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A Recipe for Mass Murder April 17, 2007

Posted by federalist in Education, RKBA, Social Politics.

The most astonishing thing about yesterday’s mass murder at Virginia Tech, based on what we presently know, is that a lone homicidal terrorist armed only with two semiautomatic handguns managed to actually kill 32 people.

It’s not easy to kill a person with 9mm or .22 caliber handgun rounds.  For example, one study of gang-related shootings in Los Angeles found that only 9% of shooting victims ultimately died.  CDC statistics indicate that only about 20% of victims of intentional gun wounds actually die.  This suggests that the shooter had an extraordinarily long time to roam Norris Hall and fire his weapons with impunity, presumably at close ranges.

Why would so many people passively submit to protracted mass murder by a lone psychopath?  To answer this question I would point to a small episode reported at the same university two years ago: A student, licensed to carry a concealed firearm, was removed from class and disciplined for violating the school’s ban on weapons.

Most public colleges in Virginia ban or restrict guns on campus.

“I think it’s fair to say that we believe guns don’t belong in the classroom,” [Virginia Tech spokesman Larry] Hincker said. “In an academic environment, we believe you should be free from fear.”

Did banning guns on campus lead to an environment free from fear?  I suspect that the only person who was free from fear yesterday was the terrorist.

People deprived of the means of self defense will always live in fear.



1. federalist - April 21, 2007

Couldn’t summarize this better than Fred Thompson over here.

2. federalist - April 24, 2007
3. Hamilton - April 28, 2007

Ah, well the killer methodically put three bullets in each of his victims. I don’t think ‘passive submission’ is the issue here. Students and professors alike barricaded doors and tried to escape through the windows.

But yes, obviously the gun control argument has gone in the wrong direction on this one.

4. federalist - January 13, 2008

Noted: Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.

According to the NRA: Even though 40 states have Right-to-Carry laws, 36 states ban carrying firearms at schools, while 20 of those specifically outlaw firearms on college campuses.

5. federalist - April 27, 2009

Professors Theodore Day and Stan Liebowitz have an Op-Ed last week entitled “Guns Make Colleges Safer.”

All multiple-victim public shootings in the United States with more than three fatalities have occurred where concealed handguns are prohibited.

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