You all probably know by now of the tragedy at Virginia Tech. In short, some whack job started shooting at students on VT's campus this morning, killing (so far) 32 people. It started around 7:30am, and the VT locked down the campus. Well, they then lifted the lock down, and the guy started shooting again. He eventually killed himself. He will not be missed.
Normally, one would hope we could at least have a couple of hours to grieve and/or honor the dead, but the media is already looking for the boogyman in this, so here we are:
The point of this post is to bring to light this particular topic: Firearms are banned on all campus grounds at Virginia Tech (and every other school in the US, for that matter). Imagine how low the death toll would have been had any of the students been armed. It's hard to stalk room to room gunning people down when the room starts firing back.
Gun control favors shootings such as this. Criminals and the insane will have access to weapons no matter how many stupid laws are passed against it. Gun control simply takes away the public's ability to defend itself, and turns citizens into targets.
End rant for now. There's many, many things to discuss about this sad event (such as why students were notified that a killer was loose 2 hours after the shooting started.) We'll get to that later.
EDIT: As usual, Fark.com has served up a picture that sums up the aftermath of this nicely:
BONUS!: Dr. Phil blames all of this on...wait for it...video games!. I hate Dr. Phil.
Although, Tetris does make me get all stabby and stuff...