On his blog today, Neil wrote about the Virginia Tech shootings.
When the same thing (albeit on a much smaller scale) happened at Dawson College in Montreal, I blogged about it too.
We both seem to have the same problem with this type of event : the media. Diane Sawyer’s comments regarding the shooting were ridiculous, and, to my mind, terribly insensitive. Today we are all family? I think not. We might be sympathetic to their pain, but family? No.
A local Montreal TV channel trotted out people involved in the Dawson shooting to give “advice” to the Viginia Tech students on how to deal with the situation. I highly doubt those kids were watching Montreal TV the evening of the killings. So for whose benefit was this show?
It's not that I don't feel for the students and for the families of the dead. I do. I can't begin to understand how horrific this must be for them.
But there’s a whole nasty hovering vulture quality to the coverage of such events that totally disgusts me.
But hey, they need the ratings. Who am I to say.*
Update: It seems Philip Van Cleave of the Virginia Citizen's Defense League has gone on record saying that if everyone was armed, someone would have taken care of shooting the VTech killer before he did his grisley work (see here - unfortunately it's in French). Sounds like a great idea. Let's arm everyone, that way we can have a mega shooting spree and may the last man standing win... I give up. Really.
* And once again my nasty cynicism rears its ugly head....