"Oh, if only everyone would just get along and do the right thing, we'd have no need for guns on this planet and anti-gun groups would start behaving like normal people."
In so many words anyway.
Tech plays censor on April 16Earth to Roanoke Times: If the anti-gun group was going to choose any of the above - discretion, common sense or decency - they wouldn't have scheduled the event in the first place.
A group thinking about protesting on the Virginia Tech campus on April 16 should stay home. Not that Tech officials are giving them much choice.
A little-noted university policy requires any group that wishes to assemble on campus to receive a permit. Thirty-two people, many students, lying silently on the Drillfield to protest gun violence will not likely receive one.
We happen to agree, mostly, with the group's message -- but not with spreading it on that solemn day.
The memorial services on the Drillfield will be a time to mourn, remember and move on from last year's shootings. Exploiting the cameras for political ends demonstrates only a lack of class. Indeed, it could even turn people off from the message.
Yet conscience, not school officials, should decide. We hope would-be protesters choose discretion, common sense and decency. The Tech community deserves as much next week. (link)
In the absence of any of that, what should be done?
In the absence of any law allowing the local police establishment to arrest these evil people and to throw away the key, Virginia Tech officials clearly acted with ... discretion, common sense and decency.