A sobering editorial from the NY Sun:
Only weeks before the shooting, Virginia’s legislature refused to pass a bill that, as the paper put it, “would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus.”
The story reported that a spokesman for Virginia Tech, Larry Hincker, was happy to hear the bill was defeated. “I’m sure,” the paper quoted Mr. Hincker as saying, “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.”
Today, however, the question hanging over this tragedy is whether the legislature acted wisely or whether, in fact, the campus would have been safer had the students and others been permitted to keep and bear arms in the dorms and on the greenswards.
It’s not a theoretical question. In 2002, according to a report on CNSNews.com, a disgruntled student at the Appalachian Law School, Peter Odighizuwa, allegedly shot and killed the school’s dean, a professor, and a student on campus. He was subdued, CNSNews.comreported, only when two students reportedly ran to their cars to fetch their own guns and returned to confront the killer, who surrendered.
Thx to the NY Sun