Monday, April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech Shootings. Lessons not learned.

At the time of this wrtiiting, 22 Virginia Tech students are dead and about an equal number were wounded at the hands of some nutjob. Details are still lacking but an amateur video played on CNN showing V.T. Police standing outside while you could clearly hear shots being fired inside the building.
I am guessing that V.T.P.D. did not get the Columbine Shooting Memo or the Utah Mall shooting Memo. People were getting killed and nothing was done:

Once again, the killing of innocent people stopped when the
gunman was engaged by an armed protector. It took us a long time to get past the old philosophy of containment and negotiation. To be sure, there is a time and place for that, but not when people are still being attacked. From Columbine on, that lesson has been hammered into us. We ignore it, not at our own peril, but at the peril of those we are sworn to protect.
Steve Denney
8th, 2007
And to cap this event, we also find out that an hour prior to the massacre, somebody was murdered on campus and no shooter was found then. No lockdown procedures were instituted.
A Serious investigation of the lack of actions of the V.T.P.D. must be done.

To that we should add the prophetic words of Virginia Tech's Larry Hinker when HB 1572 allowing handguns on campus was defeated.

Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated.
"I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus."

Oh yes! It was very safe for the shooter. He was unimpeded to commit his crimes. I am sure he is appreciative of the efforts from all those who killed the bill, it also killed students.

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