I don’t usually comment on national issues, but this article from World Net Daily sent by a friend of McHenry County Blog is spot on and I've added an Illinois angle.
The very short article is entitled,
Death toll limited before campus gun ban
5 years ago, shooter subdued by armed students
It explains what happened January 16, 2002, when a student started shooting administrators at Appalachian School of Law.
A couple of students, one an off-duty police officer, got guns from their cars and subdued the gunman.
He was more than tackled by bystanders, as most press reports said.
Since then, the state legislature banned guns on college campuses last year in the interest of safety, the article says.
My gubernatorial campaign manager Ted Semon referred to areas where guns are banned as “protection free zones.”
Mayor Richard Daley’s reaction, of course, would have pleased the Virginia assemblymen who voted to ban guns on campus after the Appalachian School of Law murders.
ABC reported this Saturday:
The mayor's state legislative package includes laws that ban assault weapons and magazines that hold more than ten rounds.He’s “pushing for what he calls ‘common-sense’ gun laws,” ABC says.
"There just too many guns in our society," Mayor Daley said. "Too many guns leads to too many accidents, and you have too many victims."
Common sense would suggest that what worked to limit deaths at the law school might have worked at Virginia Tech.
More at McHenry County Blog. I didn't spend the weekend in the yard.
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And, Monday in the Chicago Sun-Times a Tom Toles cartoon appeared, the bottom of which said,
Also, if everyone on campus had been armed…it’s hard to imagine anything bad happening.