I'm a student at VT too- I like how all of their alert emails end with the statement "The community is urged to utilize all personal safety measures." (emphasis added)
I should write the police and ask them if they consider firearms to be one of those safety measures.
And IMO, I still think Blacksburg is a pretty safe place. On campus, people actually use their laptops to save seats in the dining halls- I haven't seen that kind of trust in many other universities. However, the surrounding community is pretty low SES, and EVERY town has its criminal element... It also doesn't help that a lot of students here walk around with their head in the clouds.