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    17 April 2007

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    [UPDATE] Judging by a few emails and comments on facebook I've received, It's necessary to point out that only one person so far has had a problem with my post below...

    I'd first like to give my heartfelt apology to everyone I offended with my post yesterday where I made the shocking, inappropriate and so called "smarmy" comparison between the worst campus killing in American history and what is close to average, maybe even below average, in Iraq. This is apparently off limits, even if it is valid. So to you whom I've offended... convene a bloggers ethics conference. You can even use my name in the title.

    Secondly I'd like to bring up some other (smarmy?) political or cultural points made in the wake of the tragedy bestowed upon any-college, USA that are worthy of a quick note. Hey, maybe an invitation to said conference is in order for the authors???:
    - Conservative princess Debbie Schlussel commenting on the shooter before a positive ID was made...
    The Virginia Tech campus has a very large Muslim community...
    ...
    Were there two and was this a coordinated terrorist attack?
    ...
    Why am I speculating that the "Asian" gunman is a Pakistani Muslim? Because law enforcement and the media strangely won't tell us more specifically who the gunman is. Why?
    ...
    Even if it does not turn out that the shooter is Muslim, this is a demonstration to Muslim jihadists all over that it is extremely easy to shoot and kill multiple American college students.

    Whoa! Talk about wanting to paint this as Islamic terrorism, before the facts are in. My goodness!

    Her first update (link omitted):
    Shootings appear professional, says expert; VTU Alum on school's "Asian" Population; 2nd Amenment-Free Campus/VTU lobbied against students having guns on campus for personal protection

    Second:
    The shooter has now been identified as a Chinese national here on a student visa. Lovely. Yet another reason to stop letting in so many foreign students.

    Third:
    The shooter has now been identified as a South Korean national, who is a permanent resident.

    ooops...

    next...
    - the more guns would have saved the dead angle...
    There are no perfect solutions. Yes, as I mentioned earlier today, Virginia Tech's ban on concealed license holders being armed on campus meant that there was no chance that any of the killer's victims could shoot back. What would happen if such a law had not been in place?...(link)

    on a similar note...

    And of course
    - the "gun control" line:
    What is needed, urgently, is stronger controls over the lethal weapons that cause such wasteful carnage and such unbearable loss.

    And finally, though I'm sure there is much more out there...
    - the "the students and faculty were wusses" line from John Derbyshire:
    ...why didn't anyone rush the guy? It's not like this was Rambo, hosing the place down with automatic weapons. He had two handguns for goodness' sakeā€”one of them reportedly a .22.

    and Nathanael Blake:
    College classrooms have scads of young men who are at their physical peak, and none of them seems to have done anything beyond ducking, running, and holding doors shut. Meanwhile, an old man hurled his body at the shooter to save others.

    Something is clearly wrong with the men in our culture. Among the first rules of manliness are fighting bad guys and protecting others: in a word, courage. And not a one of the healthy young fellows in the classrooms seems to have done that.

    Listen. If you couldn't read the sarcasm above, I apologize for nothing. Nor will those mentioned. People have always debated the second amendment. Some people will always wake up and go to sleep with 9/11 on their minds. Some people will always be conscience of the senseless loss of human life irregardless of the situation, their color or which region. I've attacked no one specifically, only general logic... flawed logic. I've reflected on a tragedy and made a valid comparison. I know I'll be held in contempt because I made a valid point. I know I'll be vilified by some because it's politically expedient for them.

    Shrug... What's new?

    Posted by Geoff

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