A new generation of college students experienced similar political awakenings yesterday, April 16, 2007.
The two tragedies were different in many ways. In 2007, students and professors were shot by a fellow student. In 1970, students were shot and killed by the Ohio National Guard.
But the basic cause of the multiple murders is the same: guns on college campuses. And the acceptability of guns in institutions of higher learning.
I do not, for the very life of me, understand why guns... any guns... should be allowed on college and university campuses. However, in post-9/11 America, I stubbornly concede that campus police need weapons (of some sort) to defend students and themselves, and to maintain order.
Most high schools today have weapon or metal detection systems, as well as zero tolerance policies for weapons on campus.
Furthermore, high schools today routinely practice elaborate campus lockdowns, in anticipation of just such emergencies as the madman equipped with two guns and loads of ammo yesterday at Virginia Tech University.
Questions, Questions, Questions
Why are colleges and universities not as prepared as American high schools for guns on campuses?
Why have colleges and universities not enacted tough, zero tolerance policies for guns on campuses?
And why, in God's name, did VTU not proceed into full, immediate lockdown, as any high school would have done?
Today, all Americans of good faith MUST ask themselves... Why free and easy access to guns? What constructive purpose does it serve? Why, oh why, is widespread gun violence acceptable in America?
Yes, a new generation of college students learned a hard political lesson yesterday: America values its gun "rights" more than its college students.
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