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April 18th, 2007

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02:10 am - Gun control in America
Discussion on the Virginia Tech shooting on Monday spread like wildfire across the net as soon as the news was heard.  On websites like Facebook condolences and grievances flooded various groups set up in tribute of this horrific event.  Needless to say, the issue of gun control was the hotbed of discussion once more.  Instead of discussing the need for America to possibly ban guns from private home ownership, however, if you click on that link I provided above and scroll to the bottom you'll read this quote posted by someone on facebook:

" 'Maybe if some of those kids in the classroom had a gun and knew how to use it could defend themselves less people would have died,' wrote Jessica Cowles on Facebook."

Um....what??  Yes that's the solution to shootings, give people more guns to play with, that's brilliance I say!!  Would you really feel safer in a classroom of say 200 people if even half of them all carried guns?  That's ludicrous!!  Even if you did have a gun yourself, if 100 people were playing trigger-happy, can you really defend yourself?  More than likely they'd be so panicked in such a situation as the shooting on Monday that they'd be firing their guns every which way and shooting dozens more innocent students, I would guess instead of 33 dead we'd be dealing with triple digit casualty numbers.  What kind of pathetic and delusional idea is that to drop into every person's hand a gun???  What kind of civilization do we live in if it becomes necessary for every person to own a gun in order to feel safe?  I thought the entire concept of HAVING a society and special law-enforcement personnels was precisely so that we don't each individually need to consistently worry about personal safety.

America, you never fail in making me want to smash my head against a wall...or desk...or something hard.

[EDIT]:  Unfortunately, it doesn't seem as though this opinion regarding guns is limited to a bimbo or two on facebook.

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Date:April 18th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
My dad was annoyed that none of the students tried to rush him. He was a scrawny Asian kid with a gun and he figured that a class of 30 would have at least one person capable of taking him down. I told him that being the first to die because of suicidal heroism isn't the way to go, and he responded that it would be better than sitting in lockdown position in a classroom and being executed.

As much as I wouldn't want to die, I'd probably try to be the stupid hero.
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Date:April 18th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
Edit: The shooter was a scrawny Asian kid, not my dad. Whoops.
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Date:April 19th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
I think this is like the by-stander effect. Even if it's just one kid, as long as he's not shooting you, then the impulse is for self-preservation, that's what makes heroes so hard to come by. If a bunch of kids had rushed him, for sure he'd have gone down, but in the process, some of the kids probably would have gotten injured or killed, maybe not as many as 32, but who wants to be the ones killed?

The ironic thing is, even if someone IS suicidal, when faced with an event like this I'll bet you their first instinct is also self-preservation. Dying by jumping off a roof or slitting the wrists is ok, but when that bullet comes flying the first reaction is to duck.

I think it's easy to sit in the aftermath complaining that no one rushed him, but in that panic of the moment, who has the time to play hero? Even if your legs are still working and your brain can still process thoughts other than run run run, your thoughts would probably run along the lines of your friends, your family, the things you have yet to do, maybe a date you made with someone, maybe an email you have yet to reply to, all of these things which drive you to seek survival first and foremost before playing hero. But you know, as romantic as the idea is for someone to have stood up and saved the day, we can't fault them for not doing so.

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