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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Shooting Tragedy at Virginia Tech University: A Solution

Once again nearly everyone all across the United States is outraged,and sadden as they consider the tragic events that took place on the serenely idyllic campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia. On Monday, April 16, 2007 Cho Seung-Hui, who police say is responsible for most of Monday's shootings, and is described by law enforcement investigators as a loner, allegedly took the lives of 32 people during a violent rampage over the campus that lasted several hours. It ended with the shooter killing himself.

We can not deny the largest mass killing by an individual in the history of the nation is outrageous and horrific. We do, however wonder why such tragedies do not occur in other modern civilized countries. Could it be because there is no proliferation of firearms in the countries of Europe, and the continent of Australia that these incidents do not happen as often as in the U.S.?

The only places we've observed incidents of such massive violence is in countries disrupted by war. For example: Iraq, Somalia, the Sudan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, some member countries of the former Soviet Union and Afghanistan.

We suggest a solution to the violence perpetrated from the use of assault weapons. Do Not Sell Them.

On the face of it, this solution seems simple; albeit some proponents of the right to bear arms, members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and their advocates, along with gun manufacturers, will likely protest and disagree with our suggestion.

When you weigh the consequences of assault firearms sales and the indiscriminate use of these weapons by individuals who use them to "settle a score", even the most minor dispute; and the resulting loss of life, especially the lives of our nation's greatest resource our young people versus no assault weapons sales...which would you rather have? Is it really worth it?

That being said, we extend our sincere condolence to the families and friends of the students and faculty who died in the incident, as we also wish a speedy recovery to all who were injured in this senseless, needless drama.

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