Friday, April 20, 2007

Let's Lay Down Our Right To Bear Arms

As Professor Plate of the Communications and Public Policy department says in this editorial:

"Some misguided people will focus on the fact that the 23-year-old student who killed his classmates and others at Virginia Tech was ethnically Korean. This is one of those observations that's 99.99 percent irrelevant. What are we to make of the fact that he is Korean? Ban Ki-moon is also Korean! Our brilliant new United Nations secretary general has not only never fired a gun, it looks like he may have just put together a peace formula for civil war-wracked Sudan -- a formula that escaped his predecessor.

"So let's just disregard all the hoopla about the race of the student responsible for the slayings. These students were not killed by a Korean, they were killed by a 9 mm handgun and a .22-caliber handgun."

Well put sir. I think it's outrageous to look at this in terms of race- it is nothing more than a poor excuse by gun-wielding crazies. Now I don't advocate completely banning firearms, but if the Virginia Tech tragedy and associated opinions like this are not good reasons for why we should start limiting them, than I don't know what is.

Check out the rest of the article here.

1 comment:

Kyle said...

I agree on the race issue - it really makes absolutely 0 sense to me. Crazy knows no bounds, be they race, gender, religion, etc. It's entirely irrelevant.