The right to bear arms in Virginia

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By Tim Redmond

I'm surprised that this hasn't gotten more attention: Immediately after hearing of the horror at Virginia Tech, President Bush express his condolences for the victims -- then made a point of commenting about "the right to bear arms."

The president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed. Certainly, bringing a gun into a school dormitory and shooting ... is against the law and something someone should be held accountable for," [a Bush spokesperson] said

According to the New York Post, the shooter, Cho Seung Hui, had every legal right to buy the weapons he used in the state of Virginia.

He was a disturbed kid, by all accounts, and nobody will ever be able to figure out exactly what made him go off and kill 33 people, including himself. But if the country wasn't so obsessed with the right to buy and use weapons of mass murder, like automatic handguns, it's very likely he never would have had the tools to carry out the massacre.

The main reason so many people die of handgun shootings is that these weapons are far too easily available. And that is in part the fault of President G.W. Bush.