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Find The Boots

Rantings from a few corporate types about life, technology, travel, guns, politics, and everything good in the world.

Tragedy at VA Tech

Monday, April 16, 2007

I got nothing really to add, except that I thought a friend's daughter was at Tech (she was at UVA) so that is quite a personal relief.

His daughter is locked into her room inside a locked dorm on a campus swarming with state cops, so she's pretty safe, assuming that she's not got too much booze in the room and has bathroom access.

But he said something funny: They have to get rid of these guns on campus.

It wasn't the time to say anything, but of course the campus was already "gun free." So my take is that the real shame was that there was only one guy with a gun on campus. It didn't have to be that way:
Gun bill gets shot down by panel
HB 1572, which would have allowed handguns on college campuses, died in subcommittee.

A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly.

House Bill 1572 didn't get through the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety. It died Monday in the subcommittee stage, the first of several hurdles bills must overcome before becoming laws.

Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated. "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." Roanoke Times, Tuesday, January 31, 2006
I am pretty careful to only carry where it is legal, but I'm starting to consider changing that behavior. Sure, my Kel-Tec 380 is accurate to around 10 feet (maybe more if in the hands of a better shot) and only carries 6+1, but I'd rather do something rather than nothing.

For god's sake, kids were jumping out of windows to get away. Like some grim echo of 911.


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