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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Obligitory Virginia Tech Post

This episode - as sad, sick, disgusting and stupid as it is - will get beat to death by the news and bloggers for quite some time. So I'll get my thoughts out there and move on:
  • That Fucking non-American moron was a nut. No matter how much the media tries to disparage guns in the coming months or years, those guns didn't pull their own triggers.
  • And no, they weren't "assault" weapons.
  • It's a lot easier for idiots and criminals to buy guns illegally when they're banned than it is for honest, law-abiding citizens to get them.
  • If there would have been more armed citizens such as trained faculty, staff, or maybe even students (Virginia is a 'Right to issue' state, Virginia Tech forbids guns), the idiot wouldn't have had to take his own life and wouldn't have taken so many innocents with him.
  • Folks can bitch all they want about the failings of the campus authorities and how they didn't shut the place down fast enough. But you can prepare for an invasion all you want and the enemy within will still utilize shortcomings.
  • Especially when they know they will meet up with no resistance.
Now don't get me wrong, I don't think we need to revert back to the wild west where everyone has a hog-leg strapped on and hanging low but here is a fact: We live in a different world today than when I was growing up. It is a more dangerous world. Kids are not just packing books, pencils and cell phones to class any more. They are also carrying guns, knives and drugs to class. And you'll have to trust me on this because it may come as a shock: A lot of those guns were acquired illegally.
"Gasp!" you say? Well, it's true. Bad guys have guns. And they know that most other people don't have them because the government says they can't have them. So people are getting hurt and killed by other people shooting at them who know they don't have to worry about dodging a bullet coming back at them.

Back when I was a young strappin' lad, I had a rifle hanging on the gun rack in my truck most of the time. No, it wasn't for protection, it was there because now and then I would get the itch to go to the junkyard and shoot some bottles, cans, or whatever else I could find. A fair amount of my friends had one too. The school authorities had no problem with a gun in the car. They knew I wasn't stupid enough to take it out on school property and shoot it.

I also carried a knife in my pocket. This knife wasn't there for protection or aggression. It was there because I may need to use it. And I did need to use it many times. As a tool. I used it in shop class, camping, fishing, cutting a piece of rope or string, cutting a willow, ... Keeryst! I even used it to trim my fingernails.

But I never even considered taking the gun or the knife out in anger. If one kid in school had an issue with another kid in school, they would meet in the parking lot after school and resolve their differences. Worst case scenario, 'coach' would make them put on the gloves and duke it out during P.E. Neither would have even considered using a weapon.

But like I said, it's a different world now. People are going to have to come up with a different mindset, and handle situations a a little differently now. It's time to stop fucking around a treating people with kid gloves and get out of the habit of implementing more useless laws trying to make everyone equals. Kids and adults as well need to be recognized for their superior achievements and punished for their fuck-ups. The sooner people find out there are repercussions for their bad behaviors, the sooner they will find out about real life.

Okay, that's enough for now. I feel better.



The Stormin Mormon said...

I have my CPL...

I have a pistol on me for most of the day, every day, and I've never shot anyone in my life...

curmudgeon said...

And here's to hoping you don't have to.

There are probably a few kids right now who were wishing they were able to carry one as they were holding the door to the classroom closed.