Appalachian School of Law Shooting

April 18, 2007 ยท 2 minute read

I’m sure the anti-gun crowd is immediately started blaming this week’s tragic massacre on the US gun culture. Already asshats like Dr. Phil (and of course, Jack Thompson) are blaming it on video games.

So was the US gun culture responsible? No, it turns out… the fuckwad who did this was from South Korea.

I fully support background checks for gun purchases, but unfortunately it sounds like that didn’t help in this case. Fuckwad had no prior record, and legally purchased the handguns. The only way to have prevented this crime would be to ban guns (and, of course, make all existing guns magically disappear).

Take a gander at this. The last time a student opened fire at a school in Virginia (the Appalachian School of Law), he was subdued by other armed students:

When Odighizuwa exited the building where the shooting took place, he was approached by two students with personal firearms.

At the first sound of gunfire, fellow students Tracy Bridges and Mikael Gross, unbeknownst to each other, ran to their vehicles to fetch their personally owned firearms. Gross, a police officer with the Grifton Police Department in his home state of North Carolina, retrieved a bulletproof vest and a 9 mm pistol. Bridges pulled his .357 Magnum pistol from beneath the driver’s seat of his Chevy Tahoe. As Bridges later told the Richmond Times Dispatch, he was prepared to shoot to kill.

Bridges and Gross approached Odighizuwa from different angles, with Bridges yelling at Odighizuwa to drop his gun. Odighizuwa then dropped his firearm and was subdued by a third student, Ted Besen, who was unarmed. Once Odighizuwa was securely held down, Gross went back to his vehicle and retrieved handcuffs to detain Odighizuwa until police could arrive.

Only three people were killed that day, thanks to the bravery of these bystanders who happened to be armed.

Virginia Tech has a rule against allowing possession or storage of guns on campus. Did this stop Fuckwad?

Nope.

It did stop any students or teachers from having the ability to defend themselves.