- The fact that Virginia Tech is a gun-free zone, because it meant students and staff were unable to defend themselves (so a multi-way shoot-out would have been better???).
- Radical liberalism, for its failure to be proactive in young people's lives (whatever that means).
- Too much tolerance, because it creates indifference to the world around us.
- Muslims, because it appears the gunman was Asian.
- The same selfish individualism that causes us to ignore the warning signs of global warming.
- The campus police/college administration/anyone in authority, for failing to prevent the tragedy.
- Violent films and TV programmes.
Then there are the conspiracy theories, the people trying to leap in first with their defence of the gun culture and the filth that's shown on TV, the people claiming extraordinarily tenuous links with Virginia Tech so that they can feel part of the drama, and the media vultures swirling overhead.
As Simon-Peter says, the blogosphere is full of people using this tragedy to further their own political ends. It's also full of people emoting helplessly and hopelessly.
Thank God it's also full of people praying.
For their families: Lord, whose ways are beyond understanding, listen to the prayers of your faithful people: that those weighed down by grief at the loss of these young people may find reassurance in your infinite goodness. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen