I only have a few things to say about the Virginia Tech massacre, and they can be boiled down into a few succinct statements.
- I am already sick of people talking about gun control laws in relation to this. Laws will not keep a homicidal, suicidal person from getting their hands on weapons.
- I am also sick that this is getting so much more coverage than the genocide in Darfur and the people killed in Iraq on a daily basis. Zoethe says it better than me.
- I find it sad that, as with most traditional Western medicine, we seem more interested in treating the symptoms than the underlying problem. We should be destigmatizing mental illness in our culture and helping people like this to get help before they make a plan and buy some guns.
- What he said.
- I’m sad for those who died, for the one who was so badly hurt he lashed out like this, for the community. But I’m also sad for the people in Iraq, and Darfur, and Tibet, and and and…
I think that’s just about everything.