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Story ID:1980
Written by:Frederick William Wickert (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Everywhere All states USA
Person:All of us
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By Fred Wickert

Like people in all walks of life, I find myself disturbed with the recent massacre at Virginia Tech University. At the same time, I find myself in disbelief at the reactions that I am hearing from people. Some of the very best I have seen is in Ourecho by three of the regular writers of the Ourecho family. The first is “Why?” by B.J. Roan, Posted on 4/18/07 the second, “A Personal View on the Virginia Tech Massacre” by Schuyler Rahwn Thorpe, posted on 4/19/07, and the third, "Unlikely Hero," by Kathe Campbell, posted on 4/20/07.

The radio and television talk shows, the major media networks, the pundits they invite as guests on their shows and the politicians to me are not doing nearly so well. I listen in disbelief, although not in surprise to some of the things they say.

I am disturbed by the attempt to play the blame game. The university itself is being blamed. They are alleged to have had prior knowledge that the young man who committed the massacre was mentally disturbed and to have kept it within the university, doing nothing about it to avoid publicity.

The police are being blamed because they, after receiving the call on the first shooting, did not immediately lock down the entire campus. An operation like that requires a lot of manpower and coordination. It cannot be done in a snap of the fingers. Further, they had a double murder to consider, with the possibility of a murder homicide. The immediate crime scene under those circumstances did not call for the lockdown of the entire university. Monday morning quarterbacking does not save the day.

The immediate cry went out from some, “We need more gun control and we need to stop the NRA.” More ridiculous was another group. “We need to allow the students to carry concealed weapons on campus. He could have been stopped.” The university itself came under fire because guns were banned from campus. “They should train faculty and allow them to have guns on campus to stop people like this.” The truth is that none of those could have made any difference at all.

Investigation revealed the shooter had previously been in trouble with the law. He was charged with stalking two female college students and harassing them. The court declared him to be mentally ill, and a danger to himself and others. The judge did not order, but recommended voluntary counseling. Of course, the recommendations were not followed. A college professor went to the police with concerns the man was a danger because of the writings he produced. They were sick, and they were a cry for help. She recognized this and tried to get help.

Because of the laws in place, the hands of the police were tied, as were the hands of the university. There was little they could do. Had the judge who recommended counseling ordered him confined and given treatment, it is almost certain the ACLU or some lawyer trying to make a name for himself, or Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson or some other so called “rights activist,” could be depended on to challenge it immediately with a law suit. Given the propensity of our currently liberal minded courts, they probably had victory in their pocket before they ever got started, had this been the case.

Nowhere in all of the people I have watched speaking out about this tragedy, have I heard anyone talking about the possibility that maybe – just maybe the conduct of our society could be the blame. We have been seeing for a long time now, the decay of our moral fiber. To me the pace is astonishing. It is everywhere.

We as a nation have begun to accept lyrics of filth and criminal intent by rap artists and shock jocks. We have watched degradation by those who our youth look up to, the antics of singing stars without underwear, singing stars baring body parts on National Television at the Super Bowl game show. We watch year after year as television shows display and promote all sorts of outrageous filth and bad behavior, and even glorify it. We watch as the President teaches our school children that having oral sex in our schools and on our buses is okay, because the president himself did it in the oval office and declared to the nation that wasn’t sex.

We allow politicians to get away with criminal acts, just as long as they apologize, and we allow people in high office to make treasonous statements and to make unauthorized treasonous arrangements with our enemies, without any repercussion. We allow our major news networks to manufacture news and lie about the news and to even interfere with elections, with little or no repercussions.

We have also attacked with vehemence, the Christian faith, symbols of the Christian faith, holidays associated with the Christian faith and the teachings of the Christian faith. We have even attempted to change our national history to conceal any role of Christians and their faith in the founding and building of this country.

We have invented a process called Political Correctness that in my view has gone completely out of control and is doing great harm to this country. The real enemies to this country are the enemies within. Those are the most dangerous because they are like a cancer within our midst. While we attack Christianity, we condemn any thing, by word or by deed that just might offend a Muslim. We don’t want them to get mad. We don’t want to upset them. We are at war with Muslim extremists, yet we want to appease them. We are predominantly Christian, but we condemn Christianity, take away the rights of the Christians to have freedom of religion, and go way overboard to appease the religious ideas of the radical Muslim.

We ignore our laws because some lettuce grower might be upset. We ignore our laws because we might hurt someone’s feelings, even if they are breaking our laws. We murder unborn children because they are not going to be convenient. Our convenience, our feelings and our profit have become the law. The written law means little most of the time.

Finally, we beg for prayers and vigils and respect for all of those killed in the massacre at Virginia Tech, and well we should. We ask over and over for the prayers and for the sympathy for the families and loved ones of all the victims, and simultaneously vilify with hatred and disgust, the young man who shot all the others, and then himself.

What we have not done – what I have not heard anyone say, is that the shooter himself needs our prayers more than any of the others. How his family and loved ones need our prayers more than any of the other families. Their suffering is greater than all the rest. The torment and anguish that tortured soul suffered before he committed the massacre, we will never even begin to imagine. Now he has all of those murders and his own suicide to atone for, and no one is asking for prayers for him. Can you even begin to imagine what his family and loved ones are going through right now? He was their son or their brother and they loved him. Can you begin to imagine their suffering? They not only lost a loved one, but they also suffer with the torment of knowing what he has done. Can you imagine the guilt they are feeling, wondering if they might have done something different in their relationship with him that might have prevented such tragedy?

With all of this, I have yet to hear one voice ask for prayers for him and his family. I remember well the attitude of the Amish people not so long ago, who experienced a massacre of their children in a community school. They did pray for the killer and his family. They refused to condemn him and spew hatred for him. I think we could take some lessons from the Amish. I also think all of us are to blame for this tragedy just as much as the young man who pulled the trigger.