First off, I’d like to take a moment to say that what has happened today at Virginia Tech is absolutely horrendous and deplorable. The families and loved ones of those involved will be in my thoughts and prayers. I’ve been offline for the most part the last 2-3 days due to festivities, so I didn’t hear about the shootings until Teresa called me around lunchtime. I switched the TV from Animal Planet to Fox News (much to Jessie’s chagrin, of course), and have been watching the coverage off and on all afternoon.
Some are already calling it the “College Columbine.” Many parents are already pointing fingers — mainly at the need for students to have the ability to defend themselves. Who’s to say that maybe some of these deaths could have been avoided if students were given the means to arm themselves? A bill was passed around a little over a year ago that would have allowed such a thing to be possible, but it was shot down (if you’ll excuse the unfortunate turn of phrase) with little effort. (Hat tip: Michelle Malkin)
When I was in school, this sort of thing was unheard of … never in my wildest imaginings would I ever dream of having to endure an event such as this. What gets me is that I’ve learned that many schools don’t even let students carry mace or pepper spray — for example, a quick Google resulted in Allen College in the top 10 results listing those two forbidden items in its Student Handbook. How many other schools won’t allow its students to arm themselves in ANY means in the interest of self-defense?
In doing this, what the Hell are they teaching our children?!!?
While VT did eventually do the “right thing” and emailed its students asking them to stay inside — what about the kids that didn’t/don’t check email or were already out and about around campus? It has long been my opinion that we (as a country) cannot continue to take the “stay inside and draw the blinds” stance; we have GOT to start standing up for ourselves and FIGHT! Fight to protect our loved ones. Fight to protect our homes. Fight to protect ourselves.
Again … I can’t help but wonder if today had turned out differently if someone had done just that.