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16 April 2007 @ 10:36 pm
Second guessing or hindsight is 20/20  
I am already tired of everyone saying that the campus police at Virginia Tech should have waved a magic wand and closed down a huge commuter campus after one body was found in what looked to them like an isolated, personally motivated murder. Given that the "person of interest" in the first murder doesn't match witness descriptions of the shooter, it seems unlikely that they were even related. Most campuses do not close down when a murder is discovered, and in fact the same parents that are going to complain about it NOT closing down are the ones who would have registered a complaint if their little baby was traumatized by hearing about a murder on campus, especially while in their dorms.

Even if they'd started to shut the campus down, it is unlikely they would have succeeded before the shooting in the relatively short time between incidents and given that most students were driving to school during this time.

There are no safe places. It can happen at McDonald's, the post office, college, high school, random restaurants--anywhere. We'd like to second guess them because it would make us feel nominally safer if we identify something that could have been done.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on April 17th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
Well said! Well said.
purplerahkpurplerahk on April 17th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
It's sad, and it's true.
Dunblane comes to mind again. That's just the way my mind works.
equani_tsulaequani_tsula on April 17th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
same old...
Somehow, somewhen, we (Americans) got the notion that we are supposed to be protected like little babies 24-7 for our entire lives by SOMEONE - be it the government, police, God - I don't know what.

Sorry folks, LIFE is not SAFE. It isn't SUPPOSED to be SAFE. There IS no "SECURITY" except for what you find in your own heart and soul. No one else can give it to you and if they are trying, what they will end up doing is restricting your freedom. Your freedom to fuck up, or to be in the wrong damn place at the wrong time, which is the flip side of your freedom to go anywhere, any time and do anything. Deal with it.