A lot of people died at Virginia Tech because One person had the will to act on his whims.
A lot of people died at Virginia Tech who might not have if they had the will to act against him.
I’ve seen people asking the same question that was asked at Columbine, the question that is asked at every one of these mass shootings: Where were the police? Why didn’t they save them? If you are going to remember one thing, remember that the police will not save you. That is not the business that the police are in.
The police don’t stop crimes. They attempt to capture the criminal after the crime is committed. The police don’t rush to a convenience store while it is being robbed to stop the crime. They rush there because it gives them the best chance of capturing the criminal. Firefighters take more risks than the police. They are in the business of saving people. The police are not.
There is a common theme in modern police training: “Everyone goes home.” What that really means is “Every one of us goes home.” Every one of them, not you. You can die in a psychotic massacre, but he is going home. You either have to be able to fend for yourself or be a victim.
There is a curious thing about human nature. Few things are accomplished because a lot of people decide to do something. Almost everything that happens starts out with one person taking initiative, and hordes following them. There were acts of heroism on the part of the victims in this crime.took initiative. When he did, the students took action and fled out the windows. Lives were saved.
Derek O’Dell took initiative. When he went to go barricade the door, other students jumped in and helped him. If Derek had not started the action, no one would have moved. Someone has to make the first move. The shooter was in control at that point. Derek took control from him. Someone has to be the One.
A lot of people want to make this about guns. Gun control idiots want to make the illegal pistols that the shooter had even more illegal, because they think murderers are more scared of gun laws than murder laws. Gun rights activists want to blame the school for not letting CHL holders carry on campus. The reality is that we don’t know. Do I think it would be a good thing to let CHL holders carry on campus in the future? Absolutely. Am I willing to say that it would have made a difference here? No.
I have a story that I tell people. I was called for jury duty once. Before the attorneys began asking questions in voir dire, the judge asked some questions on his own. He started out with a tirade against the FIJA and the concept of jury nullification. He bellowed, “if there is anyone who thinks that they can ignore my instructions and rule some other way, stand up right now!” Well, I do think that. If he gave me an instruction that I knew was absolutely wrong, like that truth was not a defense to libel, I would ignore that wrong instruction. If he gave me an instruction that was immoral, like that I had to say that someone was guilty of theft if he forgot to return a pen he borrowed, I would ignore that immoral instruction.
I could see other guys looking around. There was a lot of indecision. I stood up. As soon as I did, three more guys stood up. When it was all over, one of them came over to me. He was a long haired hippie type, and he sounded just like Willie Nelson. He shook my hand and said, “thank you man. That judge, what he was saying, man, I knew he was wrong, but I couldn’t be the first one to stand up. I’m glad you did that.”
And that is human nature. We don’t want to be the One to make a decision. It is easier to let someone else do it. This is something that you need to think about as a person and decide where you stand. Will you be the One? When there is something going on that you know is wrong, will you stand up? When there is death and mayhem around you, will you be the one that snaps out of the shock and acts? In a situation like Virginia Tech, you are dead either way. Will you save others at that price?
You need to decide today. If you wait until it happens, the decision will take too long. You have to adopt this state of mind and carry it with you all the time. You are the One. When things go wrong, you will be the One to start the ball rolling. Have faith in your fellow man. He will follow you if you are right and are willing to lead him. You will be the One to make the decisions in your life. When someone attempts to make your decisions for you, whether he is a homicidal maniac or a lowly beaurecrat, you will be the One to oppose him and take that decision back.
It isn’t hard to do. It is just hard to decide to do. It is scary. You are taking risks. But they are risks that someone has to take.