Virginia Tech

There’s not much that I can say about the events of the day, but it seems trivial to blog about anything else at the moment. The only thing I do know is that it is far too easy here for a disturbed person to take a lot of others with him. It’s a mystery to me why we continue to insist on making guns as widely available as cell phones. The founders of our country, for all their wisdom, never imagined the kind of firepower that technology would put in the hands of individuals. It’s a far cry from the hunter’s rifle to the automatic or semiautomatic 9 mm pistols used by this killer.

Oh, and no, I don’t really think that things would have turned out better if everyone on campus had been armed.  Professors?  I know a lot of them, being one, and I wouldn’t want most of them to be carrying a gun.  Students?  I shudder to think.  Look, what other developed country has this sort of incident on a regular basis?  What other developed country allows you to buy a gun at Wal-Mart?

One Response to “Virginia Tech”

  1. Reno says:

    What other country has a president whose spokesperson reminds the country, just hours after something like this happens, that “The president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms”?

    Virginia Tech was one of my top picks for a PhD program, and I visited there a few years ago before choosing Reno. I have been picturing the campus and the town all day.

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