By Madison D. Welch, Texas Legislative Director
Students for Concealed Carry
Virginia –-(Ammoland.com)- A routine traffic stop at Virginia Tech turned deadly.
A police officer conducting the stop as well as a second individual were shot and killed, apparently by the same assailant. At this time (4pm ET), the status of the assailant is unknown and Virginia Tech remains on lockdown. [It is now known that the Second victim was the initial shooter]
Students for Concealed Carry offer our condolences the victims, and deepest hopes that the suspect(s) responsible be brought to justice.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the officer killed at Virginia Tech,” states Thomas Burge, Texas Director of Students for Concealed Carry.
“It is sad and unfortunate that this occurred and even worse that it is not the first time on this campus. The VA Tech campus is a “Gun-Free” zone, but these zones are proven to be guns free for law abiding citizens only. This is a terrible reminder that we must have the ability to protect ourselves on campuses as much as we do in and outside our homes…”
SCC also sadly recognizes this incident proves yet again that nothing has changed at Virginia Tech. The college still entertain delusional beliefs that signs and stickers will prevent illegal weapons on campus, even as they protest paying fines for their failing to notify students of the initial murders preceding the worst shooting spree in history three years ago.
According to Students for Concealed Carry at Texas A&M University, “This incident continues to prove that campuses are not crime free. The same crime that happens everywhere else in the United States can happen just as easily and just as suddenly on a college campus. Yet, college campuses remain one of the last areas that law abiding adults with a valid concealed carry permit cannot carry a firearm for self-defense. This leave our campus students and faculty tragically defense free against the same crime that anywhere else we might be able to defend ourselves. This latest event shows evil people still exist in the world and all the laws in the world will not stop them from committing violent crime. Guns are not the solution to every problem, but they are a solution to some problems – a solution completely ruled out by college campuses in Virginia and most campuses nationwide.”
With licensed campus carry now a successful policy at over two hundred campuses in six states without incident, it is time for Virginia Tech and colleges nationwide to end the ban on campus self-defense.
In contrast, a sign saying an area is a “gun free zone” is a dangerous and deadly fiction.