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-- Micah 6:8

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--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Debate Starts


Well, as I predicted yesterday, the gun control debate has fired up before the corpses are even cold in the ground, with Virginia legislators on the one hand seeking to allow colleges to enact tougher gun control regs than state law allows, or on the other side pushing to resurrect a proposal sponsored last year by my far-sighted former colleague Tod Gilbert, a Virginia State Delegate, which would have prevented campuses from restricting lawful concealed carry permit holders from carrying on campus.

It's hard to see how allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry on campus would be any worse than the current situation where anyone who really wants to, like the gunman yesterday, can carry a gun. What might have changed yesterday if a lawfully armed student, professor, or staff member had been around when the murderer started his spree?

And yet as it stands, the likelihood is that the only armed presence on a campus will be a criminal or the very thinly stretched campus police, who obviously cannot be everywhere and who can be avoided by a gunman bent on mass killing.
Sadly, the criminals will carry when and where they want regardless of the law; a lawfully armed citizen will usually obey the law and not carry on campus.

The balance of power favors the murderer.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Tom,
Armed or not, why didn't any of these students band together to disarm this guy? Not to second guess the split second, terror reaction of the victims, but at that point, what did anyone have to lose?

Could you imagine a construction worker crew passively watching their coworkers be shot one by one? Or, imagine someone like yourself walking into an inner city bar and ordering everyone down? What do you think woud happen?

We are so gentile and civilized that we may have failed to foster the cold, hard realities of survival in our children.