Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Random & Senseless

Dont push me cause I'm close to the edge
I'm trying not to lose my head
The message - Grand Master Flash


My condolences to the folk at Virginia Tech.

The thing is Universities and schools are always the types of low security spots where these types of persons can act out. Universities usually attempt to make themselves part of a community and make themselves highly accessibly to the wider public. These traits are taken advantage of. Whats the solution? Higher Education behind steel gates and barbed wire?

And everyone waits to hear the who's and whys. Eyewitnesses and Experts will weigh in with their thoughts daily. What went wrong, who's to blame. Why'd he choose those folks to act out against? What was his beef? Was he bullied, or crushed or lovesick?

Thing is none of that really matters to the victims' families. It wont bring back not a single one of them.

And yes watching and listening to all this debate probably makes us feel safer thinking we can maybe predict this behaviour in the future, profile possible candidates for mass outrage and yes those that don't learn from their history are doomed to repeat it but .......

When all is said and done what do we learn from these acts. They are random and senseless. How do you profile and protect against random and senseless?

Maybe we will have this profile that these acts are carried out by loners, pissed at life, people who have been shunned or bullied or rejected because they are different or depressed. But does that actually change anything anywhere? Random and Senseless. No two cases are exactly alike because no two individuals are exactly alike. Lots of us are upset and depressed and bullied and felling rejected and haven't resorted with such actions. How do you judge who's going to be the one amongst millions who finally snaps. Everyone handles stress differently. Everyone can bear a different amount of stress before snapping. How do you judge what will push them over the edge.

Human nature wont allow us to sit back and do nothing. You cant just say oh stuff happens and to do so would in fact be irresponsible but lets just realize that the answers we get from the investigations and such here really don't change a whole lot when you think about it.

Like I said they don't bring back anyone. Sad but true. To the deceased all we really can say is rest in peace and hope that their loved ones can be comforted in this time of tragedy.

12 comments:

Miz JJ said...

They are going to try blame people for what happened. The university for not shutting down the campus when the first shootings occurred. Lack of security on campus etc etc. What they need to consider is their love of weapons and guns. No other countries have these types of tragedies. They should really think about that.

SimplEnigma said...

I was just commenting on this on Fiyah's blog...

This will undoubtedly change the nature of college and universities. When I was in school, it was not uncommon for people from "tha hood" to be sitting in on our lectures, or using our library. I think having a college in a community is pointless if it's not accessible to the community, but incidents like these just help to justify reactive measures.

I think everyone wants to know why. It's not that it will change anything, but the senselessness of it is disconcerting. It makes people uncomfortable. If there's no reason behind it, no scapegoat to blame, people panic and start thinking that the same thing could happen anywhere or anytime. And it could (but that's not a thought we want to live with everyday when we're taking subways, working in highrises, stuck in miles of traffic, etc). A nation cannot sustain itself very long when citizens are in a state of panic...

We prefer to believe that if there's a pattern, then the chances of it happening again are slim to none. Whey dem say, ignorance is bliss?

GC (God's Child) said...

I was trying to see it in the context they placed it--the largest school shooting in the US ever. I wanted to reject that label. But it's true. It is. And all I can do is accept it. At Kent state four were killed and several others wounded. But 30 dead is a hell of a lot.

nahmix said...

colleges and universities across the country not only have to think about this whole issue of security, but they now have to seriously rethink their position on mental health. It's no surprise that a kid with blantant mental health issues slipped through the cracks. Schools offer mental health services, case management, etc, but even in a university setting, it's still taboo.

Fiyah said...

The NRA needs to get treated like the Tobacco companies. Where are the Truth ads when you need them?

Crankyputz said...

It's a crazy, sensless act, and frankly its like trying to plan for acts of terrorism, sort of impossible.

There is no one to blame in this incident. The first shooting was thought to be an isolated incident. Reports are coming out that the kid was a dark, loner, teachers warned the university about him. But whose going to ever fathom that the kid is going to shoot down thirty people.

No one to blame here, just another inexplicable occourance, sort of like a belief in God.

Amadeo said...

I wonder if the blame game is a result of peoples need for blood (even if it's figurative). Dude killed himself so he can't get a death penalty...I wonder if now people are looking for someone that can be fired so they can feel like they have some power again.

Campfyah said...

Words wellspoken. NOw we have to tackle the whole Gun control issue. The question is how was he allowed to buy two guns in the same state in less than a month. Obviously gun controls not working.

Fiyah said...

Oh gun control works. It worked in Britain and in Australia. But VA has very lax gun control policies. The guy showed ID, had a one minute back ground check and was out in no time.

Abeni said...

Really sad...it's a pity so many people walk around with serious issues and never get help. You really never know what's happening with another person

Mad Bull said...

Terrible what happened. I am only glad it wasn't a black person who did it, and that it wasn't a Jamaican. We have more than enough on our plate.

Brotha Buck said...

You know, I like listening to the conservative talk shows, but today one of them said something that really pissed me off. He suggested that those kids who were killed "didn't do enough to save themselves." Duh! What are you supposed to do when a crazo has locked you in and is shooting a gun?