While America tries to make sense of the horrific tragedy that occurred this morning on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, our President stands once again flat footed. When a leader would focus on the dead, wounded and traumatized students and their families, the White House once pandered to his base. Dana Perino said in this morning's new conference.
As far as policy, the President believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed. And certainly bringing a gun into a school dormitory and shooting -- I don't want to say numbers because I know that they're still trying to figure out many people were wounded and possibly killed, but obviously that would be against the law and something that someone should be held accountable for.
Is there any reason to mention gun access at this time? Details of the identity of the deceased shooter and his motivation remain elusive. So why the point?
Ms. Perino likely didn't know that at least 32 students died, 29 wounded and the shooter killed. However, this leaves the accountable person dead with no societal recourse for justice as prescribed by the President. It's a monumental tragedy. What will George Bush do to prevent such occurrences in the future? I hope it doesn't encourage more people to carry weapons...