Ms. McNabb wrote, "We owe it to the victims and to their families to do everything we can to prevent another tragedy."
With all due respect, then why doesn't she support legislation prohibiting publicly-funded universities and colleges from having gun policies which are more restrictive than state law?
Why should a college professor have to choose between being able to protect themselves and keeping their job? Why should an off-campusgrad student with aconcealed handgun permithave to disarm themselves before going to class?
As long as we have gun free zones like Virginia Tech, we will have more tragic incidents like Virginia Tech.
Again quoting Ms. McNabb, Without two guns and high-capacity magazines, Seung-Hui Cho could not have inflicted the damage that he did."
And without an armed guard in every classroom, Chowas able to inflict the damage that he did. A Concealed Handgun Permit holder is like an armed guard, but it does not cost the school (taxpayer) anything. But VT banned those armed guards(CHP holders)and Cho took advantage of that fact.
Virginia needs legislation like Utah which now allows Concealed Handgun Permit holders to go to universities armed for their protection, and not get expelled or fired.
See http://utahshootingsports.com/uemail.htmfor an excellent summary of Utah's gun laws as they relate to Universities there. I have excerpted part of it below.
1. Utah law prohibits weapons on school property, including college
campuses, except for firearms that are in the possession of a concealed
weapons permit holder. Other narrow exceptions apply, such as guns
carried by law enforcement officials.
2. In Utah, a person must be 21 years old to obtain a concealed weapons
3. Firearms held by a concealed weapons permit holder may be used only
to prevent death or serious bodily injury to himself or a third person,
Utah's universities fought this up to the Utah State Supreme Court and lost. http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,645200092,00.htmlU Gun Ban Shot Down, 9/11/06.
or to prevent a forcible felony, according to Utah law.
Ms. McNabb, if you read this, I would be most curious to hear your reaction to such a law being passed in Virginia. I think it is the right thing to do.