A friend of mine asked me to write her Governor. I did so.
I sent him snail mail with my comments. I focused on one of his initiatives: “Continue efforts to keep students, teachers, and personnel safe on campus.” (Source: https://gov.georgia.gov/about-us/initiatives-and-priorities, under Put Georgians First).
My approach is as a graduate of Virginia Tech. I wasn’t into guns when I went through, but I had friends who were, and some of my off-campus roommates were hunters, so of course they had firearms. One even carried 24/7 and when I asked why, he said, “You never know when you’re going to need it. If you need it, and don’t have it, you’re sunk.”
I was 20. Now that I’m beyond 50, I can without question or reservation undeniably affirm he was absolutely correct.
IN FACT, had he been present at the school when Cho committed massacre, I honestly believe he’d have been one of the very few running towards the gunfire in an attempt to stop it. As an engineering student, he stood a decent chance of being in Norris Hall and given what I know of his academic and physical prowess, along with his bravery, I have little doubt he’d have stopped Cho cold. Same goes for my other three roommates at the time, all hunters.
To this date, and despite Virginia Tech’s long history and status as one of the only two military colleges with a fully-functioning Corps of Cadets left in the United States of America, the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors cannot accept, for some unfathomable reason, the simple fact that unarmed students are every bit as defenseless as anyone ever could be, and that armed students aren’t defenseless at all.
As the oft-repeated but intractably established axiom goes:
How many times must we see a crowd of defenseless people DIE before we realize being defenseless is NOT the answer?
Indeed, and that’s such an excellent question that each and every citizen of Virginia should put that question forth to not only the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, but to each and every local, county and state legislator and executive member, as well. Demand an answer.
If they don’t respond with a reply fully supporting our United States Constitution, they’re not worth re-electing.
When I retired to Colorado Springs nearly 11 years ago, the locals were pushing or had just passed Campus Carry. The anti’s claimed its passage would result in never-ending bloodbaths. To be honest, I’d just entered the gun debated. I could see (or thought I could see) both sides.
And yet, to date, NOT ONE of the anti’s countless predictions have come true. In fact, campus crime is down significantly since its passage.
This fact alone tells me that when I exited the military I was still rather brainwashed from my youth i.e. days in High School and Virginia Tech.
Hey — It happens to many of us. Even the best and brightest have a hard time WAKING UP.
Had ANY appreciable percentage (10%) or more of Virginia Tech students been armed, rather than disarmed, on April 16, 2007, I RATHER HIGHLY DOUBT that 33 people would have died that day. Rather, I very strongly believe the numbers would have been closer to the national average of deaths resulting from active shooter events stopped by armed citizens.
As determined and organized as Cho was, if even 10% of the student body had been armed, I very seriously doubt more than 6 people would have died that day.
Furthermore, in light of the abysmal record of so-called “gun-free zones,” it’s highly likely Cho wouldn’t have gone on a campus rampage at all.
All things considered, an Armed Citizenry remains BY FAR the absolute best deterrence against most crimes, and certainly violent crimes.
That “Armed Citzenry” INCLUDES COLLEGE STUDENTS. In fact, it includes the vast majority of humans who’ve passed the age of majority, WHICH, by the way, is NOT trending towards 21 as FALSELY reported by the media!
As of January 10, 2020, the Age of Majority IS AS FOLLOWS:
- Maximum: 21.0000
- Mean: 18.1538
- Median: 18.0000
- Min: 18.0000
CLEARLY, the overwhelmingly VAST MAJORITY of States in the Union consider 18 year olds to be of the age of majority.
By the way, I graduated Virginia Tech in 1988, a very below-average student, but *SOMEHOW* by the Grace of God served my country, honorably retiring after saving more than a few lives (including my own) and close to $80 million dollars, earned two masters with two concentrations, at top of my class. In 2.5 years.
So, the smarts were always there. Perhaps the confidence, drive, or determination wasn’t when I was twenty.
It most certainly is now.
And now, as Paul Harvey used to say, here’s the Rest of the Story:
Addendum: The so-called “red flag laws” have turned out to be yet another incredibly brain-dead and heinously harmful Demoncrap addendum: