Via Malkin, in light of today's massacre at Virginia Tech, this remark, made in response to the defeat of a Virginia bill that would have allowed students and employees to carry handguns on campus, is especially chilling:
"I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus." -- Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker
I suppose it's the difference between feeling safe, and actually being safe.
Despite having few details regarding the crime, Brian Ross and Dana Hughes are wasting no time insinuating that the crime is related to the failed attempt to continue the assault weapons ban:
High capacity ammo clips became widely available for sale when Congress failed to renew a law that banned assault weapons.
Web sites now advertise overnight UPS delivery of the clips, which carry up to 40 rounds for both semi-automatic rifles, including 9mm pistols, and handguns.
That is the lede. Later on we learn:
Virginia law enforcement officials have not identified the weapon used in the shootings today at Virginia Tech, but gun experts say the number of shots fired indicate, at the very least, that the gunman had large quantities of ammunition.
Even if the shooter was using high capacity ammo clips, is there any reason to believe he would not had there been a ban? Being a "gun free zone" didn't seem to matter. Also, is Ross suggesting that the shooter wouldn't have committed the crime if he had slightly less ammunition capacity?
For the record, CollegiateTimes.com is reporting that the shooter had two 9 mm handguns.
Meanwhile, MSNBC is already planning on cashing in on the gun control issue. A HuffPo author goes even further:
...if David Brooks and the Rightwing can blame video games and the violent movies coming out of Hollywood for the school shootings, then I think it is also fair to place some of the blame on our political leaders who called for us to invade and occupy Iraq.
It's Bush's fault. It's because the assault weapons ban was discarded. I expect we'll hear alot more of that as things progress. We can only hope the media reserves a sliver of the blame for the shooter.