The Missouri Senate observed a moment of silence Tuesday in honor of the victims of Monday's mass shooting at Virginia Tech.
Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin was quoted in the Columbia Missourian:
Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, Senate education committee chairman, called the shootings in Blacksburg "a human tragedy of tremendous proportion."
Regarding the issue of campus security, Nodler said that it is difficult for any large area to protect itself from any act of violence.
"This happened at the University of Texas in the '60s, when a student who was a former Marine had a psychotic episode and went up to the top of a tower and shot people as they walked across campus," Nodler said. "And I don’t know that you can ever wholly secure any place or business or school from an insane act."
Nodler also cited the school shooting that took place at an Amish school in Pennsylvania last year as an example of a seemingly secure school falling victim to a psychotic individual.