We are at an interesting crossroads in today’s political environment, where the discussion is to either trample on individual freedoms or to actually mitigate gun violence. Our governor’s stated goals fall under the former and is out of the Democrat Party playbook and would not have stopped the massacre in Virginia Beach or Virginia Tech, or, or, or…
There are a number of questions that need answers before the House of Delegates and Senate start proposing laws.
Who are committing these crimes?
Convicted felons or known gang members?
People new to crime?
Currently felons are proscribed from possessing guns so why are they still on the street to commit other crimes and how do Virginia criminal codes treat felons in possession of guns?
Where are the crimes concentrated?
In urban or rural areas?
Are gun crimes concentrated in larger urban areas, and if so, how do the courts in those areas treat these criminals?
Where do those who commit gun crimes get their firearms?
Are the guns stolen?
Purchased by the criminal legally at a dealer?
At specific gun stores?
Or through straw purchases by affiliates?
The BATFE has a program called forward trace that can trace a gun to the dealer that sold that it and then the records can be subpoenaed to determine who first legally bought it. It there are straw man purchases being made by affiliates of criminals, what are the Virginia criminal code violations for this activity? It is a federal crime, but not evenly enforced.
I think if our representatives started with real answers to these questions then we avoid what I call “when in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.” That seems to be the current mode of operation in government today.