The assassination of 33 students at Virginia Tech yesterday — creating the bloodiest massacre among 25,000 students across 2,600 campus acres in the modern history of the United States — begs the relationship between revenge, access to guns, and the rightful expression of fury in a civilized society.
How does one rationally reconcile the fact that half the students who
were killed were likely not even on campus yet when the first shots
were fired two hours before the classroom assassinations along with the
fact that the Federal Assault Weapons Ban was allowed to expire under Republican majority rule in 2004 thus increasing the capacity of 9mm pistols to hold 19 rounds per magazine instead of ten?
Where once “Going Postal” was the catch-phrase for unmitigated murder, it now appears “Going to College” has replaced that death sentence where our national identity is forged in metal and branded by white-hot lead shot.
Why do these shootings happen?
How can we begin to prevent the bloodshed?
Was anyone surprised by the news of this murder spree in the same way our national conscience was shocked to learn of the Columbine killings?
Or has this kind of bloodshed become part of the expected bloodsport risk of a university education today in America?
Why are handguns part of our national personality?
Are we required to forever live in the Wild West days of madman justice and revenge in the streets?
Is this kind of killing what The Right to Bear Arms has wrought in our Second Amendment?
Is the tombstone replacing the diploma?