Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Unarmed and Vulnerable

Bradford Wiles is a grad student at VT. He's also licensed to carry a gun in Virginia but not on the campus of VT. If he'd been caught with a handgun on campus, he would have faced expulsion.
On Aug. 21 at about 9:20 a.m., my graduate-level class was evacuated from the Squires Student Center. We were interrupted in class and not informed of anything other than the following words: "You need to get out of the building."

Upon exiting the classroom, we were met at the doors leading outside by two armor-clad policemen with fully automatic weapons, plus their side arms. Once outside, there were several more officers with either fully automatic rifles and pump shotguns, and policemen running down the street, pistols drawn.

It was at this time that I realized that I had no viable means of protecting myself...

I had entrusted my safety, and the safety of others to the police. In light of this, there are a few things I wish to point out...
Here's the rest of the article.


Dexter said...

Leave it to the gun lobby to take advantage of a tragedy involving guns...

zaphod said...

Gun lobby? It's an article written by someone who experienced the tragedy first-hand. He gets to have his say, Dexter, even if you don't like what he has to say. And you don't get to pretend he's speaking for anybody but himself.

El Duderino said...

"Leave it to the gun lobby to take advantage of a tragedy involving guns..." Dexter

Leave it to Dexter to take advantage of a tragedy to criticize the gun lobby.

Leave it to El Duderino to take advantage of a tragedy to criticize Dexter.

Easy isn't it? You too can argue like a liberal! Start with an ad hominem attack, express sorrow, concern and disbelief and question the motives of others!

In a way I agree with you Dexter, folks on either side of the gun issue will make hay on this issue. What I fail to see is how the anti gun types have much of an argument. VT was a gun free zone. Do we now spread that gun free zone and its protections nationwide?
Many things contributed to this tragedy. We may never know if any one of them, if corrected, could have prevented it. One thing is crystal clear; passing rules that will get you expelled for carrying a gun on campus have little effect on those bent on mass murder and suicide. The only people who are inclined to worry about getting expelled are those likely to follow the more serious rules in life, like thou shall not kill.