It’s been established here in the past that I fall a bit to the right ideologically. Actually, I consider myself a Libertarian, but lately if you’re not on the left, you’re nothing.
(Seriously…I hear such hateful anti-Republican speech at work anymore. Not everyone’s James Dobson, peeps.)
So about Virginia Tech…here’s an approximation of a conversation I had today:
Person: I’m amazed that the gun nuts haven’t weighed in on the Virginia Tech incident. They have no defense there so they’re keeping quiet.
Me: Like…if one of those hundreds of students at VT had been armed, things may have turned out differently?
Person: (haughty chuckle) Yeah…there’d have been over 50 dead.
Me: Or fewer than 32. Depending on when the shooter finally came across an armed student.
Me: I’m no gun nut, but if I were in a classroom being shot at, I’d have reallllly wanted one of my classmates or teachers to have been armed and firing back.
And that’s 100% true. I’m not a gun nut, but that freak-on-a-leash in Virginia was shooting fish in a barrel. Helpless fish in a barrel.
For generations now, we’ve been taught to sit back and take it. Let the mugger take your wallet. Let the rapist have his way, as long as you scratch at him to get some DNA. Ignore the bully at school and he’ll go away. Don’t give the hijackers any trouble, and they’ll just take the plane where they want to go.
If a shooter comes to school, shut the door and basically wait for him to show up.
All of the gun control laws in the world would have never stopped what happened today. If he couldn’t get the guns legally, he’d have found a way.
I know in my heart of hearts there was at least one student there who hunted, or went skeet shooting or was an ROTC cadet. At least one student with a steady arm and true aim. Virgina may have been mourning fewer casualties tonight.