Forgot your password?
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
  • default color
  • green color
  • red color


Jul 10th
Home Sections MiscellaNEWS Making Sense of the Virginia-Tech Tragedy
Making Sense of the Virginia-Tech Tragedy PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 0
Sections - MiscellaNEWS
Tuesday, 17 April 2007 08:56
The United States and much of the civilized world are mourning the loss of 32 innocent lives in yesterday's madness at the Virginia Tech university.
The massacre has revived the issue of the constitutional right of Americans, even those who are mere immigrants to the United States as in the case of the Virginia-Tech shooter, to bear arms.
There is no doubt that the status quo, as defended by the National Rifle Association, will continue to prevail. Americans, including green-card holders, without any criminal record will maintain their legal right to purchase even automatic guns.
Perhaps American policymakers and decisionmakers can arrive at a compromise if they will examine American history and the development of guns. It is true that the founding fathers of the United States decided that Americans be given the constitutional right to bear arms.
But the founding fathers at that time were familiar only with flintlock rifles. The technology at that time produced only the so-called "Brown Bess" guns, which became famous because of their widespread use during the American Revolution against the British colonizers.
Perhaps there should be a new law limiting American civilians to the right to bear only flintlock rifles while leaving to the United States military and law-enforcement agencies the use of modern high-powered automatic rifles. If this were the case, then the Virginia-Tech shooter would have probably been able to shoot only one or two victims, as he would have needed time to reload a "Brown Bess" gun, if it were the only kind of weapon that he would have been allowed to purchase. # # #

Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items:

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 May 2007 23:09

Add your comment

Your name:
Your email:
Comment (you may use HTML tags here):

Quote of the Day

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.~Calvin Coolidge~