I’ve been watching the news short stroke the Virginia Tech shootings since the event first took place yesterday and trying to think of something insightful to say about it, but DOF already beat me to it. So just go read what he said and add my “what he said” onto the end of it.
As for my comments on it all I can say is I grow weary of these events or, more precisely, of the aftermath of these events. Not to diminish the immensity of the horror of the event itself, but I could do without the near non-stop coverage by the news channels as though nothing else important happened that day. Especially when 99% of it is just wild speculation by supposed experts hastily assembled to toss out their pet theories or idiotic commentary by pundits on the right AND left who jump at the chance to blame the other side and grind their political axes. The self-professed political pundits would do well to shut the hell up until they at least have some facts to back up their opinions with as I’ve already seen some folks on the left calling for more gun control (the campus already banned guns) and folks on the right calling for more guns or speculating that the shooter was a “Paki” on jihad or that it’s the liberals’ fault or any of a number of stunningly stupid claims.
Just shut the fuck up for a bit unless the reason you’re opening your mouth is to offer some words of compassion to the victims and their families. Let’s deal with the aftermath and start the process of getting the healing underway and lives back to as close to normal as we can while we wait for the investigation to wind its way through all the facts. There will be plenty of time for serious discussion of the issues raised by these events once we all know what the facts are and more important things have been taken care of first. It also wouldn’t hurt to have some time to cool our heads before opening our mouths.
But that’s probably hoping for a bit much considering human nature…