April 16, 2007

Breaking news: 33 dead after Virginia Tech shooting

Posted in News at 12:54 pm by The Lizard Queen

*Update, 3:30 pm: the current count is 33 dead, including the gunman.*

I’m currently between meetings (on campus, no less), and can’t currently allow myself the luxury of reading this whole story, let alone reacting to it. But it hits close to home, so I wanted to link to it immediately:

BLACKSBURG, Va. – A gunman opened fire in a Virginia Tech dorm and then, two hours later, in a classroom across campus Monday, killing at least 30 people in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history, government officials told The Associated Press. The gunman was killed, bringing the death toll to 31.

Feel free to treat this as a more-or-less open thread…


1 Comment »

  1. DavidD said,

    Michelle Malkin and the guys at Fox News wasted little time to cluck that if students at Virginia Tech carried concealed weapons, “this tragedy could have been avoided”. Really?

    Oh ye who would say anything to support your bias. Have you no memories? Have you no ability to explore your thoughts just a little? Let’s see, what state has the greatest reputation for carrying guns? I would say Texas, though I might be wrong. Immediately after thinking that, I remembered a little incident in 1966 at the University of Texas, an incident that used to be the record for killing people at a school, until today.

    The Wikipedia article on Charles Whitman gives many details.

    Concealed weapons do not prevent mass murder. They merely require a shift in tactics by the man determined to commit murder/suicide. These are not impulse killings. These are a premeditated expression of rage where the killer will do whatever he needs to do in order to feel some power before going out while he’s ahead. All of you creeps who never listened to him will get yours, directly or symbolically. I bet if Charles Whitman had a higher death toll in mind to exorcise his demons, he could have met that goal. You don’t have to be a genius to plan for concealed weapons if people have them. You do have to be willing to die, but that’s the idea.

    Guns make people more efficient killers. More guns don’t change that. They just require a different plan to maximize one’s killing spree.

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