Alan mentioned someone (a more thorough bio at Last Refuge of a Scoundrel) who's been overlooked in the VT massacre. Liviu Librescu threw himself between the gunman and the students. The only man in the room who didn't cower was the 75-year-old professor and Holocaust survivor.
I guess it's true that they don't make 'em like they used to. It's just too bad there weren't a couple more like him. Maybe they could've cut the body count.
Hell, if the cops had gone in, they could've been the heroes with the kevlar on. If I (unarmed, considering VT's rules) rush a gunman with a couple friends, I'm taking a much bigger risk than a couple cops with kevlar and sidearms.
The whole situation makes me sick. Everyone's disarmed, no students rush the shooter, and the cops waited to enter the building. All after the guy had killed earlier and wandered the campus.
At least we had one hero, and Mr. Librescu deserves to be honored for that.