CBS Suggests More Gun Control Could Impede Terrorism

In an April 17 article at CBSNews.com, investigative reporter Armen Keteyian tracked down the origin of the guns used by Virginia Tech mass murderer Cho Seung-Hui.

While Keteyian failed to consider what part restrictive anti-concealed carry policies on the Virginia Tech campus may have played in ensuring Cho faced no opposition from armed civilians, he found a former ATF agent to criticize current gun laws as too little to thwart terrorism.:

“The incident just gets us to think how vulnerable we are,” says [Joseph] Vince, who now runs Crime Gun Solutions, a Maryland-based consulting firm. “We leave ourselves open for people like al Qaeda. If we saw this individual, who’s a student, killing 33 people and wounding 30 others, how could trained al Qaeda people react when they’re able to buy this kind of weaponry and ammunition?”

Keteyian doesn't inform readers that in 2002 following the D.C. sniper killing spree, Vince had been a proponent of ballistic "fingerprinting" schemes in New York and Maryland, both of which have since been proven ineffective.

What's more, while Keteyian consulted research on state gun laws compiled by the pro-gun control Brady Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, there's no indication the investigative reporter even approached the National Rifle Association or other pro-gun rights groups for research or comment.

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is the Managing Editor for NewsBusters