The shooting that happened at Virginia Tech is just too horrible to comprehend, especially as I was walking around my own college campus today. It is so sad, I don’t know what to say… It really is heart-breaking and the story of Professor Liviu Librescu makes me cry and cry.
But really I am writing because I just heard two infuriating comments about the incident on Fox News. (I know, I shouldn’t even be watching that channel!) First, some psychologist on the Glenn Beck show said that the shooting happened because children today don’t have values and that college-aged kids are the “me” generation. I don’t even know how she got on that tangent. And then, Dennis Miller on the O’Reilly Factor said that the shooting could have been prevented if kids weren’t so desensitized by playing video games. He said that violence in video games made the kids at Virginia Tech not recognize that the shooter was an evil man. What?! Not only are these people blaming the victims, but they are basically saying it is young people’s fault that this happened. It really makes me angry when “older” people say disparaging things about younger generations. Especially after so many young people went through such a traumatic situation. Please, please, please, do not ever let me ever become one of those older people! What I have been most amazed with in the news coverage of the tragedy is the poise and eloquence of the college kids when they are being interviewed. It is especially striking when compared to blabbering idiocy of the talking heads on cable news.