You may recall about a month ago how there was another shooting on the grounds of Virginia Tech, where an apparently mentally-unstable student from Radford University, Ross Truet Ashley, age 22, shot and killed a VT police officer for no apparent reason before taking his own life. I posted on the incident HERE.
One of my readers alerted me to an article that she and her colleagues over at www.onlinecolleges.net put together: “The 10 Most Shocking College Crimes of All Time.”
Of those ten crimes, seven of them were mass shootings.
The gun lobby sees no problem with arming law-abiding college students on campus. How many of these criminals would have been previously law-abiding citizens prior to their shootings, as the most recent VT shooter had been? As far as I know, all of them were law-abiding citizens able to pass a background check, with the dubious exception of Cho (the first VT shooter, who passed his background check due to poor reporting by the state). Here in Oregon, if a would-be shooter were to arm himself to the teeth, but had a conceal carry permit, there would be no legal reason to stop them from walking into a classroom or anywhere else on campus – until they pull the trigger. Then it’s too late.
It’s also important to note that, despite the horrific nature of these mass shootings, very little has been done to prevent them in the future.