Wednesday, April 18, 2007

More on the Virginia Tech massacre

It now transpires that not only was the shooter foreign, he was also a bit of a loner. Does this sound familiar at all? If it goes the same way as other incidents, this 'loner' aspect will be played up massively as an example of how this kid just didn't fit the American ideal and the whole point will be obfuscated with psych profiles and talking heads. If the story follows the usual path, nothing will change as the actions of one youth who just doesn't conform cannot be legislated for.
And that's true, to a degree. What you can do is deal with people when a general disaffection with the status quo crosses into serious thoughts on direct action against a perceived demon, in this lad's case "rich kids" and "deceitful charlatans". By 'deal with', I don't mean 'arm to the teeth'.
33 people are dead. I hope beyond hope that they haven't died in vain, but I can see this being chalked down to 'loner' status and being brushed aside. Again.


Michael said...
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Michael said...

I think it sums up the attitudes in the US to mental health - it's just something they don't like talking about.

I'm just surprised that, as usually happens in cases like this, the search for answers hasn't started with his film or video game collection.