Tuesday, 17 April 2007
Tragedy in Virginia
It is impossible not to react with horror to the mass murder yesterday of 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech university in America. Now personally I hate guns and what they are capable of with a vengeance and have never had a desire to own one. However in the States people have a right to bear arms and I don't expect that right to be rescinded anytime soon. What bothers me though is the attitude that life is cheap, there is something fundamentally wrong with the way some people develop. For instance look at the recent casual killings of young people in London. Whilst not being able to understand the motivation of the killer in Virginia what increasingly bothers me is the ready access to violent images in for example films and computer games. These things may not necessarily be relevant in this tragedy but we seem to be so exposed to violent images these days - think TV reports from Iraq for instance. We seem to be now accepting extreme unprovoked violence as the norm. It shouldn't be so.