My jaw dropped when I came across this story first thing this morning (via Gateway Pundit): “Israeli Professor Killed in Attack” . Professor Liviu Librescu, a Romanian Holocaust survivor who has been teaching Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech University since 1986, was killed during the Monday massacre in a heroic – and apparently successful – attempt to save the lives of his students.
Professor Liviu Librescu, 76, threw himself in front of the shooter, who had attempted to enter his classroom. The Israeli mechanics and engineering lecturer was shot to death, “but all the students lived – because of him,” Virginia Tech student Asael Arad – also an Israeli – told Army Radio.
Several of Librescu’s other students sent e-mails to his wife, Marlena, telling of how he blocked the gunman’s way and saved their lives, said the son, Joe.
“My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee,” Joe Librescu said in a telephone interview from his home outside of Tel Aviv. “Students started opening windows and jumping out.”
The poetic justice of this story knows no bounds: the Virginia Tech massacre occurred on Yom Ha’shoah – in English, Holocaust Rememberance Day.
To the knee-jerk gun control pimps out there, who don’t even wait until the blood is dry in these tragedies before exploiting them to further their own agenda: I have no doubt that, if Prof. Librescu had a concealed handgun on him, he would have tried to take out the gunman, perhaps saving even more lives. But tragically, that could not have happened on this campus – Virginia Tech is a “Gun-Free Zone”.
Cho Seung-Hui must have forgotten.