Tale of two shootings

In the news recently there were two shooting incidents. One the highly covered story of the Virginia Tech campus shooting which at the time of my writing this has claimed the lives of 21 innocent victims. The other was a shooting in Manchester, NH just two days prior, only in this shooting the gunman was shot by an armed by stander.

In light of these two incidents I fail to see how anyone can see gun control as a good thing. It is already a federal crime to have a gun anywhere on a school campus (k-12) even if the law abiding adult student is legally licensed to carry one and many colleges including Virginia Tech have policies against carrying guns. In fact last year when the lawmakers in Virginia failed in their attempt to introduce a law which would have overroad colleges from being able to strip students of their rights to defend themselves spokesman Larry Hincker at Virginia Tech said “ I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus.” Yes, the certainly FELT safe not having guns. Problem is they weren’t safe. In fact in another story where Virginia Tech went after a student who was legally licensed to carry Larry Hincher had this to say, “ In an academic environment, we believe you should be free from fear.”  Clearly leaving people defenseless from criminals keeps you free from fear in Larry’s mind.

Gun laws do not stop criminals from breaking laws; it only prevents law-abiding citizens from having the ability to defend themselves. We see it time and time again and we saw this first hand in Manchester this past weekend. Alleged gunman Eliezer Encarnacion after being ejected from a club returned with an illegal gun (the Union Leader reported it as “firearm without a serial number” which filing off the serial number is a crime in and off itself) he opened fire on the bouncer but missed. A patron in the club who was carrying a concealed weapon returned fire hitting the gunman twice before he was able to shoot at anyone else. Had it not been for the patron carrying the concealed weapon we may have very well been reading a much different story similar to the one in Virginia.

How can anyone look at the two stories above and honestly feel more gun laws make us safer? The only thing gun laws do is create a false sense of security. Virginia Tech FELT safe but as we now see it clearly wasn’t. And the club in Manchester where people were carrying guns was proven to be the safer place.