A Moment of Silence (scroll down slowly for full effect)
Get The Fuck Off That Soapbox!
The gunsmoke has barely settled at Virginia Tech, and already the din of furious fusillades can be heard in the media. At first it isn't so bad, just the arrow-like whoosh as entire nations collectively whisper “Columbine”, or “Dawson College”. Then come the go-to pundits, shooting off their mouths like crude blunderbusses loaded with speculation (awful simile). All that remains is for the rank-and-file of the advocacy groups to march into battle, bayonnets fixed, fire in their eyes. The coming days will see these golden fields drenched in more blood than was ever spilled by a psychopath in any school. The generals on both sides urge their troops forward, in a no-holds-barred race to gain the moral high ground.
There are many vultures overhead.
Not a dove in sight
Yes, the VT killings are another oportunity to hold the attention of the North American population for a period greater than 15 seconds. Yes, they are an excellent reason to debate current gun-control laws, policies regarding potentially unstable individuals, perhaps even student privacy. No, we should not be doing it so soon. Want proof? America's response to Terrorism was laid out within hours of the attacks themselves. Still think we should be discussing those topics listed above? I think it would be fair to have a moratorium on all speculation on issues such as this until the Police have compiled some kind of preminary report, until there is some information available to the public. Infringement upon Free Speech, you say? I'd consider it more akin to anti-defamation laws. Even if the perpetrator is dead, pointless speculation is little nore than slandering the deceased, at least before there is INFORMATION to be had!
Get off the fucking soapboxes, and take a while to think about what has happened, and what the victims' families are feeling. There will always be a day, week, or month for bloodshed. This one has already seen enough