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Colorado Shooting Made Me Think About The Virginia Tech Shooting In 2007!
James Holmes, The Aurora, Colorado Shooter
Thoughts On The Virginia Tech Shooting
Copyright 2012 VVeasey Publishing
The Aurora, Colorado shooting made me think about the shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007...the trauma...the terror...and the tragedy of it all...what a senseless occurrence...at least to us...but God knows what was going on the mind of the young man who was the shooter. (Or in the mind of the Colorado shooter).
That shooting took place in April 16, 2007, on the Virgina Polytechnic Instituute in Blacksburg, Virginia. Gunman Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and wounded 17 others before killing himself.
Our Version Of A Suicide Bomber
The people who do this (and they seem to be increasing over the years) are kind of like our version of the suicide bomber. They go into an area, where they can kill, as many people as possible and then kill themselves...which to me...increases the impact of the tragedy...because not only do we have deal with the deaths and wounding of lots of people. We don't know why they were attacked...that's a tragedy...because if we knew what thoughts, emotions, beliefs etc that lead the shooters to commit these acts...we might be able do something, to prevent them from happening in the future.
So as horrible as any tragedy like this is... if we can't get a handle on what's going on in the minds of people, that lead them to use guns, bombs etc, to kill numerous innocent people,the long term recurrence of these tragedies, will be the greatest tragedy of all.
Guns Don't Kill People Do!
Now, I know, that some people say that, guns don't kill people...people do...an interesting argument. It's, like saying, bombs don't blow up people...people do. It's, like saying that, guns aren't harmful in themselves, that people make them harmful. Well guns are harmful in themselves and so are bombs, but if handled with extreme care, their harmfulness can be buffered or avoided. Bombs were created to kill people, guns were created to kill people. The history of war will confirm that.
I can understand why, gun supporters and those who profit from gun sales, like the phrase "guns don't kill people people do". It's clever, catchy and sounds intelligent...but it's really just self-serving rhetoric, to make a point and to silence the opposition.
I'm not against guns, but let's be real...the Virginia Tech shooter, used two nine millimeter pistols for a reason...sure he could have used a knife, but I don't think he would have done as much damage with a knife, do you? Which is probably why he used guns. He used guns, because, he obviously wanted to personally create, as much massive destruction as possible...he knew guns are used everyday and have been used throughout their history, to kill people, individually and in massive numbers, in wars.
I think people who use guns to kill, want to be personally involved, up close and personal, when they're killing, so they can see the terror on the faces of those they're shooting.
So not only do guns kill, people use guns to kill, if guns didn't kill, they wouldn't used them for that purpose would they? And when guns fall into the hands of disturbed, hateful, individuals. We're all in trouble, wouldn't you agree?