And so….the VT shootings. I’ve read so many blog posts about this and listened to the talking heads babble on with so much analysis and speculation that I can’t comprehend it all. And of course, no time has been wasted on entering into 2nd Amendment political issues that I don’t have the brain power or the desire to comment on very much at the moment.
One thing that bothers me is that the media frenzy, finger pointing and punditry will continue until the next big story comes along and then I fear it will be just another mark on a calendar of various tragedies in this country. But perhaps I’m being too cynical.
Now that we have a face and a name of the shooter, does that help with the healing? Perhaps it gives the tragedy a sense of sick tangibility in some strange way. I can’t help but think that the gun issue is not the root of the problem. Yes, crazy people with guns are disasters waiting to happen but I still don’t think even that is the root but rather a symptom of something deeper. What made Cho Seung-Hui feel the need or desire to end all of those lives? What causes a person to sink so far down into the depths of depression and hopelessness that they commit such atrocities? I doubt we’ll ever know the full extent of his deep-seated mental problems. But perhaps gun control is an easier and more concrete agenda item to toss about the political ballfield than mental health issues. I just don’t know.