Monday, April 16, 2007

Southern Gun Dealers, Part Deux

After watching the news about Virginia Tech, all I could think about was this post from last month. Money quote from the article I linked to:

Amid the Confederate flags, anti-Yankee bumper stickers and Civil War relics on display at Bob Moates Sport Shop, a counterattack against the North is under way.

"Ask about the Bloomberg Gun GiveAway" reads a sign taped to the gun shop's register, beckoning customers to enter the drawing named for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose federal lawsuits against gun dealers in five states have drawn the wrath of Virginia's gun enthusiasts.

Bloomberg says the dealers holding the contest are sick. The dealers call Bloomberg names that aren't fit to print.

"The truth is, if Bloomberg hadn't picked on Virginia, we wouldn't have gotten involved. But he made the mistake of stepping into Virginia with this," said Philip Van Cleave, president of the pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League and mastermind of the giveaway, which has boosted business for the two participating store owners.

The Republican mayor has sued 27 out-of-state gun dealers, alleging they sold firearms illegally to undercover private investigators conducting a sting for New York. City officials say the dealers have supplied hundreds of weapons used in New York City crimes. The lawsuits, which name dealers in Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, ask the court to require monitoring of the shops' sales.

I wonder if the dealer has changed his outlook on selling guns, now that it is Virginia kids who are dying, not just kids in New York. But I doubt it.


At 10:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a non-profit, does the NRA have to report it's revenue sources and expenditures?

The NRA, here is a lobby that maintains an extreme position primarily to enhance profits for gun manufacturers, including donations to federal legislators?

They've got conservatives thinking the government and liberals want to take away their guns.

In fact, americans deserve a responsible gun lobby that takes the safety of non-gun owners and innocent bystanders into account.

Look at what Australia has accomplished with its gun laws in 11 years.

Open the Boston Globe and read about a high school student riding home from school and being blown away on a city bus by a gang member.

President Carter called attention to another out of control lobby AIPAC that advocates extreme policy position that as a result brings more death and destruction on Israel. It's time for a movement against the NRA to acknowledge its responsibility for reasonable guns laws that reflect the duty awesome destructive power of guns in our society.

At 4:25 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

The NRA divides into a political action part and a non-profit, or so I think I remember.

Trust me, they have lawyers who are way ahead of you.


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