Monday, April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech

My condolences go out to the families of the victims of today's shooting.

As someone who was an educator when Columbine went down, I know full well that the subject of many meetings to come will be this shooting and how the elimination of guns will prevent such occurrences from happening in the future.

This is not the time for more policies, more regulations, and more laws.

Guns did not kill those 32 people today. A human being did. A human being that thought his grievances were more important than the lives of 32 people.

The usual suspects will be on the airwaves in time for prime time news shows denouncing our culture's "insane love affair with guns" or some other such nonsense. They will play on our heartstrings parading before us the one argument everyone has difficulty responding to, the victims. They'll advance the absurd notion that if only the Second Amendment were repealed or tougher gun laws were in place this never would have happened. As my wife likes to say "guns kill people like spoons made Rosie O'Donnell fat." The usual suspects will spout that only police should have guns because they're the only ones trained in their use. The majority of gun owners I know spend significantly more time at the range than the cops I know.

I prefer to turn the tables on the gun control advocates. What about the employees (or *gasp* students) of Virginia Tech who wanted to carry a firearm to the campus for personal protection but were prevented from doing so because of HR policies designed to circumvent state laws allowing for concealed carry? I would dare say this incident is a better argument for loosening restrictions on those who would like to carry than passing even more restrictions. Why is it that these maniacs target schools? Could it be that they know that there is little risk of having fire returned? This maniac would have acquired a gun regardless of the laws that are in place. They always do.

The law abiding can do nothing inside these victim dis-armorment zones we call our schools and universities. They can only cower in fear waiting for law enforcement that simply cannot be everywhere at once. We give the criminals and the mentally unstable all the power when we refuse to allow the law abiding the ability to fight back.

For those who aren't aware, there are three types of people in this world: sheep, sheepdogs, and wolves. Wolves feed on sheep, but sheepdogs protect the sheep with their lives. Sheepdogs look a lot like wolves, and that makes the sheep nervous. Unfortunately, in modern times, the sheep have stopped seeing the difference between sheepdogs and wolves and have done their best to cast (or in many cases turn) sheepdogs as wolves. It was a lack of sheepdogs that directly contributed to the tragedy that occurred today. When there are no more sheepdogs, the sheep will have nothing to protect them from the wolves. Just ask the UK how well gun control is working out for them.

Disarming the public is a great way to see more of these incidents occur. 'Twas ever thus and ever thus shall be.

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