OK, this wouldn’t be much of a blog if I didn’t mention something about this. It seems that they’ve identified the shooter as a student from South Korea. He killed 33 people and injured 15 others before fatally shooting himself.
One might suggest that this kind of thing happens every day in Iraq, but this is a little different. The US military in Iraq are trained and experienced (most of them) in dealing with situations like this. Iraqi civilians are not, and I’m not trying to minimize their suffering, but I think they’re more prepared for a situation like this than these kids were just because this kind of think happens so much more often in Iraq. I can’t help thinking that they’re at least desensitized a bit.
Being on a college campus in the middle of Virginia, who would expect to have to be exposed to this sort of violence? It’s just a horrible thing that happened. These students and faculty will live with this for the rest of their lives. The families of the victims will mourn the loss of their loved ones. This is all to be expected. However, I think any child or parent is going to think about what happened when they start thinking about college, or any school. Will they be safe if they expose themselves to such an environment?
Of course, it’s not isolated to colleges. One needs only recall events at Columbine from a few years ago to be reminded of this. I’ve even heard of elementary school kids being caught with weapons at school. No one is completely safe in today’s world.
My thoughts go out to all those affected by this event, but particularly the families of the victims.
I’d also like to wish the best for the family of the shooter. No doubt, they’re reeling from this as well as they try to figure out what just happened. No doubt, they’re feeling their own brand of pain as they consider all the death and suffering that was caused by their loved one who they may or may not have even known had a problem. I believe they deserve some consideration.
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