Update April 17, 2007: Virginia General Assembly voted in 2006 to not allow handguns on campus...
Good thing he finally turned his gun on himself. Bad thing was there were a least 30 other people at Virginia Tech who didn't have the legal authority to defend themselves with equal force.
I think I know what they would say if they had another chance at life.
"Who is the lunatic who thinks that gun control works?"
Not everyone is going to carry a gun if they are legally allowed to. But some will. And with that knowledge, the murderer has a lot more to think about. He may still have gone on his senseless rampage, but chances are there would be a lot more people alive at Virginia Tech today.
Update April 17, 2007: In 2006, a member of the Virginia General Assembly submitted a bill that "would have given qualified college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus." The bill was defeated. Those that defeated the bill were triumphant, because such banning of firearms "will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus" according to a representative from the Virginia Tech campus at the time.
Here are some other interesting facts leading up to yesterday's massacre.
In the spring of 2005, a Virginia Tech student who had a concealed handgun permit was disciplined for bringing a handgun to class, the Roanoke paper reported. Second Amendment groups questioned the university's authority, but the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police argued against guns on campus.
In June 2006, Virginia Tech's governing board approved a violence prevention policy that reaffirmed the school's ban.