Mainstream But Not Antigun


April 18, 2007, 02:05 PM
I don't know if this should be here or in the General area — Moderators please move if appropriate.

Not all of the mainstream media parrots the anti-gun line. This morning in the Wall Street Journal is an opinion piece by David B. Kopel, from which the following excerpt is lifted:

At Virginia Tech's sprawling campus in southwestern Va., the local police arrived at the engineering building a few minutes after the start of the murder spree, and after a few critical minutes, broke through the doors that Cho Seung-Hui had apparently chained shut. From what we know now, Cho committed suicide when he realized he'd soon be confronted by the police. But by then, 30 people had been murdered.

But let's take a step back in time. Last year the Virginia legislature defeated a bill that would have ended the "gun-free zones" in Virginia's public universities. At the time, a Virginia Tech associate vice president praised the General Assembly's action "because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus." In an August 2006 editorial for the Roanoke Times, he declared: "Guns don't belong in classrooms. They never will. Virginia Tech has a very sound policy preventing same."

Actually, Virginia Tech's policy only made the killer safer, for it was only the law-abiding victims, and not the criminal, who were prevented from having guns. Virginia Tech's policy bans all guns on campus (except for police and the university's own security guards); even faculty members are prohibited from keeping guns in their cars.

Virginia Tech thus went out of its way to prevent what happened at a Pearl, Miss., high school in 1997, where assistant principal Joel Myrick retrieved a handgun from his car and apprehended a school shooter. Or what happened at Appalachian Law School, in Grundy, Va., in 2002, when a mass murder was stopped by two students with law-enforcement experience, one of whom retrieved his own gun from his vehicle. Or in Edinboro, Pa., a few days after the Pearl event, when a school attack ended after a nearby merchant used a shotgun to force the attacker to desist. Law-abiding citizens routinely defend themselves with firearms. Annually, Americans drive-off home invaders a half-million times, according to a 1997 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Utah, there is no "gun-free schools" exception to the licensed carry law. In K-12 schools and in universities, teachers and other adults can and do legally carry concealed guns. In Utah, there has never been a Columbine-style attack on a school. Nor has there been any of the incidents predicted by self-defense opponents -- such as a teacher drawing a gun on a disrespectful student, or a student stealing a teacher's gun.

Israel uses armed teachers as part of a successful program to deter terrorist attacks on schools. Buddhist teachers in southern Thailand are following the Israeli example, because of Islamist terrorism.

The whole article is well worth reading.

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April 18, 2007, 02:16 PM
+1.....lets get rid of the "Fish in a Barrel" approach by eliminating the "Gun Free Zones"

The ONLY thing that deters a Criminal/Bad Guy is the threat of an Armed Victim capable of defending themselves.

April 18, 2007, 02:22 PM
And another one by Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit:

Bartholomew Roberts
April 18, 2007, 03:31 PM
How about a link to the WSJ piece as well? I always like to visit those websites that allow the pro-RKBA side to speak out. Too many only print one side of the debate.

April 18, 2007, 03:57 PM

It's what I was afraid of — the online WSJ is a subscription service and will only let you read the whole thing if you are a subscriber.

April 18, 2007, 04:04 PM
Could someone please post the entire article? I can't access it thru the WSJ website and would really like to read the whole article.

April 18, 2007, 04:28 PM
Here's a public posting of the article through RealClearPolitics:

April 18, 2007, 04:32 PM
The brady guy that keeps showing up on television is getting smashed by the pro gun people that are on there with him, I mean he keeps saying "we need more gun laws" but is totally unable to profer and idea of what that means.

April 18, 2007, 04:44 PM
I love David B. Kopel, but I wouldn't exactly call him a "Mainstream media" person.

But yes, absolutely everything Kopel has ever written is well worth reading (note the "imagine" link in my sig)

April 18, 2007, 04:46 PM
I don't know about Mr. Kopel, I meant the Wall Street Journal. Pretty hard to get more mainstream.

April 18, 2007, 04:52 PM
Ah, I see ... I believe that NBC/ABC/CBS/NBC/CNN/NY Times/Chicago Tribune/etc would disagree with you that The Wallstreet Journal is "mainstream". :p

But most "average Joes" would, so I see your point.

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