Like that mythical Sword of Damocles, tragic events that unfolded in 1912 are hanging precariously over our heads and have warped our collective psyche forever.
Ban worth discussingA shootout in 1912? A reason to ban weapons in 2007? Does the news travel that slowly to the editorial boardroom of the Galax Gazette?
It's a sign of the times that officials in pastoral Carroll County wonder if those in the governmental center will be safer with a weapons ban in place.The airwaves have been filled with reports of disgruntled workers and angry students acting out violently against coworkers or classmates for grievances real or imagined.
And people who live in Carroll already have it deeply ingrained in their psyche that a courtroom may not be a safe place to be, given the infamous courthouse shootout of 1912.
You folks in Carroll County having sleepless nights over that incident that happened ... what, 95 years ago?
A simple question: If you've gone that long without a similar incident, doesn't that argue that current laws are working and for keeping them in place?