Whatever we do, let’s not panic over the mass murder at Virginia Tech.

Don’t let anybody suggest, for example, that such a heinous act has anything to do with how easy it is to get your hands on a gun in Virginia.

After all, we know that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. We also know that gun control only makes it harder for law-abiding citizens to get guns; it does nothing to keep them out of the hands of criminals.

And, besides, guns had nothing to do with this latest campus shooting spree. If Cho Seung-Hui hadn’t had a gun, he could just as easily have killed 32 people with a baseball bat or frying pan.

Horse crap! But, of course, we hear those empty arguments all the time from gun nuts. The tragedy is, even with lame arguments like those, gun enthusiasts have been able to shut down any reasonable form of gun control in this country. Not even liberals talk about gun control anymore.

Maybe, someday, liberals will regain some courage and be willing to fight again — to ban private ownership of handguns and automatic rifles, for example. Until then, the shooting at Virginia Tech will remain the biggest mass murder in U.S. history …

But not for long.