I have children, and like most parents I love them more than Life itself. One is a Marine in Iraq, the other is home with me and his mother.
Both know how to handle firearms. The Marine is a marksman with several ribbons and medals bearing proof of his skill; the youngest picked up his first gun a month ago.
The campus shootings in Illinois prove the danger of relying upon others for one’s own safety. Had one member in the class had a weapon to shoot back, the odds are good that the shooter would have killed fewer than the six he got away with before taking his own life.
Guns are not “magic”; they are not inherently good or evil. They are simply tools that can be used to protect or to kill. By banning them on college campuses they in effect create a model for our society in which guns are banned: the law-abiding students do not have guns to protect themselves while the psychopath doesn’t care that s/he is breaking the law. The result is that the murderer gets to choose how many people he kills, as well as leaving him/her in control of when and how his/her life is taken.
Self-defense is a basic human right; by taking away that right the authorities may not be blamed directly for the massacre, but they do contribute to its severity.