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Very Interesting Article - LE perspective on VA shootings

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by KingHugh, May 14, 2007.

  1. KingHugh

    KingHugh New Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    New York
    Check this article out. I like they way he thinks.

    Here is an excerpt, and a link to the whole article, with the authors information, follows.

    What about the campus being a "gun free" zone?

    Well, Cho must have had a pretty good idea that he would be the only armed person in either of the buildings. Bad guys don't follow the rules. If killing other human beings for malevolent reasons is acceptable to you, then violating a gun law or two is hardly likely to bother your conscience, particularly if you are willing to die in the process. Rather than being safer, the law abiding folks are probably at greater risk, as the "safe predator" zone is clearly defined by law or by the posting of private property. What gun free zones really mean for the police is that the people who make the rule or the law expect you to be responsible for protecting the people in their zone. Is that a reasonable expectation? Effectively prohibiting guns, or any weapons for that matter, can only be accomplished with tight physical security measures, including metal detectors, x-ray machines and physical searches. Sometimes even that doesn't work. Can you imagine the resources required to provide airport-like security at just one college campus like Virginia Tech? Or are we now to build walls around areas the size of cities and man the drawbridges?

    An even tougher question is: Would allowing lawfully armed students, faculty or anyone else on campus have made any difference? The answer is educated speculation, but as far as I'm concerned, absolutely "yes." Would the possibility that he would face armed resistance soon after starting his shooting spree have acted as a deterrent to Cho? We can't say for sure, but does history tell us that the killing of innocents in such cases stops when the shooter(s) are confronted by any armed resistance, be it police or armed citizens. It stopped Harris and Klebold at Columbine. It stopped Charles Whitman in the Texas Tower, it has stopped a number of others and it finally stopped Cho, when he realized that the police had arrived. We have a new paradigm for "active shooters" ever since Columbine. Engage and isolate. The maniacs that commit these despicable crimes against apparently helpless victims never have the stomach to face determined resistance that places them in danger. Much was made of the number of innocent people killed and wounded that day. Much was made of the carnage caused by one man with two guns. Not much mention is made of the fact that only one other gun, in the right hands, could have stopped the massacre even as it began. And to those who claim that more guns could have accidentally injured innocent bystanders, I ask this: 32 innocent people were slaughtered under the "no guns" rule. Do you really expect me to believe that it would have been worse?

  2. Lucky

    Lucky Senior Member

    Jul 12, 2005
    Calgary, near Rocky Mountains - Canada
    I was going to say, 'He'd better be using un nomme de plume or he'll be looking for a new job asap', but at the end it says he's retired. Which makes sense. In California a long-time officer made, in his own time, a video showing how AWB re: cosmetic features is idiotic. When his boss found out he got the old boot up the heiny. 'Top Cops' seem to practice the natural trait of mimicry, when viewed along side their relevant anti-freedom politicians.
  3. psyopspec

    psyopspec Senior Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Cape Cod
    I like what he has to say, particularly the no-nonsense way that he chooses to deal in reality rather than Candy Land. Logical and not politically confrontational. I'm impressed. Good endorsement for LFI too.

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