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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Virginia Tech Prevents Self Defence

How could this happen when Virginia Tech was a Gun Free Zone?. The collage was quite proud of the defeat of a law that would have allowed students and faculty with valid concealed weapons permits to carry on campus.

More than one year before today's unprecedented shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, the state's General Assembly quashed a bill that would have given qualified college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus.

At the time, Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker said he was happy to hear of the bill's defeat, according to the Roanoke Times.

"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," the Virginia Tech spokesman said.

The proposal, House Bill 1572, was initiated by Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County, on behalf of the Virginia Citizens Defense League.

Their efforts sure kept everyone safe. Instead of confronting the gunman with equal force, people were left to hide the best they could until police could arrive and figure out what was going on and how best to deal with it. The world is a screwed up place and thinking good thoughts so Tinkerbell won't die is not going to stop evil. Pass all the regulations and laws you want, if you leave indiviguals unable to protect themselves evil is free to do it's work.

Bernice Hausman is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech. She wrote back in February how safe she felt because guns were prohibited on campus.

In my own case, I feel quite acutely that prohibiting Virginia's colleges from banning guns on campus would contribute to a diminishment of my academic freedom and a lessened sense of safety at my job and in my relationship with students, colleagues and other university personnel.

Never considering the real possability that those same students may be able to save lives by being prepared to defend themselves and others.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Bernice...an armed society is a polite society. If you think someone is going to go ballistic because you give them a failing grade, you're grossly underestimating 99.999 per cent of your students...and you should be watching for a sociopath like Cho anyway...he was a danger to everyone...

If he came to your gun-free office, would you even have time to call 911? Is your academic freedom and own precious life not worth your defending?
Doug in Colorado

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