House Bill 1572 didn’t get through the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety. It died Monday in the subcommittee stage, the first of several hurdles bills must overcome before becoming laws.
The bill was proposed by Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County, on behalf of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Gilbert was unavailable Monday and spokesman Gary Frink would not comment on the bill’s defeat other than to say the issue was dead for this General Assembly session.
Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated. “I’m sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly’s actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus.”
Now, fast forward fourteen and a half months:
MSNBC and NBC News
Updated: 10:07 p.m. PT April 16, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Local, state and federal investigators scoured a university campus in Virginia for clues to what set off the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history after a gunman shot two people to death in a dormitory Monday morning before making his way to a classroom building where, silently and coolly, he killed 30 more people before turning his weapon on himself, authorities said.
At least 15 other people were wounded in the shootings, which took place over 2½ hours at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Some of them were injured as they leapt to safety from the windows of their classrooms.
The shootings, which came just four days before the eighth anniversary of the Columbine High School bloodbath, in which two students killed 13 people and themselves near Littleton, Colo., created panic and confusion at the university, which was already on edge after two weeks of bomb threats.
After the scope of the carnage was clear, angry students and employees demanded to know why the first e-mail warning from police and administrators did not go out to them for more than two hours, even though the killer of two people was at large. By then, the gunman had struck a second time.
Nearly 50 victims
In all, 33 people died Monday at Virginia Tech, including the gunman. The 15 who were wounded were treated for gunshots or other injuries, authorities said. Their conditions were not reported.
ENOUGH already with the Brady Bunch NONSENSE! ENOUGH already with the George Soros NONSENSE! ENOUGH already with the Michael Moore NONSENSE! Thirty One PERFECTLY GOOD HUMAN BEINGS ARE COMPLETELY USED UP — DEAD — because of them!
By now, even the politically correct set must understand “more guns, less crime” is a REALITY!! Stop letting murderers kill our children! ARM public school teachers, and allow concealed carry on all college campuses before MORE of our children are murdered! Put an END to the Columbines and Virginia Techs! This murdering of innocents has gone on long enough!
The Brady Bills would never have stopped Columbine. The Brady Bils would never have stopped Virginia Tech. The Brady Bills will never stop armed crime. Disarming Americawill NOT stop the carnage. ARMING America WILL!
ALL the Brady Bills would do is disarm innocents!