Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Some Thoughts on the Politicization of Virginia Tech and Gun Control

Just in case you haven't noticed (if you are reading this you probably have), the "massacre" at Virginia Tech has become politicized. "More gun control!" the Democrats scream. "Less gun control!" shriek the Republicans.

Gun control advocates argue that if there was a stricter system, Cho Seung-Hui, the killer, wouldn't have gotten his hands on any weapons. Meanwhile, gun control critics claim that everyone has the right to bear arms under the Constitution, and people will be able to protect themselves if they have weapons.

In reality, you have to look somewhere in the middle. Yes, currently under the Constitution it is "the right of the people to keep and bear arms." But letting anyone, anywhere buy guns anytime would be a big mistake. Allowing everyone to carry guns would only cause more violence and deaths, not protect anyone. But it is the right of the people to carry weapons, and that right cannot be impeded upon.

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