After the Virginia Tech shootings, I posted the text below in frustration with the media and others intent on turning a tradgedy into a second ammendment debate. The media were then and are now baiting politicians on either side of the issue by asking for action to prevent such a terrible event from happening again in the future.
The fact is, you can't practically prevent someone intent on harming others from doing so short of asking students to stay home or in their dorms every day. This is not a second amendment issue. People will always be able to get their hands on a gun if they intend on commiting a murder/suicide.
Whether going to college, flying in an airliner or driving over a bridge our federal government can not, and should not be expected to protect citizens from every risk citizens are exposed to.
Monday, April 16th, 2007
...regarding the Virginia Tech shootings
You can't make sense of something like this. You can't ban guns. You can't promote guns.
We'll hear both sides the second it's politically acceptable - probably sooner.
In the context of an isolated tragedy like this neither side will be right.
You can't lock down public educational institutions. You can't arm the teachers and students, even if they wanted to be, and a gun law won't stop a person that had two with the serial numbers removed.
You can't prevent everything.
We want to try to make sense of it. We want to try to mitigate the pain by somehow surmising that there is an upside. Something to be learned. An opportunity to capitalize. A way to prevent someone intent on harming others.
But there won't be.
All we can do is pray for the families...and for the shooter's family...and for the victims of similar past tragedies for whom this will be an excruciating reminder.
Hug our kids. That's what we can do.