Monday, April 16, 2007
Tragedy at Virginia Tech
Tragic events unfolding this morning on the campus of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia: at least 33 people dead (including the gunman), many more wounded by the gunman reportedly using two semiautomatic handguns. It's unclear what the motive, if any, was for the shootings, but the actions of the deranged person responsible for this horror and how he was able to obtain the guns, get them on campus, etc., will be analyzed closely in the days and weeks ahead. As it currently stands, the Virginia Tech shootings this morning would be the worst of any on an American campus, and the worst mass murder in American history.
What is also certain in the days and weeks ahead is that there will be a renewal of the debate on the accessibility of guns in American society in which we will see the usual suspects: the gun control advocates vs. the NRA. Do we expect there to be any change in the gun laws in the United States as a result of this tragedy? With the NRA firmly in charge at the RNC and in the halls of Congress? Riiiight!