Judge Jeanine Pirro has her own show on Fox News Channel now and I caught a couple of segments last night. The segment on allowing concealed carry of guns on college campuses was interesting, aside from Pirro's terrible interview technique. The video is below for your viewing. The point that seemed to be missed in the segment is that anyone who would carry a gun on campus has already been licensed, trained, tested, and is qualified to legally carrry a gun. The impression given was that anyone could willy-nilly get a permit, which is not true. Watch the video and see what you think.
My original reaction to Pirro is that (1) she tries to be fair and balanced, however (2) she is a terrible interviewer. In her profession as attorney and judge, she may have been great at her job, but her interview style last night seemed to be 'ask a question, then ask a dozen more, return to the original question, take a breath, and give the guest a few seconds to figure out which question she really wanted answered'. This left the guest with very little time to actually answer the original question properly. But it could just be me. Unfortunately I still associate Pirro with Geraldo Rivera and I cannot stand to watch him. You be the judge.
Russia's Defense Minister, Anatoly Serdyukov, set off a firestorm of debate in Russia after saying that his military's pride and joy, the Kalashnikov and Dragunov SVDs sniper rifles, are "morally outdated" and that he's considering a plan to buy foreign-made small arms.
UPDATE: Colin Goddard, shot at Virginia Tech, on Capitol Hill discussing the need for guns on campus...
... those listening didn't know there were three bullets painfully worming their way through his body.
If he wriggled in his seat too much, it hurt. And if you touched his skin in a certain spot, you could feel the outline of one of the 9mm hollow-points poking through.
So after trying to play it straight for a while — just another young climber doing his time in the marbled halls of Congress — Goddard realized that he had to speak up about why he cared so deeply about this issue.
"The whole dynamic changed once I told them," Goddard said.
He told them what it felt like to be in French class at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, conjugating verbs one minute, then trapped in what looked like a bloody war movie the next.
He told them how it feels to be shot four times: left knee, left hip, right shoulder, right hip. (No pain at first. Just the trickle of blood.)
He told them what it's like to see a pile of bodies so high the police can't open the door.
And he told them that the 32 people killed at his college that day by Seung-hui Cho might still be alive if it hadn't been so easy for Cho to get the semiautomatic handguns he used. (continue at The Statesman)
update: The comment by a reader/watcher at YouTube has been removed.