Guns Or Roses

“Can I really buy a gun on the Internet?”

That question, along with a detailed answer describing just how easy it is, can be found in the sidebar of “TopGlock”, a website advertising hand guns for sale over the internet.

This site, along with “thegunstore.com”, “thegunsource.com” and, according to their advertising, another “100 Web sites that sell firearms, firearms’ accessories and hunting supplies”, is owned by Eric Thompson.

It’s hardly surprising then that both Stephen Kazmierczak, who recently slaughtered a number of students at the Northern Illinois University, and Cho Seung-Hui, the perpetrator of the massacre at Virginia Tech, were both customers of Mister Thompson.

Stephen Kazmierczak purchased two magazines and a holster. Cho Seung-Hui obtained one of the weapons he used in the Virginia Tech shooting from a website owned by Mister Thompson.

In a statement today, Mister Thompson stated:

““TGSCOM Inc. is assisting in any way we can with the on-going investigation into Stephen Kazmierczak’s evil actions. We have also included a link to the NIU Memorial Fund that has been established to assist the victims of this tragedy. We have made a donation ourselves.”

“Today’s discovery is doubly difficult for us at TGSCOM Inc. as we are still saddened by the Virginia Tech murders. As a father, my heart breaks for the parents who lost a son or daughter to the acts of these madmen.”

“My hope is that we will all learn from this tragedy and develop solutions that will allow people to better protect themselves from depraved people who do not have any regard for human life.”

“All of us at TGSCOM Inc. are saddened and shocked by this senseless act of violence. Our thoughts and our prayers are with the families of the victims and the students at Northern Illinois University.”

This was followed by an update:

“”For now, the most important thing we can all do is send our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the victims of this heinous act. I’d also suggest making a contribution to the NIU Memorial Fund.”

” I do agree that our country must have an open and honest discussion about how we can better protect ourselves from the murderous acts of sociopaths like Stephen Kazmierczak and Cho Seung-Hui. I hope and pray I will never again be in a position where I am asked questions about selling items used in a crime. The next news story I want to be involved in is how I sold a firearm to someone who helped prevent tragedy – not cause it. But for today, I’m hugging my kids a little closer and thinking about the parents of the NIU students who are suffering a pain I cannot imagine.”

Eric Thompson is in no way responsible for the deaths at either Virginia Tech or NIU. His business is perfectly legal, even if the moral aspects are in doubt. The question of whether his business should continue to be legal, in the light of these revelations, is highly relevant.

Mister Thompson hopes and prays he will never again be involved in selling weapons used in a crime. He’d rather he sold his wares to someone who helped prevent a tragedy.

Mister Thompson, it may just be I don’t read the right newspapers or watch the right news media, but while instances of crimes like Virginia Tech and NIU regularly cross my vision, I have yet to ever come across one instance of an individual using a gun to avert a tragedy.

If that, truly, is your fervent prayer – have you ever considered becoming a florist?

My thanks to Al at “Vineyard Views” for the information.

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5 Replies to “Guns Or Roses”

  1. Apropos your last two posts, RJA:
    The following statistics are numbing and from a few years ago (data in the U.S., I believe, have considerably worsene and will increase even more dramatically with the returning traumatized Iraq vets.

    Quote:

    “Some basic statistics are important in understanding the magnitude and severity of the social and economic burden to the U.S.

    In the U.S. for 2001, there were 29,573 deaths from firearms, distributed as follows by mode of death: Suicide 16,869; Homicide 11,348; Accident 802; Legal Intervention 323; Undetermined 231.(CDC, 2004) This makes firearms injuries one of the top ten causes of death in the U.S. The number of firearms-related injuries in the U.S., both fatal and non-fatal, increased through 1993, but has since declined steadily.(CDC, 2001) However, firearms injuries remain a leading cause of death in the U.S., particularly among youth (CDC, 2004).

    The number of non-fatal injuries is considerable–over 200,000 per year in the U.S. Many of these injuries require hospitalization and trauma care. A 1994 study revealed the cost per injury requiring admission to a trauma center was over $14,000. The cumulative lifetime cost in 1985 for gunshot wounds was estimated to be $911 million, with $13.4 billion in lost productivity. (Mock et al, 1994) The cost of the improper use of firearms in Canada was estimated at $6.6 billion per year. (Chapdelaine and Maurice, 1996)

    The rates of firearms deaths in the U.S. vary significantly by race and sex. The U.S. national average was 10.3 deaths per 100,000 population in 2001. The highest rate was 34.5/100,000 for African-American males, more than double the rate of 16.3/100,000 for white males and well above the rate of 2.7/100,000 for white females. (CDC, 2004)”

    The statistical graphs of child deaths in the U.S. are truly horrific.

    For more detail and graphs, here is the link:

    http://library.med.utah.edu/WebPath/TUTORIAL/GUNS/GUNSTAT.html

    I am dumbfounded that nothing is done about this, I can only assume that the top contributors and lobbyists are the NRA and the gun manufacturers and hope and pray that this appalling system of government is overhauled completely from the bottom up. It is unequalled in the so-called First World in its complete disregard for its own citizens’ safety and wellbeing.
    XO
    WWW

  2. I’ve just read this at LiberalLand (Alan Colmes’ blog)

    http://liberalland.com/2008/02/18/welcome-to-the-straight-shooter-express/

    “John McCain is fighting for loaded guns in national parks, and the dispute is holding up a bill that would extend wilderness protection and establish the Abraham National Wilderness area in Illinois and the Niagara Falls Heritage Area in upstate New York. Gun restrictions in national parks were put in place by Reagan’s Secretary of the Interior James Watt. Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is sponsoring the bill which would overturn that, and his spokesman, Don Tatro, is worried that unless the amendement passes, your family will be raped.

    Thirty-nine Republicans and eight Democrats signed the letter seeking to overturn the regulations, which were approved in the early 1980s by then-Interior Secretary James Watt.

    Coburn’s amendment would take that a step further and write into law a requirement that guns cannot be restricted in national parks. “Unloaded and disassembled guns locked in your trunk are of no use when a rapist is attacking your family,” Tatro said.

    But a coalition of park rangers and park service retirees say the amendment could jeopardize public safety and make it more difficult to stop poaching.

    “There is simply no legitimate or substantive reason for a thoughtful sportsman or gun owner to carry a loaded gun in a national park unless that park permits hunting,” the groups said in a statement.”

    And it’s one of our Oklahoma Senators sponsoring this bill.
    Our other Senator is James Inhofe – he who considers global warming “a hoax”. Are we not happily blessed in Okie-land?

    Can Obama stop this madness – I very much doubt it.

  3. WWW – The figures are appalling and make a mockery of the NRA’s “Guns Save Lives” motto. As you point out, the child figures are particularly horrifying. Any sane, thinking, human being of average intelligence could not fail to comprehend that proper, legislated, gun control is to the benefit of citizens, not against them.

    Twilight – here in Illinois we have Dick Durbin and Barack Obama as our senators – just to brag a little! On a more serious note, this is exactly the legislation I would expect McCain to push for. The man is so two-faced his middle name should be ‘Eve’. Frankly, I find him repulsive in every way, and as arrogant and blinkered as George W Bush. His ascension to the throne would be a further disaster for this nation; one that doesn’t bear thinking of. Many thanks for the link.

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