“A gunman is loose on the campus.” That is what an e-mail sent to thousands of Virginia Tech students read. However, none of them could have imagined the horror that was unfolding as they locked themselves in their classrooms and dorm rooms. Seung-Hui Cho, a troubled senior, heavily armed himself and shot thirty-two students and professors before killing himself. In MASSACRE AT VIRGINIA TECH, Richard Worth tries to make sense of this tragedy, honors the fallen victims, and highlights the debates over gun control and mental health that were sparked by the worst shooting rampage in American history.
Almost everyone has heard the phrase: "A picture is worth a thousand words," and this book focuses on the very picture books that have intrigued and entranced readers young and old since the first one was published. Readers will learn about the basic types of picture books they are likely to find in their school libraries or books stores, starting with board books for babies and moving up to picture books for adults. Examples include authors and books that are sure to pique the interest of any reader.
On June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court announced its decision in the case of DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA V. HELLER. By a vote of 5 to 4, the court struck down a ban on guns as a violation of the Second Amendment. Still, the debate rages on. Does a private citizen still have the right to own a gun for self-defense of the home? Did the government have the right to restrict an entire class of weapons, either by levying taxes or banning them altogether? Tom Streissguth looks at all of the sides of this complex and controversial legal debate.