"Law abiding citizens"

I can feel a bit of a rant coming on about the sheer stupidity of American gun laws, but I don’t really want to go into it here. Most British people agree with my sentiments, but it seems unlikely anything will change in the US because of the 2nd ammendment (and don’t even get me started on the ways that’s been misinterpreted).

Just wanted to mention one thing which caught my attention on Tuesday morning. BBC Breakfast interviewed the editor of Gun Week about the massacre at Virginia Tech. Clearly a fan of guns, he was defending the current laws, yet said something that to me, seems like stating the bloody obvious. He asserted that the gunman (whose identity at that point was unknown) had been a “law abiding citizen” when the guns were bought. Fair point, but if asked no one’s likely to admit to intending to carry out a crime using the gun they’re purchasing! Everyone is a law abiding citizen – until they commit their first crime.