Like the rest of the country, I am spending the morning reflecting on and reading about the shootings at Virginia Tech. As one article on Michael Moore’s website puts it, all the usual suspects have lined up along predictable rhetorical lines.
Anti-gun control folks say that letting citizens have handguns on the college campus would have enabled students to stop the gunman before he mowed down 32 people. The logic in that boggles me. Gun-control advocates trot out their legislation.
Nonetheless, even in the face of all the evidence about gun violence in America, I remain ambivalent about gun control. This is primarily due to a comment my friend made in a discussion about Bowling for Columbine. She said something to the effect of if you make all guns illegal, then only the government has guns; what’s to stop a situation where the government is pointing guns at you, and you have no way to defend yourself. After all, look at Tiananmen Square. (Incidentally, they’ve been declassifying documents about what happened there).