In reality, guns have saved countless lives in school shootings in the United States over the years. On January 16, 2002, Peter Odighizuwa went to school at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va. with a gun. He shot six people, killing the school dean, a professor and one student. Since most American schools have nonsensical no-guns policies, Mikael Gross and Tracy Bridges ran to their cars to retrieve their guns. Together, they were able to disarm Odighizuwa, and there would be no further victims that day, thanks to armed resistance. In 1997, at Pearl High School in Mississippi, Luke Woodham killed his mother and headed off to school with the intention of killing as many students as possible. He killed two students and wounded seven others before heading to Pearl Middle School with the intention of killing more. Joel Myrick, the assistant principal, heard the gunshots, retrieved his handgun from his car, and stopped the teen before Woodham could do any more damage.
There is not enough room in this column to include even a fraction of the documented incidents defused by armed resistance.
During a discussion on this topic last week in a class here in Winnipeg, numerous students refused to accept the above points and instead echoed what many clueless politicians argue: that an all-out gun ban is the only real option to deal with crime. With drugs, left-wingers constantly tell us that the best solution is to legalize them. And since prostitution has been around �forever,� we should legalize that, too. But when it comes to guns, which have been around for hundreds of years and are prevalent in every part of our society, they suddenly think we can just ban the problem away.
Who knows how many lives could have been saved at Dawson College, Concordia University or W.R. Myers High School had victims been allowed to shoot back? Unfortunately, it is too late to know. But by refusing to allow law-abiding citizens to defend themselves, effectively giving crazed gunmen packs of sitting ducks, we are only ensuring that it will happen again.