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Monday, April 16, 2007

On This Day In History

April 16, 2004

Deadliest shooting rampage in American history.


Blogger Kelly said...

See my post on the subject.

This is sombering.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

Somber, and yet the media whoring has already begun from the left. I had hoped they would wait even a day before they started politicizing the whole mess.

I have my own take on this. This guy was an English Lit. Major. I have always suspected that Shakespeare caused people to think violently. After all, in most of his plays nearly everyone is dead at the end. Therefore, we should eliminate Shakespeare from the curriculi of Universities everywhere. Those that want to read Shakespeare need to have special classes first, and if you are going to carry around a copy of his stuff, we need to make sure that you are licensed to carry it. Any bookstore that wants to sell Shakespeare would need strict government controls and supervision.

6:41 PM  
Blogger John said...

You might be on to something there, James. Did you read his script? It's right out of Hamlet.

11:27 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

of course - according to network newswhores it's all attributable to "gun violence" because guns just walk in of their own accord and start firing away!

careful there, phelonius - our son is a classic's geek and doesn't have a violent bone in his body. for some strange reason unbeknownst to us, he understands every word shakespeare has written since a very early age...oh boo...

God help u.s. all.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

Hey Nanc. I am a liberal arts major myself, with a master's in medieval history. I was being flip, in a way, and in a way I am pointing out how silly it is to try and boil down the blame for a mad-man to video games, the ability to buy guns, or the fact this guy had a problem establishing any human contacts with any meaning at all. All of those types of arguments are designed to skirt around the major issue, which is the factor of personal responsibility. I do not make light of this, because as a parent, I know full well how hard it is to teach one's own kids what personal responsibility really is and how you have to do it. But the single-issue types that will use this for a single-issue political statement are the shallowest and most demeaning of all of the pundits that will discuss this human tragedy.

My fear is that, yet again, we will be willing to sell more of our liberties for what, intellectually, we know is a bowl of pottage. Gun control is heavy in the UK, yet their levels of violence per capita easily rival our own here in the US. Let's pray for the victims of the mad-man, and, as Republicus points out, let us also grieve for the family of this mad-man. My heart just does not want to try and understand what feelings they must have now. It is every parent's worst nightmare.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

My post "Placing Blame" says pretty much the same thing as Phelonius.

"We all want to know why. That is human nature. We want to know how to prevent this from happening in the future. But we would best be served by learning the facts rather than jumping to conclusions based on our pet peeves--whether they be video games or something else that gets our goat.

4:35 PM  

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