This is the biggest story of the day, for obvious reasons. It’s the most deadly school shooting on record (as many as
32 33 dead), exceeding Columbine in 1999 (12 dead) and the University of Texas shooting in Austin in 1966 (15 dead).
I don’t have much to add other than a few points:
- This cannot be stressed enough: our thoughts and prayers should be with the victims of this horrible tragedy and their families.
- Why weren’t students warned and the campus secured after the initial shooting? There were apparently a couple of hours between shootings.
- Don’t let the anti-gun nuts use this as an excuse for furthering their gun-grabbing agenda; if some of the students or faculty had concealed weapons this would likely have been less bloody. Apparently guns are banned on campus and the shooter chained the door to keep police out and his victims in. Just great.
- Don’t let it be said that pre-marital sex doesn’t have consequences if it turns out to be true that this massacre was sparked when the shooter found his girlfriend in bed with someone else.
- I’m tired of the left-wing talking point stating that this would be a good day in Iraq. It’s a pointless non sequitur.
Update: ABC is already exploiting this. Or maybe it’s a coincidence they have this blog post up: Lapse of Federal Law Allows Sale of Large Ammo Clips.
Update 2: Sam Brownback’s response:
“This is an unbelievably tragic time for the Virginia Tech community, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” said Brownback. “This is a sad time for the country, and we will remember all the people who have been touched by this tragedy.”
Update 3: The shooter has been identified:
Seung Hui Cho, a permanent resident of the United States, a Korean national and a Virginia Tech student has been identified as the gunman in the shootings that left 33 people dead on the Virginia Tech campus Monday, ABC News has learned.
Lessons learned: none. Do continue to pray for the victims and their families.