In the wake of the worst shooting in U.S. history at Virginia Tech, the hysterical media are predictably pointing fingers of blame in every direction except the shooter's. Astonishingly, Va.Tech. parents are already calling for the President's firing. Why? What could he have done? In between grief counseling sessions, everyone's demanding to know why something wasn't done sooner to stop the killing. My wife sagely pointed out this morning that in our 24-hour news cycle, the anchors have not one shred of fact to report so they rely on conjecture, rumor, hind-sight, and Monday-morning-quarterbacking. All of which lead to irrationally blaming people who deserve none. Everyone will demand answers that make them feel better.
I demand of them: In a free society, what could have been done by any authority that would have prevented or stopped the slaughter?
The talking-head security "experts", politicians, weepy-eyed reporters, understandably hysterical parents, and news anchors will all mistakenly point the finger at two convenient things: Va.Tech administration for not locking down the campus sooner, and at the general availability of firearms.
If even one student in the area was in posession of a lawful conceal/carry firearm, most of these killings could have been prevented. It wasn't our armed culture that permitted these killings, it was our stupid belief that disarming ourselves makes us safe.