Too much violence to deal with on a day to remember murder at Virginia Tech
This was supposed to be a day to remember those who died senselessly and tragically at Virginia Tech six years ago.
But today, April 16, 2013, is occupied by more. Besides the need to remember the32 students and faculty killed by a Tech senior before taking his own life, we must also take time to remember the three killed and hundreds injured — many critically — by the two bombs at the Boston Marathon Monday and the two wounded by the young student and gunman at the New River Community College facility at the Mall in Christiansburg last Friday.
What the hell is happening in this country?
It is still too early to know if the bombings in Boston come from an international terrorist or a home grown malcontent. It could be either and that fact alone should leave many Americans wondering about the state of the nation today.
We haven’t had time yet to recover from the tragic shooting of elementary students in Newtown, Connecticut or the rash of violence that brings death to so many on a daily basis in our country.
What happened in Boston on Monday is being called a terrorist act by many but what kind of terrorism? Before 9/11, the terrorist act that killed the most people in America was the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City by an American with a grudge against the government. Timothy McVeigh wasn’t a Middle East fanatic but his hate was just as anti-American and deadly as one.
Today, we see hate emanating not only from across the oceans but right here at home. Strong, revolutionary rhetoric can be found daily on Facebook and on forums throughout the Internet.
As we mourn those who died at Virginia Tech in 2007, in Boston Monday and wish for the recovery for those shot at New River Valley Mall on Friday, let’s also take a minute to remember that hate against our society can be found here at home.
Long-time newspaperman, photographer and videographer who still shoots photos and covers government and courts for a newspaper, shoots video for TV and documentary use and owns web sites like Blue Ridge Muse, Capitol Hill Blue and American Newsreel.