I'm watching live coverage on FoxNews now (back in the Fox-equipped office), and see that there's been an incident down in Blacksburg that has resulted in 20 deaths so far. The shooter is reported to have been killed, but details are still coming in. My prayers are with the victims and their families. I'll keep you posted if/when I hear more.
Background For those of you not from the Commonwealth of Virginia, we're known--perhaps even "notorious"--for being adamant supporters of 2nd Amendment rights [ed.: In other words, we're an Open-Carry State]. Don't let that confuse you, though: These "rights" we're so supportive of do not transfer to our universities. From Virginia Tech's student policy:
Unauthorized possession, storage (in vehicles on campus as well as in the residence halls), or control of firearms and weapons on university property is prohibited. (NOTE: Organizational weapons of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, approved by the commandant, are not prohibited by this policy.) Firearms are defined as any gun, rifle, pistol, or handgun designed to fire bullets, BBs, pellets, or shots (including paint balls), regardless of the propellant used. Other weapons are defined as any instrument of combat or any object not designed as an instrument of combat but carried for the purpose of inflicting or threatening bodily injury. Examples include (but are not limited to) knives with fixed blades or pocketknives with blades longer than four inches, razors, metal knuckles, blackjacks, hatchets, bows and arrows, nun chahkas, foils, or any explosive or incendiary device. Possession of realistic replicas of weapons on campus is prohibited. Students who store weapons in residence hall rooms, who brandish weapons, or who use a weapon in a reckless manner may face disciplinary action that may include suspension or dismissal from the university. Refer to Section V.W. for additional information about Weapons.