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The shooting had barely stopped and wounded were still being carried out, but the pro gun control and the anti gun control camps must have felt that there was no time to lose. I could hardly read about the massacre without seeing constant references to the gun control debate.

Was this really necessary?

Psychologically, I think it was. Many people cannot face the horror of life straight on, so they must invent gods to help them face their troubles. Thus, in the form of a debate over gun control, modern man once again turns to Mars or Pax for aid in understanding this horrifying life.

Like any mythology, the gun control debate has some elements of realism, but at its heart it is absurd.

Switzerland is a mountainous country where every man is armed with an automatic weapon that he keeps in his home. Afghanistan is a mountainous country where every man is armed with an automatic weapon. But the crime rates of the two countries do not compare.

Similarly, Great Britain is an island nation with stringent gun control laws. Japan is also an island nation with stringent gun controls. But the crime rates in Japan are closer to those of Switzerland; where as Great Britain has more crime than the U.S.

When it comes right down to it, guns explain very little about how safe we will be from the evil of man. We don’t want to hear that, because we want a simple solution that will guarantee that we will be safe from the horror that was expressed at Virginia Tech.

But there is no cure that will guarantee that the Virginia Tech massacre will never happen again. The massacre reminds us that we are all vulnerable to this type of hell ourselves. Worse, it reminds us that we always will be, no matter how desperately we chase after ephemeral guarantees of security like guns or gun control legislation.

That is the truly scary thing about the Virginia Tech massacre.

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