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The Virginia Tech Massacre
Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Tue, 2007-04-17 02:57
All the media outlets in America are shrieking with the news that earlier today at least 32 people were shockingly, pointlessly massacred at Virginia Tech University. This is truly horrific, but sometimes an act of raw evil and terrible tragedy is just that -- with nothing more to say. There's no moral to the story and no real lessons to be learned. This seems to be an example of that. There simply may be no good way to prevent this type of horror in a largely free America. Altho' it'll very likely help when we eventually learn the likely motives for the mass-murder. Still, in the meanwhile, maybe we can draw a few small conclusions beforehand, and on the side...
Francis Bacon says "knowledge itself is power," and so it may have been a notable blunder and miscalculation not to immediately alert the campus and local area -- via radio and even internet -- that several people were murdered at the first building, and that the gunman was still at large. This news may have made the people at the second building two hours later more prepared and alert, with consequently fewer people killed.
It may also be true that if more people had their Second Amendment rights protected, and thus possessed self-defense weapons -- especially security guards and even informal militias -- somebody could have stopped this killing spree sooner. Possibly people could have called for help via cell-phones -- or even the internet -- to friends who they knew had guns and decent weaponry experience.
It may also be the case that we live in what Bill Maher calls a recently "feminized" world in which private citizens and others are overquick to surrender to the bad guys and their attacks. The police constantly propagandize us not to fight back against criminals (albeit less so in the post-9/11 era). Certainly the passivity of Britain in that recent 15-soldier hostage crisis with Iran has to dishearten most civilized people. Criminals and bad guys today seem pretty emboldened by a general public irresponsibility in fighting back against unexpected evil. Even if some madman does have a gun and is firing on 20 completely unprepared German students, maybe they can all pick up their desks at once and violently charge the guy. He might only get off a few more shots before being pulverized with heavy furniture.
It may also be the case that public roads and grounds played a role in this. These "public" things are really government things, and that means communist things, from which much evil flows. Such property is basically uncontrolled by civilized society, or else is always somewhat chaotically out of control. Big Brother literally "paves the way" for every killer to do his evil deeds. Private college campuses with private security guards and thoughtful private control/access rules seem to be much less vulnerable.
I also think we need to see all this in context. Even if 32 students who barely tasted life died miserably on a bucolic college campus, I think we need to remember that 10,000 Americans perish every day. This comes courtesy of what Homer Simpson calls "Killey McGee on the job." This is the same creature George Bush earlier today called "a loving god." I think human life is truly sacred, and it should not be desecrated with references to the non-existent, and the maliciously conceived and maintained.
Just some passing thoughts...
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