Wednesday, April 18, 2007

If you're someone who can handle the truth, you really need to pop over here and read this important post over at Law Dog's place. What I learned in this blog took what was already a tragic event and made it beyond shocking -- earlier this year, the State legislature of Virginia shot down a bill that would have allowed licensed carriers to bring handguns onto the campus of Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech Spokesman Larry Hincker said the tabling of this bill would make "parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus." Seriously. I'll bet they all feel very safe, now that they are prevented from carrying the means to stop a murderous asshole in their midst.

LawDog so cogently states:
...I am speaking of the putrescent evil which convinces good men not to fight back; the sordid filth of the soul which allows one bad man to prevail against fifty -- or 25,000 -- good men because good men have been systematically denied the mindset required to meet with, engage and defeat evil -- even if all you have is fingernails and rage.

I wish I'd written it, but he says some things I thought, too, though more eloquently than I could have mustered.

I also must quote the immaculate Tam from her blog of last September 16 in which she so impeccably said:
I ain't goin' out like that. Whether it's some Columbine wannabe who's heard the backward-masked messages on his Marilyn Manson discs, distressed daytrader off his Prozac, homegrown Hadji sympathetic with his oppressed brothers in Baghdad, or a bugnuts whackjob picking up Robert Frost quotes transmitted from Langley on the fillings in his molars, I am going to do my level best to smoke that goblin before my carcass goes on the pile. I am not going to go out curled into a fetal ball and praying for help that won't arrive in time.

Now THAT is the spirit.

Passivity has its place in life, but when life and death are on the line, people need to not stand idly by and let themselves be executed, and they need to be teaching this vital lesson to their children. Yesterday's massacre is heartbreaking in too many ways to count, not the least of which is our having become a society in which people lack the mettle or the resourcefulness to defend themselves.

The wholesale slaughter of innocents is the price we pay for emasculated men, and for a culture which seeks to make excuses and strives for empathy for sociopaths rather than holding them accountable. Our culture has been held hostage for long enough by the tyranny of amoral neer-do-wells.

Victim culture tells us not to resist the bad people -- that if we keep our heads down and give them what they want, then they won't hurt us. Sometimes, the right thing to do is to boldly risk your own life in attempt to save those of others. How dare such brazen wickedness not be met with resistance? Sometimes you have to fight when you're a man (OR a woman), and the man who loves his life will lose it.

Don't let someone fly your plane into a building. Don't let someone take your life without a fight. Don't let a government take away your right to defend yourself.


Tickersoid said...

The village I schooled in was the scene of a similar attack.

The consequent gun laws have done nothing to stem the rise of gun crime here in the UK. The criminals aren't the ones with licences so it's made no difference. However, because the control of amunition is so strict many gangsters have had their hands blown off by home made munitions back fireing.

HollyB said...

Yours is not the first I've read beseeching people to go out fighting. I think, after our conversation last night, I'll post some of the "Helpful Hints" I gave you last night.

Anonymous said...

So, you would feel safer knowing that thousands of students were carrying guns on campus with all that entails - drunken fights that get out of hand, students with grudges against fellow students or staff, possibly unstable people in charge of potentially lethal weapons?

Wouldn't it make more sense to severely restrict the availability of guns rather than increase it? Yes, psychos will always be able to kill, but wouldn't it be better to make that as difficult as possible?

phlegmfatale said...

tickersoid - well, at least there's an up-side to your government's tyrannical prevention of the law-abiding citizens' ability to protect themselves from the criminal element who don't obey the law to begin with. There's something poetic about them killing themselves with their own ammunition.

hollyb - Yup. I'll look forward to that post on yours.

heaven - Absolutely - yes. People I know who take the time and expense for the training for the license to carry a concealed handgun in Texas are some of the most serious, reserved and sober people I know, and part of the training also involves pressing home the salient point that penalties for abuse of the privilege by those with permits are compounded exponentially. And what keeps those drunken students from carrying a gun on campus, anyway? Obviously, laws to the contrary did not keep that asshole from shooting up dozens of people yesterday - exactly what legislation do you believe would have prevented this.

Baby , the toothpaste is out of the tube - there have always been guns amongst our armed citizenry and there always will be - guns are impossible to eradicate from our national fiber, nor would I ever want to. Yesterday is a prime example of why a trained, armed student could have dispatched the bastard and saved scores of lives -- the police can't be with us 24/7.

You are naive and gullible if you think otherwise. Thanks for dropping by.

Anonymous said...

Nice shot at heaven; and you didn't even need a gun.

phlegmfatale said...

anonymous - I can't take credit for what should just be common sense.

FHB said...

Well said. I aint goin' out that way ether.

Christina RN LMT said...

Yours and blogs like Tam's and Johnny Law's are why I don't even bother blogging about something like would only be "me, too!".
Thank you for your eloquence.

FHB said...

Yep, me too, me too, all day long.

none said...

I'm glad he wrote that post, evetyone needs to read it and I agree with all of it.