Displeasure With Ongoing Relaxed Gun Control

Tomorrow May Be Too Late

The Journal Record – September 19, 2012

In this impassioned commentary, Robert Haupt examines some of our nation’s most devastating gun-related tragedies and how easy it is to access a firearm. He pleads, for the sake of our children, families and society, for responsible and reasonable gun policies.

Five years ago, I wrote and submitted for publication the following opinion piece:

I don’t get it. I am surprised that we are still asking how on April 16, 2007, in Blackstone, Va., an armed gunman tragically stole the lives of 33 young people – all students at Virginia Tech – and then again, now, on Feb. 15, 2008, how the students of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., found themselves sharing a similar mourning due to the loss of five of their own. Not mentioned are the untold others physically and emotionally scarred by the tragedies.

On April 21, 2007, just five days after the horror of Virginia Tech, I needed to find a pistol for use as an example exhibit at a soon-approaching trial. I searched the Internet and local gun stores for such a gun but with no luck. An employee suggested going over to the Oklahoma City Gun Show at the fairgrounds. One hour later, my 22-year-old legal assistant returned with a $150 pistol that he purchased from an exhibitor. When questioned, my legal assistant explained that he did not provide a Social Security number, did not submit to a background check and did not even present a driver’s license. He had cash in hand and left with a weapon. No one in the world knew that he owned this weapon. The seller did not know his mental competence. The seller did not know his criminal record. Today, no one knows that I have that same pistol locked in a file cabinet at my office. It is ridiculous to question where individuals such as the Virginia Tech shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, got their guns. The legitimate question is why the rest of us allow it…

I still don’t get it.

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