Apr 18 2007
The other news out today is Cho Seung-Hui was determined to be mentally ill in a court means he should not have been able to buy handguns. While being mentally ill is not reason to have him booted from school, it would seem VA’s process for flagging people as unable to buy guns is broken, because I am fairly sure (not positive) that you cannot buy a gun in VA if you have been deemed mentally ill by a court. VA takes its gun very seriously. We have concealed carry tied to the harshest punishments for any crime involving a gun (minimum 5 years in jail even if the gun is not fired). Something is definitely screwed up here.
Update: Reader Linda clarifies that there was no designation that Cho was mentally ill, but it was a warrent that required assessment. That clarifies why Cho could still legally purchase a gun. See Linda’s excellent comment in the comment section. LJStrata, you where right!