There’s plenty of coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre elsewhere, so I’ll simply use these links to tell you where I stand (and where I hope I’d stand, if the situation ever called for it).
“Spirit of Self-Defense” by John Derbyshire
“A Culture of Passivity” by Mark Steyn
“Carve His Name With Pride” by Kathy Shaidle
I have grown up in a culture that teaches its children to defer to “the authorities” and not to “get involved” when something appears dangerous. Mock me as a big talker if you must, but if I am ever confronted with a situation like Virginia Tech or Flight 93 and have the opportunity to take action, I will take my cues from memories of the (sadly) few, like Professor Librescu and Todd Beamer, who chose righteous battle with the enemy in the absence of help from “the authorities”.
And on a similar theme, Dennis Prager calls out the wussified psychobabble instincts of today’s leaders in “You’re Dead, I’m Healing”.