Two things I would like to say about the Virginia Tech Massacre:
1. I was listening to Charlie Gibson interviewing some VA tech students on his “World News Tonight” program a few days ago. He asked them the stupidest question I have ever heard. The students described a scene where they had barricaded the door of their classroom and were then lying on the floor. They told how Cho Seung-Hui was trying to get through the door, and fired several shots through the door over their heads. At this point, Mr Gibson asks them, “Were you scared?” Is this a rational question? This was not a cub reporter, a rookie. This was the TOP reporter at ABC News. I wanted to be one of those students at that point, just so I could ask Charlie, “Did your mother drop you as a child? Of course we were scared!” Why do reporters do this? Some tragedy occurs, and they ask the victims, “how do you feel?” That should be in Journalism 101: Don’t ask questions that everybody already knows the answer to!
2. The second thing I want to state has to do with gun control. I am all for gun control. Weaver stance is best, but as long as you have a firm grip, you should be able to control your gun just fine.
I have seen several “news” reports (really opinion pieces) about how we need stricter gun laws and limitations on buying firearms because of this tragedy. Let me clue you in on a little secret: PEOPLE BREAK THE LAW ALL THE TIME! If Cho was not able to get his guns legally, he would have bought them illegally. Instead of limiting firearm purchases, I believe we should expand them. Yes, limit firearm purchases (no ex-felons/violent crime, no insane people), but don’t bar law abiding non-crazy people from buying them AND carrying them. I believe that our colleges and universities should require their faculty and staff to take firearms proficiency classes, and carry their sidearm into the classroom with them. Just a suggestion.