In an effort to deflect away from the confirmed left-wing political motives of the shooter who opened fire on Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia today, the liberal media has been making its usual case for gun control.We reported on Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s flub, when he claimed 93 million people were killed with guns every single day in this country. Tragic news indeed. At that rate, we’re all going to be gone by Friday.
McAuliffe corrected himself (after “misspeaking” twice) that he meant “93 a day” (another misleading claim, actually), but his comedy of errors has already been one-upped by The Atlantic’s David Frum, who tweeted out the following:
Virginia:— David Frum (@davidfrum) June 14, 2017
No background checks
No permit req’d for concealed carry of long guns
Open carry long guns & handguns
Oh, where to start……First of all, there are indeed background checks required to own a gun in Virginia. In fact, as the Daily Caller noted, Virginia has used a “Firearms Transaction Program” since 1989 to conduct instantaneous background checks on gun sellers and buyers in the state. There is no licensing or registration, though it’s unclear what Frum thinks this would do to keep guns out of the hands of crazies.
Lastly, he bemoans the lack of permit required for the concealed carry of long guns – which he apparently is unaware is due to the fact that you can’t conceal a long gun.
The twittersphere was quick to point out how dead wrong he is:
There are background checks in Virginia, and you don’t don’t “concealed carry” long guns. Why do you never do any research?— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) June 14, 2017
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) June 14, 2017
VA has background checks & you can't conceal a long gun, but don't let facts stop you from bathing in others' blood. https://t.co/WeQA7uDm7z
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 14, 2017
We have background checks.
And how does one conceal carry a long gun? https://t.co/zSzdjnwodK
— RBe (@RBPundit) June 14, 2017
Concealed carry of long guns is not even a thing that exists, or obeys normal laws of physics https://t.co/Qsu1EFzjlZ
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) June 14, 2017
Frum only issued the following “correction:”
— David Frum (@davidfrum) June 14, 2017
Given that private sales are the minority of transactions, it’s a pretty big correction.
The bigger question remains as to how over 17,000 people saw Frum’s message worth sharing and retweeting.