Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A True Hero


The word HERO is often overused in today's society...but this man is truly an American hero.

Israeli professor killed saving students at Virginia Tech

A 75-year-old Israeli professor and Holocaust survivor was killed in the massacre at Virginia Tech on Holocaust Memorial Day, Monday when he leaped between the gunner and his students. He held the classroom door shut while students escaped through the window.

According to eye witnesses the heroic action of Liviu Librescu, a lecturer in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, saved the lives of an unknown number of students in his class. Asael Arad, an Israeli Virginia Tech student told Army Radio that "all the students lived -- because of him," The Jerusalem Post reported.

Librescu's wife told the NRG Web site that her husband had loved his job with "all his heart and his soul."

Librescu was a gifted scientist in Communist Romania, and the government tried to prevent him from moving to Israel. He was eventually allowed to leave the country after then Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin made a special appeal to President Nicolae Ceausescu, Ynetnews reported.

Librescu immigrated to Israel from Romania in 1978 but moved to Virginia in 1986 for his sabbatical and had remained their ever since. The professor has two sons, one named Arieh who lives in Israel, and another, Joe, who resides in the US.

Librescu was described by his colleagues as a "true gentleman."

He was one of 32 people killed in what has been described as the biggest single shooting attack in US history. The attacker, who has yet to be positively identified, but who has been described by some witnesses as a young Asian man, went on a killing spree in two attacks. It is unknown whether the gunman was a student and in investigators gave no motive for the attack.

***A Holocaust survivor who died on Holocaust Memorial Day...saving the lives of his students.

This question came to me while visiting other sites that also were covering this tragedy.
Should we allow non-American residents the right to purchase guns in this country?

21 Comments:

At 6:36 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...

I thank G_d there are still men like this in the world.

 
At 7:08 AM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

I will have to link to this post. Thanks for sharing.

 
At 7:53 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Amen, FJ! Thank you for posting this, AC, an old fashioned gentleman! Greater love has no man, then that he lay down his life for his friend(students, spouse, child, parent, stranger)!
We are poorer!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

 
At 8:28 AM, Blogger Mad Zionist said...

You beat me to it, AC. Great post on an incredible story by an incredible man at a critical moment. He is a hero, and because Hitler failed to finish the job 60 years ago the students from his classroom are alive today.

Maybe we'll hear soon that the murderer was a moslem and the story will truly come full circle.

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger Mad Zionist said...

full circle: the killer now appears to indeed have been a moslem.

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

MZ said..
"He is a hero, and because Hitler failed to finish the job 60 years ago the students from his classroom are alive today."

You're exactly right. This was God's purpose for this man. I have no doubt where he is today.

 
At 10:43 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

God bless this man and his family; he is the very definition of a hero!

The answer to your question: NO. Gun rights belong to the citizenry, not those here on visas. If they wish to complete the immigration process, then they can purchase a gun.

 
At 11:54 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

OMG I hadnt heard this one AC..bless u and thank u so much for reporting on this..........I am speechless.

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger Eyes said...

Non-citizens + guns = NO.

...Sounds like something the 'left' would cook up. You know 'we're all citizens of the world' BS....

 
At 2:34 PM, Blogger Eyes said...

WRT the Prof, yes, he was a great American and a great 'citizen of the world'. What a difference between good and evil.

FYI, I picked this up somewhere...

http://newsbloggers.aol.com/2007/04/17/cho-seung-huis-plays/

It's the writing of the VT mass murderer.

L-O-S-E-R....

 
At 3:51 PM, Blogger Urban Infidel said...

He made the ultimate sacrifice. Something tells me he wouldn't have done it any differently.

May there always be brave men like him when you need them most.

This won't be the last of the rampaging gunmen of the world. All we can do is be aware of the situation, collect yourself and be prepared to act when necessary.

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I, too, just posted on this hero--before I saw the posting here.

I didn't hear a word about this on NBC News tonight. So far, at least.

As for your question, AC, I say "No!"

 
At 6:32 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Eyes...I read through the entire play. It's not very long...about 12 to 13 pages at most. It's filled with obscenities and perversions. Not the work of a sound individual. This man had problems that were recognized, to that more wasn't done to prevent this tragedy.

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

AC

We know that the Killer was a nut. He was also an English major unlike the sterotype of science majors going off the deep end.

Lets hope the Ishmael reference was not a Moby Dick reference. Reading too much into the minds of crazy people is often a larger mistake than not looking at all

 
At 10:08 AM, Blogger Agricola said...

Thanks for this post on Pr. Librescu. I had heard about his courage on Monday, but had not heard anything else about him in the following days.

True courage, true selflessness.

An inspiration and true ray of goodness amidst the horror.

Thanks.

 
At 3:00 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

beak stated...Reading too much into the minds of crazy people is often a larger mistake than not looking at all

I agree. I will leave it to the psychologists and psychiatrists to figure out what was going on inside this man's head.

 
At 6:20 PM, Blogger Life Hiker said...

Liviu Librescu is a hero. Some know-nothings blame the totally inexperienced college kids for not fighting back against the Glock-armed sociopath. But people like Librescu have a far greater liklihood of actually thinking about what they need to do and then doing it, regardless of the cost. May he rest in peace.

Why do we always have to bring the issue of foreigners into the mix? It's just not relevant. Liviu Librescu was not an American citizen - did that occur to you? No guns for Liviu!

Why don't we talk about how a kid with a history of bizarre/suicidal behavior and a bad psychiatric diagnosis can get a Glock in Virginia after a one-minute background check? That seems more to the point than looking at his ethnic or national background.

Remember, Timothy McVey looked just like us and was an American "Christian" citizen. So it ain't eye shape, it ain't nationality, it ain't religion. It's all about wacked-out people who somehow get ahold of guns or explosives, and then use them.

 
At 11:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AC, I salute you for not buying into these conspiracy theories people are spreading online. I think its best to wait for the facts and the jumping to conclusions that some bloggers are doing just makes us look like a bunch of nutso bigots.

 
At 7:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did not hear of this on the MSM!
A great hero indeed!

Daniel

 
At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On another note, I like what the previous anon says-
..'I salute you for not buying into these conspiracy theories people are spreading online. I think its best to wait for the facts and the jumping to conclusions that some bloggers are doing just makes us look like a bunch of nutso bigots.'

This also applies to 'end time scenarios'. Christian assumptions an opinions distort true prophetic revelations to fit their conspiracy theories.
Daniel

 
At 8:27 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

life hiker stated..."Why do we always have to bring the issue of foreigners into the mix? It's just not relevant. Liviu Librescu was not an American citizen - did that occur to you? No guns for Liviu!"

If you thought I was going to start a diatribe against foreigners, you are mistaken. Unless you're a Native American, everybody is the descended of someone who was at one time a foreigner in this country.
We allow foreigners certain rights in this country and we also withhold certain rights..voting for example.
I believe that this is one of those rights that should be withheld.

During the last two days, I've heard numerous pundits claim that if all students were allowed to arm themselves with concealed weapons that perhaps this tragedy would have been cut short.

Now I support the Second Amendment but even I think it's ridiculous to propose arming the student body and/or professors on campus.

 

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