Spiegel Online chronicles the European reaction to the Virginia Tech shootings:
"Doubtless there will be a call to review the availability of firearms. The National Rifle Association's (NRA) response is predictable too. They will point out that events such as this are not carried out by a rifle-wielding member of a weekend militia. There is no doubt that access to rapid-action shotguns makes these events even more destructive but as we have seen with suicide bombers, who are closer to spree killers than is often realized, if a person really wants to take their own life and kill others in doing so it is exceptionally difficult to prevent it."
Smug. Arrogant. Self-serving. How European.

Words are words. They can be used for good or for evil. This isn't the time to playing politics with the tragic events at Virginia Tech. It is the time to mourn and reflect on the events of the past week - not on blaming Charlton Heston.

But since it's some enlightened few refuse to do so as a gun rights supporter I'm forced to respond.

Europe has had similar school shootings in the past. Where was their enlightened gun laws then? And the NRA is right: if someone really wants to take a life they will find a way.

Guns aren't evil. People using guns are evil.

This is a time of mourning, and I'd rather not discuss these issues - but the actions of some have forced it.

Apparently VT was a gun-free zone.

Update II:
Apparently the CBC just can't help itself linking the war in Iraq to the VT killings. I guess we know now what some people mean by "compassion."

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