As the story of the tragedy at Virginia Tech unfolds, the gun control nazis will emerge again, more virulent and self-righteous than ever.
And a few lone voices will observe the truth: When guns are criminalized, only criminals will have guns.
In fact, that is exactly what happened at Virginia Tech.
As Virginia law stands now, lawfully carried and concealed guns are prohibited on the campus of Virginia Tech. To be fair, we can assume that illegally carried guns are also prohibited.
Yet one man with criminal intent carried at least two guns on campus and killed 32 innocent people, with nary an armed soul to oppose him before he had killed two, then hours later, many more.
As WorldNetDaily.com reports today, about a year ago the Virginia General Assembly defeated a bill which would have allowed permit holders to carry guns on campus. A spokesman for VT heaved a sigh of relief at the time as he said:
“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.”
I’ll bet he wishes he had never uttered those words.
Del. Todd Gilbert, of Shenendoah, sponsored the bill to allow legal guns on campus. He was naturally reticent to comment today, but he did observe:
“The one thing that this tragic event does illustrate is that there is not a single gun law, rule or regulation that will stop someone with this kind of evil intent from going about their business and taking life at will, if they are committed to doing that… Had I been on campus today, and otherwise been entitled to carry firearms for protection and been deprived of that, I don’t think words can describe how I would have felt, knowing I could have stopped something like this.”
If some students and faculty had been carrying their legally permitted guns today, it is likely that a few deaths would have occurred. However, in at least two instances the murderer chained classroom doors closed and proceeded to fire at students. In all likelihood an armed student would have stopped him before 32 people had been executed.
It has never made sense to me that we designate certain areas where we educate, care for, and/or house our children, our most treasured possessions, as free of lawfully possessed guns. In essence we say, “Hey, you murderous scum, there are our kids. The folks there don’t have any guns. Have at ‘em!” And sure enough, the murderous scum show up and kill the innocent, in far too many instances.
As Gomer Pyle would say, surprise, surprise,
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