It seems each time we have a school/campus shooting in this country the media starts a knee jerk reaction that tells people that guns are too easy to buy. Some have stated that Virginia is too lax of gun laws. In no way am I defending what this young man in Virginia did but he did follow the laws of that state to purchase a firearm. He had multiple pieces of identification and filled out the Federal Firearms Form 4473, including a background check. This young man was organized and had planned this out very carefully. He very easily could have made pipe bombs or any number of other devises to kill and maim those students.
If you look at the Virginia Tech case close enough you'll notice that many people informed the proper authorities that this young man was dangerous to society but nothing was done in time to prevent this horrible incident. There were professionals that were there to stop this young man who was a ticking time bomb that didn't stop him. Perhaps its just easier to blame guns for the tragedy because its the simplest answer, but it just goes to show you that with all the checks and balances in place to help a young man with the mental problems that he had, they he still fell between the cracks. Very rarely do you hear of people who have used firearms to protect themselves or others from criminals. It seems that the media is more interested in showing the down side of firearms. When is society going to learn that by posting signs outside doors and making schools "safe," zones that just tells a would be gunman that he doesn't have anything to worry about until he's finished his rampage. My prayers go out to all involved.