Monday, April 16, 2007

Horror Story Ends in Cliche

We were all shocked and saddened by the insane shootings at Virginia Tech today, and the BBC reports one of what will surely be many stories of fear and courage on the campus. Unfortunately, at the end of the story, they also trot out the same old specter, ending with a reference to the Columbine killings. As yet, the shooter is not identified, so we don't know whether he or she was a player of Grand Theft Auto or Doom. I'm sure by the end of the week, we will have been told. I would plead that we not reduce the insanity of one person's act of barbarism by comparison or implicate millions of innocent people just to redirect responsibility away. But somehow I don't think the news organizations will listen.

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