This morning on Radio Five Live I heard a comment from a member of the American gun lobby which highlighted the stupidity and backwardness of the gun lobby's argument.
This fool argued that the best way to prevent another tragedy was for all students to arm themselves so they could shoot back. Of all the idiot comments from the gun lobby, this surely takes the biscuit.
The regular argument they give "it's people not guns that kill" can be undermined in a second when you look at incidents in other countries.
In the UK, a disaffected youth, a disturbed student, a suicidal maniac, indeed anyone who is suddenly psychologically unbalanced does not have access to guns in an instant. Yes, we all know guns are available illegally, but not just like that, lying in a locker, available in shop on your street corner, not literally at your fingertips. So what happens when you go "off the rails" ?
We had an incident in Norfolk last Sunday, a man was arrested after allegedly trying to attack a group of people with a machete. For all we know of the incident, this man was of previously good character, but something pushed him beyond his normal tolerance limits. The question is though, what would have happened if the easiest weapon to lay his hands on was a gun, not a machete ?
It takes two to create a massacre on the scale of Virginia. A crazed person and a gun. A crazed person could not have killed 33 people without having a gun. That's a fact.