Predictably, the news had barely hit the net when all the usual gun-control fanatics came out of the woodwork trying to exploit the murders as a pretext to push this or that new restriction. All their arguments were the same as they always are -- only the context was new.
Well, Virginia Tech already had a completely gun-free policy. Even people licensed to carry concealed weapons under Virginia law were not allowed to carry them on campus. That simply guaranteed that none of the students or professors would be armed and able to stop the massacre in its tracks. Just one student or professor with a gun could probably have shot the murderer soon after the killings began, and most of those victims who are now dead would still be alive.
If I were a nihilistic monster plotting a big mass killing like this, I would certainly plan on doing it somewhere where guns were banned, so that no one could stop me (until the police arrived, which would take plenty of time). I wouldn’t do it somewhere where I knew many people had guns and I would probably be killed myself long before I’d carried out my intentions.
No matter what laws we have, a criminal who is determined enough to get a gun will always be able to get one. Gun bans disarm only law-abiding people.
Let me re-emphasize that. No matter what laws we have, a criminal who is determined enough to get a gun will always be able to get one. Gun bans disarm only law-abiding people. This is the central point of the entire issue. In all the debates and arguments I've seen on the internet since the Virginia Tech massacre (or ever), the would-be gun-banners have never been able to address this.
We have laws which totally prohibit marijuana and cocaine, yet people who are willing to break the law are still able to get those things. Prohibition banned alcohol entirely, yet people who were willing to break the law were still able to obtain it. Gun bans are no more effective.
The gun-control laws in Britain have become stricter and stricter over the last few years, to the point that they are now among the strictest on the planet — and as an entirely predictable result of that, gun crime has been increasing there.
Facts are facts. Gun control disarms victims and empowers criminals. The anti-gun crusader is the unwitting ally of the burglar, the rapist, and the murderer.