Gunman kills 21 at Virginia Tech
Here's the story.
Joe Olson emails:
"A terrible tragedy. I know, I teach on college campus.
Once he starts to act, the only thing that can stop a single, psychotic killer who is willing to die is the rapid delivery of counter fire by whoever is near. Cop, civilian, it doesn't matter who or their job status. The more people who are nearby and capable of delivering return fire, the fewer and less serious the injuries (there's criminological data on this).
Virginia Tech. is a "gun free" zone guaranteeing that the psychotic killer had the only gun. He came prepared. He waited until there were no police in sight and then commenced his murderous acts certain that he would encounter no effective resistance. And , he didn't.
Twenty-one innocent dead because there was no one capable of fighting back. All they could do was cower or run."
Clayton Cramer emails:
"Here's the section of the VTU policy on this:
2.2 Prohibition of Weapons
The university’s employees, students, and volunteers, or any visitor or
other third party attending a sporting, entertainment, or educational
event, or visiting an academic or administrative office building or
residence hall, are further prohibited from carrying, maintaining, or
storing a firearm or weapon on any university facility, even if the
owner has a valid permit, when it is not required by the individual’s
job, or in accordance with the relevant University Student Life Policies.
Any such individual who is reported or discovered to possess a firearm
or weapon on university property will be asked to remove it immediately.
Failure to comply may result in a student judicial referral and/or
arrest, or an employee disciplinary action and/or arrest."
"reader John Lucas, who works with a Virginia law firm, emails that Va. Tech is a "gun-free zone." Well, for those who follow the law. There was an effort to change that but it failed: "A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly." That's unfortunate."
Interesting quote from the story linked by Instapundit: "Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated. "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.""