Some South Carolina lawmakers think allowing more guns on the campuses of the state's public schools and colleges would help prevent a massacre like the one that occurred at Virginia Tech. We think it would severely increase the danger for students.
Nearly 20 state lawmakers back a House bill that would allow concealed weapons on public school and college campuses. If the bill passes, South Carolina would join Utah, currently the only state with a law allowing people to carry hidden weapons on campuses.
The argument is that if students at Virginia Tech had been permitted to carry guns, they could have defended themselves against Seung-Hui Cho's rampage, which left 32 people dead.
Armed students might have stopped Mr. Cho before he mowed down 32 people. But we suspect considerably more people would be killed after a few years of allowing students to carry concealed weapons on South Carolina's campuses.
This bill is a knee-jerk reaction to a horrific but isolated incident. Encouraging students to carry guns would just make matters worse.
- The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.)
Rajendra Pachauri, the Indian scientist who chairs the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is a mild-mannered man.
But he did not pull any punches in Bangkok at a press conference to launch the report of its third working group on how global warming might be mitigated. "If we continue to do what we are doing now, we are in deep trouble," he warned.
The picture painted by the IPCC in its Fourth Assessment of Climate Change, in the three reports released so far this year, is the culmination of six years' work by 450 lead authors, 800 contributing authors and 2,500 expert scientific reviewers from 130 countries.
It can truly be said to represent the current state of understanding of global warming and its potentially catastrophic consequences as well as the multitude of options available to governments, business and industry, and ordinary citizens worldwide to ensure that the gloomiest scenarios are not translated into grim reality.
The task we all face is not going to be easy, because it will essentially involve changing the foundations on which the global economy is based from fossil fuels to a whole range of renewables, some tried and tested, others still embryonic and experimental. It is not impossible.
- The Irish Times (Dublin)