Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A Man With Guns

I had written a post for today, I'll run it some other time. It just seems kind of futile after watching the news tonight. Everyday life- its humdrum routine- goes on for me while in another part of the country the unthinkable occurs. Again. A man with guns, killing for no reason, or the reason being the joy of killing. American has a lot of that. 30+ people killed, about a month's total of traffic fatalities in a mid-sized state. About a month's total of U.S. troops in Iraq. Something here is out of whack- a culture of weapons, a transportation system, a war. Death is inevitable, but not this kind, not this much. Part of being a man is dealing with rage. That isn't anything new. But having an arsenal of weapons, in a culture that glorifies them ("be like Rambo- a big gun makes a small man powerful"), enlarges the Man's rage into something else. Something completely out of proportion to the cause of the rage.

We have met the enemy, and he is us.

By Professor Batty


Blogger Rose said...

Virginia Tech is a large institution, and practically everyone in Richmond has some connection to the campus. It was wrenching to drive to school today and see the flags at half-mast. Many of our faculty were wearing their Hokie gear in solidarity.

Each horrific event like this one raises the question: WHAT will it take to enact gun control legislation in the US?

"If not now, then when?" (with a thank you to Tracy Chapman)

Blogger Professor Batty said...

... my other correspondent from Richmond, Comica, has this perspective. It is touching some of us in Minnesota as well; My Boss has the Virginia Tech Blues by Marie tells the story of another victim...

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