33 dead in Blacksburg, Virginia in the otherwise peaceful, gorgeous Virginia Tech campus, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A lone gunman, Cho Seung-Hui, 23, an English major at the school, was able to go on two shooting rampages—two hours and one half-mile apart. but apparently chained the doors of the classroom and the dormitory before he opened fire in each. Dozens have also been injured, some critically. "One student told CBS News the killer . . . walked into his German class and shot a student and professor before systematically shooting nearly all of the other students in the room." The gunman, as so often happens in these massacre-rampages, killed himself as well.
My sister Brenda's nephew Pete is a student at Virginia Tech. She learned that Pete is OK, and they've been text-messaging each other words of love and peace, though maybe it's too soon to think about healing.
Deputy Press Secretary, Dana Perino, in Tony Snow's health absence, has been voicing the unthinkable from the Presidents mouth, the hideously insensitive "The president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed," quip. Could he not have waited a week or two for the horror to sink in and the dead to be tallied before speaking defensively about gun control?
"The state of Virginia has some of the weakest gun licensing requirements in the country," bringing to the attention of many that, despite Bush's knee-jerk third amendment comment, the subject of gun control will not go away. Sadly, despite stringent gun-control laws in Germany, in 2002, a student went on a campus shooting rampage that left 12 dead at Gutenberg high school.
Our hearts and prayers and best thought about love go out to all the students, faculty, and families of Virginia Tech. For those 33 who were slain, we wish you a peaceful journey.