Skip to comments.VIRGINIA TECH
Posted on 04/17/2007 8:36:27 AM PDT by Dick Bachert
Tuesday - April 17, 2007
It's now the day after. The initial shock has worn off and now we set out to digest as much of the news coming from Virginia Tech as we can. Predictably, the usual suspects are already out from under their beds and making quite a bit of noise. Usual suspects? Number one on that list would be the anti-Second Amendment crowd .. the gun control lobby. Actually, they didn't wait until today .. they were pounding the media payment by mid-afternoon yesterday. Another group of usual suspects is a rather new breed. I don't think they have an actual name yet. Blamesters comes to mind. They see a tragic event and the immediately set out to assign blame. As soon as they've figured out who they think is responsible, they start calling for resignations or firings.
Blame? The person responsible for the shootings yesterday was the man with the gun. We're still waiting for an identity, though I don't know what good that's going to do.
First, let's deal with the blame game.
More Virginia Tech students would be alive right now if... students had been kept from going to class after the first shootings there were stricter gun control laws people with concealed carry permits were allowed to carry guns into Virginia Tech dorms and classrooms
Toward the end of yesterday afternoon a common theme seemed to have developed in the media. Who do we blame for this? The focus seemed to be on the campus administration and security. The issue was the two hours that separated the first shooting from the second. Two students died in the first shooting. Campus authorities believed (apparently correctly) that this was a domestic situation and that there was no further threat to other students. There were also reports that police had "a person of interest" in custody. Other reports were that a gunman was in custody. Two hours later the shootings occurred in Norris Hall and 31 more people were killed.
Now we have parents demanding that the president of Virginia Tech be fired. Why wasn't the entire campus locked down? Why didn't all students know that there was a shooter lose on the campus? Well just how are you going to accomplish that? I've heard a lot of talk about email. Do you think that every student on that campus was sitting at a computer at that time reading their email? Many were walking or driving to classes. Maybe they could have used text messages on cell phones. Would that work? And why would the administrators do this when they had no reason to believe that there was any further threat to the other students? Hindsight is perfect, isn't it. So why don't we fire the administrative staff of Virginia Tech for not possessing that wonderful quality.
Amazing, isn't it? Guess what? We don't live in a perfect world! The proper course of action here is to figure out how this tragedy might have been averted, not to go hunting for the scalps of college administrators who, in all likelihood, took every reasonable step they could think of to contain this situation after the first shooting.
Perhaps we're still feeling empowered after the Imus lynching last week. Hey .. that felt good! Let's get some more rope and go get some more!
This "blame and fire" response is absurd. You have one psychopath with a gun who wanted to kill people. How in the world do you stop him on a college campus where the killer and a few security officers are the only ones with guns?
And that brings us to the subject of .......
This is undoubtedly the worst school shooting, high school, college or otherwise, in the history of our country. There are some facts, however, about some of these school shootings of which you probably are not aware. Do you know, for instance, that at least three shootings in high schools were stopped by civilians with guns? Civilians, not law enforcement. In one case a civilian was traveling past a school when he saw children running from the building. One told him that there was a student inside shooting people. The civilian pulled his gun, ran in side, and confronted the student. The student put down the gun and surrendered. In another case a high school vice-principal heard that there was a student in the hallways with a gun. He sprinted a half-mile to his car. He had a gun in his car so he had to park off campus. He then sprinted back with the gun to confront the student. Lives saved.
There have been many other cases where civilians with guns have prevented further carnage at the hands of killers. The media isn't fond of reporting these episodes because they don't contribute to the cause of gun control.
The point here is that you are never ever going to get the guns out of the hands of those who want to use them for carnage. Never. In all the years of press releases and statements from the Brady anti-gun organization there has never been one single gun control plan presented that would take the guns out of the hands of criminals. This is the oddity of gun control. Only law abiding people are going to abide by gun control laws. Criminals are not. The anti-gun lobby, and that includes much of the media, will never give any fair coverage at all to the people who use guns to save their own lives, or the lives of others.
Now here's something that I have yet to see reported in the mainstream media. Earlier this year the Virginia General Assembly failed to act on House Bill 1572. The citizens of Virginia are permitted to carry concealed weapons if they get a proper permit from the state government --- unless you are on a college campus. This bill would have allowed college students and employees to carry handguns on campus --- with appropriate permits, of course. It died in subcommittee. After the bill was thrown out up steps Larry Hincker, a spokesman for Virginia Tech, the site of today's carnage, who says "I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus."
So .. how safe did these students and faculty in Norris Hall feel yesterday?
Now nobody can say for certain, but if it had been legal for students, employees or faculty members with permits to carry guns on the campus, is it at all possible that there might be some students alive today who didn't make it through the carnage? Do you think the actions of the Virginia General Assembly stopped the gunman from getting his guns and carrying them to the campus? Of course not. Reports are that the guns had their serial numbers scratched off. The were acquired outside of the normal channels of commerce and illegally carried to the Virginia Tech campus. The law meant nothing to the shooter. It meant something to the victims though, and perhaps that's why there wasn't one person anywhere near the shooter with a gun that might .. just might have been used for self defense.
There are those out there who think that allowing people to carry a concealed weapon on a college campus is an absurd idea. Why so? Just how is a college campus that much different than our society as a whole? Diverse people living together in common environment pursuing different goals. Where's the big difference? What is so special about a college campus that students should not be allowed to own firearms? What if some student in the dormitory had a gun? What if he heard the argument in an adjoining room and had accompanied the student advisor when he went to quell the disturbance? Could that student with a gun have stopped this carnage before it even began? We'll never know. But is there anyone out there who can say for a certainty that the day might have played out quite differently?
Some of the less educated will come forth with lines of thought like "We don't want to return to the wild, wild west." Why not? What research have you put into your clever little "wild wild west" line? Do you know anything about the actual crime rates in the so-called wild west? Would you be surprised to learn that the crime rate in what we now refer to as the "wild wild west" was actually lower than it is in most American cities now? And why would that be? Because people were armed, for one thing. People were armed, and the bad guys knew that people were armed. Tell me ... just what chance do you think a lone gunman would have had in those days in lining up people against a wall and then calmly picking them off one by one. No ... I'll tell you. Slim to none. Oh he might get off a shot or two, but by then he would be the object of some rather intensive target practice.
And let's talk about people with concealed carry permits. Do you think they're dangerous? Do you think they're just wandering around ready to pull their gun and start shooting at the slightest provocation? Again .. check the statistics. People with concealed carry permits are among the most law abiding people in the nation. Oops ... another little preconception shot to hell, so to speak.
Let me ask you another question. In fact, let's set up a hypothetical situation. You're in a class full of people at a university. Let's say that there are 30 people in that room. A predator with a gun walks through the door. He shoots the professor, kills him. He then takes the remainder of the people in the room and lines them up against a wall. He then walks up to the first person and shots them in the head. Now ... let me allow you to change the scenario. We can freeze-frame this situation while you make a decision. Your decision is this: You can put a gun into the hands of one student or a professor in that room, or you can leave things exactly the way they are. What are you going to do? Come on now, let's have it. Which way do you want it? Do you want the predator to be the only one in the room with a gun? Or would you like to have at least the fighting chance that would result if one, maybe two of your classmates had a firearm.
Now believe it or not, there are people out there (we generally call them liberals) who would say; "Oh no, I don't want anyone else to have a gun! They might try to shoot the killer and innocent people might get caught in the crossfire!" Well you can try to find a rational basis for that argument from now until pigs fly, and you will fail. There is no rationality in that argument. It's an argument based in mindless hysteria.
Let's couch the argument a bit differently. Let's say you are the parent of a college student. You get a call from the campus police saying that your child is being held hostage in a classroom on the campus. The hostage-taker has a gun and has already shot one student. The police tell you that they have developed a plan whereby they are going to be able to sneak a gun into the hands of one of the students in the classroom, a student known to the police to be proficient in the use of a handgun. Before the police can take this step they need the unanimous consent of the parents of the students in that class. While you're thinking it over the hostage-taker executes another student. OK ... your decision. What do you say? Are you going to say "No, I don't want any of those students to be armed. I don't care how qualified they are with a gun." Or are you going to allow the gun to be passed to the student.
Now if your answer is that you would allow the gun to be passed to the student, they please explain your rational for the position that the student in question should not have been permitted to have a gun in the first place with a concealed carry permit? You may have difficulty in understanding this, but it really is rather difficult to arm these students after the fact. And insofar as the shooter is concerned ...you do understand that there is no way in hell to have prevented him to come on to that campus with guns once he made up his mind to do so, don't you?
Here's another question for you to ponder. What if the Virginia legislature had passed HB 1572 and it had been signed into law? Then the shooter would have known that there was a strong likelihood that there would be some students, professors and administrators on the campus with a gun. Is there any chance at all that this might have caused the shooter to set aside his plans for carnage? Can you say for a certainty that things would have played out as they did?
Lambs for the slaughter
One more thing. I have a question here. No answer .. just a question. Why didn't some of these students fight back? How in the hell do you line students up against a wall (if that's the way it played out) and start picking them off one by one without the students turning on you? You have a choice. Try to rush the killer and get his gun, or stand there and wait to be shot. I would love to hear from some of you who have insight into situations such as this. Was there just not enough time to react? Were they paralyzed with fear? Were they waiting for someone else to take action? Sorry .. I just don't understand.
And one more thing
I've heard many students being interviewed by the media since yesterday's shooting. They are all very articulate and impressive in the face of this horrible incident, but none more impressive than a student named Jamal. Jamal is from the West Bank. A Muslim. A Palestinian. I heard him interviewed a few times on CNN. A very impressive young man indeed.
Everyone associated with the show wishes to express their deepest condolences to the families and friends of the students who lost their lives yesterday at Virginia Tech. I have a close friend who's son attends VT. Even though he knew that his son was safe, I could hear the emotion in his voice yesterday when I talked with him. There is no way we can understand the anguish that accompanies the loss of a child-- especially under senseless circumstances such as this. We are very sorry for your loss.
IDIOT EMAIL OF THE DAY!
Subject: Shootings Message: What gets me is what was George Bush doing and just where was he while the Virginia Tech shootings were going on. He has waisted innumberable resources on his illegal War in Iraq when he could have been increasing security here. This would NOT have happened if Kerry had won the last election. The Brady Bill would not have run out and these fine children would have been protected. You conservative gun nuts make me sick.
AN INTEMPERATE AND INSENSITIVE QUESTION
After the first shooting on the Virginia Tech campus yesterday police were notified that the shooter was Asian. Then several Asian students on the campus were detained as the police looked for the shooter. Now tell me ... wasn't that racial profiling? If it wasn't, 'splain why not!
Issues nailed, on all counts!
wow...taking it beyond the "Bush's fault" line.
Teachers at the school where I teach (large, private, Christian) — are today ALL AGREED THAT ANY OF US WITH A CHL SHOULD HAVE OUR WEAPONS ON CAMPUS!!!!
A point that gun-grabbers will never understand.
PING ! This nails it.
“Reports are that the guns had their serial numbers scratched off.” Why did they find reciepts for the guns in his back pack? I am beginning to believe that only US citizens be allowed to carry guns legally. Our Constitution is for US citizens only.
Gun slayings don’t happen in malls, cause its known people pack. The last mall shooting I heard about not too long ago, an off duty SS agent fired on the shooter, helped take him out.
Nanny State / Gun Grabber bump
The very people that constantly instruct us on moderation, middle ground, no black and white but shades of grey, etc. are sure totally one-sided on guns (and, typically, against the prime law of the land).
Oh, and I'm sure the Godless secularist staff on campus are offering great comfort there.
Neoliberalism is surely a mental disorder.
PC KILLS — AND KILLS — AND KILLS — AND THE POLITICIANS SLUMBER ON.
TIME FOR A MAJOR HOUSECLEANING!!!
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