Horror at Virginia Tech

I have been avoiding the news, so it wasn’t until very late yesterday that I found out about the shootings at Virginia Tech. My first instinct was to worry about a friend of mine who teaches there, but thankfully he had not yet left his house to go to campus when the news broke.

Too many others have not been as fortunate; the death toll kept on climbing. There is loss and mourning, and few words seem apt at such a time. There are also questions, and perhaps I find it easier to cope with the tragedy by asking them. From the NYT‘s unsigned editorial:

Our hearts and the hearts of all Americans go out to the victims and their families. Sympathy was not enough at the time of Columbine, and eight years later it is not enough. What is needed, urgently, is stronger controls over the lethal weapons that cause such wasteful carnage and such unbearable loss.

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