This past weekend, five families of victims of the April 16, 2007, shootings at Virginia Tech spoke with Gov. Bob McDonnell via conference call in hopes of vetoing House Bill 940.
The bill in question would repeal a 19-year-old law that limits the number of handguns a person in Virginia can buy to one per month through commercial sales and would likely increase the number of guns in the state.
While we certainly understand the Second Amendment and the constitutional right to bear arms, we believe the legislation should be vetoed and the current law should stand.
As Tech students, we know all too well the worst-case scenario when it comes to guns.
Furthermore, the repeal of this law could make illegal weapon trafficking even more prevalent. According to TraceTheGuns.org, Virginia is already a “net exporter,” meaning more firearms are exported out of the state than imported. If the repeal is lifted and the ratio between exported and imported increases, it will only hurt the commonwealth’s reputation.
Some activists have argued the law is outdated, as many citizens are already exempt from the law, but we believe it perhaps needs to be rewritten, but not done away with.
Guns can be dangerous, even in the right hands, and there are few situations that warrant the need to purchase multiple handguns in a single month.
The last thing the commonwealth needs is another incident like that of April 16 or Dec. 8, 2011, and if HB 940 increases the chance of more wanton acts of violence occurring again by even the tiniest margin, it isn’t worth it.
The editorial board is composed of the editors of the Collegiate Times.