Less that 24 hours after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, the political sphere is a buzz with commentary and conjecture about what led to the shootings and what could have been done to prevent it. Instead of allowing the families of the victims of this horrendous incident to mourn in peace, we are deluged by political commentary. Dan Brown (no, not that Dan Brown) over at The Huffington Post blames guns:
Put responsibility on the soft gun laws that allow anyone who wants guns to obtain as many of virtually whatever they want, especially at gun shows, where in Virginia there are no regulations or background checks.
My political arch-rival and personal acquaintance Dr. David Yeagle blames the tragedy on liberals:
But I blame liberals. Liberals have already disarmed the people, psychologically. People are afraid to defend themselves. The students at Virginia Tech were afraid to respond. They didn’t know how to respond. They have been trained to think responding is wrong. Morally wrong. Thus, they are totally weak, and unprepared. They can only be victims.
Source: VA Tech Killer: Cho Seung-Hui
And maybe most horrific, Barack Obama compares the violence at Virginia Tech to Don Imus and outsourcing:
“There’s also another kind of violence that we’re going to have to think about. It’s not necessarily the physical violence, but the violence that we perpetrate on each other in other ways,” he said, and goes on to catalogue other forms of “violence.”
There’s the “verbal violence” of Imus.
There’s “the violence of men and women who have worked all their lives and suddenly have the rug pulled out from under them because their job is moved to another country.”
All of these statements are not only tasteless and cynical, but are also misguided. There is no lesson from such a tragedy. This is an action without context or meaning. It is a pointless tragedy which has but only one cause. Cho Seung-Hui was evil. This is the result of evil actions performed by an evil man. A man who was willing to treat other people as an means to his own pointless and futile ends.
To seek political or cultural blame for such an action is not only silly, but is a dangerous misplacing of fault. The Left wants to blame inanimate objects. The Right wants to blame relativist culture. And Obama, well, he’s just in his own little dream world.
Let the families grieve in peace. Let them bury their dead and heal their wounds. Don’t use the victims of this senseless crime as an excuse to further any political agenda. If comment must be made, then let it be of sympathy and in resolve against the evil actions Cho Seung-Hui.