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Gun Control

There is already a big gun control debate starting in the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting. (Actually there has been since the day it occurred). The Brady Campaign issued a news release stating "  It is long overdue for us to take some common-sense actions to prevent tragedies like this from continuing to occur".   (Of course, the Brady Campaign is the one that gets to define common sense). Gun owners of America , in their press release, "called on Congress to repeal its deadly law requiring gun free school zones". The idea being that if there had been armed student at VT, Cho Seung-Hui would have been shot before he killed 32 people.

I can see both sides of the GOA argument. The biggest problem is that it's purely hypothetical. We can't know one way or the other if he would have been stopped. On the other hand, we do know that being in a gun free zone didn't help anybody. People who are willing to commit 32 murders tend not to honor gun-free zones. A bill to allow guns on campus had been defeated in the Virginia legislature a year earlier, but was defeated. After its defeat, VT spokesman Larry Hincker said "I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus."

In fairness, I guess the VT students did feel safe until the massacre. Actually being safe would have been nice.

There are  a lot of other aspects of gun control being tossed about, such as clip size and  the way background checks are done. My own proposal is a mandatory waiting period. Not for guns, though. I think there should be a 30-day waiting period after any firearms-related tragedy before any new gun laws get passed.

One more thing for the record:

if I am ever killed in a firearms-related incident, I don't want a bunch of new gun control laws passed in my name.
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Yeah, I agree with you. Obviously no amount of legislation is going to stop some determined psychopath from going on a rampage. Making guns illegal in the area of the school isn't going to help; It was already against the law anyway if I recall correctly. Even outlawing guns altogether in the country wouldn't really drastically change it; there's so many guns in circulation that it would take years to slowly comb them out. I don't know. I think it'd be easier just to design people to be more resistant to gunfire.