Glenn Reynolds over at Instapundit uses today's tragic shooting at Virginia Tech to echo the old NRA battle cry that MORE guns, not less, lower gun crimes and had more students been packing then the death toll may have been lower. The problem being that that's a situational analysis. Yes, had students been armed TODAY they may have been able to defend themselves and disable the perpetrator before he killed 30+ of their classmates. But that doesn't take into account the number of potential gun crimes a heavily armed populace might undertake.
Imagine your average frat party. Now imagine drunken meatheads packing heat.
Think of the stress of finals week. Now imagine fully strapped engineering dorks tweaking on coffee and Mini-Thins.
Picture the rivalry game of the year. Now picture throngs on either side of the football field carrying heavy metal after a heartbreaking loss.
Remember, if you dare, the girl who dumped you Sophomore year. Now think of what might have happened had the boyfriend she dumped FOR YOU been ready to exact some Suge Knight vengeance on your ass.
Events like today's are NOT an example of how looser gun laws protect law abiding people but how guns in the hands of lunatics kill innocents. And you never know who is going to snap when.