Gingrich’s Virginia Tech Remarks Questioned

…people who are law-abiding, people who are rational and people who are responsible had the ability to stop them.

By CHRIS KAHN
Associated Press

April 24, 2007 – The Scrooge Report Post

BLACKSBURG, Va.  – Ted Besen bristles when politicians suggest that armed classmates could have stopped Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho.

Five years ago, while a student at the Appalachian School of Law in southwestern Virginia, he tackled and subdued a mentally unstable student named Peter Odighizuwa who had fatally shot the dean, a professor and another student.

In the days that followed, many applauded two other students who followed Besen with guns in hand.

“Their guns had no effect on Peter,” Besen said Tuesday. “I already had Peter on the ground before they got out their guns.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Sunday that armed students have successfully stopped killers in the classroom. Cho killed 32 students and faculty members last week before killing himself.

“In states where people have been allowed to have concealed weapons, in Mississippi and Kentucky, there have been incidents of this kind of a killer who was stopped because in fact, people who are law-abiding, people who are rational and people who are responsible had the ability to stop them,” Gingrich said.

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