From the media: more discussion on the Virginia Tech tragedy

If you still have the mental energy to read more about the Virginia Tech shooting from nontraditional angles, I recommend the following sites:

  • Stockton Record columnist Michael Fitzgerald discusses the Virginia Tech shooting from the historical context of a 1989 shooting in Stockton in which five elementary school children were killed and 30 were wounded. He expertly picks apart the tragedy and others like it as a platform for gun control, while he acknowledges others who rail against the idea of gun control because — as we’ve all heard before “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” He writes: “guns, like life, are fundamentally chaotic. We live as if guns are not, just as we live life, soothed by a calming illusion.”
  • Christian researcher and author George Barna says the core issue with the Virginia Tech tragedy and others like it is bad parenting. “This situation is not primarily a challenge to politicians, educators or police,” Barna says in a press release Monday. It’s a dramatic wake-up call to parents.” Note: I have a lot of friends who read this blog who aren’t Christian and as always, I welcome covet your comments. Please, don’t be shy. Your opinion is respected and prized.

  Further reading: The Epidemic, by Robert Shaw.

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4 responses to “From the media: more discussion on the Virginia Tech tragedy

  1. You may be interested in this well-written article which mentions narcisissm as one of the common characteristics in the “mass killer” profile:
    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1612688,00.html

  2. Excellent commentary. I hadn’t looked at the diagnosis from that point of view before, but it makes perfect sense.

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