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Gun-Grabber Falsehood Distracts from What Makes Massacres Possible

Gun-Grabber Falsehood Distracts from What Makes Massacres Possible
The only option offered by those who would disarm you under force of law—take cover and hope the cops get to you before the killer does. [“Elementary French class students take cover in Holden Hall room 212.” by William Chase Damiano (edited for clarity by Xiaphias), CC BY-SA 3.0]
“There’s nothing in the constitution that guarantees the carry of firearms in public,” Lori Haas of Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws asserted to the Associated Press on “Lobby Day” at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond. “There is the 2nd amendment which guarantees the ownership of firearms.”

As usual, she either doesn’t know what she’s talking about, or does but stays on point anyway. The Second Amendment includes “the right of the people to … bear arms,” but as usual, her deceptive prattling is a feint to keep attention away from the fact that she really doesn’t want you to be able to “keep” them either. Particularly those “in common use at the time”…

Haas’ interest in things is personal. Her daughter survived the Virginia Tech massacre after being shot twice. And like fellow survivor Colin Goddard, who had time to call 911 and duck for cover before the killer entered his classroom (and thus time to take a protective position and return fire had he been armed and prepared), she prefers everyone instead be rendered defenseless and helpless under armed force of “law,” that is, via “gun-free (citizen disarmament/predator enablement) zones.”

Back in 2008, The New York Times invited me to participate in a “one year after” Virginia Tech “discussion” panel. Basically, they pitted me against six doctrinaire anti-gunners, including Richard J. Bonnie, director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia; Richard L. Canas, director of the State Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness; The Rev. Alexander W. Evans, pastor of the Blacksburg (Va.) Presbyterian Church and pastor to the Blacksburg Police Department; Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence; Dr. Richard Kadison, chief of mental health services for Harvard University Health Services; and Ada Meloy, general counsel for the American Council on Education.

I guess they wanted it to be a fair fight. Or at least make a pretense of offering an opposing viewpoint. In any case, it felt pretty much like that BuzzFeed “How many five-year-olds can you realistically take in a fight?” quiz.

Here’s the thing about Virginia Tech that some of us commenting at the time attempted to publicize: Nine months before the shootings, graduate student Bradford B. Wiles wrote a letter to The Roanoke Times in response to a campus manhunt for a murder suspect.

“I am licensed to carry a concealed handgun in the commonwealth of Virginia,” Wiles wrote. “However, because I am a Virginia Tech student, I am prohibited from carrying at school because of Virginia Tech’s student policy…”

The published response from University Vice President Larry Hincker was one of ridicule.

“[I]t is absolutely mind-boggling to see the opinions of Bradford Wiles,” he wrote, using terms like “out of touch … inane [and] absurd” to underscore his points. “Guns don’t belong in classrooms,” he concluded. “They never will. Virginia Tech has a very sound policy preventing same.”

We saw Hincker’s “very sound policy” play out and prevent nothing. We saw 32 innocents slain without a chance, even though the police response to a campus shooter had begun two hours before the mass slayings at Norris Hall.

These many years year later, students, faculty, administrators, staff and visitors – and not just at Virginia Tech, but at all “gun-free” schools – are still powerless to protect themselves. And the prevailing sentiment against suggesting otherwise remains the same:

It’s a ridiculous idea. Citizens who are responsible enough to go armed throughout the Commonwealth cannot be trusted once they set foot on campus. It will result in more tragedy. Police are the only ones qualified to be armed.

And those responsible for that prevailing sentiment will use each new and inevitable outrage as another excuse to dance in the blood their subversion ensures will continue to be spattered and spilled.



David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. That idiot doesn’t know the meaning of the word “bear” as in “bear arms” and probably never read the 9th amendment either.

  2. I simply ignore the signs that tell me to disarm myself. If I am ever in a “gun free” zone, and have to stop an active shooter, I will let the jury decide. Hopefully there will be one juror who knows about jury nullification.

    1. I’m with you Drake . I relish the feeling of accomplishment as I ignore the ” No Gun Zone ” decals and walk into the building 🙂

    1. It’s called Reading Comprehension and Progressives are not really too intelligent when it concerns the meaning of words.

  3. The right of the PEOPLE to keep . . . AND BEAR ARMS . . . SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED, or regulated, or reinterpreted as to be meaningless.

    1. “Interpret” being the operative phrase. When I was a young student, we were taught that it is the job of the SCOTUS to UPHOLD the Constitution. When progressives changed the debate to “interpret” they gained a lot more flexibility and “We the People” need to take back the language used in our argument that our rights are not up for grabs. “Police are the only ones qualified to be armed.” Ya mean like the two NYPD Officers who wounded a dozen bystanders while taking down one murder suspect???!!!!!! The left has no legitimate argument to make and that is the reason that they continually turn to emotion. “If we can just save one.” Leftists want to be the ones who decide for everyone that their lives are dependent on an impossibly fast police response. No thanks.

  4. Why is it that we tolerate the left’s intolerance? We know there is a cliff approaching but forge ahead at full gallop.

  5. The parents of the dead should sue the school for failing to protect the students after stripping them of their right to self protection. It seems to me that a jury could understand that. This should apply to every location that forbids your self protection. They then become responsible for your protection. Seems simple to me.

    1. I agree with you Tim. Sue the school for not allowing the right to carry. IT’S A RIGHT, not given by some temporal govenment.

      1. Until we call these Marxist traitors out for the subversives they are, this will continue. They should be charged with treason and their own words and teachings be held against them. After a few are hung, the rest of the cowards will STFU.

  6. They could have gotten Hinkler’s attention Just have all the victims’ family sue him for being responsible for the deaths. The most abhorent thing is that such a brainless, irrational person is IN CHARGE.

  7. i see that gun free zones have already killed more people than legal gun owners with concealed weapons permits, Whats it going to take to wake up.The wackos have already figured it out GUN FREE ZONES ARE HUNTING ZONES !

  8. How does the college control a right given to us by God and the Constitution? Sounds like they are usurping authority where there is none.

  9. So tired of this ‘Dodge and Dance’. Why is it that we can’t (or won’t) call it what it really is?
    Larry Hinkler is a Marxist agent, period. The New York Times, clearly by their antics of stacking the ‘debate’ cards in their favor against you David, are profligates with one intent; spreading Marxist ideology at all costs.
    Years ago I read the 1963 Congressional Record: Communist Goals. It opened my eyes to success these scum have achieved in undermining (subverting) every exceptional attribute of this outstanding country. When I had my father read it he about croaked… It opened his eyes wide.

    I’ll provide an example.
    13) Do away with loyalty oaths. (Certainly explains why Marxist legislators, and their badged thugs, piss on the Constitution without hesitation).
    15) Capture one or both of the political parties in the US. (Democrats?, Rino’s)
    16) Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions, by claiming their activities violate civil rights. (Like the “Well regulated militia?” and the “Right to keep AND bear arms?”)
    17) Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism, and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in text books. (A key role of Larry Hinkler?)
    20) Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions. (The New York Times et al?)
    28) Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state”. (Done)
    29) Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis. (An incessant daily bleat).

    You get the idea. This is why I’m tired with the dodge and dance, call them what they are; Communist Marxist Provocateurs.

    Thank God for Trump. We were this close to going under.

  10. I recall how nonsensical the Va tech shooting seemed at the time–2 different individuals shown as photos of “the shooter Cho” who we were told “left the school and came back a couple hrs later and shot up another class room”….how could this happen? where were the cops?? Turns out this was another Sandy Hoax DRILL of the DHS parallel govt reported as if a ‘real event’ by what we now call the Fake News ;ie, the MSM (MafiaSMedia)……Stilll many people aren’t aware of this clandestine multi-billion dollar plot to disarm We the People via fake ‘shootings’ that are then used to pass unconstitutional “laws”…Hopefully, Pres trump will put an end to this evil plot…..(note : hardly any of these “mass shootings” have ‘ocurred’ since he was elected! Thanks, Pres Trump!)

  11. I’m certain that Virginia Tech’s policy helped to disarm the shooter..since he paid no heed to it, since it is only words on paper….Too bad that the REALITY of the situation resulted in so many useless deaths..Sounds like it is time to make the arming of teachers compulsory…If only one person had been armed, there is a good chance that the shooter would have killed far less..

  12. I was convicted of a minor, non-violent felony, so I am no longer able to have access to any firearm. I made a mistake and regret it. But if in the future depending on what is going on here I will carry once again to stop those who would injure-kill innocents. There should not be any gun free zones.

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