Instapundit is arguing that, had the Virginia Tech students been armed, fewer students would have died. Even if this were correct, it ignores all of the other times students would have guns. Do you really think drunk college students should be carrying?
If college hasn’t changed too much since I went (which wasn’t that long ago), there are a lot of students who start drinking Wednesday night, and don’t really stop until Sunday night. Do you really want them to have firearms? How many shootings would happen because someone was drunk and stupid? As this horrible slaughter shows, just even a single ‘Maniac-of-One’ can snuff out many lives. And it doesn’t stop at murder. How many additional rapes would happen at the point of a gun? And every year, at some college campus, there is always some sort of post-game excess that resembles a riot. I can’t even imagine the damage and loss of life that would ensue if those idiots were armed.
This is the same sort of fantastical thinking that typifies much of the modern conservative movement. Of course, at that moment, you would probably be safer. Your home would also be less likely to be burglarized if troops were quartered in it, but there are some good reasons why we don’t do that. What is missing from Instapundit’s idiocy is any serious thought about all of the ramifications. And if that sounds anything like our foreign policy…
More magical thinking from the Peter Pan Right.