After hearing about the Virginia Tech shootings yesterday, I spent (a small) part of my evening watching some of the CNN coverage to catch up. For the half-hour or so that I watched, there was a string of interviews of students that saw something, saw nothing, heard something, or, I shit you not, were not even on campus at the time, but were sad. Fuck CNN, twenty-odd years ago I thought that a 24-hour news channel was a good idea, but it really is stunning just how wrong I can be. To add to the morbid “coverage”, we have Dr. Phil, of all people, droning on about how the shooter was a person who was weaned on too-violent video games, probably angry about something, and maybe unstable, even as we were being told that nothing was known about the shooter at this time.
Naturally, missing from this trenchant analysis is any suggestion that at least a teensy-weensy part of the problem is that guns south of the border are as endemic as Tim Horton’s litter north of it. Real guns aren’t a problem, the problem is the pretend ones on my XBOX. Yeah. With this omission it is tempting to conclude that Dr. Phil et al. believe that this whole disaster might not have happened had more students been taking advantage of their Second Amendment rights.
Hey, for all I know, buddy might have been a junked up Doom 3 officianado, but it’s a bit of a stretch to make that assumption. On the other hand, we can assume pretty safely that he had guns, and some idea how to use them.