Monday, April 16, 2007
Tragedy At Virginia Tech
The Virginia Tech tragedy is already prompting debate about gun control.
Many callers during today's show suggested that the shooting rampage that claimed the lives of more than 30 people underscores the need to limit gun sales in the United States.
Others argued that the problem is not the guns. It's the people who use them.
One caller from Scotland said the relative inavailability of guns in the United Kingdom makes such a massacre there far less likely.
Of course, the realties in the UK and the United States are not the same. Here, guns are already in such wide circulation that any attempts to clamp down would only affect law abiding citizens. No one seriously believes criminals would give up their arms.
A caller from Wales applauded the United States for allowing its citizens to arm themselves. She says that, in Britain, people find alternative weapons to kill. She cited as examples knives, and even golf clubs.
That may be, but it seems unlikely someone could get away with killing 33 people on a college campus with a golf club or a knife.
There are questions, of course, about the way Virginia Tech responded to the first of the two shooting incidents. Why was the campus not put in lock down after the first shootings, of two students, while a suspect was still at large?
The debate and the questions are valid and necessary. But let's all also take time to pray or give good thoughts and wishes to the entire Virginia Tech community and the family and friends of the victims.
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