Sometimes I have to wonder what some people are thinking, or if they are even thinking at all. One esteemed member of the Georgia General Assembly thinks the answer to combating crime on college campuses is to arm the students.
This is not a new idea, but it doesn’t get any better with age.
That is a wonderful recipe for safety. (For my friend, Ned, who has difficulty discerning whether I am being serious or sarcastic — I am being sarcastic here.)
1.) Take a group of immature (18-23 years old), young adults and provide them access to guns.
2.) Do so without providing any training.
3.) Tell them you are doing so in order for them to be able to use the guns to protect themselves and their fellow students.
4.) Insert them into a situation involving close living quarters (college residence halls, fraternities, etc.) and frequent opportunities to consume large amounts of alcohol. (College students? Seriously?)
That sounds like a really good plan. (More sarcasm, Ned.)
I have heard people comment that the shootings at Virginia Tech would not have happened if the student body had been armed. Actually, I wonder how many other innocent students and faculty would have been shot by the untrained and unskilled would-be vigilantes who have watched too many shoot-em-up movies and played the same genre of video games. Scarey.
Keep the shootings to the DVDs and the video games. It will keep the body count down.