4/17/2007

Massacre in Virginia

I was very sad to hear about what can only be described as a massacre at Virginia Tech University. 32 people were killed and 15 injured in two separate gun attacks by a single gunman who then killed himself.



There were two incidents two hours apart, at a student dorm where two were killed and at an engineering building where 30 and the gunman died.

This is the deadliest campus shooting in US history and there has been some terrible campus shootings.

-1 August 1966 - Sniper Charles Whitman kills 14 people and injures dozens at University of Texas in Austin when he went to the top of the tower in the middle of campus and opened fire on people 27 stories below.

-20 April 1999 - Two teenagers at Columbine High School, Colorado, kill 13 before killing themselves

-21 March 2005 - A teenager on an Indian reservation in Red Lake, Minnesota, kills nine

Despite what some may believe I have a lot of respect for certain American institutions and none more so than the US Constitution.

I am a firm believer in codified constitutions that safeguard civil liberties.

That being said this tragedy highlights the need for the American people to re-examine the second amendment.

In certain parts of the US buying a gun is as easy as buying a packet of sweets. This sort of dangerous attitude to guns and gun control by many Americans is placing their children in danger.

I can understand the thinking behind the second amendment in the 18th century however we are now living in the 21st century and a new attitude and a new maturity is needed.

The reaction to gun crime should not be to give even more people guns, that's the sort of false logic that has led to more people dying of gun accidents in the US than the entire number of US casualties from every major war they have fought in for the last century.

Gun control is necessary and this is coming from a bloke who almost got suspended before for wearing a "No Decommissioning" t-shirt to non-uniform day.

My immediate thoughts are with these poor souls and their families, that is where my prayers will be.

When time has passed however this is an issue which the American people will need to address or else they will have another massacre in the not too distant future.

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