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Big_Mike Donating Member (274 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-17-07 12:13 AM
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370. Could this tragedy have been lessened or averted if HB 1572 had been passed last year?
It seems a bill had been in front of the Commonwealth's General Assembly that would have allowed CCW permits. Given the number of combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan going to college, could a person who had the weapon and the mental mindset necessary have been able to defend those students?

Gun bill gets shot down by panel
HB 1572, which would have allowed handguns on college campuses, died in subcommittee.

By Greg Esposito

A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly.


Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated. "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."


The legislation allowed for exceptions for participants in athletic events, storage of guns in residence halls and military training programs.

(And, most ironically, the following final paragraph. Mods please excuse 4 paragraphs, but they were more like sentences.)

In June, Tech's governing board approved a violence prevention policy reiterating its ban on students or employees carrying guns and prohibiting visitors from bringing them into campus facilities.

In our society today, there are literally thousands of, as Dave Grossman author of "On Combat" puts it, sheepdogs: the sheepdogs are those citizens who desire to protect the others from the acts of the wolves among us. Many might be frightened by the thought of armed persons among them.

I believe their fright would be less that that experienced by those students in the Engineering Wing.

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