|I Don't Like Mondays
||[Apr. 16th, 2007|11:54 am]
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There has been terrible shooting at Virginia Tech.
22 33 people have been killed.
It's hard to say what the right thing to do was.
The police thought the gunman had left campus and they were actually interrogating a "person of interest" off campus when the second set of shootings started. They had it pegged as a domestic, and had no reason to believe there was any further danger on campus.
They were wrong. But if they hadn't been, and had locked down the campus (just in case), would they be lambasted for doing that? I don't know. I think the police/emergency personnel are damned if they do and damned if they don't.
Much as we want to blame someone, it's the shooter's fault, not the police's. And if we find out the shooter was abused or misunderstood or addicted to violent movies, that only helps make sense of the senseless; it doesn't apportion blame elsewhere.
I also remember hearing about the Tower shootings when I was a kid. I really scared me. I went outside at night and stood and looked at the stars. It seemed to me that the only really scary thing in the world was people. As curculio said, you might be killed by a tiger, but somehow it would be okay in a way that being killed by a madman wouldn't be.
I heard an interview with a young woman who was in class and heard shots -- she looked out the classroom door and saw the guy with a gun. She immediately closed the door and with the help of other students barricaded it with a lab desk. The shooter tried to come in, shot through the door a few times (hitting the podium and the window, but no people) then gave up and went to the next classroom. Meanwhile, students with cell phones called 911.
She's a hero. She probably saved everyone in her class. She'll also probably feel guilty as hell because if she hadn't done that he wouldn't have gone on to the next classroom.... but I hope any kid I know has the sense to make a barricade and call 911.
It is just so tragic.