Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Virginia Tech Massacre

Our prayers and condolences go out to the families in Virginia, right now. It's a terrible tragedy.

As there are lots of folks out there in the blogosphere analyzing yesterday's shooting, I'm not going to go over all the same ground. I do, however, have a couple of observations.

1. If gun control laws actually worked, this would not have happened.

2. We are now hearing the same old arguments for tighter gun control laws. If they would only remove the word "gun" from their arguments and substitute "Student Visa" they'd have a lot stronger argument.

3. A bill authorizing concealed carry in Virginia just died in committee in the Virginia legislature. How ironic.

4. It's easy to second guess the campus cops. Wait until the facts are in first.


At Tuesday, April 17, 2007 12:24:00 PM, Blogger david said...

well said. . .

At Tuesday, April 17, 2007 12:49:00 PM, Blogger aughtSix said...

"A bill authorizing concealed carry in Virginia just died in committee in the Virginia legislature. How ironic"

Just to nit-pick... We've had concealed carry in VA for a bit over a decade. In fact, concealed carry is *legal* on college campuses (other than VCU). However, public universities are free to have their own rules about guns on campus. So, a student (or professor/staff) could carry concealed on a college campus. If caught he could be expelled/fired, but there wouldn't be any criminal penalties. There was a bill to prevent public universities from having more strict rules than state law that died in committee. In the debate over that bill, a VT spokesman said that the defeat of that bill would allow VT staff and students to "feel safe."

At Tuesday, April 17, 2007 8:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the parent of two college kids, one at Western and one at Seattle Central (where the recent rave party shooting was connected) I share the grief of the parents and mourn the loss of those kids in the prime of their years.

However, I worry that this incident will give the new congress momentum to add additional gun restrictions.

I can only imagine how the outcome would have been different if a professor or a student or two in each classroom had been armed. I would have happily blasted his ass.

At Wednesday, April 18, 2007 2:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are now hearing that the student had been adjudged "mentally imcompetent and a danger to himself or others." Assuming that is true, how could his guns be purchased legally? I seem to recall a question on form 4473 about that subject.



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