho perjured himself on his gun application. Had there been a longer waiting period with background check, perhaps he would have been vetted. Would he have gotten a gun, maybe. Might he have been incarcerated or at least investigated by the FBI, I would hope so.

    A local newspaper stated he wouldn’t have gotten a gun in NY or NJ. I for one, am glad for that, and I do own firearms.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 22, 2007 @ 3:56 am | Reply

  4. He goes to ebay uses a credit card or a paypal account with a friend’s card and in a few days he has ammo and can blast away.
    Like I said you can’t get ammo on ebay. You can buy some gun accessories like magazines, cases, etc, but you can’t get guns or ammo from eBay.

    A local newspaper stated he wouldn’t have gotten a gun in NY or NJ. I for one, am glad for that, and I do own firearms.
    How can they say that? The federal background is the same for all states. They call the same number and the feds have the same amount of info regardless of where the call comes from.

    Now if he had really been committed or the girls had press charges against him for stalking then the gun purchase may have been denied.

    Comment by LLR — April 22, 2007 @ 4:49 am | Reply

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  6. YOU CANNOT BUY GUNS AMMO OR EVEN MAGAZINES ON EBAY!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE HAVE YOU EVEN LOOKED ON EBAY FOR THESE ITEMS? YOU CAN BUY AIRSOFT GUNS AND MAGAZINES ON EBAY BUT AIRSOFT GUNS ARE NOT REAL GUNS!!

    Comment by rick — July 12, 2008 @ 11:04 pm | Reply

  7. sporting goods that are china made are sometims of very good quality too :

    Comment by Beard Trimmers : — October 30, 2010 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

  8. there are sporting goods that are very cheap but the quality is not very good ;.”

    Comment by Faith Swopshire — November 18, 2010 @ 11:13 am | Reply


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