Monday, April 16, 2007

At Least 32 are Dead in VA Shooting

In what is shaping up to be the worst school shooting in US history, more than 30 people have been shot and killed and over 20 injured at Virginia Tech University. It is believed to be the work of one lone gunman who shot himself at the scene. President Bush is quoted as being "horrified" at this incident.
Witnesses tell Fox News that the gunman entered the school looking for his girlfriend...lined up his victims, then shot them.

"Today the university was struck with a tragedy that we consider of monumental proportions," said Virginia Tech president Charles Steger. "The university is shocked and indeed horrified."

The university reported shootings at opposite sides of the 2,600-acre campus, beginning at about 7:15 a.m. at West Ambler Johnston, a co-ed residence hall that houses 895 people, and continuing about two hours later at Norris Hall, an engineering building.
Isn't it time that we reexamine our gun laws? How many shootings will it take to try to find real solutions to America's gun violence?

No one has ever advocated making guns illegal but there are steps that we as a society can and should take to stop this senseless violence. A horrible tragedy like this brings this issue to the forefront but people in the inner cities are living with type of violence daily. It is time that a real dialogue begins to address this growing problem.

President Bush has the opportunity to lead on this debate but I wouldn't hold out much hope that he will. With the National Rifle Association such a huge supporter of the Republican Party and Democrats too afraid to stand up on this issue I am sure no real debate on this issue will occur.

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