Friday, January 13, 2017


Incidents of students taking weapons to school are no longer that uncommon. In Virginia, if a shooting takes place on public school grounds, and even if the school authorities are negligent—the victim and his or her family have little or no legal recourse against the school. Seeking redress against a state or public institution—even when gross negligence can be proven—is apparently considered frivolous by some lawmakers in Richmond. Public schools (and public institutions) are generally protected by the doctrine of sovereign immunity. This doctrine shields tax payer-funded institutions from many lawsuits. In Virginia, more often than not, the courts seem to extend this doctrine to private companies and organizations.

The Virginia Supreme Court appears reluctant to make any ruling that holds a private or public organization responsible for the actions of employees or students—even when those individuals have a record of violence and that record is well known to the organization or company that hired the individual. (I will go in to the corruption of the Virginia Supreme Court when I turn my attention to Virginia Tech.)

The more you look into what the legal profession has done to chip away at an individual’s rights, the more dismayed and frightened you become. All the views you may have held about the fairness of the system quickly disappear. The picture that emerges is not one of devotion to the average citizen’s rights, but to an agenda, to a bias, to a prejudice. In the case of premises liability and the law, the prejudice is to protect—at all costs—private businesses and public organizations.

The law in Virginia says even if a man beats up or threatens to harm or kill his spouse and children, and that spouse gets a restraining order against him, he can still buy a gun, he can still buy bullets—he can do it because of the Gun Show loophole. In the Old Dominion, a man such as Peter Odighizuwa can beat his wife; can have a record of violence—and, can still buy a gun—no questions asked, and kill three innocent people and wound three others.

If Peter Odighizuwa had said dirty words in public or cursed, he probably would have been fined and/or spent a night in jail. (To be continued)

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