Tuesday, April 17, 2007

8 years on.....nothing has changed

The news this morning of a shooting, on campus, at a Virginian University, resulting in the death of at least 33 and injuring 29, leaves one aghast and shocked. See the latest report from the NY Times here. But, is there a lesson in there somewhere? - that is, that the US must do something about the Constitutional right to bear arms. Rather bizarre too, that it is 8 years this week that America suffered the horror of Columbine.

It would seem though that that shooting at Columbine and all the other campus shootings since - and let's not forget the random rampages in shopping malls and elsewhere - has not been a wake-up call to Americans. The latest carnage will doubtlessly re-ignite the topic of gun control - as Reuters reports here.

And what does the great George Bush say? He is reported in AHN thus:

"White House deputy secretary Dana Perino said: "He was horrified and his immediate reaction was one of deep concern for the families of the victims, the victims themselves, the students, the professors and all the people of Virginia who have dealt with this shocking incident.

"The president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed."

One can only despair!

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