“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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