An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 17, 2007

NY Times Wrong Again

Filed under: 2nd Amendment, Opinion — olbroad @ 4:53

Eight Years After Columbine

Yesterday’s mass shooting at Virginia Tech — the worst in American history — is another horrifying reminder that some of the gravest dangers Americans face come from killers at home armed with guns that are frighteningly easy to obtain.

The majority of people who buy guns, legally, purchase them for self protection, hunting, or target shooting. Not to massacre innocent people.

In the wake of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre — in which two alienated students plotted for months before killing 12 students, a teacher and themselves — public school administrators focused heavily on spotting warning signs early enough to head off tragedy.

Obviously, this writer has not been paying attention. I have heard many of the kids at Columbine that day stating this lunatics were NOT alienated.

Our hearts and the hearts of all Americans go out to the victims and their families. Sympathy was not enough at the time of Columbine, and eight years later it is not enough. What is needed, urgently, is stronger controls over the lethal weapons that cause such wasteful carnage and such unbearable loss.

No, sympathy is not enough. However, blaming the gun, and their availability for legal purchase is way off the mark. If a student or teacher at either Columbine or Virginia Tech had been armed, the death toll could have been much lower.



  1. You don’t think we should let High School students pack heat, do you?

    Comment by Jayce — April 18, 2007 @ 8:34

  2. Don’t be ridiculous. Teacher at Columbine, or any number of students at VT. Although, if the student was legally able to carry, and the school was informed, then I don’t see why not. Many kids in rural areas are mature enough for the responsibility, and well acquainted with guns.

    Comment by olbroad — April 18, 2007 @ 8:39

  3. Good god…

    Comment by Jayce — April 18, 2007 @ 9:05

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