Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Interesting details about Virginia Tech 'shooter'

As if it weren't already known, the now-dead shooter in the Virginia Tech massacre, Cho Seung-Hui, was a solemn 'loner' who had disturbing writings (he was an English major -- go figure), mannerisms, and was just simply a weirdo.

The most intriguing part about this whole sad story, to me, is the failure of the Virginia Tech administrators, staff, and faculty to inform its students of the first episode of murder, nearly two hours before the second round of shootings took place.

I'm no disaster preparedness expert, but in light of the fact that the world is going crazier by the moment, as evidenced by daily suicide bombings and mass murders that have become increasingly more and more "productive" (seems like the wrong word, doesn't it?), shouldn't experts be enlisted by schools, Fortune 500 companies, and other entities to install security systems, put procedures in place to mitigate risks, and the like?

It seems so fundamental to me. This sort of thing will happen again. Is it the almighty dollar that keeps institutions from investing the time, money, and other resources in order to effect a safe environment for our kids, teachers, and working public?

I think it is. What happened with all the homeland security money? It's not just the threat of foreign terrorists that we should concentrate on. There have been far more terrorist plots undertaken by "home grown" terrorists than foreign-led (though not as on a wide a scale as 9/11, of course).

I don't know where this will all end. Most likely like it always does: Congress will dream up bills that the President signs into law that puts up more barriers to freedom without reducing our risk to such things.

Our government confuses action with effectiveness. They make a lot of noise, move a lot of stuff around, but in the end, we're still just as doomed as we were before.

It's shameful. Don Imus lost his job over 3 words. He didn't hurt anybody (sticks and stones). The thoughtlessness of the administration at Va Tech contributed to over 30 deaths of future leaders. America has a priority problem. And it starts right at the top.

Va. Tech gunman writings raised concerns - Yahoo! News