Just finished watching the NBC video of the evil (not crazy) piece of shit that killed so many of the Virginia Tech staff and students. As I watched, I had expected to see something more chilling, more, I don’t know, powerful, awe-inspiring, something. What I saw, instead, was pathetic.
What I saw was just another example of the disease that grips America today (my avatar says Japan because I live there but I am most decidedly American), that of the complete relinquishment of personal responsibility. Nothing but whining, poor wittle me, you don’t understand, nobody feels pain, boo-freakin-hoo life is too hard and it’s all your fault.
I believe in the right of individual citizens to bear arms, but, whether that argument is right or wrong, I think that many folks are overlooking the real issue here: that much, if not all of the violent crime that occurs today is a result of this refusal to accept that the criminal is the author of his own actions, indeed his own feelings and thought processes.
To see him blaming all of his miserable life on others, and then to take their lives, in that ultimate act of solipsism, was really, really eye-opening. And no matter what you do about guns (and knives, hammers, whiffle bats and nerf footballs) in this country, until we as a nation address this issue, that the individual must take responsibility for his position in life, this is going to happen again, and again, and again.