… hmm, guess I can’t, but here goes.
The killings at Virginia Tech were nothing to do with me. To the best of my knowledge, I didn’t know anybody on campus. The closest thing to a personal connection I have are that I kind of know someone who studied there, and I’ve read a book or two by the father of one of the victims.
That’s the extent of my connection. The victim’s (and perpetrator’s) families have my sympathies, for what that’s worth, but I’d be lying if I pretended to be deeply saddened. Many more people will be dying around the world due to poverty, war, bad drivers, faulty equipment, etc today than died in Virginia Tech that day, and I could not function as a human being if I tried to take the burden of feeling for every one of those. And frankly, it wouldn’t do anyone any good if I did. The only difference is that in Virginia tech, they died in one go at the hands of one person.
Meanwhile, politicians worldwide, with far more blood on their hands than the shooter, express regrets and want to look like they’re “doing something” about it.
Guys, it’s not about you.
Also, (and thanks to Brad Hicks here), it’s only peripherally a gun control issue. And please, please read both Brads current posts on this.
Finally, to be a TOTAL contradictory dick, I do have some advice on how to prevent future tragedies… treat everyone you know well. Heck, treat strangers well, too. It can prevent bank robberies, maybe it can prevent folks feeling so completely alienated that killing a bunch of guys seems like a reasonable response.
Because, guns or no guns, bombs or no bombs, knives or no knives, folks who have been treated well, I believe*, tend to be less likely to shoot, bomb or stab people.
*I have done no research on this. Call it a wild hunch of mine.
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