An unstable South Korean tourist in Israel, apparently triggered by the events at Virginia Tech, invaded a kindergarten classroom in the small Israeli village of Kfar Away armed with two pistols and a vestful of ammunition. He broke down the door and was promptly shot by the teacher who, like many teachers in Israel, carry military rifles. End of Story.
OK, OK, never happened. However if some maniac ever tried this in Israel he would not have gotten as far as the lunatic at Virginia Tech.
April 18, 2007,
We Are All "First Responders" Now
In Israel, in 1974, the PLO in one of their masterful and courageous operations (and yes, that is bitter irony I am expressing) invaded an elementary school in Ma'alot, and murdered 26 people, 21 of them children. The Israeli government realized that in their small besieged country, no one was exempt from attack by those who hated their existence and from that day on, Israeli teachers received permission to carry weapons in school. There has not been another such attack.
The Volokh Conspiracy, April 19, 2007,
A Well Regulated Militia
Ask yourself every time you hear a proposal for increased "security": Would have in any way have averted the disaster that actually happened? Will it avert a future suicide attack on the public by other new and different means? Any realistic response to what happened and is likely to happen in the future must acknowledge that, when the next moment of truth arrives in whatever form, calling 911 will not work. Training our youth to be helpless in the face of an attack, avoiding violence at all costs will not work. There will always be foreign and domestic wolves to prey on the sheep we raise. And the next attack is unlikely to take the same form as the ones we just experienced. We must adopt measures that promise some relief in circumstances we cannot now imagine.
Here is the cold hard fact of the matter that will be evaded and denied but which must never be forgotten in these discussions: Often — whether on an airplane, subway, cruise ship, or in a high school — only self defense by the "unorganized militia" will be available when domestic or foreign terrorists [choose] their next moment of murder. And here is the public-policy implication of this fact: It would be better if the militia were more prepared to act when it is needed.
Interestingly, the last time a psycho tried this in Virgina he was stopped by armed students:
Aldaynet, April 19, 2007,
[now defunct blog] Shameless Liberal Media Coverup in 2002 School Shooting
VIRGINIA, 1/16/2002 - Peter Odighizuwa, who had flunked out of law school, opened fire with a.380 semiautomatic handgun just after 1 p.m. ET Wednesday. One of those killed was the dean of Appalachian School of Law, L. Anthony Sutin, 42—a former acting assistant U.S. attorney general. Killed along with Sutin were another faculty member, professor Thomas Blackwell, 41, and a student, Angela Denise Dales, 33, according to state police. ... At the first sound of gunfire, fellow students Tracy Bridges and Mikael Gross, unbeknownst to each other, ran to their vehicles to fetch their personally-owned firearms. Bridges pulled his.357 Magnum pistol from beneath the driver’s seat of his Chevy Tahoe. As Bridges later told the Richmond Times Dispatch, he was prepared to shoot to kill.
Bridges and Gross approached Odighizuwa from different angles, with Bridges yelling at Odighizuwa to drop his gun. Odighizuwa then dropped his firearm and was subdued by several other unarmed students.