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Preventable tragedy 
17th-Apr-2007 07:09 am
Muhommad Caraciture
Virginia Tech Killer Identified
Cho Seung-Hui, 23-Year-Old Student, Left 'Distrubing Note'

By RICHARD ESPOSITO and DAVID SCHOETZ

April 17, 2007 — We now know the identity of the killer at Virginia Tech.

He is Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old resident alien of the United States, as first reported by ABC News.

Cho is a South Korean national, a Virginia Tech senior majoring in English and the man who killed 33 people — inlcuding himself — on the Virginia Tech campus Monday. [...]


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US campus killings may restart gun violence debate
Mon Apr 16, 2007 8:13PM BST

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The killings at Virginia Tech university on Monday will stir fresh U.S. debate over gun control and what drives people to go on shooting rampages through schools and colleges. [...]


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Let's have ANOTHER debate on guns. We should pass MORE laws that the criminals will ignore. Let us pass more laws that will render the law abiding even MORE defenseless.

The killer was from South Korea. I didn't know that foreign nationals could buy firearms (I think they can in Florida). I guess if they pass the background check... Yeah. Real effective, that waiting period. Works very well, doesn't it?

I titled this post a "preventable tragedy". Time and again we see how restrictions on firearms results in the death of the innocent. Obviously it isn't working. How about we try something different? Let's try ARMING our society. If just ONE student or professor was lawfully armed and in the right place at the right time, this tragedy would never have reached this scale. What if ALL the students and professors were allowed to carry firearms? Then the maximum body count would likely have reached two - one would be the killer. If all students and faculty were allowed to carry firearms, then the slaughter would likely never have taken place. Criminals don't seek out the strongest. They seek out the weak. They prey upon the defenseless.

Let's try passing some laws that don't create weakness, but instead STRENGTHEN the weak.

Trust the People: The Case Against Gun Control
by David B. Kopel

Gun Control: Separating Fact from Myth
November 15, 2000
Gary Kleck, David Kopel

The takeaway (for the purpose of this post) is “...the highest estimate of the number of crimes committed in any one year with a gun is about a million, versus about two and half million defensive gun uses.”
Comments 
17th-Apr-2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, resident aliens can buy guns. That question was asked and answered on the news I was watching this morning. His family is here, and apparently, he's a product of the American Public School systems.

The comment made on the radio this morning was 'some people are just f'in crazy, and there's really no way to prepare for that.'
17th-Apr-2007 07:36 pm (UTC) - A point of clarification
I wish to clarify my point on arming up the citizenry. I don't just mean hand people a gun and say "be safe out there!"

I meant that there is education that needs to go with it. Training that a firearm is a tool that when handled improperly, is deadly. Training on proper use. Training in proper maintenance. Training to not fear, but to respect.

Just like a tablesaw is dangerous in the wrong hands, so is a gun. Education is key here. I had hunter safety classes in middle school. Do those classes even exist in schools anymore? The Boy Scouts have a marksmanship badge and they now use plastic pellet or BB guns. Irrational fear of an inanimate object now grips society.

We need to get over this fear that guns are evil and realize that it is the people that misuse them that are bad. The problem is the PEOPLE, not the TOOL.

The handgun is just a tool. So also are ice picks, baseball bats, cars, machetes, nail guns, and kitchen knives.

Tools. Inanimate pieces of metal and plastic. Neither bad nor good. All require knowledge and skill to prevent injury in their use and all can be used for evil.

Guns get used by crooks since you don't have to be up close and personal with them. As I said above, criminals seek weak points and distance gives criminals their cowardly edge. But every criminal knows, they cannot outrun a bullet, either.

Give everyone a gun and give them a fighting chance.
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