Leave it to a Blogging Tory to suggest that the killings at Virginia Tech are “a direct result of well-meaning, but patently foolish anti-gun laws” and that the university students disappointed him by not displaying the “let’s roll” spirit and attack the gunman unarmed.
I’ll let the latter statement stand for what it is – blather from a Rambo wannabe; a classic example of the chickenhawk squeaking that I’ve come to expect from the basement weapon onanists I associate with the NRA. The kind of foolishness that comes from those that would start wars after having opted out from the actual fighting – keyboard warriors.
As for the “it wouldn’t have happened if the teachers and students were armed” bit, where do we start? How many deaths, accidental and otherwise, would be caused for every one prevented by someone having a loaded weapon on hand at the “right” time? How many accidental discharges? How many drunken fights? How many road rage incidents? In a world where idiots shoot at a sound when hunting deer and vice-presidents shoot their buddies in the face instead of aiming at the quail released from a box?
These kind of statements spring from the “an armed society is a polite society” mindset that views itself as the only “realistic” approach to survival in a mad world. Accepting that premise for a moment, all things are categorized by their threat level and all people are either friend or foe. Students and teachers, doctors and patients, everyone and everyone else, must all be armed for their own protection from the arms and intentions of others. Yeah, that’s smart.
I don’t want to live in that headspace, and the moment I do, I would like to be quickly taken out as a hazard to those around me.