Taking Advantage of Bad News


Some people are taking the story of the massacre at Virginia Tech and using it to make a political point.

Those who speak out against the current administration, and there are many, are comparing the bloodshed in Blacksburg to the bloodshed on any average day in Iraq. Some of them argue that while John McCain showed how “safe” the streets of Iraq are (while being heavily guarded with big guns), we don’t seem capable of providing even a safe environment for our own kids here at home. Some have suggested that a day when only 32 innocent people are killed at the hands of a gunman would sound like peace time to the average Iraqi citizen.

Naturally, those who support the War in Iraq, and there are fewer of them, are outraged by what they describe as so callous an argument.

Some of these same people, I suspect, nod their heads in agreement when one of the religious zealots out there says that the reason such a thing could happen is because of the removal of prayer from our schools. As if their “loving” God would allow 32 innocent students to be slaughtered, probably while some of them were praying for their lives, just to make such a point.

That’s a pretty callous argument, if you ask me.

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  1. About as ridiculous as those who maintain this incident is a result of a)failed gun control laws or, conversely, b)failure to allow students and staff to carry concealed weapons on campus.

    This happened because a mentally ill student refused to seek out adequate treatment and because we’all, you and me and thee, value individual freedom over and above all else under the guise of “Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”.

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