I was going to write something similar but Jeff Knox says it more eloquently than I would have. If just one person had a Weapon they could have stopped this person. Laws preventing law abiding citizens from carrying weapons for self defense and defending themselves just turn them into victims. Such stupid laws do NOTHING to stop someone like the person who shot up Virginia Tech. A teacher or guard, even a student could have stopped this person if they weren’t prohibited from carrying weapons on campus even if they do have a CCW. Weapons free zones are nothing more than disarmed victims waiting zone. If you think the police are there to protect you this incident should be a lesson to you, they only take reports after the fact..
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Thirty three dead after shooting rampage at Virginia Tech. All of the
victims were unarmed. The murderer killed himself.
Virginia Tech forbids students and faculty from possessing firearms on
campus, even when they have valid concealed weapons permits.
News is still sketchy but it appears that a lunatic went on a rampage
at Virginia Tech University this morning killing some 32 people before
killing himself. Early reports indicate that the shooting started shortly
after 7:00 this morning in a co-ed dormitory housing some 800
students. The gunman avoided apprehension after that incident and it is
speculated that the same gunman then walked into a classroom building two
hours later and began shooting students in classrooms.
Reports indicate that the gunman first chained the doors to the building
from the inside and was wearing a vest with numerous magazines attached to
it. The only firearms mentioned in any of the reports were two 9mm
handguns supposedly carried by the gunman, but those reports are so far
The campus Police Chief says that officers entered the buildings
immediately upon arrival but that there was never any exchange of gunfire
between the gunman and police.
The Virginia Citizens Defense League has sponsored legislation in the
last two sessions of the Virginia legislature aimed at forcing state
schools like Virginia Tech to abandon their policy of forbidding students
and faculty from possessing guns on campus. Representatives of the
colleges argued that their campuses were safe and have little crime...
As always happens in incidents like this, the media is casting about
for someone or something to blame for this tragedy other than the
criminal. Most of the criticism so far has been pointed toward the schools
response to the first shootings. They are asking questions like, "Why
wasn't the campus locked down at that time?" and "Why weren't students
notified not to go to classes?". So far no one in the mainstream media has
asked the question we want answered: "Why do you force law-abiding students
to disarm when on campus?"
When asked what could be done to avert a tragedy like this, the
president of the University responded that, "We obviously can't have an
armed guard in front of every classroom every day." To which the Firearms
Coalition responds: If you admit that you can't protect people, why do you
insist on taking away people's ability to protect themselves?
Eyewitness accounts of the shooting suggest that the shooter was firing
very rapidly, precluding any opportunity for students to overwhelm him with
force and numbers. The only thing that could have mitigated this tragedy
would have been one or more persons armed with firearms within close
proximity when the shooting started.
Instead of pointing out this simple, practical truth, it won't be long
until the media takes up the cries that have already begun from the
anti-gun forces and start blaming the tools and using this tragedy as an
excuse to pursue more restrictions on firearms. It is up to the pro-gun
majority to bring this back to the facts of personal protection - that an
individual's security is that individual's responsibility and it is
inexcusable for anyone to ever take away anyone else's right to their
chosen means of affecting that protection.
We will keep you posted as this story develops.
Yours for the Second Amendment,
Director of Operations
The Firearms Coalition
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