Saturday, April 21, 2007

Failure and Inefficacy

In light of the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech, I would like to express my heartfelt sympathies to all family and friends whose loved ones were injured and lost.

In the days immediately following the incident, blame was laid on guns. There were a few calls for stricter gun laws. But the laws failed that day, chief among them the prohibition of firearms on the Virginia Tech campus.

The killer's handguns were obtained legally through a gun store, after the required background check. He even waited the required 30 days before making a second handgun purchase. The killer was obviously a planner, as the last I heard there were about 70 or so "clips" used. If the "clips" were high-capacity (let's say 10 rounds per magazine, per the Clinton Gun Ban), that's over 700 rounds being carried. They would weigh several pounds.

The only effective responses to the tragedy that day were the students who barricaded the door to their classroom, and Professor Liviu Librescu, a holocaust survivor who stood between his students and the killer so that they could escape out the windows.

If any change to our gun control laws needs to be made, it should be to loosen all restrictions on where a concealed handgun permit holder may carry a firearm. Consider the possibility of the Va Tech killer meeting just one person with a gun as he begins his carnage...

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