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Tuesday, April 17. 2007
One year ago, Virginia Tech's General Assembly defeated a resolution to permit legal gun carrying on campus. Also, Blame the Guns at Michelle. Some people just can't put their political agendas aside for 24 hours to pray for these people and their families.
I like this thought from today's piece at Democracy Project:
Hillary never read the 2002 pre-war intel report. Too busy doing what?
Obama's income. Everyone always wonders how politicians get so rich on their already comfortable salaries.
Army Strong. Heart transplant doesn't slow down this reservist.
Like France, Sweden now has Moslem neighborhoods that the cops cannot enter.
Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of The Federalist Society?
From Roger Simon:
Photo: Why the Sam Neil still shot today? A lady reader claimed that our cheesecake to beefcake ratio was far too high, and threatened us with Al Sharpton's goon squad unless we posted Sam. So, naturally, following the footsteps of the courageous Don Imus, we folded like a cheap camera.
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I'm thinking I should have pursued a career in hosiptal administration, whatever that is.
LOL--"folded like a cheap camera" --love a good met mixtaphor--
"Several of Librescu's other students sent e-mails to his wife, Marlena, telling of how he had blocked the gunman's way and saved their lives, said Librescu's son, Joe."
--from mika's link. read it if you can stand bitter irony.
No one has said it on any blog, but many are decrying the supposed short-sightedness of gun control. I want to hear someone actually come out and say: Every student should be allowed to carry. Schools, campuses should not be gun-free zones.
Just for the heck of it, I'll say it. College kids should be armed in case one of their fellow students loses it and decides to kill some people. The students can take their guns to parties, to the cafeteria, to classes, to soccer practice, to football games, to dances, to classes and to the library - and anywhere they want so they can be prepared to shoot someone before someone shoots them.
That makes sense. Forget that 90% of college kids have never shot a weapon; accidents with guns make up a huge proportion of gun deaths every year; and it might be just a little too easy for a depressed kid to reach into his holster on the way to campus counseling and shoot himself because shucks, counseling doesn't work anyway. I like the keg party scenario best. Townies often crash big parties on campus and guns would help prevent them from ever doing it again. Oh, and some kid doesn't like the grade Professor gave him? Bang.
There are more gun-free zones in our country than there are gun-zones. The reason for it is obvious to a thinking mind.
I have several guns - loaded and ready to protect myself in my house. But to think it's a good idea to arm young people in any setting is too much to contemplate. It would be like the local news in Washington, DC - night after night of shootings. That's it. I quit watching it years ago because it was all about young people killing one another.
Headlines all over Europe today are calling the U.S. an out-of-control gun society. I guess it doesn't enter their minds one of their universities could be hit despite extreme gun-control laws. They figure the guillotine, rapier swords, brilliant wit, ovens, and sneering down a long pointed nose will stop dissent and bullying. Bully for them and their 'walk-this-way' transition to becoming Muslim.
You cannot arm kids. That would put an end to universities and colleges in this country. What parent would send their child into such potential havoc?
Our collective sadness is making us stupid. The only way to fight this is to stamp PC out for good and take back our lives in such a way that our kids do not succumb to bullies. Then maybe the next time a freak event like this happens, they'll be able to think a little faster and more aggressively. Not that these kids had much of a chance. But had they been armed, the death toll would most likely have been much much higher.
Phoenix - No offense but that made no sense to me. No one is suggesting that colleges should issue handguns to all incoming students.
The issue that came up earlier this year related to ADULTS with Virginia Conceal Carry Permits not being allowed to carry on campus (students or staff). I don’t understand why you think there would be more, not less bloodshed if student or professor with a concealed weapon had been in the building yesterday. A carry permit is a responsibility – waving around your gun at a kegger will definitely cost your permit and possibly some jail time even if the trigger isn’t pulled.
I don’t know the specifics of the law in Virginia but most states require a serious background check and an approved training course prior to issuing a Concealed Weapon Permit, so we are not talking about kids who do not have knowledge of firearms. I know many Rutgers students in the National Guard and / or ROTC – I would feel more, not less, comfortable if they were armed on campus.
By forcing the students and staff of colleges to disarm, the schools and states have created perfect targets for gunmen and terrorists – where else can you find so many unarmed people in one place?
I wish the Principal of my kids’ elementary school was armed and proficient with a sidearm – I would feel much better right now.
Some of us mothers are worried. Too many men old and young no longer protect others at risk of their own lives (unlike that brave, brave, amazing prof at VaTech). Our universities and society teach disarmament, cheap empathy and talk as resolution, and passivity to a dangerous degree. For college campuses to declare themselves as “arms free” zones is folly- all such says is, “Come and take us, we’re fools for your sociopathic, criminal ways. We’re socially (ir)responsible wimps. Please send your beloved kids to live and school on our campuses. We won’t protect them as much as teach them to endure and understand other people’s angst…”
My teen daughter has had stalker incidents, as recently as last week, and it’s unsettling. While I’m glad she’s not a sitting duck in a class on a PC and “gun-free” campus and that she knows how to shoot, it is frustrating to note that it’s not easy to arm oneself in NYC. Hope she gets good at devastatingly effective put-down looks and quickly.
I haven’t seen where anybody is proposing that all or most students be armed, only that some students who are motivated enough to meet legal requirements and that a few adults per campus building have access to arms with which they are proficient.
Even shopping malls, where our kids aren’t captive dorm and class residents, have armed security guards, shop owners and miscellaneous private citizen shoppers who might respond effectively in the event of an “event”.
NJS is absolutely right. It's not the perfect solution to have random permitted carriers around here and there, but the knowledge that that's the case makes a whole different world for the VT-type homicidal maniac.
Nothing could be easier for him, and he knows it, than a gun-free school site serving up trapped victims on a platter.
I dont think you can base policy on such a rare, random event. These things are totally unpreventable. Personally, I like carry laws, but the one time I was mugged in NYC it would have done me no good - the barrel of his 9 mm was pressed in my stomach before I knew what was happening. I'd be dead if I had tried to pull out a weapon.
But, like you say, that's an anecdote, not an argument.
BD, in many mugging cases, you'd be dead w/o even trying to pull out a weapon. Having a weapon only gives options. One must decide when and how to use it. But what should young women do when men by-pass building security and try to break down their door or enter via the fire escape?
That self-arming isn't the perfect solution is not the point. Not to be armed is insane and suicidal, when only the bad guys get to have and use guns.