I heard the VT massacre being touted as the largest school massacre in U.S. History.
However, according to G. Gordon Liddy, in 1927 in Bath Michigan 45 students were massacred when an angry man blew up their school using dynamite. He was angry because he was unable to pay the increased taxes on his property due to the construction of a new school. Hence, he blew up the school. Following that, he blew himself up also.
Banning guns will not change the hearts of evil people. It will only make it more difficult for the rest of us to defend ourselves against that evil. If some of the students or professors at VT had been carrying a firearm they would have been able to defend themselves and the rest of the student body.
In two similiar situations the perpetrator was taken down by others who had guns and lives were spared. However, this information was not included in the media reports. (I got this information from the Phil Valentine radio program. If you'd like the details, go to his website for more information.)
I personally think there was much that could have been done to avert or prevent this tragedy. For example, when the perpetrator set fire to his dorm, why wasn't he expelled? And after the inital shootings early that morning, why weren't classes cancelled and why wasn't a school lock-down put into place....until the administration knew for certain the perpetrator had been caught and there was no possiblity of more shootings? According to media reports the university was well aware of the killer's emotional instability and the possible threat he posed to other students. He'd stalked students, was anti-social and had written plays that dealt with pedophelia and death.
Our laws allow us to use reasonable force to defend ourselves, which means if a gun is being used on us, then it is reasonable to defend ourselves with a gun. Without equal weapons we cannot defend ouselves.
We can ban guns, but evil will find a way to get them. Lets not allow this tragedy at VT to cloud our judgment.