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Horror at VA Tech
Posted 16 April 2007 - 12:53 PM
Posted 16 April 2007 - 01:12 PM
It occurred to me that this morning the students at Virginia Tech were exposed to exactly the same kind of random mindless terror as happens every day now in the country that Our Glorious Christian Leader invaded based on a pack of lies. Imagine if 32 innocent college students and faculty were killed every day in this country, or even if there were several such incidents per day. Certainly nobody in their right mind wants anything like that to happen, but it is what we have set loose in Iraq.
We need, as a nation, to renounce violence and to promote reconciliation as a means of settling conflicts. The culture we live in is becoming dangerously fragmented with group A hating group B, group B hating group C, and so forth.
Violence is not the answer, violence is failure.
Posted 16 April 2007 - 04:29 PM
Posted 16 April 2007 - 04:46 PM
I have seen so much death in my lifetime that I guess , although saddened by this tragedy, I am not surprised. For those of you who may ask why this kind of thing happens, there is no answer. Horror can strike anytime, anywhere and sadly, anyone. Nearly all killing is senseless. There aren't any solutions, and there aren't any cures. The best we can do is hold on to each other. Make sure that everyone you love knows it. And probably most important, always keep your eyes open and keep yourself ready to defend yourself and your own.
I don't know if you remember the 1993 Long Island Railroad shooting where 6 were killed and 19 injured. One of the witness quotes that has always stuck with me was that "There was no screaming or begging or anything. Nobody made a sound." Everyone sat quietly as the guy paced up and down the aisle shooting people. I thought about that today while VA Tech was being reported. How does this happen?
The guy shot 61 people. Think about that for a moment. Even at two guns with a 16 round clip in each, that's two reloads. How long did it take to shoot 61 people? Ten minutes? Fifteen? More?
I am not a hero, and I honestly do not know how I would react in that situation. But after the first or second or third fatality, clearly this guy is not here to steal wristwatches. You have to at that point assume one of those bullets has your name on it. If for no other reason than self-preservation, why did nobody try to tackle this asshole?
I'm not the bravest guy. But I was the kind who kicked the bully in the balls, not out of bravery, but out of fear. I knew that kick in the nuts was probably my only chance to avoid getting hurt. I cannot imagine simply sitting there, waiting for my turn. Why are humans so deeply programmed to passively await their own demise? I cannot even comprehend this guy walking around, taking aim (you don't kill 32 people with random shots), and squeezing off rounds and nobody rushing him from the blind side or from the left while he is aiming in on someone to the right.
Don't misunderstand. I'm not blaming the victims. I do, however, wonder how many lives could have been spared had someone nailed this fucker with a shoulder to the small of his back at full speed. We as a species are conditioned to be passive to those who threaten us. In these cases, that only escalates the tragedy...nothing more.
Posted 16 April 2007 - 04:59 PM
Make sure that everyone you love knows it.
Advice doesn't get any better than that.
Posted 16 April 2007 - 05:09 PM
There was a bit of training I was involved with where men were asked to watch a movie of a puppy being run down on a freeway (It was staged and the puppy was fake) but the first time you saw it, you would flinch, blood pressure would go up and heartbeat would race. The objective was to control your emotions to the point where none of the needles moved when you saw the movie. About one out of 75 to 100 men could actually do it. Everyone else failed. If a person doesn't have that ability to shut it down, they probably wouldn't be able to defend themselves in a tragic situation like this one.
Posted 16 April 2007 - 05:16 PM
why did nobody try to tackle this asshole?
We as a species are conditioned to be passive to those who threaten us. In these cases, that only escalates the tragedy...nothing more.
There are going to be books, movies, and far too many TV shows about what happened today. It will be interesting to see if your question is answered. I have no idea how I would have reacted, none at all.
Posted 16 April 2007 - 06:05 PM
After school today she stopped by and I nearly squished her with a huge hug. She asked why and all I could say was "I love you."
Posted 21 April 2007 - 08:56 PM
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