Monday, 16 April 2007

Who's to say who's to blame?

There's been a tragic incident in the US, and the blame-blogging has begun. At a quick glance, I see that in various different quarters the blame is being placed on:
  • 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 the dead: Eternal rest grant unto them, oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen

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

4 comments:

Simon-Peter Vickers-Buckley said...

Hey:

there wouldn't have been a multi-way shoot out, that's TV land stuff, really.

If only 10% of the boys there had been armed
1. he wouldn't have tried it on.
2. he would have been shot as soon as it became clear what he was doing.
3. the chains he placed on the doors could have been shot away.
4. as it was, in one room they put a desk against the door to block him. It kinda worked, with some push and shove, but he still shot twice through the door then moved on to kill in an unbarricaed classroom.

Can you see then, just during that one incident, how easy it would have been to kill him? Trust me...really easy, he was a sitting duck.

Brits watch too much american TV and too much BBC. They also never seem to notice these mass killers ALWAYS go after the weak. The lying propaganda about gun deaths, people dying when their guns are taken from them, death by machine gun, death by rifle ("assualt weapon") is too outre. None of it adds up. Decades of a well financed and well coordinated left-wing / media campaign...because they just want to protect us...

Criminals don't obey gun laws because....they are criminals (duh!).

Frankly it is COWARDICE, simply, pure cowardice, or, the lack of a virtue, that makes so many whine and hide in the face of an agressor.

One man, killed 32 people...and no one tried to stop him because they were all defenseless.

Where were the police? The problem with the police is, 99% of the time, they do not PREVENT, how can they? they just clean up.

newhousenewjob said...

Sorry S-P - I'm not even getting into that discussion. I was just demonstrating how many different lobbies seem to have taken this personal tragedy for (at least) 33 families and turned it into an excuse to further their own political agenda.

Actually, it was the way someone linked this incident to the green agenda that really amazed me.

Greg the Beachcomber said...

An unspeakable tragedy.

One aspect of S-P's comment I'd like to address:

"Frankly it is COWARDICE, simply, pure cowardice, or, the lack of a virtue, that makes so many whine and hide in the face of an agressor."

After the Columbine shooting a few years back I recall thinking how that couldn't have happened at my high school, because either some football or water polo players would've taken away the kids' guns and beaten them to a pulp.

I realized that in the 20-odd years since my graduation (yikes!), children in America have been coddled to a level that would make what our grandparents called "spoiling" look like abuse.

They've had their decisions made for them, and by extension their thinking done for them. Not only have they never been given any real responsibility, they lack a fundamental understanding of what responsibility is.

I friend of mine told me that he insists his high school-age daughter always have her cell phone with her "just in case something like Columbine happens." So she could do what, exactly? Call Dad and cry? Call the police and let them know where they'll be able to locate her body?

Instead of giving kids the knowledge and skills to handle themselves in crises, parents give their children false senses of security and confidence.

Stay with me now, I'm going to make a bit of a leap.

Is it surprising, then, to find young adults today who believe their actions should have no consequences? Oops, I got my girlfriend pregnant, but it shouldn't mess up my life. After all, she can just get an abortion.

Why should I believe in a Savior who can deliver me from eternal damnation when I've never so much as been sent to my room? Hell to me is my iPod battery running low halfway through school.

So, I agree there is a lack of virtue, but I don't think these kids could even begin to understand why. Perhaps once their parents could, but clearly someone dropped the baton along the way.

newhousenewjob said...

Ah yes, taking responsibility for the consequences of your actions - that's a topic I feel so strongly about that I want to elaborate on it in another post rather than just responding here. Watch this space - but don't hold your breath, as I'm going to be a bit busy the next few days...