"My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee," Joe Librescu said in a telephone interview from his home outside of Tel Aviv. "Students started opening windows and jumping out."
So, I'm not some gun nut, but I do support the right to bear arms, especially by law-abiding citizens who also happen to be sane. I understand the fundamental theory that no guns equal no shootings. However, I don't buy it. I think gun control is something we can all come to an agreement on. No guns for criminals, no guns for the mentally ill. In exchange, no restrictions on the rest of us who simply want to protect our home and our family. I think that's reasonable. Why is it so difficult?
Personally, if I'm a teacher in Anywhere, USA, then I'm getting a carrying permit and I'm packing heat to class every day. I'd tote my gun to class in my briefcase, right next to that stack of spelling papers that I need to grade. Deterrent....D-E-T-E-R-R-E-N-T....deterrent. I think that maybe if every teacher had the option of arming themselves in class, and every student knew that their teachers may or may not be packing heat, then there'd likely be a lot fewer of these senseless shootings. After all, these maniacs committ suicide, which means they are cowards by nature, so they certainly aren't going to risk going up against someone of equal strength.
Remember Joel Myrick? No? He was the Pearl, Mississippi High School principle who arrived one morning to find Luke Woodham, a student, shooting his schoolmates one 1997 morning. This was the first of many in a rash of school shootings that have spread across the nation. Just as Woodham was packing up his stuff to head to Pearl Junior High and continue his rampage on younger students, he found himself face to face with Myrick's .45 pistol. Woodham surrendered and sits in jail today.
How many lives did Joel Myrick and his evil gun save that day? What if there was a Joel Myrick at Columbine?
But that's not the big issue of the Virginia shooting. The big issue centers around a key question that no one seems to be asking...Why didn't someone try to stop this guy?
This nut bag attacked those people with two handguns. We're not exactly talking about a fully automatic weapon capable of cutting down a small forest. These are pistols. They fire one round with each trigger pull. They hold 15 rounds each. This idiot discharged over 100 rounds into dozens of people, which means that he had to stop and reload multiple times, all in the presence of young, capable, college-aged students. This lunatic was Korean, about half the size of the average college-aged American male. You know where I'm going with this.
Now, I'm not here to bash victims. It's not my style. I see this shooting, in many ways, as a metaphor for much of American society. Let me continue.
I find it stunning that while this maniac is carrying on with his random killings, the need to take action only came to one man. This brave soul was named Liviu Librescu. He was a 76 year old Engineering professor who, by the way, also survived the holocaust and escaped communist oppression in Romania. Yes, this man had seen evil before. And when evil came knocking on his classroom door, he moved toward it...as many of his generation had done before. He barricaded his classroom door to protect his students, and was shot dead in the process.
While he was making the ultimate sacrifice, his students - 1/4th his age with 4 times his strength - dove under their desks and out the windows. Again, the metaphor speaks volumes.
It appears to me as though the legacy of the greatest generation - that of freeing the world from oppression - was passed to a perpetually selfish baby boomer generation and on to a generation that knows nothing of self-sacrifice. Again, I'm not bashing the victims. I'm bashing the generation they belong to. If this is who will inherit our country, then America is doomed.
Yes, I know that there are thousands of this generation dying every day in Iraq. But these aren't typical. In fact, the soldiers of our youth are the ones who are looked down upon by their peers. At one time, a soldier was respected and honored. Now, they are greeted with a "better-you-than-me" sneer, and treated as though they have somehow been duped by the government to serve, while it's the college elites who are too wise to fall for such ploys. Silly, foolish soldiers.
It's obvious to me that if Flight 93 had been full of coed spring breakers heading to Daytona Beach, we'd be rebuilding the US Capitol right now. Can anyone honestly dispute that?
Don't believe me? Then answer this: If a psychopathic self-pitying Korean maniac knocks on your child's door with a 9mm Glock, who would you want standing beside your child -- the 76 year old holocaust survivor or the 20 year old metrosexual college jock with his favorite Starbucks beverage who can't find Normandy beach on a map but can name every cast member from Real World 8? It's a no-brainer for me, and was even before this massacre in Virginia.
So one day in the future America will be confronted by evil as we have many times before. It will be today's college students facing that evil. What will happen? My fear is that they will dive under their desks and hope for evil to pass them by. One thing is brutally clear. If tomorrow's generation doesn't pull their pants above their ass-crack and flip their upside-down golf visors around soon - or, basically, act like men - then this country is doomed to fall. There are many more homicidal maniacs out there, and some will come with more than a couple of pistols.