Now that a week or so has gone by since the tragedy at Virginia Tech, we have learned more of the facts, and can make more intelligent conclusions.
First of all, it was obvious for quite a while that the mass murderer was very dangerous right from the start. There were many indications of this, and frankly, I believe the teacher who reported him to authorities should be given the person of the year award.
Also, had the gun dealers who sold him the weapons known of his condition, and his past records, they would not have sold him the guns. I, however, am not for stricter gun laws per se, but rather stricter enforcement of the laws we now have. What we need to do is to work harder to develop a more effective instant check program. This way, we know right away who can and will be dangerous.
Finally, the tragedy at Virginia Tech should be a lesson in our dealing with other dangerous groups, such as the nuclear terrorists in Iran. Should we fail to learn by this, next time we have a similar tragedy, it will not be only several dozen people, but many thousands and perhaps even millions.
Judson M. Brandes