Tuesday, April 10, 2012

All In Favor Of More Gun Control, Please Raise Both Hands

The "anniversary" dates of the Virginia Tech massacre and Columbine are approaching, and anti gun rights organizations are gearing up for it. Some members of these groups have written this week that it would have been "stupid"  for a student to have been armed in a Virginia Tech classroom where a murderer killed 33 people. One anti gun rights blogger wrote that crossfire would have caused more injuries, and that the police wouldn’t know who the murderer was when they arrived and would shoot a student defender instead.  We hear the same thing over, and over... and over. They prefer police response and guards in the classroom. That is ridiculous.

According to some news accounts, some Tech Students jumped from windows to escape and others tried to shield their friends, but many of Hueng-Chu Ho's victims sobbed quietly and pled for their lives as they obeyed his orders as they were shot one by one as they complied. They were apparently waiting for a life saving miracle or intervention. 

One armed student or instructor with a legally carried handgun at least could have had a chance to try to stop this man as he methodically killed students there. He even had to reload during his trip to a second classroom that students attempted to barricade. There's one opportunity to stop this man if there was none before.

There will never be "guards' in all the classrooms. The statement that police will shoot the wrong person is fallacious. Local police at Virginia Tech took nearly six minutes to enter the barricaded building. By the time cops showed up, it was already over. The killer was dead by the time they arrived. Police are there in minutes when seconds count. We all know that. 

A no guns policy will never stop a determined killer either. We all know that too. 
A victim's attempt to stop a killer in the act of killing 33 people is just plain stupid, isn't it?

Here’s one anti gun rights Group’s Press release:



Gun Violence Victims Challenge Congress to Keep Guns from Dangerous People, on April 16, 5th Anniversary of VA Tech Shooting
Letters Sent Requesting Meetings with Congressional Leaders
Apr 9, 2012
 D.C. – On behalf of the 32 Americans murdered by guns every day, Colin Goddard and at least 31 other victims of gun violence will converge on Capitol Hill on April 16 and 17 to challenge Congressional leaders and members to keeps guns out of the hands of dangerous people, the Brady Campaign announced today. The victims’ challenge comes as the nation observes the anniversaries of the mass shootings at Virginia Tech and Columbine High School, and as Americans continue to express outrage over the killing of Trayvon Martin and the guns anywhere for just about anybody agenda of the gun lobby.

Screenings of the documentary, Living for 32, which features Goddard’s journey from gun violence survivor to advocate for gun violence prevention, will also take place on college campuses and in communities on April 16.

Goddard, who survived being shot four times on April 16, 2007, Tom Mauser, whose 15-year-old son Daniel was killed in the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999, and Sherialyn Byrdsong, whose husband Ricky was killed on July 2, 1999 by a white supremacist who should not have gotten a gun, will be joined on Capitol Hill on April 16 and 17 by about 30 other victims of gun violence from cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia.

Goddard emailed and hand-delivered letters over the past few days to eight members of Congress seeking meetings with them and the victims on Tuesday, April 17.  Those members include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor  (R-Virginia), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California), and sponsors of what the Brady Campaign calls the “George Zimmerman Armed Vigilante Act,”  Sen. John Thune (R- South Dakota), Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana), and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska). 

“Time and again after high-profile shootings, we’ve heard members of Congress say that now is not the ‘appropriate’ time to discuss legislation to prevent these tragedies,” said Goddard, who works as Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs for Brady. “Well, 32 Americans are murdered every single day in this country. We want to know: When will it be ‘appropriate’ to talk about keeping us safe? We are tired of living with the tragedy of gun violence, and we want Congress to act now to protect us and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. We won’t rest until they do.”

Brady Campaign President Dan Gross, whose brother Matthew was shot while visiting the Empire State building in 1997, will bring the voice of the American people to bear on April 16 and 17.

“We are coming to Capitol Hill to demand that Congress stand up to the gun lobby. We are coming to demand that Senators reject the 'George Zimmerman Act' and pledge to put the safety of the American people ahead of the gun lobby,” said Gross.  “Trayvon Martin, the victims of Virginia Tech and Columbine, Sherilyn Byrdsong’s husband, my brother’s friend, and thousands of other Americans are all dead because the gun lobby has made it easy for dangerous people to get, carry, and use guns.  Too many members of Congress have been their accomplices. We’re marching up to Capitol Hill to say ‘Enough is enough! We will hold you accountable for putting the gun lobby’s agenda ahead of the people you were elected to represent.'”
The Brady Campaign recently began mobilizing to stop bills S 2188 and S 2213, which make up what it’s calling the “George Zimmerman Armed Vigilante Act.” The Senate bills, similar to HR 822, which passed the House late last year, would allow dangerous people like Zimmerman to carry guns in public places, from downtown L.A., to New York’s Times Square, even though those states’ concealed carry laws make it highly unlikely that Zimmerman would be granted a permit to carry a gun in public.
A copy of a report about the implications of the Act can be found here.
A Tentative Schedule of Events for April 16 and 17
Monday, April 16th

12:00pm - 1:00pm - News Conference with 32 victims from across the U.S. -  Outside U.S. Capitol or Room 2456 Rayburn House Office Building

1:00pm - 5:00pm - Media availability with victims; One-on-one interviews

6:30pm - 8:00pm - Reception at George Washington University Screening of Living for 32

8:00pm - 9:30pm - Screening of Documentary Living for 32, followed by Q&A, led by Colin Goddard, George Washington University, Marvin Center

Tuesday, April 17th

11:00 am - News Conference with Congressional leaders and victims from across the U.S., Room 121 Cannon House Office Building – Will discuss specific action Congress can take to prevent gun violence

9:00am - 12:00pm - Reserved for Capitol Hill meetings with Congressional members

1:00pm - 5:00pm - Reserved for Capitol Hill meetings wth Congressional members

Student organizers have arranged screenings for Living for 32 on April 16, at colleges coast-to-coast including: George Washington University, Brown University, Colorado State University at Boulder, Ithaca College, New York University, Northwestern University, Princeton University, Rice University, Skidmore College, State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton, SUNY New Paltz, Tulane University, University of Arizona Tucson, University of Kentucky, University of Maryland - Baltimore County and the University of Maryland’s main campus at College Park, Maryland.
Click here for more information.
The Brady Campaign, with its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, is the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence. The Brady Campaign works to enact and enforce sensible gun laws, regulations and public policies to create an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is a national non-profit organization working to reduce the tragic toll of gun violence through education, research, and legal advocacy.
Dan Gross is the President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Center. A photo and more information about Dan Gross is available here.
For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow The Brady Blog, Facebook Page and Twitter Account."


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