“but more guns certainly can't be the answer”
Haggis - are you saying that students should be given a gun when they enroll at a State University?
The thought is frightening - students being allowed to have guns at school.
I admit I don't really know what the solution is, but more guns certainly can't be the answer.
Why not? Something you learned in school?
More guns in the hands of peaceful people have been the answer time and again; didn’t you read the article I linked?
Virginia Tech graduate student Bradford Wiles also has a permit to carry a gun, in Virginia. But on the day of the shootings, he would have been unarmed for the same reason; Virginia Tech bans guns on campus.
In The Roanoke Times last year - after another campus incident, when a dangerous escaped inmate was roaming the very same campus - Wiles wrote that, when his class was evacuated, "Of all of the emotions and thoughts that were running through my head that morning, the most overwhelming one was of helplessness. That feeling of helplessness has been difficult to reconcile because I knew I would have been safer with a proper means to defend myself."
In Utah, there is no "gun-free schools" exception to the licensed carry law. In K-12 schools and in universities, teachers and other adults can and do legally carry-concealed guns. In Utah, there has never been a Columbine-style attack on a school. Nor has there been any of the incidents predicted by self-defense opponents -- such as a teacher drawing a gun on a disrespectful student, or a student stealing a teacher's gun.
Israel uses armed teachers as part of a successful program to deter terrorist attacks on schools
The only thing that could have stopped Cho from doing what he intended on doing would maybe have been preventative counselling.
But really, I don't think there is any way to stop someone insane from doing what they intend to do?
You already answered your own question. There is virtually nothing anyone could have done to prevent this horror. Think about this, Cho could have told someone “I’m going to kill 30+ people next week” and nothing could have been done to prevent it. Claiming you’re going to murder someone is not sufficient to do the one thing that could have been done to prevent it, locking him up.
Look, they already knew he was dangerous
and they STILL couldn’t lock him up. He even planned to prevent the only people on campus he knew were armed, the campus police, to get at him by chaining the doors giving him even more time to find and shoot victims. You think that was an accident? He knew he was in a “gun free zone” and only had to worry about them, not his intended victims.
You think there aren’t thousands of people right now wishing that Bradford Wiles HAD been armed and was in the same building Monday?
You seem a reasonably intelligent person, would you put a sign in your yard that says “This house is a gun free zone”? (truly, I hope you wouldn’t) So why do that at the colleges?
Ban all gun ownership in the U.S.? How well has that worked out in Canada, Great Britain and Australia? Just because “If guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns”
is a hoary cliché doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
I can’t begin to understand people who somehow think that the police will always be there and they don’t have to worry about their safety. I take the protection of myself and my family very seriously.
“The thought is frightening - students being allowed to have guns at school.”
Once again, why? We’ve already heard from one student who could have been armed and present. 18 year olds are all but adults in every state of the union, why shouldn’t they be responsible enough to be trusted with a firearm?
I suspect that a media that doesn’t support gun ownership and thus doesn’t report “good” gun news has shaped much of your attitude. Americans drive-off home invaders a half-million times a year, according to a 1997 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a lot of them use guns to do it. You can read some of them at this website
Firearms are used every day by law-abiding citizens to defend themselves but because the media is generally hostile to gun rights those incidents go unreported except locally.