I suppose it was inevitable that in the aftermath of the deadliest campus shooting in US History, those on the left would scream for tighter gun controls as an answer. The Huffington Post yesterday had an article not only blaming the NRA but the war in Iraq as well! “The bloodbath and carnage daily reported out of Iraq, as well as our young people going in and out of that death trap, provide the background noise for the violence that pervades our society.” 

As usual when reading liberal blogs, it is necessary to ignore large portions of it which are so ridiculous they do not bear a response. (The Iraq war as a cause for the shooting?) Instead I would like to focus on the idea behind stricter gun controls. Proponents of stricter gun controls will argue that if gun permits are harder to get, or if guns are made illegal altogether, this type of incident would not and could not occur. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Just last year a bill which would have allowed handguns on public campuses in Virginia was shot down.

A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly.

House Bill 1572 didn’t get through the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety. It died Monday in the subcommittee stage, the first of several hurdles bills must overcome before becoming laws.

The bill was proposed by Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County, on behalf of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Gilbert was unavailable Monday and spokesman Gary Frink would not comment on the bill’s defeat other than to say the issue was dead for this General Assembly session.

Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated. “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.”

Del. Dave Nutter, R-Christiansburg, would not comment Monday because he was not part of the subcommittee that discussed the bill.

Most universities in Virginia require students and employees, other than police, to check their guns with police or campus security upon entering campus. The legislation was designed to prohibit public universities from making “rules or regulations limiting or abridging the ability of a student who possesses a valid concealed handgun permit … from lawfully carrying a concealed handgun.”

As the events of yesterday prove, restrictions on guns do not prevent the use of guns for criminal purposes. Had university staff and students who possessed valid concealed handgun permits been allowed to carry their own guns on campus, this tragedy may have been averted after Cho Seung-Hui fired the first shot.

As WorldNetDaily illustrates:

“Isn’t it interesting that Utah and Oregon are the only two states that allow faculty to carry guns on campus. And isn’t it interesting that you haven’t read about any school or university shootings in Utah or Oregon? Why not? Because criminals don’t like having their victims shoot back at them.”

The article goes on to point out the options available to prevent senseless shootings in the future. The first option is increased security, with armed policemen, metal detectors and student friskings. This is obviously not an ideal situation, nor is it conducive to a healthy learning environment. The second option would be a to allow those with valid permits to carry their guns on campus in order to protect themselves and others around them.

Those on the left do not agree with either of those two options, with one being considered an “invasion of privacy”, and the other considered as too dangerous. They will have you believe there is a third option, which is to outlaw all guns in the public sector.

We only need look at the drug problem in our country to realize that laws alone are not enough of a deterrent. Making guns illegal to own in the United States would not only be unconstitutional it would be disastrous for public safety. Tighter restrictions on guns will only prevent the population from defending themselves against those who have no regard for the law. A wise man once said:

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
–Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria in On Crimes and Punishment (1764).

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