The Washington Post just doesn’t get it and never will, judging by the opening grafs of its article on the deadly shooting rampage at Northern Illinois University:

If there were lessons learned after the Virginia Tech massacre, they were: Lock down and notify. Virginia Tech officials did neither until hours after the first shots sounded across the Blacksburg campus in April. Northern Illinois University did not make the same mistake Thursday.

But the university’s actions still could not stop a man armed with powerful rapid-fire weapons and the intent to kill as many people as possible, higher-education and safety experts said Friday. …

By many preliminary accounts, the university did well: Within 30 seconds of a report of shots fired at Cole Hall, the first officer was on the scene. But he was too late. Stephen P. Kazmierczak, a former graduate student at the school, armed with a 12-gauge shotgun and three pistols, had already sprayed more than 50 rounds of buckshot and bullets at panicked students before turning one of his weapons on himself. Six people, including the shooter, were killed, and 16 were wounded.

NIU President John Peters tells The Associated Press that the emergency alert system the school developed after the Virginia Tech massacre is a response plan “meant to contain the carnage rather than keep it from happening, ” and the university’s police chief, Donald Grady insists that, “[I]t’s unlikely that anyone would ever have the ability to stop an incident like this from beginning.” Unless, AP opines (this is a news story, by the way), “colleges are willing to turn themselves into armed camps.”

By “armed camps” AP means at least one trained and licensed professor or student in Cole Hall who could have dropped Kazmierczak after he got off the first couple of shots. True, no one can stop that first shot from being fired, but shooting back at a crazed gunman is more effective at containing the carnage than shooting off e-mails warning students of a crazed gunman on campus.

Taking aim at “gun free zone” campuses, radio talk show host Doug Giles point blank asks, “College Presidents: How Many Students Have To Die Before You Allow Guns On Your Campus?”: “[I]f your foe has a gun, then he has a solid and deadly advantage, and the cops can’t get there fast enough to do much about it. … your campus must have deadly force on the spot to counter deadly force. Duh.”

Here’s how NIU student Allison Warren, 20 plans to protect herself against the next campus massacre: “I’m going to be looking over my shoulder and skeptical of people coming into class late.”

Good luck with that, Allison.

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