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By Hal Straus |  April 16, 2007; 3:37 PM ET

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This is a terrible terrible ordeal for these poor people. The question is how could the shooting have started in the dorms at 7 a.m and two hours lapsed before more shooting occurred in the campus. Why wasn't this person captured.

Posted by: AnnMarie Plunkett | April 16, 2007 04:41 PM

I suspect that after today's events -- all colleges and universities will be putting in infrastructure for tightened security and response procedures. I know some students and parents are saying that they should've cancelled classes right away. But, this type of event could've have been just as deadly if that had happened (with the gunman shooting indiscriminately at anyone he encountered). Like everyone else, I'm shocked and saddened by the senseless killing of these students.

Posted by: John Cho | April 16, 2007 04:44 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in this horrible event. Will we ever truly understand why these things happen?

Posted by: Stephanie Grayson | April 16, 2007 05:10 PM

My comments are extreme sorrow for the families and loved ones of this evil tragedy.

My hope is that this nation turns its face to Jesus and bow the knees to sincerely pray for America and its people, to turn its face from wickedness and hatred and repent, that this great land be healed and its people set free.

Posted by: Renee Payne | April 16, 2007 05:11 PM

This incident will not be the last of its kind as long as "safe" campuses ban firearms. The situation may have turned out very differently had one teacher or administrator been armed.

Madmen and criminals do NOT obey laws. They will not obey gun bans either. Anyone who believes otherwise is a victim of their own naivety.

Virginia voted down a proposal to allow LEGALLY obtained firearms on campus and made an idiotic statement about how it would keep their campuses safe. I hope it is oft quoted in the future.

Banning firearms only creates killing fields for the madmen and criminals who will always have access.

Posted by: R.L. Johnson | April 16, 2007 05:23 PM

This is absolutely absurd. More measures need to be taken into acct for the safety of schools, daycares, etc..

Posted by: T | April 16, 2007 05:28 PM

It's seems like the world has gone madd. If I can't send my sone to college and have him safe?

Posted by: | April 16, 2007 05:29 PM

Unspeakably sad day....Thoughts with the whole Va Tech family.

Posted by: Chris | April 16, 2007 05:35 PM

Take the guns away. How many deaths does it take to realize that there are too many people who can not be trusted to have access to guns. Some will say that owning guns is a right - but we will lose other more cherished rights as we try to install metal detectors everywhere, restrict movement everywhere, lock down our lifestyle - all because guns are more difficult to restrict than people. I have two children in college and I value their freedom to live in relative safety more than anyone's freedom to have guns.

Posted by: David Carman | April 16, 2007 05:39 PM

I am a proud alumnus of Virginia Tech, so my comments are clouded by my sincere love for that university. The Hokie Nation of over 200,000 living alumni is resilient, and we will convey to the country and the world that our institution of higher learning will continue to grow and prosper, and we will not let one man ruin a time-tested and venerable university that is sincerely beloved by so many. Hokie For Life. Thank you.

Posted by: Jason S Rufner | April 16, 2007 05:45 PM

I went to Va Tech and lived in West Ambler Johnson for 3 years. I was there only a few weeks ago for an alumni reunion. It was as peaceful then as I remember from 25 years ago. I am truly devastated and feel incredible pain and sadness for the families of those who suffered in this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

Posted by: Angela | April 16, 2007 05:52 PM

As a student at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, I was shocked to hear President Steger say during his press conference that dormitories at Tech are unlocked and open during the daytime. How could they leave their students so vulnerable.

Even at small Longwood, all dorms require your student ID to enter and each ID is dorm-specific. After the gunman that was found on Tech's campus earlier this year, I'm appalled that the same policy wouldn't be carried out at such a large school.

Posted by: Shawn Garrett | April 16, 2007 05:55 PM

Have the gun control supporters finally learned their lesson yet? Schools and churches are some of the only places in VA that one cannot legally carry a firearm for self-defense. It's time to ensure that our students have the ability to protect themselves! No law, no regulation--nothing can stop these psychos from killing lots of people..the only question is whether we will be able to protect ourselves or not. Always remember- Guns save lives! 2.5 million defensive uses per year...and counting.

Posted by: Matt White | April 16, 2007 06:07 PM

What happend today was a tradgedy and my deepest sympathy's go to the families of the victims. But unfortunetly that is as far as my compassion goes. I live in Australia I can not for the life for me understand what is wrong with your sick country, you preech that you are the envy of the civilised world yet you kill each other like its a national sport, you hide behind an archaic so-caled 'right' that you need to bear arms. From who are you bearing these arms against... yourselves? Thankfully my country after sufering a massacre of similar scope a decade ago had the common sense and moral fortitude to impose restrictions on gun ownership, not ban but restrictions especially on types and magazine capacities and we have not had one massacre or large scale incident since, in fact gun related crimes are almost zero now. Why cant your country wake up and take a stand against something you surely know needs to be changed im sure your founding fathers would have more than understood that the time for every man and his dog having a small arsenal in his garage has gone the way of the steam engine. Please do not getme wrong I am not America bashing here I think very highly your country and I think their are many great aspects about your country but please for your own sakes grow up and move on from this pathetic and childish obsession with guns it is litterally destroying your country and embaresses your great nation internationaly. Laws can be changed you just need to have the courage to make that change hopefully the events of today will give you that courage.

Posted by: Mark Weston | April 16, 2007 06:17 PM

Hi,
I was shocked today and so sorry for the families of those students who's lives have been taken so prematuerly.
i am English, and live in England, in my country you do not have a constitutional right to bear arms, I understand why your great nations founding farthers believed that it was needed to defend your fledgling nation, but that was 300yrs ago! How many more pointless deaths until you realise the only people who have a right to carry a gun are those appointed to defend you?
God bless

Posted by: Alex | April 16, 2007 06:21 PM

why is there no blood on the female, white w/white shirt and her arms pulled up? Why are the 4 policemen carrying the man from the football field looking amused and there is no blood on his body whichdoes not look limp? Why were there not sirens to alert the students? and why was there not a lock-down on every room after the shooting in the dorm and where were the swat team after that original shooting? Too many holes in this.

Posted by: | April 16, 2007 06:32 PM

All the students, faculty and family members effected by this horrible, senseless tragedy will be in my prayers.

I found it wholely inappropriate for our President to include a 2nd Amendment plug in his condolences.

Posted by: An Dliodoir | April 16, 2007 06:32 PM

I am a parent and a faculty member at a large university. I went to Radford for a graduate degree so I am familiar with the Blacksburg area and the Tech campus. I cannot even begin to fathom a tragedy of this magnitude. The students and staff of Tech are in my thoughts and I hope that the community will come together in mourning and in healing. Again, my thoughts are with the community of Tech.

Posted by: Cortney | April 16, 2007 06:36 PM

DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR I GAVE THE NEWS AT 5 AM EACH DAY OVER LOUDSPEAKERS PLACED ALL OVER THE CAMP LOCATED IN THE USA WHY CANT COLLEGE CAMPUSES DO THE SAME FOR EMERGENCIES

Posted by: SAL MASSIMINO | April 16, 2007 06:39 PM

This is a tragic situation and my heart aches for the families of the victims. My husband is a college professor who is researching targeted school violence. We have been shocked at the lack of funding for research in this area. Quality research will help gain an understanding of these incidents and help develop ways to avert them.

Posted by: Susan Daniels | April 16, 2007 06:49 PM

The University President failed the students and should be fired for not broadcasting campus wide that there was a shooting on campus and the shooter was still loose. The police cannot stand back-they must go forward and confront shooters.

Posted by: John father of UVA and VCU students | April 16, 2007 07:03 PM

I'm Regina Alvarez in Sacramento, CA and I just want to tell all of you in Virginia Tech you are in our prayers. I will have my church pray for all those families that lost love ones and those who need the strength to go on with life, and continue to stand by you all. We're all americans and in these times we as americans have to remember to be there for each other in time of need.......You are all in my prayers!!.........SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA LOVES YOU ALL!!

Posted by: Regina Alvarez | April 16, 2007 07:36 PM

Dear All:

This is just a comment about the "what if factor". What if the school locked down the campus earlier? Maybe the victims stayed in their classrooms and were killed because of a lock down. What if the police had shut down the campus? Maybe the suspect would have gone to an elementary school or a restaurant, then what?

No one seems to care that the under paid police and emergency personnel were running toward the danger and not away.

Ten years from now I hope someone does a study on the emergency personnel that responded to today's tragedy. How many were able to continue with their careers? How many had Family trouble or maybe ended marriages in a divorce? How many end up taking their own lives because of the unfair blame from this event?

I just wish everyone would not try to find blame so quickly! Remember, there was a suspect! Who was he? Why did he do this? Maybe it started with a Bully in third grade. Maybe he was abused by his Parents! Maybe the greater community ignored his cries for help!

It is just too early to try to find or place blame. So please be fair with your questions and reports. Don't make this a bigger tragedy than it already is by placing blame on those who sacrafice their lives everyday in order to make this World a better and safer place.

Posted by: michael | April 16, 2007 07:53 PM

As I watched and listened to this tragic story unfold, and recall the several incidents of school violence in which the gunmen end up taking their own lifes, I could not help but wonder if we are seeing a form of violence that can be classified as "suicide shooter". We read about the suicide bombers in Iraq and elsewhere. But it sounds like we have our own problems of "suicide shooters" in this country who display the same reckless disregard for life, even if not terroism-related. My thoughts and prayers going out to all affected families of this horrendous tragedy.

Posted by: Ted Hunter | April 16, 2007 08:06 PM

As I understand it there is a Candlelight Vigil at Midnight tonight at George Mason University. It will be held at the clock tower.

Posted by: Brian Straw | April 16, 2007 08:14 PM

This is a very sad day for all. Are hearts go out to all the familys and students.You are in our prayers in West Virginia.

Posted by: Sheila | April 16, 2007 08:26 PM

We need more guns. Guns, guns, guns, no one will be safe unti all "right" minded people have guns Put them in cereal boxes. Pass them to your friends. This situation will never be resolved by more studies, it is here to stay because if anything incidents like this make more people buy guns. How many people will hand there's in?All we can be do is limit the carnage. Condolences to all on the recieving end of this horror.

Posted by: David | April 16, 2007 08:28 PM

We are nutured on violence be it on TV via the news or movies and shows that glorify violence like 24 fro example.

We live by the sword and we perish by it.

Yet we never stop to think about what all this exposure to violence is doing to our kids.

Senseless killings like today's make me a father of two children (due to go to college a few years down the road) want to scream out in anger at the stupidity of people who think guns don't kill, only people do.

Remind sme of thsoe who claim we should legalize drugs as its my body and I have the right to do waht I wish with it. What we know such people ignore is the fact drugs can make the lives of others (the drug users loved ones for example) miserable even though they may not be addicts.

When you make statements about the right to bear arms on the same day 33 lives were lost in one gun related incident you make the NRA seem like the milk board!

Posted by: I Ahmed | April 16, 2007 08:28 PM

This is a terrible tragedy. Question I have is why did the VTech administration not inform students of the 1st shooting and lock down the school. They say that email would not have reached folks on the road and out walking to class.

How about Text Messages?!?! Every student uses text messages on their phone. Why doesn't the university have an emergency system where messages are sent to cell phones (obviously the system has to be in place already and students should be required to register their phone numbers for this service).

Posted by: Rajiv | April 16, 2007 08:29 PM

I was shocked by the incident and my deep condolences to the families, relatives, friends of the victims. The University President failed the students and should be fired for not broadcasting campus. My prayers to the god to rest their soul in the peace.

Posted by: syamramesh | April 16, 2007 08:31 PM

What I can't Belive is that they did not warn the students untill two hours after the first attack!?!?

Posted by: A Concearned Student | April 16, 2007 08:37 PM

I am so saddened and shocked by this. My heart just goes out to the family and friends of these victims. I live in Chicago, but I'm from Virginia and I was accepted to Tech. I've visited the campus many times, and I loved how peaceful and beautiful it was. This is supposed to be such an exciting and learning time for these young men and women. I hope they can find a way to honor the lives lost and still move forward with their own. The nation's with all of you.

Posted by: Jen S | April 16, 2007 08:44 PM

Its unfortunate that the American public doesn't grieve this way every day. In Iraq, this would be a good day. When will the public learn that the policies and actions the government take undeniably influence its citizens. When a government uses violence as a means to an end, don't be suprised to see this often. Also, comments regarding student possesion of handguns in school are some of the most idiotic thoughts I have ever heard. If students in College carried guns, murders would go up. Why is it that the US has the highest gun violence rate in the world. One word, escalation.

Posted by: Joel | April 16, 2007 08:48 PM

My prayers go out to the families and friends who have lost loved ones today....there are no words to explain this tragedy, nor the senseless loss of life that goes on elsewhere in the world every day....

Posted by: Ellen Seidler | April 16, 2007 08:55 PM

I am a recent Hokie alumni and a police officer in the area around Tech. I see so many comments of people already giving "what if" scenarios and bashing the president and police for not doing this and that. For those that are continually saying "why didnt the campus shut down after two students killed in the first incident"?

From the perspective of being a past student, if you are not familiar with the campus of Virginia Tech it is quite large (2600 acres), several miles across each way, hundreds of buildings, and at least 30,000 people on campus during the time of this incident. Closing campus and evacuating 30,000 people OFF of campus can't be done with the push of a button and especially with this situation it would have created a general panic within the community that would have caused even more problems then solutions. Imagine the traffic jams with several THOUSANDS of cars leaving all at once onto a relatively limited amounts of exits from the university.

Second, as a perspective from a police officer. Stop thinking about CSI and that everything in law enforcement happens instantaneously now. Interviewing witnesses, processing crime scenes, gathering evidence take HOURS and sometimes DAYS depending on the crime. If the first murders happened within two hours, the investigators would have been lucky to get a suspect description and find a few witnesses. However, they had already developed a suspect and information to believe the suspect and already left campus and believed to be fleeing the state from the witness. Never the less, all of you expect a decision to shut down the university which is basically a small town of 30,000 people immediately, especially when the AVAILABLE INFORMATION is that the police believe the suspect left and was gone. Just think about the circumstances and vastness of this tradgedy and stop blaming people already before we know all of the information available and stop turning this into a gun rights tyraid. Oh and by the way most guns criminals use are either stolen or traded to them for drugs, NOT bought at regular gun shops.

Posted by: Eric | April 16, 2007 08:57 PM

Our prayers for the victims and their families of this tragedy. May the God of Peace comfort your hearts.
TDB-Lubbock, Texas

Posted by: Terry Braddock | April 16, 2007 09:06 PM

I watched the events unfold at Virginia Tech today, coming to several stark realizations. The first is that these events don't seem to happen in other countries. The second is that they rarely involve poor young Black men. The third is that this nation MUST halt its OBCESSION with GUNS! Any homicidal maniac can get his hands on a gun in this country. Under that scenario, homeland security is a fantasy. I WANT THE NRA TO STOP CONTROLLING THIS ISSUE IN CONGRESS!!!!

Posted by: Diane Law | April 16, 2007 09:45 PM

terrible, terrible news but one thought comes to my mind, this is a time to start seriously thinking about gun control, nothing like this happend ever in europe, I wonder why....
ciao, Ale

Posted by: ale | April 16, 2007 09:46 PM

I was a student at Va Tech in the mid-seventies and, though I graduated from another university (GMU), I still consider myself a Hokie. My sorrow is so deep and profound. My prayers and thoughts are with all of the students, faculty and staff at Tech, the parents of those lost or hurt, and the family of the misguided shooter. I hope this great academic institution can recover.

Posted by: Terri Nyman | April 16, 2007 10:02 PM

Matt White, you think arming more people is the answer?

G U N C O N T R O L - no guns, no killing. It's not that hard to comprehend

Posted by: Martin Perez | April 16, 2007 10:06 PM

Guns don't kill decent, law-abiding Virginians, crazed Virginians armed with easily obtained weapons kill Virginians. Welcome to the world of the ready handgun.

Despite our strenuous efforts to limit handgun ownership to the very, very few who truly need one, senseless murders occur persistently in New York City, where 90% of the guns come from outside our state, in too many cases up I-95 from ... Virginia.

Why do these massacres occur so predominantly in states with lax or poorly enforced firearms control, where the "gun culture" is honored and respected? How long will it take you people to understand the simple, evident reality that no ordinary person on the street has any business possessing a handgun at all?

Posted by: Richard NYC | April 16, 2007 10:06 PM

It is unbelievable that guards at the campus were unarmed. What the hell are faculty directors thinking? Stupid liberals want to keep guns from the lawful citizens while criminals who never abide by the rules keep killing inocent people!

Posted by: Steven Russo | April 16, 2007 10:10 PM

The NRA. George Bush. The NRA. George Bush. Compassionate conservatism. Dick Cheney. Dick Cheney. Dick Cheney. The NRA. So many dead.

Posted by: jean-pierre diels | April 16, 2007 10:20 PM

As long as we deny law-abiding students and teachers the right to carry guns for self-defense on campus, these "gun free zones" will be target-rich environments for criminals and madmen.

Posted by: Richard | April 16, 2007 10:25 PM

This is an incredibly sad by-product of the gun culture in the US. My heart goes out to the victims at Virginia Tech and their families.

Surely America it's time to reassess your gun policy. This is the latest in a long line of people bringing guns to schools and opening fire on random students. I wonder what it will take before there is serious talk about reducing the obscene amount of firearms in your society. Why do people need hand guns? Crime and crime prevention seems to be the only answer. Surely rifles are all you need for hunting. This state of affairs is a disgrace... yet another example of the myopic, belligerent politics that runs your country to the detriment of many inside your borders, and to the dismay of those outside.

Really isn't it time to do something about the ease of access to guns in your communities? Again my deepest sympathies to those that have lost loved ones. (Flame away on the second amendment and the right for everyone to carry heinously destructive weapons to defend you from external threats...)

Posted by: Craig from Australia | April 16, 2007 10:32 PM

I was just on the NRA site...

It seems this whole thing is Blomberg's fault.

Posted by: Cousin Billy Bob's wife | April 16, 2007 10:45 PM

I am shocked, stunned and greatly saddened by this senseless and very violent event. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, students, families, the VT community and all those affected. May God bless all those killed, injured and sufferring the effects of this inexplicable tragedy.

Posted by: Louis Clemente | April 16, 2007 10:49 PM

This vulgar incident is all the more repulsive in the fact that it has occurred in a place where the young go to build their future. My deepest sympathies go out to the victims, their families, and to all of us who are suffering through this.

However, I must also confess my disgust at the repugnant behavior of news organizations - specifically CNN - in their blatant attempt to twist and exploit this situation in a shameless attempt to build a story before all facts are known.

A disgusting day all around.

Posted by: Robert Langford | April 16, 2007 10:54 PM

It was horrible and unbelievable ... but such violence happens almost every day in Iraq to people as innocent as those college students. Since most people in Iraq have guns (one for the house, one for the car), arming everybody is obviously not the answer to improving public safety.

Posted by: Judith Yeaton | April 16, 2007 11:07 PM

I'm heartbroken by the tragedy at Virginia Tech but I'm furious with the television news media. They have already decided to crucify the college authorities for their decison to not close the campus after the first shooting. They interviewed shaken students and trid to lead them into criticizing the campus police. As one student pointed out, if they had cancelled classes, the gunman might have gone on to the cafeteria. Obviously it was the wrong decision but they did the best with the information that they had and will be haunted by their decision for the rest of their lives.
Pray God that you never make a mistake and Nancy Grace comes after you. It's not as if she ever made a mistake. Oh wait - she tried and convicted those Duke students who have now been completely exonerated.
This is why Americans hate the press.

Posted by: Patty Hill | April 16, 2007 11:10 PM

As the father of the
Bluffton University baseball team that experienced the love of the nation can anyone tell me if a fund has been set up for the victims and their families? Please let me know at jamesgrandey@yahoo.com
God bless Virginia Tech
Jim Grandey

Posted by: Jim Grandey | April 16, 2007 11:16 PM

I am terribly dissappointed in the media's rush to condemn the actions of the Virginia Tech staff. The solution everyone mentions is locking down the campus sooner. Suppose they had locked down immediately after the first shooting event. Then this madman would have been locked in a dorm with 800 or more defenseless students. Can anyone believe this would have been a preferable situation?

Posted by: Merwin Jones | April 16, 2007 11:28 PM

My deepest sympathy to all those who have lost someone today. I can speak for everyone from UW Milwaukee when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Posted by: Madeline | April 16, 2007 11:37 PM

I wish all of the news organizations would stop all of this media attention about this! I would bet there will be a number of copy cat shootings in the very near future. All of this attention is the worst possible thing you could do.

Posted by: St Louis | April 16, 2007 11:40 PM

32+ lives are Lost. Not one reason for this tragedy. My problem gets even more compounded when my 3 kids ar getting ready to look for collages in the next few years. What a pain for the parents to loose their innocent Child to Such Unbearable voilence - The Nation is Shocked.

But on a daily basis twice/thrice this number are being killed in Iraq every day for the past 4 Years - On a regular basis -What are these moron Bush/Cheney and their sponsors doing about this ? Any Clue ?

All we worry about is the nearly 3400 US Soulders killed - What a SHAME !!!! The cost Life is any different in the US or Elsewhere ? May be Cheney has some answers to this.

Posted by: Adil | April 16, 2007 11:48 PM

Why do these things happen at schools and colleges? Simple, there is nothing to stop this from happening. The faculty, the staff, students, and in most localities even the on-site police do not have weapons to stop a madman. It's a lot like a wolf in a flock of sheep - a flock without a guard dog for protection. Dr. John Lott has shown conclusively that where there are more concealed carry holders there are fewer multiple murders. Why can't we accept this fact rather than relying on the myth that we can simply ban guns. By prohibiting weapons anywhere on campus we are insuring that madmen are free to kill as many as they can.

Posted by: Beverly Jones | April 16, 2007 11:51 PM

Email and text message notification should only be part of a comprehensive plan for emergency communications. One idea - AIR RAID SIREN. Very cheap, very effective at getting EVERYONE'S attention. Think big. And to the university president who said they thought the killer had "left the state"... ASSUME THE WORST, HOPE FOR THE BEST... not the other way around!!! Unbelievably bad management of this situation (indeed negligence) directly contributed to most of the deaths.

Posted by: James Williamson | April 16, 2007 11:54 PM

My heartfilt thoughts and prayers go out to the enitre VA Tech Family. This is indeed a very tragic day and those lost will not be forgotten.

God Bless Them All

Posted by: | April 17, 2007 12:03 AM

I rarely do this but, after reading the comments posted here, I must add my own. My condolences go out to everyone on the Virginia Tech campus and the families of all those killed or injured. I include in these condolences the brave police officers and the Virginia Tech staff and its president. It's easy to analyze in hindsight and to blame but it seems to me that everyone did their best with the information they had on hand. I am certain that this tragedy will haunt them for years if not for the rest of their lives and I have nothing but sympathy for them.

The person to blame in this is the man who pulled the trigger and killed 33 and wounded more.

I am especially saddened by the blame laid on the police. To see them running in the photos, being on the front lines, doing their best to save those they could is to know what courage is.

What it is about this violence- and gun-obsessed society that allows this to happen? Why does this happen over and over again in the United States and only rarely elsewhere? That the president would have the gall to put in a plug for the Second Amendment as part of his condolence speech is far beyond even pale civility, let alone compassion.

Posted by: Sherri | April 17, 2007 12:15 AM

Why is all the media - NBC, CNN etc - ranting on about why, after the murder at 7:15AM, the campus was not locked down, classes canceled and announcements made over non-existent loudspeakers?


That place encompasses 4 SQUARE MILES and there are 26,000 people coming and going - not all of whom live on the campus - and a vast complex of building.

What, they were to shut down a small city because of what looked to be a domestic violence murder?

How on earth would anyone go about contacting 26,000 people and closing down a small city?? And why would you???

Do they shutdown 4 square miles of DC or anywhere else because there is a violent crime?

Posted by: AnnS | April 17, 2007 12:18 AM

Ban handguns! Keep rifles! And take a look at the empty soul that is America - consumerism, greed, corporate profile, abortion, hollywood, sex etc. etc. Only God can save todays children and it is the one thing they are denied in the name of freedom.

Posted by: speed123 | April 17, 2007 12:25 AM

First of all, today is a sad day. For these stupid gun advocates NEVER would this maniac have killed 33 people with a knife. With a GUN things become easier. No one expects students to walk around with guns. No one except these moronic gun lovers. This is what happens when gun lovers get pissed off. When people without guns get pissed off ... they get in fights and end up locked up. When gun perverts get pissed they take out innocent lives. The US may be a country with the most amount of PhD's and millionaires but having so many guns in this country is simply beyond any comprehension.

End the violence: NO MORE GUNS FOR ANYONE IN THE US!

Posted by: Jeff, Miami FL | April 17, 2007 12:37 AM

For those who think this incident is reason for a call for increasing the allowance of handguns to be carried in public or on Universities, I have a simple question. Just what does your version of a great civilized society look like with average citizens walking around with handguns?

Posted by: Kevin | April 17, 2007 12:57 AM

In the the 19th century a man was allowed to be a man and carry a gun to protect his family from Indians, robbers, bullies or wild animals. Today the first words out of a Liberals mouth are take away the law abiding citizens guns the moment a easily preventable crime like this massacre occurs. Hell any armed citizen could have shot back at this maniac and killed him. But thanks to our wonderful gun control the only armed citizen present was this maniac. Isn't it time we give back our citizens right and means to protect themselves in public? The world isn't civilized yet to be without guns and everyone knows it.

Posted by: Mike Darling | April 17, 2007 01:20 AM

GUN CONTROL¡¡¡¡¡ NOW¡¡¡¡¡

Posted by: OSCAR | April 17, 2007 01:23 AM

When is America going to wake up and do something about their ridiculous gun laws?

My heart goes out to all affected by this terrible tragedy (which could've been avoided if not for the easy access to such deadly weapons).

Nikki - Queensland, Australia

Posted by: Nikki | April 17, 2007 01:28 AM

Firstly, my sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims.... Hopfully, everyone is providing comfort and emotional support.....Also, hopefully parents & students are speaking frequently (even at 18-22 years of age, moms and dads are vital to their children's emotional well-being; peers can do only so much). One thing that's not been mentioned much is that the shooter seemed to know his way around the buildings; therefore it's possible he was a student or employee who had been terminated or dismissed from VT. There are a number of steps that schools and businesses can take when someone is released from employment (or other connection) such as clear and calm explanations via an "exit interview", warnings not to appear without permission (if deemed necessary), and advising security staff oa all recent terminations of employment (etc). These advisories were put into place after a number of workplace incidents, including a few fatal killings, involving former supervisors, coworkers, etc., and may not have been used at VT to deal with a "disgruntled" student or employee........

Posted by: A. Solomon | April 17, 2007 02:35 AM

When did campus police contact outside local law enforcement agencies?So often in an effort to cover campus crimes many colleges try to take on situations that are beyond their capablities. As a DC area resident I have witnessed (during the sniper) how quickly state and local police can secure an area. Had Va Tech solicited help could they not have alerted and informed students to the situation within moments of discovering the first three murders and possibly a massive infiltration of helicopters and police vehicles may have intimidated the murderer and he would have killed himself sooner.

Posted by: Elizabeth Flanagan | April 17, 2007 02:59 AM

I would like to express my sympathy with the people of the US over this tragedy.

I cannot understand the people who maintain that the answer to events like this is to allow more people to carry firearms. It seems to me that the ready availability of guns in the US is the problem.
I am Irish and here it would be very difficult for an ordinary person to obtain the type of weapons used by this demented killer. Here one never sees guns here, even our police force is unarmed and events like this never happen.

Posted by: Brendan Holleran | April 17, 2007 03:43 AM

Iam from Ireland and visited my sister and family last Oct,they live in Sailsbury MD.What amazed me was while visiting a hunting supply shop was that i as a visitor could handle a rifle and the amo was on full open display.In an enclosed case handguns and basically all the gear to kit out any person eligable to grab a gun and go.Iam not saying this is encouraging people to shoot human beings but in the wrong hands this type of easy access must be a contributing factor.

Posted by: Niall Smyth Cavan Ireland | April 17, 2007 03:57 AM

Even though I am three thousand miles away and almost ten years out of VT, this catastrophe hits me in the gut over and over. No one should ever see the name of their alma mater on Dateline followed by the word "Massacre". How twisted will the "best years of your life" become for the current crop of Hokies?

As for the victims themselves and their families, words simply fail me.

Posted by: Brian K - VT Alum | April 17, 2007 04:04 AM

I'm feeling sad for everyone who was killed at this bad day but I ask my self why these things don't happen in germany that often? The only answer I have is that in the USA every stupid idiot is able to buy a gun. That is your problem and not that the world has gone mad.......far from it.

Posted by: Christian | April 17, 2007 04:20 AM

I live in the UK where there is a complete ban on handguns in private hands. Result? Virtually no gun murders and those that do occur are perpetrated by people who have had to go to some lengths to get illegal weapons. A trip to the local gunshop was not an option. While no society is 100% safe I feel much more comfortable walking around my city than I would in say New York.
Yes, the people who commit crimes like this one in Virginia are probably crazed but consider how much less death would have occured had the guy only managed to get hold of a knife.
While the American mentality is gun obsessed the US will have to accept occasional mass murder and regular more mundane killings. That's it. Enjoy.

Posted by: Barry Butler | April 17, 2007 04:50 AM

I am so very sorry for the loss that parents, students, and faculty have survived today.
Talk with each other console each other and may we all learn from this tragic days events so this does not ever have to happen again.
Aloha,
Dorothy

Posted by: Dorothy Bach | April 17, 2007 05:24 AM

Anger and blame will not bring peace to those that are grieving nor will these emotions and defenses bring back these young students.
Many people state what "should" be done and how that needs to happen. Let all of us wait just a bit and focus our attention and prayers with the community and families that are dealing with burying their sons and daughters. Focus is perhaps a necessary piece to learn and change from this very sad event.
God Bless
Aloha,
Dorothy

Posted by: Blacky Bach | April 17, 2007 05:37 AM

In the European Union, we have 2.8 murders per 100.000 citizens.
We have severe gun control laws.
We don´t have death penalty.
In The U.S. many states do execute death penalty.
Most states don´t have severe gun laws.
The average of murders is 5.6 per 100.000 citizens, ans nearly 8 in the states which do execute death penalty.
Any conclusions?

Posted by: Lothar Keller | April 17, 2007 06:00 AM

Even very far away from US, in Romania- a country in which, till now, these things didn't happen, we feel grief and pain and we support all the families who lost their loving ones. How could this thing happen? Buying guns should be restricted at maximum!!!! God bless all the people that were killed and died in such stupid, incomprehensible way and their families. Ligia POP, 25,RO

Posted by: pop ligia | April 17, 2007 06:28 AM

I believe every student must carry a gun with at least 2 bullets: one to kill the attacker and one to kill themselves in case they fail to do the first and subsequently they are in danger to be tortured... These 2 bullets need to be financed by either the school, the government or be the NRA.
Life would be so much safer.

Posted by: G D | April 17, 2007 06:48 AM

Why is everybody crying now, but at the moment of voting people choose a gunlinking president. Stop to be hypocrite and throw away that ridiculous law to "protect yourself". We (EU) don't need it, neither do you. Tip: watch the documentary of Michael Moore.

Posted by: Delmatti | April 17, 2007 07:00 AM

Was my "post" of last night on scapegoats censored or did you just not receive it? I don't see it posted, but I don't want to jump to conclusions like so many people are doing over this. Please explain so I can know if I said something inappropriate... and can learn thereby.

Posted by: Renee | April 17, 2007 07:17 AM

Personally I would like to know as much about this incident as possible instead of taking little bits like Asian male, young, and boy scout attire to assume anything.

Frankly speaking I think the press conference last night was unnecessary as the answers were of the "no comment" type that hardly helped clarify the situation.

Too many press conferences and too many leaks make a mess of things.

Also while it is a free country faculty and students should have been told to avoid adding fuel to the fire by making comments or sending the media emails.

I find it ahrd to beleive nealry 24 hours after the incident we still cannot figure out whether the two incidents were related. Calling the first incident a domestic one but then admitting there is a person of interest makes for a racy romance novel and diminishes the reality of 33 deaths of whom possibly 32 people were innocent.

Posted by: Imran A. | April 17, 2007 07:40 AM

I am terribly dissappointed in the media's rush to condemn the actions of the Virginia Tech staff. The solution everyone mentions is locking down the campus sooner. Suppose they had locked down immediately after the first shooting event. Then this madman would have been locked in a dorm with 800 or more defenseless students. Can anyone believe this would have been a preferable situation?

Posted by: Merwin Jones | April 17, 2007 07:47 AM

My thoughts go to all those who suffered from this tragedy. Incidents like this make me wish that all those civilians who want to "bear arms", volunteer to take their "well regulated militia" to Afghanistan or Iraq & give the real soldiers there a break.
From Oz,
Dave

Posted by: David Dixon | April 17, 2007 07:52 AM

Strongly condemn the violence happened there. If same scene happens then its not recommended for anybody who want to study in US after spending lots of money.
US govt. should tightened security in the institution. Guilty must be punished.

Posted by: vipul | April 17, 2007 07:57 AM

When will the USA learn that it has a problem with guns/gun culture?

Here in Britain private ownership of guns became ilegal after one massacre too many
(The Massacre at Dunblane School)
Addmittedly this is a bit extreme, but stricter gun control is a must!!!

Posted by: Kevin Roberts | April 17, 2007 08:15 AM

it is easy to blame those in charge when you haven't ever been to VT and understand the campus. I am so sick of armchair critics who obviously have no idea about what is fair reporting. 2 of my children and their father graduated from VT. He and I lived there for 3 years while I worked and he got his BS. Blacksburg has very good law enforcement. They don't deserve the second guessing from people who are just trying to get face time on tv.

Posted by: | April 17, 2007 08:21 AM

I can not believe the news reports on television, I heard one reporter say to a student, 'well now that the shock is wearing off how do you feel?' The student replied, 'I disagree, we are just finding out the names of the dead.'
Of all the questions on how this kind of action could be prevented, I find it amazing that no one has the courage to say anything about gun control. I have heard 'crisis management plan' safety and security, cell phone text message systems, all well and good, but what about the guns? People with guns are killing other people without guns. Guns are for killing, expecially the kind of gun this fellow had. The right to bear arms just means lets all just kill each other, this is crazy.

Posted by: Amy Quinn | April 17, 2007 08:24 AM

Delaying release of Shooter's ID --- This delay of shooter's ID is painting with a very broad brush on all Asian students on College campuses across the country. What are they waiting for?? Why so cautious releasing this monster's ID?

VTech Officials -- Please expedite the release of the shooter's ID. Your delay is causing so much undeserving attention to all Asian students on your campus and across the country. Please do not repeat the delayed action. Release the Shooter's detailed Identity immediately.

Posted by: Charlie | April 17, 2007 08:40 AM

Academic inertia caught up with VA Tech. I watched the first news conference with the university president and he didn't seem to think it was any big deal that it took two hours to put up a warning. The real world has no idea how sloooowly things happen in academia. It takes a year to hire a professor and five years to change something in the curriculum. My university has NO PLANS for something like this, but maybe now that will change...

Posted by: Julia Ross | April 17, 2007 08:51 AM

Now is not the time to play the "Blame Game". Families are hurting for the loss of their loved ones. Friends and others are in mourning regarding this terrible thing that has happened. Let us Pray for the loss, Pray for the families that will have to try and heal after this, and Pray that this does not happen to another College. So many of "What could have been Leaders fo tomorrow" are gone. This has touched everyone here in Atlanta, GA. We are praying and will continue to keep the students, faculty and families in our prayers.

Posted by: Coe | April 17, 2007 08:59 AM

My prayers are with the families and the students of the VT tragedy. The level of resilience on the campus is commendable. I was extremely impressed with the articulate interviews the students were able to conduct after such a tragedy. The whole country is with VT and we all offer our support to those effected by this horrible event.

Posted by: Sandy | April 17, 2007 09:23 AM

While this tragedy is utterly heartbreaking and sickening, it is unfair to blame the administration and law enforcement for not doing enough. How could they have possibly predicted the series of events? They acted with the very limited information that was available to them. The only person who deserves blame is the gunman.

Posted by: | April 17, 2007 09:33 AM

I'm amazed people are trying to blame the University for the subsequent deaths. Does the administration wish they'd done something different? No doubt. Would it have prevented further killings? It's hard to see how since the killer was a student he could have been locked down in a building and shot as many or more. As if we're supposed to have policies and plans in place for mass killings. What we need to have is a shift away from America's culture of violence. If you believe in karma, we're in a lot trouble.

Posted by: mbjorke | April 17, 2007 09:42 AM

Lack of serial numbers on the weapons is a sign of a terrorist act.

Posted by: Ralph | April 17, 2007 09:48 AM

When will America wake up and realize that we need meaningful gun control laws? Will it take more gun massacres of innocent people? We only need to look to Canada, which has real gun control and had 149 murders by guns in 2002, compared to over 10,000 murders in the US.

We can overcome the immense clout and power of the anti-gun control forces of the NRA and its monied friends. Why not start today!

Posted by: Mike | April 17, 2007 09:50 AM

Life, especially human life is so very precious, and every time something like that hits the news, I see so much suffering in people of all ages and the questioning of why and how this is again happening.
Violence begets violence and violence in society cannot be stopped until the slaughter of innocent animals is stopped.
From a physiological perspective any animal, specially mammals close to humans like the cows, secrete enormous amounts of adrenaline at the point of death, which is held within the meat.
One of the symptoms of fear is a peculiar sensation at the base of the stomach, that is the adenoid gland, which any doctor will confirm is secreting adrenalin to prepare the body to defend itself or run from the scene. Adrenalin could be called the drug of violence, because it causes violence. Ingesting any animal, especially cow meat, increases the adrenalin levels in the body to extremely high levels.
A Police study in Bombay of statistics taken over 20 years confirmed that 80% of the violent crime was attributable to 8% of the population who are (melechas) meat eaters.
Free thinking individuals and the scientific community need to study and understand this problem closely.
In the old vedic society, the military class of people, who go to war, were allowed meat and blood, but common workers, merchants and those in search of higher education were encouraged to be peaceful, control their mind and senses and stay away from foods in the mode of ignorance and passion. We are not talking of religion here we are talking of science and the scientific community should be encouraged to investigate these matters and have the answers that the public requests in these cases.
If Schools, Colleges and Universities had vegetarian cafeterias, we would quickly see the difference.
So many statistics show us that our present lifestyle has created uncontrollable obesity and high crime and suicide rates, etc. The intelligent scientific and governing class of people need to re-evaluate our present situation and understand the basic laws nature.

Posted by: Jaya Murari | April 17, 2007 10:00 AM

My heart and prayers go out to the families of the murdered people at VA Tech. and to the families of the wounded. This tragedy gets me in the stomach and brings to mind a similar shooting in Chicago. It was 1960 or 1961. There was a Catholic boarding school for girls. A man shot and killed 95 girls and 6 staff members for a total of 101 victims.(I believe these numbers are correct although something tells me the final number was higher.) The shooter was later identified as a custodial person. One girl survived and although wounded herself, was able to crawl under a bed and cover herself with blankets. She too played dead. Thus she was able to give positive identification of the gunman.You may check this out yourself I am sure, simply by searching the archives of the Chicago newspapers. As you can see this incicdent in Chicago could offically be classified as "the worst shooting in America's history" Thank you for reading this.

Posted by: Jeanine Lewis | April 17, 2007 10:06 AM

The problem i have with the police saying that they were investigating the first shooting as a "murder / suicide is that there would have been a weapon on the scene. Its been reported that the same gun that shot the first two people was found at the second scene so obviously it wasn't at the first scene. so...how was it a murder/ suicide?? There is no doubt in my mind that the second shooting did not have to happen. The whole campus should have been alerted immediately and police presence should have been wide spread!

Posted by: t . p . | April 17, 2007 10:12 AM

Howard Kurtz in his column today says he can't so far fault the press in this case. The one thing I can fault them for is asking survivors the question, "How do you feel about...." in contexts where it is perfectly obvious how people feel. Someone made a young man cry this morning by asking him, "How does it feel to be a hero?" because of his role in helping blockade a classroom door. Any "How do you feel" questions in most emotional contexts are a combination of lazy, intrusive, and obvious. It almost appears the journalists are TRYING to provoke a response that might be good television, at the expense of the person who has agreed to speak with them.

Posted by: Diane | April 17, 2007 10:15 AM

Imagine that a South Korean killing a bunch of innocent people. It's not the Univerity's fault, this guy woke up with a plan. We need to be more aware of what some people are acting like.

Posted by: pat | April 17, 2007 10:17 AM

Come on people, America needs TIGHTER GUN CONTROL!!!!!!!!!!!

My heart and love to all of the families of the injured and deceased. I am crying along with you :-(((((((

xo

Posted by: Mariette | April 17, 2007 10:22 AM

American values are at stake with this massacre of students. If America does not change its violent ways and turn to traditional morality of the 1950s, then the whole nation will sink like the Titanic. I mean just look at the condition of the society. If you can't think and reach the true conclusion then you simply go watch films like SAW III and CAPTIVITY. YOu will get the idea that our country is slowly being ruined. How can we tolerate such glorification of abuse towards women and children. We are heading towards a rotten core in the center of our heart. Children are bing execeuted inside schools and collages and our government is only interested in making its members millionaires by the time they leave office at next elections. No one give a thought to others. Neighbors have become strangers. Unless we go back to basic that once made America great, we will all be destroyed by our own arrogance and suspicisions towards one another. I am saddened by Virginia slaughter. I feel political and religious leaders ought to have courage to speak at moral decline out our values.

Posted by: Jon Ben Taqi | April 17, 2007 10:24 AM

Imagine this tradgedy repeating itself every single day , but with three times the casualties...thats what Iraqis deal with. If "only" 32 innocent people died on any given day in Baghdad, that would be considered a good day. How sad for everyone involved ...anywhere where homicidal gunmen (with or without uniforms) kill at will.

Posted by: Vic | April 17, 2007 10:39 AM

Diane Sawyer and ABC need to apologize for untruthful reporting... read on...

Diane Sawyer was interviewing the president of Va. Tech this morning for
the shooting rampage. She bluntly asked the question about whether the
killer was a Chinese male from the city of Shanghai. It is now confirmed that the killer was a Korean decedent. I am baffled by the fact that Diane Sawyer, an experienced journalist and ABC anchor could make such wild and untruthful speculation / guess in front of thousands of viewers. What kind of lousy source does she or ABC have? I have been watching Diane Sawyer's shows and ABC forever, but now I have my reservation about the truthfulness of your reporting.....

Posted by: Jay | April 17, 2007 11:13 AM

There must be something we can do to make sure that this SENSELESS TRAGEDY never ever happens again. Does anyone know what color ribbon we're supposed to wear?

Posted by: Dave | April 17, 2007 11:21 AM

I can only imagine the pain the parents, relatives,friends, and the students are going through right now. I do not think the President of the school or VT's police force are at fault but I blame the person who committed the horrific crime. I have a son who is experiencing his first year in college in Maryland and I pray every day and nite for his safety. It can happen any place but I until we do something about the relax laws in getting weapons in the hands of unresponsible folks we will continue to see more of this craziness.

Posted by: RMiller | April 17, 2007 11:24 AM

It was such a big tragedy that shocked me to death. As also a parent of a college student, my heart is trembling ... where is a save place?! After the shock, I started to think - WHY? HOW? WHAT? ...

As many others, I do not understand how it could happen after two hours that the first shoot and death happened. I could not believe that the VA Tech President Steger even said: "We thought we had it under control. I don't think anyone could have predicted." and "We have handled this as skillfully as anyone." Before the shooter was arrested, how could the President and the Police Chief believe that it was "under control"?! What are the procedures of the campus security and emergency response? Did they ask for more help from the local police department? Or they were trying to minimize the impacts or even hiding the facts? The President would have to take the legal responsibility if so.

On the other hand, schools, researchers, educators and media, as well as parents should think this very seriously to find out Why - what made this young man became so cold-blooded and what triggered him to kill so many people? Are we having a successful education? Is it enough to just teach the youth science knowledge and art skills? What kind of products that our public or commercial communication medias brought to and influenced the young generation? Should the college/university psychological guidance and counseling to be enhanced, and how? What are the correct procedures of campus safety and emergency response?

Furthermore, after this incident, what should be the right way to help the people, the community to cope with this? Hope no more hatefulness will be induced and no discrimination will be lead to.

God, please help our children! My deepest condolence and prayers go to the victims' families. Peace.

Posted by: Yuanjun Li | April 17, 2007 11:33 AM

Even though it is almost a decade after my graduation I am terribly disturbed by the shootings at Va Tech. My heartfelt condolences to the students, staff, and faculty who were victims of this shooting. The students, faculty, parents, and staff are always in my prayers. It is time for the United States to wake up to such shootings.

Posted by: Lakshmi | April 17, 2007 11:42 AM

I have been on this planet for over half a century. I have studied many histories of the world. There has been violence on this planet in all of human history. Violence is a integral part of human nature; to deny this would be a lie. Understand that if we want to stop the instruments of violence from being made, we must completely change all of our governments and that we must give up our propensity to fight wars. We must completely destroy all of our weapons as one complete race of human beings. But we cannot do it because we are not strong in our convictions to be better. That is the greatest sadness and it will probably take us away from our lives and our future. No one deserves this violence.

Posted by: Ross Hocker | April 17, 2007 11:45 AM

Perhaps the NRA will suggest that all faculty be required to carry arms, especially during exams.

Posted by: richard schumacher | April 17, 2007 11:51 AM

My heart aches for everyone there at Virginia Tech who went thru something that we can never understand. I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as I watch the television and cry along with all of you. May God bless you all and may the thoughts that everyone in our country is thinking and praying for you all.

Posted by: Gwen Willis | April 17, 2007 11:52 AM

Without addressing the depth and breadth of such a tragedy as this, I would like to comment on the unseemly zeal of several news media who have reported this event as the "deadliest" shooting in US history. Does the name "Wounded Knee" ring a bell, or do reporters not study US history these days? There were several massacres of Native American peoples far in excess of the numbers in this tragedy. Additionally, for those who did not even describe yesterday's event as a shooting, but simply as the "worst" or "deadliest" killing event in our history, there were at least two events, one in Oklahome, one in Florida, where entire towns of black people were burned to the ground, killing many more than 30 people. The news media are not reporting news when they use their capacity to name an event and do so in a rhetorical and inflammatory fashion. Shame on you!

Perhaps those event do not count in your record keeping, as the victims were not white. Racism hides everywhere.

Posted by: Edward Kenestrick | April 17, 2007 11:53 AM

God bless the Hokie nation. All the world hurts for you today. May the coming days bring you peace.

Posted by: parent of 2 JMU students | April 17, 2007 12:02 PM

I would like it noted that the person who committed this crime was not an American citizen and had no right to possess firearms. That the serial numbers were filed from these weapons indicates that they were likely illegally obtained, also. A firearm with the serial number filed off would not even be transferable at a gun show. It was very likely obtained via a gang or crime syndicate and was the result of a theft.

The blame for this mess and ones like it in the future lies squarely with the gun control crowd like Dave. First, a ban on private transfers of firearms at gun shows and through newspapers without a background check and clearance would prevent nonresidents from obtaining weapons. But this is not going to happen when every legal gun owner understands that for you, this is merely a first step in your ultimate goal of identifying gun owners so that you can eventually elect some like minded gun control fanatic who will confiscate and destroy every privately owned gun. It wouldn't matter if that elected official was later removed or defeated, the deed would be done. This is exactly what occurred in Autralia and in England. No legitimate gun owner is going to even chance that happening. We await clarification from the Supreme Court that the Second Amendment applies to individuals. Then, you can work with gun owners, acknowledging there *right* to possess firearms for sporting pourposes and drop this nonsense about confiscating their guns. Secondly, you can support and require some sort of simply test, similar to a driving test, that every gun or ammunition purchaser or hunter must pass to ensure safe gun handling and storage. This woul not have the remotest chance of passing as law unless and until the Second Amendment issue is resolved. And third, you can require that all guns, unless under the immediate control of the owner, be locked in a steel safe weighting at least 200 pounds and that the ammunition be locked separately in a steel box. This would largely eliminate the availability of firearms obtained by theft.

If you are truly interested in gun safety, you will take these simple and logical steps. I am a liberal and a gun owner. There are A LOT of us and we have been making these points for quite some time, but it has been lost in the clammer and blathering of the wing nuts on either side of this issue. I, for one, am pretty sure that you are one of the gun control wing nuts and are nt truly interested in gun safety, but rather only interested in furthering the hysteria of the soccer moms for some sort of "points".

Posted by: Mike Brooks | April 17, 2007 12:03 PM

Why would public need guns?. Why doesn't America have tight gun control?. It seems to me there are more terrorists within the U.S. than outside, whether it is White, Asian or African American. Why doesn't such a thing happen in countries like Australia, New Zealand, India and those places.

Having this liberal gun policy along with the so called "high-tech" video games involving killing people, and the United States unnecessarily interfering in other countries issues (while U.S. has its own issues that cannot be handled) such as Muslim countries causing outrage are root cause of these issues.

The United States Government should close out all gun retailers and it should have total gun control and give it to individual based on a thorough need analysis after doing a thorough back ground check of the individuals rather than giving gun access to a child as soon as it is born.

Posted by: Subra Honganoor | April 17, 2007 12:12 PM

While I cannot relate to what happened at
Virginia Tech, and I cannot relate to how it feels to outlive a child or spouse, my heart breaks for everyone in the Virginia Tech community. I applaud Dr. Steger, the Virginia Tech Police Department, and the Public Information Office for their handling of this incident. The media whines because they don't have answers to questions that can't BE answered. We will never know why the shooter did what he did. Only the shooter knows that, and he's dead. People are quick to criticize the president and public safety for not doing something sooner. Based on the information available to them at the time, they acted accordingly. I don't care how well trained you are or what you say you would do in a crisis situation. Until you are faced with it, you don't know how you'll respond. All the training in the world does not prepare you to deal with a tragedy of this magnitude because you can't imagine it ever happening. I commend Dr. Steger and his staff for their efforts. This horrific experience is heartwrenching and overwhelming, and NOBODY is prepared to deal with.

Posted by: T Anthony | April 17, 2007 12:26 PM

As an european, I am not at all surprised to read that someone writes: "My hope is that this nation turns its face to Jesus and bow the knees to sincerely pray for America and its people, to turn its face from wickedness and hatred and repent, that this great land be healed and its people set free." Sure: that's the solution: Pray, Holy America, And Buy Guns. And do some more "quality research" to find out why this keeps on happeninh - or, use common sense to find out why this is not happening in the UK, or France, or Belgium...
In the meantime, sure, "The University President failed the students and should be firede. Why not gun him down?

Don't you, american people, realize that, despide the deep sorrow we feel for the kiiled ones, we don't really feel they were INNOCENTS? You're not innocent of you government's decisions, you are NOT innocent of your own laws.

And, you're not innocent to have the most PLAINLY STUPID president in mankind's history: how does the bastard dare continue to say that he feels that every american is entitled to carry a gun? This guy is MAD.

Please, american people, STAY HOME, and don't bother bring what you dare call democracy to the rest of the world: we've been doing without you for thousand of years, and we'd be better off without you, silly people.

Posted by: Jean-Luc | April 17, 2007 12:28 PM

Greetings from up North

The washignton Post asked for solutions.
I am offering a solution.

After viewing the carnage at Virginia tech, I will first send you my sincere condolences.

The most important question that must be asked now is:

What happened in the life of the aggressor for him to be so violent.
How was he brought up, how was he treated as a child.

I, having been raised in a very violent environment, sought answers to that and found at least one we could deal with.

I am talking about adrenaline addiction and here is how it is transmitted to the children.

In the Judeo Christian empire, when a couple is expecting their first child. they buy a crib. (Small wooden cage)
In well to do families, the crib is placed in a separate room from the mother. When the child is born it is put to sleep in that crib.
If it wakes up in the middle of the night, it starts screaming, totally terrified of being alone and keeps on crying it's poor little hart out
until someone comes to it's rescue. This provokes a massive rush of adrenaline and sometimes goes on for several years.
The child develops an addiction to adrenaline.

I have been working with Native Elders fro the last 12 years and asked them what they did when a baby was put to sleep.
The Grand Mothers told me that they made a small hammock, put the child in it and suspended the child a few inches above it's mother.
In this way, the child could smell his mother all night long and if it was cold, it was kept warmed by the body heat emanating from her body.

There is a world of difference between those 2 approaches.

When a child grows up addicted to adrenaline, if he is male, there is a very good chance he will become a violent adult capable of killing
in an ultimate rush of adrenaline and if she is female, fall in love with a violent mate. In many cases, if she manages to get ride of her aggressor
she will fall in love with another one soon after. And the cycle is transmitted from generation to generation.

When the Jews were slaves, when a woman gave birth, the child was taken away from the mother and put in a small wooden cage,
a crib by any other name. Three thousand years later, they still don't know how to raise a child.

If we are to stop violence in our society, we must teach our children what love and respect is and show them how to raise a child with love and respect.

Posted by: Gaston Lavoie | April 17, 2007 12:29 PM

One thing is certain: there will be a nuclear war one day soon. All of us will be held accountable on that day.

Posted by: Ross Hocker | April 17, 2007 12:39 PM

As a parent of a college age student, this news has left me absolutley breathless. I thought that after the killing of the Amish school children, that would be the worst we would see. Now this. ALL of the victims and those involved have the heartfelt sympathy of the whole nation during these tragic times. I pray for your strength, understanding and healing as we try to cope with this horrendous occurrence.

Posted by: Marla Harrington | April 17, 2007 12:41 PM

My deepest sympathies go out to the families of loved ones lost as well as to the wounded and their families. My heart also goes out to all of the students at Virginia Tech. All of us, whether directly a part of the Virginia Tech family or not, feel the depth of this horrific event and pray for healing and comfort as we struggle to make sense of all of this and move on.

Posted by: Patricia Reed | April 17, 2007 12:45 PM

It's so tragic. God bless the whole community of Blacksburg. The whole country is with you.

Posted by: Dan | April 17, 2007 12:51 PM

and I don't know how to describe how sorry I am. As a Korean, I sincerely apologize for this massacre. Only if we could turn back time... This inhumane massacre shouldn't have ever happened. To the families and friends of the victims and to all Americans, I am truly more than ever sorry. May they rest in peace .

Posted by: m2m | April 17, 2007 01:04 PM

Thank you Eric(see way above)..former alumni and p.o. First, I want to acknowledge any and every one who has been affected by this horrible day in history.

I also want to say that this happened quicker than the public understands and it's not an everyday occurence...so sure mistakes were made....good things occured too because it could have been worse....I only mean that in the way of the estimated population on the grounds at the time of the incident.

This is real life and I take my hat off to anyone who did anything to aid this campus yesterday.

Make a difference in someone else's life and that will ensure that you at least leave a deposit that can reproduce after it's owm kind when you leave here.

Posted by: Sonja | April 17, 2007 01:05 PM


After this madness in Virginia we should push for stricter gun
laws!

Walter Yong

Posted by: walteryong@tiscali.de Walter yong | April 17, 2007 01:10 PM

History Repeats Itself

You would think that after Columbine and the school house shootings in PA, that police would be trained to realize that these deranged individuals are not out to take hostages but to kill as many people as possible and then commit suicide.

Why did the Police not go directly in. As the CNN video shows, police had plenty of time to surround the building and stand by as over 30 shots were fired.

If their excuse was a locked door, why did they not drive a squad car thru the door.

Too bad that one of those policeman didn't have the common sense and courage as "Dirty Harry", the outcome would have been alot different.

Posted by: Jeff K. | April 17, 2007 01:12 PM

This incident was very horrible. As a nation we need to stop saying "Why did they not do this or that." We need to be thinking of the families & the studetns that this happened to. The media needs to back off & let these people greive in peace. As well as let the community begin the healing process.

Posted by: Paula | April 17, 2007 01:15 PM

I am outraged that the first comment from the White House about this event was to reaffirm the right of every American to carry firearms. The guns this person was able to acquire serve no purpose but to harm as many people and as quickly as possible. There can be no legitimate argument for allowing such things to be had freely. Everyone who had a hand in making this possible shares in the guilt of this moment.

Posted by: Doug Klear | April 17, 2007 01:33 PM

My heart goes out to all the families who lost their dear loved ones.
These college students certainly didn't deserve to die. How could the college facility not take swift action before this gunman had the chance to enter the building and take these young lives. He was not an American citizen and should not of been allowed to purchase a firearm let alone 2 weapons. This is the second time a serious incident has happened at this university. There needs to be strict security policy in regards to these students so this will never happen again. It will be sometime before these students feel safe once again. They don't need to feel like they have to look over their shoulder all the time. Schools of all kinds are suppose to be a SAFE haven for our children NOT a war zone. The gun policy needs to be even more difficult to obtain a gun. Not everyone needs to have a gun. It's not the gun that kills It's the bullet! There needs to be a better policy in schools for students who are having difficulities emotionally. To many people reach out for help and never receive that help and then something like this happens needlessly.

Posted by: CD | April 17, 2007 01:41 PM

These are sad times, us Americans are stress out from the tribulations on our country. But we are refusing to be awake from our old ways. Most of us worship money as source of life, and our leaders bare that attitude. This is the God bless country, is it not. The land of milk and honey, have we turned away from God? What's wrong with our culture, is it not other country has the same difficult people. But the other cultures look out after each other and embrace people that are different. What cause this American want a be turn to evil? What did Jesus said to the Pharisees who among you are not sinners cast the first stone? We all have lot of sayings but let's leave the VT official's along so they can do there job!!! Ask you self what you have done differently in that situation, it's always hind site, is it not. So clam it all of your finger pointers.
What we can do is pray to our Lord for forgiveness and guide us was through this hard time with wisdom.
May God wipe a way sorrow and pains for the familys of loosing love one from this heartrending incident, and guide them through rest of their lives.

Posted by: Samuel Cho | April 17, 2007 01:43 PM

While many will discuss gun control issues, banning guns will not restrict their availability. Even declaring the campus a gun-free zone, which should be enforced, will not stop gunmen or restrict the carnage they can perpetrate.

I respectfully submit that providing a gun (or other means of self-protection) behind a safety glass, much like a fire-alarm, in each classroom is an option to consider. This kind of safety gun is not available except for an emergency. With modern technology, there could be electronic monitoring to immediately detect use/misuse. Students could be offered instruction on how to react in such situations and to use the weapon safely.

Unfortunately, if we accept the fact that guns are widespread in our society, then we have to plan effective countermeasures and prevention strategies. Of course, counseling and early detection of dangerous behavior should be vigorously promoted.

Posted by: Gaurav Goel, Austin, TX USA | April 17, 2007 01:44 PM

Commenters have a strong tendency to view these events from a single vantage point or a position that "these things will stop if you only do X." Rather, the solution is multifaceted. ""We cannot segregate the human heart from the environment outside us and say that once one of these is reformed everything will be improved. Man is organic with the world. His inner life moulds the environment and is itself also deeply affected by it. The one acts upon the other and every abiding change in the life of man is the result of these mutual reactions." (Baha'i writings). When people think that "if there had been guns on the campus" or "if only guns were more strictly controlled", they are falling for the sucker's choice. The foolish adage that "Guns don't kill people, people kill people" is a trap. The fact is that "people with guns can kill people." We have a responsibility to exercise reasonable restraint on the availability of guns AND work diligently on the problems that lead some people to crime or rage. We must work on better security AND on spiritual nurturing AND on the inculcation of virtues AND better interventions. But I do not hold out much hope that groups like the NRA will cooperate with groups concerned about gun related violence to forge a real holistic approach.

Posted by: Bill | April 17, 2007 01:48 PM

This is not a time to look at who did what and who did not do what. It is a time to pray for America, and especially for the families going through such a hard time. "Father in the name of Jesus Christ I thank your for this day. I pray that you wipe away the tears of these families who are going through such a hard time. I pray that they may find solace in you. I pray Holy Spirit of God that you will encompass around this Nation especially at this time. Father we come against every work of the enemy in the Name of Jesus Christ. Protect our schools and our nation against such rampages. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray, AMEN"

Posted by: Purity Ateku | April 17, 2007 01:56 PM

My husband and I spent some of our best years at VT as undergrads, about 15 years ago. We are now in Ohio, far from Blacksburg, however, we are both shaken to our core. This story is heartbreaking. Our deepest sympathies to all affected by this tragedy. The nation is devestated. Just remember, our hearts are with you. Be strong.

Posted by: | April 17, 2007 02:11 PM

The bottom line is that politically protected easy access to guns is what turned this student into a killer, and enabled the massacre of 32 human beings.

Posted by: Ann Gold | April 17, 2007 02:23 PM

God bless and heal the hearts of those who are hurting. But honestly, the governor's speech is awful, disjointed, rambling and stumpy. Is he running for next term or is he sharing in a tragedy here? Uck.

Posted by: Bonbon | April 17, 2007 02:40 PM

Remember when Bush went to the mine in PA after the disaster, hoping that nobody would notice that he had gutted the Bureau of Mine Safety? He wanted to score political points, hoping the obliviousness of the masses would give him cover. I would liken his visit to VA Tech to his PA visit. I hope someone follows up on what has happened with gun safety since, let's say, the sniper incident. Immunity for gun shops, etc., etc., etc. It makes me sick that this President, who has been a champion to the gun nuts, now tries to score points by appearing concerned with the inevitable aftermath of easily available guns and the hobbling of the ATF and other regulatory agencies. Bush keeps lowering the chutzpah bar.

Posted by: Tim Eastman | April 17, 2007 02:56 PM

I'm just wondering how hard it could have been AT LEAST to cancel all classes, after the first shooting.

And surely the campus, indeed every campus, should have some armed (with guns AND a state-of-the-art communications system) security personnel based at strategic sites on the campus, constantly on the move checking all campus sites (and watching live surveillance-camera results -- of the cameras in the buildings).

Even then, had the first shooting not happened -- had the shooter gone only to the classroom building -- there could not have been any warnings or cancellation of classes.

What then????

Posted by: Sharon | April 17, 2007 02:57 PM

Gun advocates would have you beleive that arming everyone will make everyone safer. Imagine thousands of these types of incidents occurring in public places accross the US. Handguns need to be illegal - period. Own a rifle if you wish to protect yourself from your enemies. VT - our condolences from Maine.

Posted by: S. Elliott | April 17, 2007 02:58 PM

TO THE STUDENTS, FAMILY AND THE BLACKSBURG COMMUNITY, AS THE PARENT OF A FEMALE STUDENT AROUND THE MOUNTAIN FROM YOU, MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL. PLEASE STAY FOCUSED ON GOD AND NOT GET CAUGHT UP IN THE MEDIA SOAP OPERA FOR ONCE THOSE FOLKS MAKE THE DOLLARS FROM YOUR TRAGEDY, YOU SHALL NOT HEAR FROM THEM AGAIN. FOR THIS TOO SHALL PASS WITH QUITE A BIT OF TIME AND PRAYER.

Posted by: R. BOYD | April 17, 2007 03:04 PM

my thoughts are consumed by the tragedy -- my deepest sorrow and heartfelt condolences to those who have been affected by this event.

Posted by: Margaret Catherine Wilson | April 17, 2007 03:08 PM

Ban semiautomatic handguns now, and fire the head of VA Tech police and the President of the U.


There is no need for anyone to own a handgun--that's the job of the police. As for all the NRA memebers that espouse "self protection" and try to argue that if everyone had guns there'd be less violence, riddle me this: Why do nations such as The UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, etc. etc. that impose either complete or limited bans on handguns have far, far fewer gun related acts of violence in their countries? (there were several times more gun related homocides in NYC last year than in all of the UK). This is simple. The right to bear arms, gives a state the right to arm its own militia (the Nat'l Guard). IT does not give every self-entitled wack job to walk around armed to the teeth with a glock 9mm and a magazine full of 19 cop killer bullets.

Also, I'm sick of hearing about how the guns used in crimes weren't procured from gun shops, but from drug deals etc. Listen close: Drug dealers don't MAKE GUNS! Sure, eventually they filter down to the drug dealers, but they're not the ultimate source. Ban the guns and eventually (NOT immediately) they decrease in number and eventually there are fewer gun related crimes.

As for the VA Tech people-- forget about the total lockdown. I'm not arguing that they should've locked everyone in classrooms or dormrooms. However, if the police have even AN INKLING that MY LIFE might be in danger, I think I have the right to know, so that I can take appropriate action. I would've have liked to have known before I went to German Class that there was a shooter on the lose. Then I could at least make my own decision about whether to go to class or not. An email 2 hours later just doesn't cut it. I don't care what the current thinking about the boyfriend who had fled was. They were wrong! That's why you take an abundance of caution in these cases. You don't play with people's lives.

Posted by: Phil | April 17, 2007 03:10 PM

I can only imagine in my worst of nightmares the deepness of sorrow that the families of the lost must be feeling on this awful day. But to see George W. Bush standing on the podium, misty eyed lamenting these lost innocent souls while at the same time hundreds of innocent Iraqis are dying weekly because of his folly is more than I can stand.
Those lost innocent Iraqi souls are mentioned no more than footnotes between commercials and the latest updates on the Anne Nicole saga.
All that I can hope is that God damns his soul to the deepest reaches of hell.

Posted by: Mike B. | April 17, 2007 03:11 PM

There will be lots of crocodile tears, lots of well-meaning but ultimately meaningless expressions of "grief" -- and nothing will happen.

The NRA and the gun crazies will still hold America hostage.

Why don't these tragedies happen in Hawaii?

Why is the firearms-related murder rate less in Hawaii then in any other state?

Gun control, people, gun control.

That, and the fact that Hawaii is not connected by Interstates to gun-crazed, lax-lawed States like Virginia.

Nothing meaningful happened after the Columbine slaughter.

Nothing meaningful happened after the University of Texas slaughter.

Nothing meaningful happened after the Red Lake High School slaughter.

Nothing meaningful happened after the Amish school slaughter.

And nothing meaningful will happen when (not if) the next slaughter happens.

What makes you think that you or your family are any safer than any of the 32 slaughtered yesterday?

What makes you think that Congress -- who made the gun industry the only industry in America that is immune from being sued -- what makes you think that Congress gives a damn?

Welcome to the United States of Special Interests, where yesterday 32 people were deprived of their "unalienable Right" to "Life, liberty and the Pursuit of happiness..." by a cynical, heartless gun lobby and a bought-and-paid-for Congress.

Posted by: RAS | April 17, 2007 03:19 PM

I was at home yesterday, I left to run an errand, when I returned home, and turned on the television to see breaking news about Virginia tech. It is a tradegdy, The campus should have been closed after the initial shooting, especially when there was no suspect in custody, to me that could mean he still on campus, and he is still armed. I am not understanding the rationale for assuming that the gunman had left the campus. If there was a PA system in that school it would have reached a large number of those poor student to make them aware of the danger sooner than. This is the end of the school year what harm would it have done to cancel classes until they found out where the suspect was. My heart goes out to those students, and there parents. You send your babies out into the world to prepare them to make a difference in the world. In today's society to get your child to the point of attending college is a great accomplishment, and to have there lives senselessly taken. I am praying for them all.

Posted by: Phyllis - Hyattsville ,Maryland | April 17, 2007 03:52 PM

It was so sad what happend to our childs.

Posted by: J.white | April 17, 2007 03:54 PM

With this tragedy comes an opportunity for the governor and the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia to put into place and enforce stricter gun controls in Virginia.

Posted by: Joseph C. Fratantoni | April 17, 2007 04:13 PM

Surely, all peoples around the world are shocked and saddened by this obscene unspeakable crime. But while we are saddened and feeling grief, let's not forget that we live in the most violent society in the world today built around a culture of guns and violence. And let's forever remember that America's actions have caused similar mayhem in a country on the other side of the world. Do any Americans and so-called "Christians" ever mourn for the hundred of innocent civilians killed in Irag every week. I guess not, after all they're not "civilized Christians" but does that make them any less human? This kind of sick hypocrisy ensures that the sick wave of killing in Iraq and in the US will go on, and on. I feel more saddened by the disease of violence in America than the losses of 31 students.

Posted by: Christopher Burke | April 17, 2007 04:21 PM

My heart goes out to those families who have lost loved ones. I have created a blog that I hope people will visit and leave their prayers.

http://memorial4virginiatech.blogspot.com/

Sincerely,

Bill Fields

Posted by: William B. Fields II | April 17, 2007 04:38 PM

I am currently studying in London, UK and cannot believe this crisis. It is hard to imagine these acts of violence going on in our university's. My heart goes out to the families that have lost loved ones at Virginia Tech.

Sincerely,

Bill Fields

Posted by: William B. Fields II | April 17, 2007 04:51 PM

My heart goes out to the parents of the students who lost their lives. I know what it is like to lose a child.

Posted by: | April 17, 2007 04:53 PM

No reason what so ever why there was not a lockdown. Look at what happened at Colimbine High here in Colorado. Now this...innocent people were killed or injured because you had NO LOCKDOWN!!! What were you thinking? I mean...come on, this is not like you did not have the warning signs on this guy and what did you do to help prevent this? I am appauled at the sinceless killings that happened here at VA Tech and from what has been said, it should have never happened. Lockdown!!!!!!!!Until you have everything under control...LOCKDOWN...This could have possibly saved innocent lives you think? I'm grieved for the victims and the families....more than this...I believe the President of the school and police department should be accountable for their actions. This is tragic.....I'm so asshamed of our security measures here in the U.S. and how lightly we seem to take things that are serious. We are living in very dangerous times and I believe we should not take anything for granted and never assume...always be sure. This way you don't gamble with other peoples lives. I mean please...look at the guy who called in to VA Tech and wanted to know if everything was ok. He was told to PROCEED....not STAY HOME,,,,no, it was to proceed with caution. The police assumed it was domestic violence before they had all the answers. So carelessly they led others to believe the same and to go on with their lives cautiously...How can you do this? I'm so distraught over this ....How can I send my son to a college like this? NO WAY!!! Why didn't the president of the school along with the govenor of the state ever even mentioned the loss of the lives and give condolences? Did they tell you they were working on a plan to prevent this in the future? NONONONONONO! Talk to the people at Columbine High in Colorado. You might learn how to deal with this better. In the mean time ,,,,May God have mercy on you and help you...in Jesus Name

Posted by: kingdomkid | April 17, 2007 05:24 PM

The NRA gun fascists want you to believe that armed guards, staff, and students are the solution to these massacres. Let's imagine for a second what their twisted world looks like: every professor armed with a 9mm semi-automatic in a shoulder harness. Gestapo guards in every hallway stopping suspicious looking people on a whim. And if everyone has a gun, how do the guards know who to stop and detain? Answer that you NRA geniuses! In the NRA world, everyone is armed to the teeth. After it's their "right". So then imagine what happens when an insane person opens up in a classroom with his AK-47? Before he can be shot, he's killed 10 people. In the ensuing melee, gun slinging "heroes" open fire on the gunman with their 357 magnums, no doubt missing at times and killing innocent bystanders. Then the guards come rushing in and see students with guns firing at other students. So they kill them all and in the end there are 50 deaths instead of 10. Is this a world that anyone really wants? When will they learn that guns are tools of violence meant to kill either animals or people and will never be tools of "safety" or peace?

This day is in some ways worse than 911. Our country is losing its mind and soul and killing itself with its own guns - as most suicides do.

From an saddened ashamed American on business in Spain who is not sure he wants to come home to the madness.

Posted by: G. Smith | April 17, 2007 06:20 PM

As a foreign Asian student living here for over five years, I would say that there is an "identity crisis" among American PR or citizens with Asian enthic background. Some of them have a strong feeling being isolated and feel inaccessibility to the mainstream society. When the mental pressure becomes so high that they can't manage, the tragedy will happen.

Posted by: Ge | April 17, 2007 06:31 PM

I am offended at the coverage of this tragedy by the media. Everyone has been blaming the school and police and I find that wrong. Blaming them for this happening will not make anything better. An article in the newspaper said "The question: why did students attend classes after there had been a shooting." What will this question answer? Why do you need to put the blame on someone. Blame is not productive. Instead, find a way to make sure this will not happen again. This happens with every major catastrophe and it should stop.

Posted by: Henry Seeley | April 17, 2007 06:49 PM

I am truly sad for the tragedy that occurred at Virginia Tech, and as a college student I can't imagine how horrible this must have been for anyone in that community. After reading a number of these comments there are a few things I would like to say.
First of all, I am frustrated and embarrassed by the opinions that other countries have of this country. I do not love guns, and I think the people who are saying "more guns" should rethink their arguements. Picture what it would be like if we got rid of all the gun laws so everyone had a gun... all the "good people" AND all the "bad people"... If I knew everyone around me was carrying a gun to class I definitely would not feel safe, even if I had a gun too. I would not want to be at a football or hockey game against a rival if I knew everyone on the losing team was carrying a gun and I didn't know if they could all handle their emotions. I wouldn't feel safe arguing a point in a class with someone who had a temper and always had to be right. Guns should be respected and really, they should be feared, that respect and fear will be lost if you can buy a gun just cause you're an American. There is no reason for anyone other than law enforcement to own handguns. I understand rifles for hunters, but the only thing handguns are for (as far as I know) is shooting people. How do we stop guns from getting to people who shouldn't have them through drug deals, underground trading, etc.? I don't know, but maybe we should ask other countries how they do it, because it seems to be working. I would be willing to bet the reason the suspect in this tragedy had a gun was because he went to a store and bought one. Maybe psychological screening should be required before the purchasing of a gun to make sure it won't get in the hands of anyone who may be a danger to themselves or others. But maybe we need to go even further than that and stop the production of handguns except for law enforcement uses.
The other thing I would like to say is that knowing what we know now, yes the administration should have informed students (which really wouldn't be that hard because students are always checking their email). But they didn't know that, and really why would they think that because 2 students were shot in a dorm where many more students probably were, that they should worry that something like this would happen. I don't think people would be upset that the administration didn't inform the campus if this hadn't happened... as the say hindsight is 20/20, but the administration and those involved in the investigation did what they thought was best for the situation. I don't think blaming the President who is suffering and grieving over the loss of students and faculty is the way to support and grieve for this university.

Posted by: | April 17, 2007 06:52 PM

I want to express my sympathy to all familys of the victims and to all at virgina tech, my prayers are with all of you at this time. the nation grieves with you.

Posted by: chris thomas | April 17, 2007 07:01 PM

We will see more of killings as Bush supports guns. It was strange to hear NBC Williams/Gregory say how great Bush is at consoling people yet Bush wont stop the gun madness or the killing of our troops. I guess what NBC sees as a qualified President is one who can console but is incompetent leader. It's about guns and like Virginia anyone can get as many as they want. As long as the NRA rules Americans will be killed and Bush will have made the US the wild wild west again.

Posted by: Jackie Rawlings | April 17, 2007 07:02 PM

that day was a very tradgic and sad day for all of us across the nation. especially those who went through it. my prayers and love go out to ALL of the families, friends, and loved ones of the victims we lost and those who were injured. God bless all who are hurting and heal your hearts. for we will stick togather through this sad and horrible time. my love goes out to everyone.

Posted by: A | April 17, 2007 07:02 PM

What is becoming more disturbing as more information is known to me is that all of the signs were there!
He was definitely not in a sane state of mental health for a long time, according to the revelations regarding his writings, BURNING things?!, STALKING?! Yet nobody went out of their way to call his parents, authorities, etc., to force him into some kind of mental evaluation. In Florida it is called the "Baker Act", which means that if an adult appears to be a threat to others or themselves,you can report them to the police and they will assess them, and normally arrest them on the spot for psychiatric evaluation. Not making any excuses for him, please believe that!
But, it seems that so many signs were known and nobody did anything. I have yet to hear anything from his family. The kid was sick, sick, sick. Why he did what he did we will never know unless he wrote a letter. Just so disturbing to know that there are more kids/people out there just like him, waiting to snap. Sad...

Posted by: SheeCatt | April 17, 2007 07:07 PM

I want parents, family, friends, faculty, and students to know that you are in my prayers.
I don't put any blame on anyone except the shooter. May God bless all of you in this time of sorrow.
Beth Day

Posted by: | April 17, 2007 07:20 PM

First, my sympathy and condolences to all affected by this tragic event.

And secondly, this horrific tragedy teaches us(again) the following four lessons of modern American life:
1) that guns have no longer place in a civilized society(Ex. England)
2) the urgent need to effectively address the deadly medical condition called 'Mental Illness' and severely punish abusive parents, priests, etc.
3) that violent video games and movies should be banned for Children under the age of 25
4) get rid of politicians, the media, educators, and others who fail to address important issues in modern-life, such as the above three.
Thank you all!

Posted by: N. Sellemon | April 17, 2007 07:21 PM

First, my sympathy and condolences to all affected by this tragic event.

And secondly, this horrific tragedy teaches us(again) the following four lessons of modern American life:
1) that guns have no longer place in a civilized society(Ex. England)
2) the urgent need to effectively address the deadly medical condition called 'Mental Illness' and severely punish abusive parents, priests, etc.
3) that violent video games and movies should be banned for Children under the age of 25
4) get rid of politicians, the media, educators, and others who fail to address important issues in modern-life, such as the above three.
Thank you all!

Posted by: N. Sellemon | April 17, 2007 07:23 PM

My deepest sympathies go out to the whole nation. This is a time to mourn without the media trying to get a story. My prayers are with you all

Posted by: Lisa Foard | April 17, 2007 07:25 PM

My heart goes out to all victims, their families, students at VT, community, etc. It's so painful to watch the news!!!

I think the government will have to go strictly with gun control law.
Some terrible people just take advantage of the freedom to do this horrible act!!

Also, I would suggest the university to change the logo. I'm not a superstitious person, but if you look at the VT logo from the top, it sure looks like a body lying with hands up for help!!

May everyone be peaceful.

Posted by: Mindfulness | April 17, 2007 07:31 PM

My heart goes out to the victims, family members and all who have been devastated by such an atrocious event that took place at VT.

Even of we continue to focus on who to blame; it still remains that there are 32 people who have been killed at the hand of another person. Of course this event will spark controversy and further mandate training for campus police; still yet, I wonder even if they had notified students earlier, would that have stopped the killing. The answer is possibly no. The university is not to blame for the death and carnage that occurred; blame should remain with the person responsible: a VT student. Unfortunately, as history has proven itself this tragedy will become part of a training curriculum of what not to do: 9/11, DC Metro Sniper, Katrina, all instances where people were killed and law enforcement had to figure out what to do. No one training course can or will save all lives; it can possibly prevent certain actions from happening, but if someone is determined to kill, there are ways around security to effect the objective: death.

I hope that we Americans can also, or shall I say, I hope researchers, educators, and psychologists decide to conduct a study on foreign born children brought to the US. What affect does moving from one country to another have on the family? I would assume most people from other countries come to the US for a better life. But what impact does such a move have on small children? Unfortunately, this country is comprised of a melting pot; however, we're so segregated to this date. We can all look around and see that some people from other countries tend to stay w/i their own communities, thus segregating themselves from the masses. I believe it's important to continue and embrace ones culture, but at the same time to embrace and assimilate into the culture of the land.

The reports indicated that the gunman as well as his family was very private and quiet. What impact did the move from Korea have on this family: particularly the gunman? Had they remained in Korea; would he have killed? Or can we put some blame on US culture: violence. Most people realize that this country was built on violence and the citizens of this country continue to exhibit violent behavior. Would the gunman have been able to purchase a gun in Korea? Guns are not going away anytime soon, especially since it is part of our Constitution; the right to bear arms. Albeit guns are part of the problem but there is a far more important issue we're missing, I wish and hope we can figure it out before another tragedy occurs.

Posted by: Deb | April 17, 2007 07:42 PM

I believe that what has happened is completely devastating. I also believe that the school officials did everything they could giving the information they had at the time. Yes, they should have canceled ALL classes when the first shooting occurred because i feel it would of been the right thing to do because they didn't have anyone in custody. I feel that what has happened shouldn't effect how people feel about the school because this could in fact happen ANY WHERE, its just unfortunate that it happened at all.

Posted by: Victoria Mattice | April 17, 2007 08:11 PM

THIS WILL BE THE ONE.
this will be the incident that will propell more effective gun laws in our country. in the heart of NRA land, the suspect was born and raised and bought his gun in 1 minute. they will have no place to go to defend their lobby any more, and the tide of public opinion will turn on the deaths of these truly great kids and teachers. they will not die for nothing-you watch!

Posted by: Rip Lyttle | April 17, 2007 08:17 PM

People are pointing fingers and blaming everything from gun control, violence in the media, as well as campus security to the lack of an effective mass notification system but to me it a case for intervention and better mental healthcare on campus. Military and large corporations often intervene by requiring annual training in areas like suicide awareness, substance abuse prevention, sexual harassment, and equal opportunity. Perhaps we need to start this type of training at an earlier age. I think the English teacher who notified security and school counselors did the right thing. That's where we need to look to prevent this from happening again... if it wasn't a gun it could have been a bomb. From the security perspective, Fred Burton of Stratfor has already pointed out that little can be done to stop a determined suicidal person intent on harming others - intervention is crucial. My heart and prayers goes out to all those affected.

Posted by: Adrian Hinojosa | April 17, 2007 08:17 PM

As a 23yr-old South Korean immigrant living in VA and attending university, it was very shocking after the announceemnt of the gunman being a South Korean.

Infact,today was dooms day for all Korean immigrans after the announcement of the suspect. Every Korean living in the US is worried about other people's view of Koreans now.

I even got off from work ealry, just in case something happens.

Even in Korea, this is a big issue and we are very shameful of the gunman, because he was not represented not as an individual but he was represented as a South Korea.

I just hope there're no racial feeling and all the schools to be gun free.

Posted by: Jung-Hwan Yoo | April 17, 2007 08:26 PM

Michael Moore's 2002 film Bowling For Columbine highlighted the problem of America's gun laws.
Especially the ratio of deaths from guns in America compared to the rest of the world (more than 10:1)
And the message still has not sunk through.
How thick are Americans?
The rest of the world see America as a ridiculous country full of nut gun lobbyists - stop playing cowboys and GROW UP America!
Any other country reacts to shootings and clamps down on access and increase gun control - but not America.
But guess that the Americans want to protect their constitutional rights to bear fire arms just in case the British invade!

Posted by: Ted Thorne | April 17, 2007 08:30 PM

I am a mother of a college student and I cannot put into words the sorrow I feel about the shooting at Virginia Tech. I offer my prayers to all.

Posted by: Joy Gibbs | April 17, 2007 08:32 PM

Offering sympathy seems so trite compared to the magnitude of the losses, however, we must let the grieving know we care. It's impossible to imagine sending our kids off to college in the trusting hands of their new home, a campus, and having them gunned down. Yet we must be careful to blame. This is the life of this college president, his whole world is dedicated to their safety and well-being.
How must he feel at this time of despair, does anyone realize his grief will also be a lifetime. He considers these students his children. We immediately look for someone to blame and of course fingers will point to him but how would we have been able to do anything different in his shoes - so easy to judge from afar - and so unfair. Let's look instead at this boy's parents or lack of parental guidance. Let's put some responsibility where it should be and not lash out at a school and police force who so gallantly strived to do what they could. Many are grieving for their loved one - and at the end of the day, the campus president will suffer the grief for ALL of them. We must be a forgiving nature at least of the ones whose hearts began in the right place with every intent in the world to keep their community safe. None of us are perfect and cannot constantly be blamed for the injustices by others. God bless the victims, their families, and the campus and police who will live with this forever as well.

Posted by: SP | April 17, 2007 08:37 PM

I am a resident of Ohio and this is such a tragedy all over the world. What a shame that so many young lives were lost. I just wanted to say that my families and friends prayers are with you all. May God Bless you all and be with you in your time of grieving.

Posted by: mikia barry | April 17, 2007 08:58 PM

My husband and I watched in horror the reports of the shooting at VT. What a senseless loss of human life and for what reason? No one seems to know the answer. Please know that Iowa cares and will be praying for all involved.

Posted by: CB | April 17, 2007 08:59 PM

My heart and prayers are with the students, staff, and families of Virginia Tech. This is an unspeakable horror.

Posted by: Kathleen | April 17, 2007 09:02 PM

I found this event to be most horrible. I wanted, however, to point one thing out. I'm curious to know why this killer in the Virginia Tech massacre is not labeled a "terrorist" or by his ethnicity or religion. In the so-called "war on terror" the press often jumps to the now frequent labels of "muslim terrorist" or "Islamic Jihadists." I was curious to know why this individual isn't labeled a "korean terrorist" or "buddhist suicide killer." I am quite sure if he was found to be muslim he would be labeled a terrorist. These terms and labels only breed ignorance and hostility across our nation and I'm not suggesting we do this; but I would like everyone to realize what is and what isn't being said.

Posted by: Adel | April 17, 2007 09:21 PM

It's a terrible event!
What is the goal in our life?
What is the goal of education?
in a word,the answer is to become the perfect human being decribed in the Bible.
though,in Korea,at any rate,most korean parents think that the excellent achievement of school is much above character.
so,in the upcoming future,the United States shall make a change the standards of qualifications of study abroad.
The States should test both their character and English Proficiency.
We always remember that "What is the goal in my life and education?".

Posted by: lee jehun | April 17, 2007 09:37 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Words really can't express how I feel for you all. They say time hills, but you will always have a piece in your heart missing, and this day wont be forgotten some how u will be reminded of it. Try to focus on the day these loved ones we have lost on there birthday. remember the good and share the bad it keeps us sane and are feet planted. Talk alot, share alot,keep pictures out because soon u will be able to look at that picture and talk about that loved one u have lost with a smile on your face and your heart wont ache as much, but it will not completely fill hole in your heart and even though that is sad it gives u hope that u will see them some day and be able to hold them again. My love to all of u
Denise Bentcik (North Idaho College Student In Coeurd'Alene Idaho)

Posted by: Denise Bentcik | April 17, 2007 10:12 PM

Dear Sir/Maam,

I can only look with great sadness as what has happened in Virginia. I offfer my sincerest condolences to those now suffering. I also thank God daily that I live in Australia where access to guns is tightly controlled and our crime rates are significantly lower than in the US.

regards

David Bermingham
Canberra Australia

Posted by: David Bermingham | April 17, 2007 10:51 PM

Those who are defending 'the right to bear arms' are the same folks who are pro-war (still!) and talk about Jesus every other minute. Of course in all their actions they show us how they have totally missed Jesus's (real or fictional) message.

My heart goes out to the families.

Posted by: | April 17, 2007 10:54 PM

Such a sad and horrible event. May God comfort everyone in that community. I really hope this wakes the government up with the gun laws in Virginia.

Posted by: LisaMSigler | April 17, 2007 11:04 PM

First, let me say that I have so many ties to VA Tech without actually going there, I don't know where to start. I am a Hokie by marriage, with season tickets to the football team. I have been to several marriages on the campus, and can't tell you how many times as an undergraduate I visited friends or after graduation I have been on campus. I don't know how manh times I have become choked up just watching the footage over the last 48 hours.

I am infuriated by some of these comments. This is a terrible tragedy that was caused by one person. ONE person. How dare people blame the university for "not doing enough". It is an enormous campus with thousands driving or walking to classes in the morning. Sending a mass e-mail would not have protected those people. The shooter could have walked into the cafeteria, and then what could have happened? Think about the timing. After the first shooting, it still takes time at any investigation to determine any facts. I can't believe the governor is putting a "review board" together to see why there wasn't enough done. Do not embrace the media playing out the 20/20 hindsight of what should of been done.

It is a great university with a great community, and this should not be what VA Tech is known for. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

Posted by: Mark | April 17, 2007 11:05 PM

From clear across the nation, a prayer to all the students, and parents of the ones who were killed, I sadly say, may God bless you all. What a tragic horrible thing to endure, to see on the news of the horror all felt yesterday. From Visalia, California, I send my condolences to everyone involved. I cannot imaging losing a son or a daughter. Too, to the parents of the student who master minded the murders, my heart goes out to them as well. They must be living in hell, wondering how their son could have done such a horific thing to all those inocent persons. May they all find comfort in each other, talk and heal one day at a time, never to forget, but to move forward.

Posted by: Michele Parish, Visalia, California | April 17, 2007 11:09 PM

I have to say that I am absolutely disgusted by the media in general and this is just another example. I think it is so irresponsible and unnecessary for the media to tell/show almost exactly where the shooter's family home is - in Centreville.

That is not news. Like the families of all of those who died yesterday, they are also grieving for their son and trying to understand why he did this and I am sure, knowing many Koreans, are extremely ashamed. The family did not kill anyone, he did.

Report that he lives in Centreville or in a Washington DC suburb, but is it news to fly your helicopters above the home and have mobs of reporters and vans surround their house and name the exact street and community? Let the family deal with this in peace. Giving the public enough info to find the house is just inviting a hate crime. Shame on you.

Also, to report his sisters name and place or work is absurd, how is that news worthy? Why is that news worthy?

If there is a hate crime or another tragedy to this family due to the media's obscene exposure, will the news reporters and media take ownership of that tragedy? Doubtful, but, they are just reporting the news aren't they.

This a tragedy on so many levels. Everyone lost. Leave people in peace, especially the shooter's family. Stop pointing fingers and exposing innocent people. Try to better yourself first and perhaps this world wouldn't be so crazy.

Posted by: Michelle | April 17, 2007 11:17 PM

How can you journalists say this is 'The Worst Shooting Massacre in US History' ? Try using Google for "massacre in the US". You will get an extensive list which includes Schenectady Massacre in 1690 (70 people), Dearfield Massacre in 1704 (56 people), Mountain Meadow Massacre in 1857 (100-140 people), Camp Grant Massacre in 1871 (100 people) and Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890 (325 people). This might be the worst mass shooting in a US University but it is by no means the worst massacre in US history. Get some historical perspective before you rush into print. The Internet makes the research very easy.

Posted by: Kennedy | April 17, 2007 11:39 PM

This is not the time to be political or place blame, I know that will come later. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has suffered from this tragic event.

Posted by: Madeleine | April 18, 2007 12:13 AM

I am an American living in Europe and I have to say I feel much safer here than I do at home. No one here can understand our strange obsession with guns, and I can see why. Here in Europe it is extremely uncommon to encounter gun violence, and you don't wonder who might be carrying a gun. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

Posted by: Kathy | April 18, 2007 01:00 AM

Today a nation grieves, I can't even imagine the level of grief the people of VT are experiencing. Today I hugged both my children ages 24 and 17 just a little tighter, and yes even told them how much I loved them. I wanted them to know that I valued them. I want to let the students know that you still have a good school, and despite this inexplicable tragedy, in time you will rise above this, and life will get back to normal. As for all the "advocates" we are not here to be on our soap boxes about how bad the government is, or gun control, etc.. we are here to help those whose lives were blown apart by a senseless act of violence. Can we just for one second be compassionate enough to think of someone else. We need to pray for the souls of those we lost, and help make the pain of all who lost a friend, mother, father, brother, cousin, neice, nephew,and mentor a little more bearable.

Posted by: Colleen | April 18, 2007 01:36 AM

I've recently returned to college and have been so inspired by being on campus. The College campus is a place for inspiration, growth and joy. I am so grieved to hear this tragic story. It's unfathomable to think that something so horrific could happen in a place where so many dreams are made. My heart breaks for all the friends and families of those who were senselessly gunned down in cold blood. And how pathetic that this could happen by an individual who was obviously mentally ill and needed help so desperately.

Posted by: H. Parnisi, San Francisco, California | April 18, 2007 01:38 AM

To The point, the kid was demented and nobody including his creative writer instructor gave a flying funk. Why? Turn the blind eye toward a better built county in the name of 'diversity!' Look, this i.m.f knew how to blow people away - so there is 'no ties' to anything/anywhere else? Look at the depraved look on his face! You tell me!!!

Posted by: RonnoMix | April 18, 2007 01:57 AM

My condolences to all affected by this tragedy. Eddie and I were discussing what we would have done if we were in Norris Hall and had some warning of any kind (like hearing gunshots). Some of the victims had absolutely no chance to defend themselves. In a state of panic like that, a person trying to make the right decision in a split second may not be able to consider all of their options. Ed reminded me that in every classroom there should be a fire extinguisher. Depending on the circumstances, a person might be able to use that to startle and blind the shooter if no other options are available. There is always plenty of blame to go around, but that really gets us no where. This man definitely was mentally unstable and was in need of medical treatment a long time ago. The fact that he was Korean really brought up some hateful racist feelings. It can happen to anyone of any race. Let's try to help each other whenever possible and spread love not hate.
LW
PS. Those people who weren't bleeding may have broken their leg or ankle while jumping out the second flour window and God bless those who came to their aid.

Posted by: Laura | April 18, 2007 03:53 AM

My heart is with the students,familes of those involved,administrators and entire Blacksburg community. I know that the HOKIE NATION will move forward from this and become stronger. God Bless you all!!

Posted by: Jim G. | April 18, 2007 07:23 AM

It is my dearest wish to share my grief and condolences with the families, relatives and friends of the victims of this tragedy.
I cannot understand how an event like this can happen, regardless of how good a system of gun control is or any ill-reasons that have driven the killer, to have caused the massacre. Whatever the background of the situation was, it sickens me to hear about this catastrophe. I feel like throwing up.
I think the point we need to focus and improve here is on the reinforced social services, such as more concrete individual care, as there is a limit in prevention of such disaster if one holds distinct hostility and chooses to act. I mean this with no disrepect to the current social workers as I have never been to US, I only assume that it is substantial.
I have to say, that as I was reading some of the posted comments, I found no direct putdowns concerning race, and I am very grateful for it.
As a secondary student studying overseas(NZ), I am well aware of the racism - how we are discriminated, however intentionally or not, and/or how we think we are being discriminated against, through plain actions- and I carefully present my views that if this has something to do with the tragedy.
However, I do believe that there can be no justifications to an action like this, and I am truly, truly sorry for the victims of this tragedy and their families and friends, and to the extent of the whole US.
I would also like to acknowledge on behalf of people in South Korea, if I may, for those who cannot address their concerns in English, that we do feel both shameful and sorrowful of this tragedy.
I can only pray that this tragedy, which has caused by a single man driven by ill-thoughts, will not affect the relationship or view toward the whole Koreans. There is no words good enough to describe our sorrow.

Posted by: Jaewoo Park | April 18, 2007 07:25 AM

There are 2 clear social issues here that the majority of Americans refuse to think about. 1) Reagan's federal law that protects the mentally ill to the point of endangering the rest of society. Another painful example of waiting until an individual harms themself or someone else before they can be forced into a hospital for treatment. 2) Why do we need to be armed? The military and police officers need to be armed and that is all. Look at that crime rates of unarmed countries and the statistics scream loudly at Americans. Yet our legislators continue to be influenced by the powerful NRA. When will Americans speak out that enough is enough!

Posted by: Lois | April 18, 2007 08:14 AM

I wonder what Mr. Cho's family thought of his behavior. Were they aware of the extend of his dark thoughts? I wonder now where they are and why they have not come forward to apologize to all of these other parents who have lost their children. I think they owe them this, at the very least.

Posted by: Lynn Sorbara | April 18, 2007 09:25 AM

First of all, I would like to offer my deep condolences to the victim's family and friends on behalf of the Korean people and community. The Korean people feel shameful and humiliated and I know I speak the truth for all of them. Many of them find it difficult to raise their head up because of the shameful atrocity caused by a Korean citizen. My prayers are with all of those who were affected by this tragedy and may all find their help in God

Posted by: David | April 18, 2007 10:33 AM

What has happened is horrible. I have been praying not only for the families but for the witnesses and students who have to go back to that school. I am a Virginia native living in Utah and my heart goes out to all students and families. We forget a very important thing in all these attacks, we each, according to our God given birthright have been given the ability to choose. We choose our actions and responses everyday. We will be accountable before the Lord for each choice we make in this life. When someone takes a life and then their own, it is a very cowardly act. It is unfortunate that this young man made this decision. Rather than blaming everyone else or trying to make ourselves feel better by firing people at fault, let's focus on this man's choice. He chose to take life. He chose to put fear into all of us. We can choose to not be afraid. We can choose to fight back and go to school and be better people for what we are learning. Let's not blame people for one man's horrible choice. He is to blame for all the tragedy and all the sorrow we feel today. Let's unite and be grateful for our right to bear arms. Let's be grateful for the wonderful lives the victims led and let's never forget them. That would be the greatest tribute of all. Don't forget what we have learned from the people who have passed on.

Posted by: Jodie Zeyer | April 18, 2007 10:49 AM

Would a lockdown after the 1st shooting really have helped? Would not Cho been locked up in his dorm with his guns and ammunition and had 800 + potential victims in his own dorm to execute? There is no real answer, so to assign blame in a lose lose situation is pointless. Let's acknowledge the tragedy and stop trying to lay blame. What if? What if ... just doesn't work. It's incredibly sad, but how do you assign blame when the one to blame, Cho, is dead. Please acknowledge that and grieve with those who have lost loved ones.
Michael

Posted by: Michael Webber | April 18, 2007 12:02 PM

What it this world coming too. I just can't beleave that this has happen to all these children and adults. We sometimes will never know why things like this happens. I want to know why the Cho's family isn't coming forward to apologize to all the families who lost there love ones in this mess!!

Posted by: Tabitha Newton-Jones | April 18, 2007 01:11 PM

I attempt to go about my day to day routine, however, with a heavy heart. To the victim's families know that your are in my prayers your loved ones are amongst angels.

Posted by: Tracy K. Clayton | April 18, 2007 01:30 PM

We will not forget 4/16/07..
I mourn with my fellow Hokies...
Together us Hokies will unite with other people to become even stronger...
We will get through this!

Posted by: Mike chin | April 18, 2007 01:40 PM

I just want to say I am So GRIEF Stricken by what has happened. My prayers and thoughts go to the families of the victims and all OF the HOKIE Family. I am a mother of 4 and I am extremely concerned by actions of the Professors and Parents of the Shooter. I have worked in the psychology field and he was displaying CLASSIC signs of Schizophrenia. I read the plays of his they posted online and I just can't believe these were written by a senior in college. What steps were taken besides being scared and having him removed from the class??? His parents said they thought he was suicidal 2 years ago WHY was he still able to walk around like that. He was at the age when schizophrenia starts to really take over. I am still troubled by the 2 hour time frame with the shootings but I am more troubled with NOONE else seems concerned about 2 INNOCENT lives were taken at 0715 and if properly notified 31 lives could've been saved. HOW ABOUT if HE the shooter was PROPERLY EVALUATED and on meds and either still at school OR institutionalized NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE OCCURED. I say dont ask the president to step down I say the WHOLE ENGLISH department be let go of. The one professor was saying she and the advisor had a code to word incase one was scared or He tried something during a session. THIS IS TOTALLY RIDICULUS TO ME. It's OUTRAGIOUS how can you have a code and all this because you are SCARED OF A STUDENT yet you let him be??? Didn't we all learn something from the 1999 incident about loners etc.. I really truly am just SO OVERLY SORRY to all the victims families and the school but MORE SO DISGUSTED with the whole situation.

Posted by: An Outraged Single Parent of 4 | April 18, 2007 01:45 PM

I have to comment again because i just reread some of the other comments and the same thing keeps being said get rid of the GUNS. Think about this DRUGS are Illegal yet some how we have drug addicts, crack houses, dealers etc.. Yet they are illegal Making Guns illegal and having them BANNED will only increase their volume here in the US it's too late for all of this now. We need to do better with teaching our children how to love and live. We need to have our educators better trained on the signs ESPECIALLY at the college age because alot of mental disorders present themselves in that age group. Guns will be here law or not. Compensate your educators better and see what happens training and money and things will change until that time it will get worse as time goes on. I know making 28k a year I really dont think I would make that much of an effort either.

Posted by: DISGUSTED | April 18, 2007 01:58 PM

A WMZQ listener email this to the station; which they have posted but I will share with you this excellent explanation if there is one....
Thanks to Mike for sending this in...


There can be no understanding of why a tragedy of this nature took place, but there may be a much better way to look at the situation. If you are a gardener, and you have planted roses, you choose to pick the perfect rose at just the right time, when it is in full bloom. There is no specific time that you can pick it, only when it is the most beautiful.


If you can imagine God as the gardener, then for the family and friends of those lost in the unreal tragedy at Virginia Tech, God has just received the most beautiful bouquet of roses...and they will be in full bloom forever.

Posted by: Cindy | April 18, 2007 02:02 PM

Thoughts and prayers from my family to the entire VA Tech families and especially to the loved ones of deceased and injured during this hard and testing time and Pray God gives all happiness and comfort in the days and months and years to come.

I am also upset with the VA gun law as you drive by 495 (Beltway) you see warnings for Radar Guns Prohibition but Real Guns are not. This is very ironic and also the NRA is head quatered in VA is another nightmarish pride

Posted by: Rk | April 18, 2007 02:19 PM

My sincere condolence to all victims' families.

I believe that all schools and colleges and universities should be Smoke free, Drug free and Gun free.
What's the point in letting the immature buy guns? Is it just because he/she has a right to bear arms?

Posted by: mi | April 18, 2007 02:38 PM

The necessary respect for the right to bear arms in our country has long been compromised and we have little choice but to yield this right in favor of protecting our more important freedoms.

Posted by: Sue Le Roy | April 18, 2007 02:38 PM

My heart goes out to all invoved in this tragedy. It is a sad day when my 5 year old son wants a promise from me that this will never happen in his school. I couldn't make that promise and it breaks my heart. What kind of world are we living in when we have to teach our children how to prepare for a possible school shooting, instead of just the standard tornado or fire drill? As a parent, and a college student, I feel insecure about a place that should be the safest place in the world to be...school.

Posted by: Lorraine Best | April 18, 2007 02:46 PM

I want to start off giving my condolences to the family and friends of those who were lost in this tragic shooting. Just know that God will get you through this situation even though you're ready to give up. Keep your heads up and stay encouraged! Keep the faith because, "If God brings you to it, He'll see you through it." You are in my prayers.

Posted by: Lakisha Freeman | April 18, 2007 03:03 PM

From this moment on, we are all Virginia Tech.

Posted by: Stuart Hershon | April 18, 2007 03:20 PM

Hello America. I share your grief. Words cannot describe this horror.
However, coming from Denmark, Europe, your laws about the "right" to carry firearms seems completely surreal and tragic. I´m sure that insane lunatics can and will kill people everywhere, anytime, with or without guns....it is true that people kill people....but rarely by the dozens. Only firearms creates massacres.
Perhaps we should just mind our own business over here in Denmark - but I want you to know, that we (europeans, scandinavians) care a great deal about what´s going on in the greatest nation in the world. A nation we look up to. But. You are trying to create some sort of peace right now in Iraq and Afghanistan, teaching "barbarians" about democracy! And then you have this law about firearms, which is a barbaric anachronism, accomodating random, mad violence. It makes me so sad. For all the beautiful young people who died at VA Tech, for no reason at all.

Posted by: Sophie Lynge | April 18, 2007 03:27 PM

Please add Matthew Gwaultney, native of Chester, Virginia; graduate student minding his own in class. He played basketball at Thomas Dale high school, and we will ALL miss him. My prayers are with the families of the victims and the entire nation

Posted by: M.D. Ford | April 18, 2007 03:30 PM

It appears that some people were aware that this was a troubled young man, and that their efforts to address the problem were undermined by the need for there to be an "incident" before authorities could intercede. I can't even begin to access blame, but, it's clear, that after the loss of 33 lives something is wrong.

I am a staff member at a University. The notion that arming a Professor or a non-uniformed staff employee would have prevented or even mitigated a tragedy like this one is in a word "STUPID".

Posted by: bigjonmustafa | April 18, 2007 03:37 PM

I have felt great sadness for what happened here in Virginia - I have lived here all my life and couldn't believe what I was watching on television on Monday afternoon. What a horrible, horrible thing - I still can't believe it! My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims. These victims were not only students or professors, but they were also a son, daughter, husband, father, wife, sister, or brother - so many people are losing so much.

Posted by: Kim | April 18, 2007 03:47 PM

my deepest sorrow condolences to all victims' families.

Posted by: Abdulwahab,A,M | April 18, 2007 04:18 PM

my deepest sorrow condolences to all victims' families..

Posted by: Abdulwahab | April 18, 2007 04:19 PM

i remember that movie "its a wonderful life" with jimmy stuart. i remember the theme of how the loss of one productive life can leave a gaping hole that dominos into the future of the community they would have otherwised touched. Now imagine that domino effect amplified by 30-fold. What a catastrophe for Virginia, for the US, for the world. The domino effect of this godless rampage could ripple forward not only for generations, but perhaps for centuries. If you are not sure what I mean, go rent the movie. Think about what happens when just one decent human being is cancelled from the terrestrial record, then multiply by 30.

Posted by: greg | April 18, 2007 05:09 PM

West Virginia University is also holding a candlelight vigil tonight for those who lost their lives...

I noticed today while traveling through Morgantown, there were some Virginia Tech "gear" hanging near the road...

To the Hokies from the Mountaineers....

You're all in our thoughts...

Posted by: Christy | April 18, 2007 07:11 PM

As a parent of a Hokie and as a Hokie mom, my husband (a Hokie) and I are heartbroken and can not comprehend the event. We have wanted to run down to Tech all week. Our son is committed to staying. We will be visiting soon, so we can hug all of our professors.

We are also shocked at how the first shooting did not cancel classes. How can the police use the word, "domestic" to equate a shooting of students. That is fundamentally wrong.

We love VT and being Hokies

Posted by: Shannon Hamm | April 18, 2007 07:38 PM

After watching the terrible tradgey that happening at VT University, I want to offer my heartfelt sympathy to all the families and friends of those who had their lives taken away in a flash.

I may not live in America (I live in New Zealand which is thousands of miles away) but I am thinking of you all at this terrible time.

Hold on to all your wonderful memories of your loved ones that you have lost. Celebrate their lives and what special people they all were.

May they Rest in Peace

Posted by: Sheryl Armstrong | April 18, 2007 09:49 PM

My heart goes out not only to the victims and their families, but to Cho's parents and sister as well. He pulled the trigger on their lives and hopes just as he did his immediate victims. I hope Centerville's Korean community will pull together to support the Chos, just as the rest of the nation is supporting the Hokie community.

Posted by: Madam Pince | April 18, 2007 09:55 PM

To all who read this message

I read through all u guys messages from the begining...

Then I thought the specific point we need to forcus is...What Is the Factor.

I am tired of watching news people losing their lives by murders.
To avoid this kind of things happened never ever again...

Let's face deep inside of factors.
About this U of VT tragety, It is a little far from GUN control, and School Secrity.
I mean, of course Gun control and school security are both important and can help to avoid something bad happen.

But What we really need to think is PEOPLE.
Gun is object...
When a person take gun...
it's basically the person can decide what they use it for.

We Need to know Why this Gun Shooter Korean student took a gun for shooting his classmate??

This is not normal.
or He was not noral like some students said to media later.
Before enter school, I think school need to know all the students' mental healths as well as physical health.

I used to be an exchange student to U.S from Japan at university.
And I just schocked and worried about future students (especially international student) in U of VT.
In America People have more indivisual sights to others compare with my country Japan. When I was in U.S, it was sometimes difficult for me to adjust that american way of hunging out with people.

Big question about this Korean gun shooter murder ...how he came to America...
how was his background of his life time...

When I think of 32 people who were taken their lives away ...
it's painful ...can't help it.
and Don't even want to think about this murder man...

But We need to.
Caz, We never ever can't let this happen.
Thanks for Washington Post ...this discussion place, so I could tell what I thought from Japan.

Posted by: Anri | April 18, 2007 11:03 PM

"I'm a 1998 Florida State University graduate," I tell my students. "I love my alma mater and have garnet and gold in my veins." That will always be true. But I go on to tell my students, "Now, I am proud to wear the colors and logos of Virginia Tech." Now, my blood and tears run maroon and orange. My wife, also an FSU graduate, and children proudly embrace the Hokie Nation.

Tonight, FSU held a candlelight vigil on Landis Green.

As a high school teacher in Northern Virginia, I understand the need for students, from kindergarten to graduate school, to feel safe and secure. That feeling of security has been violated in the most painful of ways. I have numerous former students who have gone to or are going to VT to pursue their dreams. Part of their dreams did not include living through a nightmare, a hell on earth.

To the Hokies from the Seminoles--our thoughts, our prayers, our tears go out to you. We are with you.

God Bless Virginia Tech, God Bless all Hokies

Posted by: Chris Guarraia | April 18, 2007 11:16 PM

Beloved America,
I want to express our sorrow at the massacre at Virginia Tech. Part of my family live there, one of whom attends the university and fortunately was spared.
I reflect on our tragedy a decade ago in Tasmania where the gunman ran around a tree to shoot a 7 year olf girl having just killed her mother and her 3 year old sister.
I cannot help but wonder about the terrible trauma inflicted in any area of conflict. Iraqis, Palistinian, Israelies, all conflict areas. How in the name of God do they survive years of living the nightmare,on the edge of unrelenting terror. What is going to happen to the children who survive? Revenge? or perhaps the miracle of wisdom that without learning to care for each other, there can be no safe place.

Posted by: Lois Grant | April 19, 2007 01:03 AM

I am very sad for those who lost their lives at VT and my heartfelt sorrow goes to their families. But my sorrorw also goes to the boy who killed all these innocent people. One can only imagine the horrific abuse and bullying that he must have endured over the years to develop such an anger that would lead to such a tragedy as this. As a person who lives in Australia I can only encourage you to review your antiquated gun laws. For a country that stands for peace and tries to bring it to the other parts of the world, why would you need to bare arms in your own country? Too bad there is so much money behind guns.

Posted by: K.Grant NSW Australia | April 19, 2007 01:20 AM

I can't look at their faces. It's just too sad.
My heart is crying

Posted by: Suzy Coyle | April 19, 2007 02:37 AM

HOKIE nation....

My thoughts, heart and preys go out to VT, you shall never be forgotten! From the people of London, we are Hokies.

Posted by: Amit Patel | April 19, 2007 02:37 AM

I am deeply saddened but not shocked by this awful tragedy. Do you think there is any coinsidence that 170 people died in Iraq today? Violence breeds violence.
This madness has to stop. But how?

Posted by: Suzy Coyle | April 19, 2007 02:41 AM

Its horrible.So many innocent lives are gone,shattering their families hope and aspiration.Henceforth all campusses should take appropiate steps.Americans should change the Gunlaw,too.

Posted by: ASISH | April 19, 2007 04:20 AM

Condolence to all victims family.Maybe in every minute we are ready in everything that can possibly happen to our lives. It is a heart breaker scene that can repeated by somebody who knows? Now that we already alarm by that incident we have to be more carefull. We all together pray for the souls of the poeple who died for no reason...

Posted by: vangie | April 19, 2007 05:03 AM

I was completely shocked and saddened by the deaths of these promising students. I can't help but think about what damage it has done to the friends and families of the victims. As a college student myself, I have thought about how devastating it would be to have something so horrible happen to my fellow peers. With these school shootings, we must remember not only the victims, but also the killers, as well. Was there more we could have done for this tormented soul? Was he loved by his family? We all must remember to love our neighbors and treat each other with respect in order to prevent this from happening to others. I want to believe that no person is too far lost to save. My heart goes out to all of the individuals that have been hurt by this tragic incident.

Posted by: Amber Baxter, UTD student | April 19, 2007 05:04 AM

when i seen all the people that were killed.i never in my life cried so hard.may god bless you all, my prayers are with you all, god bless you all. can t stop crying . all you take care ok . im from toledo ohio

Posted by: mayann hatcher | April 19, 2007 05:04 AM

I do not think that this tape should be aired. Amid all this suffering, why grant the killer's final wish?

Posted by: Martha Moore | April 19, 2007 06:39 AM

My questions: How was he ever even admitted to Virginia Tech? It sounds like he was similarly cut off while in high school. Who wrote his recommendations? What extracurriculars did he participate in? What was his essay like?

Posted by: anonymous | April 19, 2007 06:52 AM

This incident will not be the last of its kind as long as "safe" campuses ban firearms. The situation may have turned out very differently had one teacher or administrator been armed.

Madmen and criminals do NOT obey laws. They will not obey gun bans either. Anyone who believes otherwise is a victim of their own naivety.

Virginia voted down a proposal to allow LEGALLY obtained firearms on campus and made an idiotic statement about how it would keep their campuses safe. I hope it is oft quoted in the future.

Banning firearms only creates killing fields for the madmen and criminals who will always have access.

Posted by: R.L. Johnson
Current gun laws in VA allow the buying of a handgun without permit and waiting period. Woth a permit one can buy more than one gun per month. And one can pay cash, no questions asked, for second-hand guns.

PERHAPS it would make more sense to make it more difficult to get guns than instead advancing the NRA's irrational line: the way to extinguish fires is by pouring gasoline on them.

Posted by: JNagarya | April 19, 2007 08:13 AM

I am so sorry for all the people that had there lives taken away in this act of cowardness, i give out my deepest sympathy to all the famlies and friends of everyone involved in the shootings. It really eats me up that something like this could actually happen, 32 people that had done nothing wrong had there lives taken away from them, 32 people doing the right thing in life. I also want to say that the media should stop showing the video tapes and pictures of this guy because thats how he wants to be remebered thats why he mailed it in the NBC he thinks hes like the leader or the weak minded, but we need to remember him how he is and thats a coward. Once again my deepest sympathy goes out to all at Virginia Tech.

Posted by: Michael Hudson | April 19, 2007 08:21 AM

I Lived in the united states all my life and i still cant understand what is wrong with america we preach that we are the envy of the world yet we kill each other like its a national sport. We hide behind this so call right that we need to ban arms. From who are we banning these arms against...ourselves? Why cant our counrty wake up and take a stand against something we surely know needs to be changed.

Posted by: shannon | April 19, 2007 09:57 AM

We are sorry for the shootings at Virginia Tech. Our hearts go out to everyone and their friends and family.
Sincerly,
Mrs. Kauffman's Class (Aundrey and Davion)
Park Hill School District
Kansas City, Missouri

Posted by: Mrs. Kauffman's Class | April 19, 2007 11:27 AM

Shame on NBC and the rest of the media for not discussing their role in high profile massacres. God bless Virginia Tech.

Posted by: Sean in Leesburg, VA | April 19, 2007 11:58 AM

It has been repeated countless millions of times that a littel knowledge is a dangerous thing. And, when it comes to self-knowledge, a little of it is even more extremely dangerous, as evidenced by the innumerable nmber of tragedies inflivted on those who have toyed with dianetics (the garage-conceived body of psychological studies and techniques which Scientology and its adherents try to sell to every vulnerable mind within its reach). What scares me even more is the frightening speed at which the tendency to arrogantly reject spiritualism and/or religion is spreading, with support from the best intellectuals of the Western world (as distinct from the Eastern, where a perceptible if not significant dose of modesty tempers claims of ecientific objectivity and knowledge).
Cho is an easterner raised in the west. He may very well have had a 'divided self', in the sense that R.D. Laing describes it, and argues that everyone of us has, in different degrees. Each one's proficiency to manage the tensions arising from this 'divided self' phenomenon is directly realted to the amount of modesty he has in assessing the degree of control he has over his actions and his environment.
At this point, the works of R.D. Laing bears re-reading.

Posted by: Mohamed MALLECK, Swift Current, Canada | April 19, 2007 12:07 PM

Everybody talks about safety, guns.. but How about the way parents are educating their children and how about the education that is giving in schools? Is there any sense of fellowship, any sense of respecting the differences? All the times these killings happened, the killers complain about exclusion..
How did they feel before decided to kill somebody? Were they considering by others students as geeks, strangers? Were they excluded by others??
Should you care about guns? So why these things DOESN'T happen in OTHER NATIONS which also people have ACCESS to GUNS?
This was a terrible event, but you should face the REAL PROBLEM in U.S.A school's and university's: bullying!!!
I´m brazilian and i can't understand why everytime you're complaining about safety, guns.. here we have tons of that, we practically live in a civil street war but this never happened and i'm sure it won't, because bullying isn't a common behavior in brazilian's schools.

Posted by: Souto R. | April 19, 2007 12:12 PM

i am so sorry

Posted by: nickey | April 19, 2007 12:12 PM

We are sorry for the shootings at Virginia Tech. Our hearts go out to everyone and their friends and family.I was completely shocked and saddened by the deaths of these promising students. I can't help but think about what damage it has done to the friends and families of the victims.It's just too sad. My heart is crying. We here in Virginia and in every country will pray for all the families and friends and all this Students that were there at Virginia Tech. I'm so sorry for all that happen I will pray for all.
And May All Rest in Peace

Sincerly,
Nudia Ramirez
Alexandria, Va

Posted by: Nudia | April 19, 2007 12:13 PM

I would like to know where this man's parents or relatives were? Someone in his family knew that he was sick and dangerous and should have tried to stop it. Having personal experience with a sick family member, I know getting help from authorities and mental health professionals can seem hopeless, but I think someone knew and the university should have been warned. Who paid his tuition? I've heard nothing about a job.

Posted by: H. Johnson | April 19, 2007 12:17 PM

I don't understand the point of distributing Cho's video. I think putting it out for debate is not only in poor taste, considering the feelings of the victims as well as Cho's family, but rather stupid. What we see is the ranting of a deeply disturbed person, probably psychotic. Only another crazy person would try to make sense of it. Why must we further sensationalize a tragic event by vomiting up every sordid aspect of the case. I'm disappointed at the tabloid quality that mainstream media has adopted.

Posted by: Charles Reese | April 19, 2007 12:23 PM

Unfortunately, this incident could have happened in any school system and by anyone. We just need to take more steps in making our school system safer. My prayers are with the VA Tech Family as a whole. I pray this will also be awakening for all for all of us to be more sensitive than ever before that we need Christ. The consolation here is that even though some of our loved loves may have gone in the physical we will again see them in glory.

shalom,

Posted by: Aramide Adeyemi | April 19, 2007 12:24 PM

I honestly think that NBC (by ethic) should not have aired the Video.

Posted by: Shyam | April 19, 2007 12:25 PM

My heartfelt condolences to those who join us in the suffering from this terrible loss. I pray that our Lord may, in his time, grant us peace even though we can not possibly understand what has happened. I also pray that this tragic event might help us, as a nation, start to address the underlying causes of these horrendous offenses to our nation, our culture, and our God.

Posted by: Curt Dierdorff | April 19, 2007 12:32 PM

ICH BIN EIN HOKIE

Across the Nation this week I feel an emotion similar to the unity I recall from shortly after the Terrorist attacks of Sep 11.

I'm sure that every parent and every college student knows that this random act of senseless violence could have happened anywhere.

As I thought about the instructors and students murdered in their classrooms, some of whom were studying German, I was reminded of President Kennedy's words in Berlin nearly 44 years ago. As we were all Berliners then we are all Hokies today. Although I did not lose a son or daughter on Monday and I've never been to Blacksburg, I feel the loss of 33 family members. Together the Nation, the Commonwealth, and VA Tech will recover.

Mike Yuhas
Ich bin ein Hokie

Posted by: Michael Yuhas | April 19, 2007 12:40 PM

Please stop publishing his sensational photos and writings, and instead investigate the problems that set off the violence. I.e., what did he have? Was he being treated? Why didn't the treatment work? His problem first compelled him to lash out symbolically at others. At that point, the university should have been able to inform his family and send him home. If legalities prevent university officials from doing this, there is a problem.

Posted by: Michigan | April 19, 2007 12:47 PM

The video/pictures this very sick person made are scarry - but thank God he stopped to mail it - think of how many more people might have been killed if he hadn't. I too lost a child some years ago - My heart/prayers go out to all the parents who lost a child at Virginia Tech.

Posted by: LB | April 19, 2007 12:55 PM

NBC should be ashamed of themselves. As if it is not horrible enough for these young people's families to lose their loved one's, they have to suffer through the rantings of the killer as well?
There is no reason for it except for the profits they receive from high ratings. Lastly, it encourages other unbalanced people to do the same, as they see they will get their fifteen minutes of fame if they kill innocents.Nice job, NBC. Hope you enjoy the profits.

Posted by: Jmeas Schneider | April 19, 2007 12:56 PM

IF NBC DID NOT FEEL AMERICA COULD ADJUST TO DON IMUS'S COMMENTS, HOW IN THE WORLD DID THEY THINK SHOWING THEIR SCOOP RAMBO PICTURE WITH A REALLY SICK INDIVIDUAL POINTING TWO GUNS AT THE WORLD A GOOD IDEA.

WE ARE ONE SICK NATION AND THE TV NEWS IS SURE NOT HELPING US.

"WE" NEED TO SEE THIS TO HELP US UNDERSTAND IS SO MUCH BUNK.

HE WAS CRAZEY THAT'S ALL WE NEED TO KNOW. WHY PROMOTE THIS SO ANOTHER NUT WILL COME FORWARD IN THE FUTURE AND TRY TO TOP THIS DISGRACE.

A WONDER IF ALL THE ADVERTISERS WILL PULL THEIR ADS FROM ALL THE STATIONS SHOWING THIS MORBID JUNK.

I GUESS NOT BECAUSE ALL OUR MORALLY CORRECT NEWS STATIONS ARE SHOWING THIS DISGRACEFUL DISPLAY.

Posted by: HENRY AUGTHUN | April 19, 2007 12:58 PM

Three comments:

1) To all the victim's families and friends our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to you. We look forward to learning more about the lives and hearing stories of these unfortunate victims.

2) Regarding playing the killer's videos, etc. Since the cat's out of the bag and they're playing this stuff all over the place I'm sure the media will continue to saturate us with this garbage. I admit to watching some of it last night but don't want to see it again. It would be great if even one of the major news organizations had the guts to say they're not going to air it and give him the last word. I would rather see stories of the victim's life.

3) Regarding the gun control issue. Please don't use this tragedy to bring up this debate and push your political agenda, whichever side you're on. Whenever I hear some 'expert', gun advocate, or gun control person chiming in with their agenda it makes me sick. God I hope Michael Moore doesn't get any bright ideas to make a movie in the wake of this tragedy. In my opinion, this is much more of an issue of how our society handles mentally ill people.

Posted by: Jeff | April 19, 2007 01:00 PM

As a student at Virginia Tech who has experienced this atrocity and has to go through the pain of a funeral today, I must say this. Indeed, no family, no school, no brother, no sister, no child, NO ONE deserves this. Yes, this is sad. Yes, we should keep the memory of all the fallen in our hearts. We welcome you to keep us in your thoughts, to console us, to pray for us. We welcome you to help us in any way you see fit. We do not, however, welcome your insults to our police force, or our university president, for those those insults hit our hearts as well. Being a Hokie is not just an empty name. Being a Hokie means embracing this unversity through good times and bad. It is a shared bond that we can't even begin to explain to others, and no one will ever fully comprehend. It is love for one another, that withstands the worst pain we could ever experience. After 4 years at this unversity, I have been transformed. I am a Hokie, tried and true and will never live down the motto, "Once a Hokie, Always a Hokie, Virginia Tech for Life." So we ask you this, stop the negativity. Stop the political talk. Stop the questioning of what COULD have been done. If you weren't here on that day, you will NEVER understand the horror we faced. If you did not lose someone you loved on Monday, while you may sympathize, you will never really feel the heartbreak that we feel, so please do not tell us that you understand, because as far as we're concerned, you don't. So take the negative energy you have been focusing on our university and inevitably us, and turn it into positive thoughts. Celebrate the 32 lives we lost. Celebrate our unviversity. Praise our HokieNation for the incredible feeling of togetherness and community we have shown the world. Throw away your political debates for now, disregard your thoughts on what could have been done, and diminish your anger and fears that this could happen to you. This didn't happen to you, this happened to us, and we surely hope it never happens again. All we want is to feel your love, while we share ours for the university and our fallen Hokie family. As Nikki Giovanni said, WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH, WE WILL PREVAIL.

Posted by: Cathryn Broome | April 19, 2007 01:11 PM

Our national news (CBC) radio has opted not to broadcast any of the Cho's words for fear of copy cat incidents. This tragedy is so scripted for todays multi media. I am astonished, but I do not think it is something the media image and soundbites should keep repeating and repeating and repeating (cable network is almost hypnotic to this end). NBC should have held this, reported on it, but just given it to the FBI and justice for review. This is dangerous, and images of Cho as a soldier are disturbing. As professor at Virginia tech said to one reporter, it seems scripted out a video game. We can only mourn that our society churns out people that are so damaged.

Posted by: Louise Ennis | April 19, 2007 01:11 PM

The terrible shock and sorrow we all feel can not really be adequately expressed. However I would also note that the behavior of the majority of the media is abhorrent and despicable. Descending on Blacksburg like swarming locusts they have vilified the schools administration and shoved microphones in the faces of distraught students and parents. All in the name of bigger headlines and increased viewership. The students and family of Virginia Tech are an inspiration, for the most part the performance of the media has been repugnant.

Posted by: Steve Rutsch | April 19, 2007 01:14 PM

This is just a note and poem of my thoughts and feelings on this horrible tragedy.

I stood outside Tuesday night holding a candle.

I was wrapped in a blanket and on any other Tuesday evening, I would be glued to the television in American Idol anticipation.

Instead, I was holding back tears. I have thought so much over the last few days how easily my life could have crumbled before me. Had this boy decided to go to a different building to make his statement, or had he waited a single day, I would be a shell of myself right now.

My sister, my best friend and one of the few people in this world I love unconditionally is an engineering student at Virginia Tech.

She was in class on Monday April 16, 2007. Had Tuesday April 17 been the day, she would have been in Norris Hall.

An angel must have been looking upon her because she was far from the events that transpired that day. The thankfulness that I have been feeling is overwhelming and the only thing I want to do is give her a hug, to assure myself that this is real. To assure myself that she is safe.

I cannot describe the mix of gratitude and disgust that I have been feeling this week. I am grateful that she is physically unharmed and disgusted that thousands of people across the country have lost a part of their souls.

All due to the selfish act of one.

I could easily be spending this day in a state of disbelieving grief.

I could have easily lost part of my heart.

To those who have, I am sorry.

Well, it seemed like any other day
In this quiet college town.
The students bustled
While leaves rustled
Across a school renowned.

The campus shone with flurries
And the day began with joy.
But soon it was marred
And forever scarred
By the actions of one boy.

Be strong Hokies
For your friends need you now
More then ever before.

Help each other with your grief
As it wages an eternal war.

Be strong Hokies
And band together
To fight against the pain

But always remember the love and the laughter
Of the victims who were slain.

Be strong Hokies
And help those families and friends
Who are living through their hell,

Because while you are safe,
You know, that Hokies are family as well.

Be strong Hokies
And never forget
The day the world stopped for you

Because, like so many tragedies,
The rest of your nation will always remember it too.

Be strong Hokies
Your pride is massive
And will smash through this heartbreak.

Just know that you are blessed
And keep this in mind with choices that you make.

Be strong Hokies
And we'll be strong for you
As you grieve for that fatal day.

Because, over time, the pain may fade
But the memories must stay.

Be strong Hokies
As the time passes
You will make it through somehow.

Look to your family, look to your friends
Because we are all Hokies now.

To those who we lost, rest in peace.
To those who feel lost, be strong and always remember this day.

Hokie Pride.

Posted by: Adrienne Harvill | April 19, 2007 01:33 PM

This is indeed a tragedy. Cho appears to be a selfish and demented person. I am, however, started to be really annoyed by the sensational nature of the news coverage of this tragedy. It is without a doubt horrific and shocking, even if he did appear to have longstanding pychotic tendancies. But what about the 30+ people who die everyday in Iraq - often times innocent people with "hope" and "promise" just like these victims? Obviously this hits close to home for many Americans who have ties to this school, etc. It's just when I'm listening to NPR and I hear the coverage of this VT tragedy and then the next news piece is an announcement that an equal number of people have died in Iraq - again - I can't help thinking how little we seem to care about these people.

Posted by: Frustrated with the media | April 19, 2007 01:42 PM

"Create a New Age Gun Control Manhattan Project to Stop the Carnage in America"

By R.G. Lucas (A concerned citizen wishing to make America safer through innovation)
Thursday, April 19, 2007

The time has come for a high technology "gun-control" paradigm shift.

The technology exists today that would not infringe our Constitutional Right according to the Second Amendment for "the people to keep and bear arms", could eliminate the ability for the discharge of any legally purchased at gun within a university or portion of a city (like the carnage that recently occurred at Virginia Tech), could allow hunters to hunt away from populated cities, and allow law enforcement to selectively lock or arm specific groups of guns.

The time has come to unleash a new "Manhattan Project" type approach to stop the carnage in our Nation.

America justified the expenditure of the equivalent of $20 billion over nearly 4 years through the employ of 130,000 people for the "Manhattan Project" to create the first nuclear weapons in 1945. America then dropped two very expensive bombs to end World War II and to save lives.

Each year in America, the number of Americans dying from handguns is nearly 3 times the total number of Americans who have died in Iraq in the last four years. The carnage in America from handguns is far worse than the carnage of our brave American soldiers in Iraq.

After the tragedy at Virginia Tech, the Amish school, and Columbine, many in America are wondering "What do we have to do to keep our children safe?" in schools and universities as they study to prepare for productive lives.

Unfortunately, it now just a matter of time until there is another "copy cat" school incident, now that NBC has plastered the graphic images of Cho Seung Hui all over the evening news and the Internet, a growing number of Americans are playing ever more violent video games, the use of automatic weapons continues to be glorified in movies, gang drug warfare becomes more violent, and we have more frequent incident of unacceptable levels of "rage".

We should be able to dedicate $50 billion over five years to make America safer, if we can afford to spend nearly $1 trillion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Drafting up more laws or continuing to overflow our prisons with armed robbers does not prevent the carnage under gun control.

Now that cell phone networks are ubiquitous throughout the United States and the world is shifting to a new Internet protocol (IPv6) that can assign an individual Internet address to nearly every grain of sand on the face of the Earth, we now have the ability through a Government funded "New Age Gun Control Manhattan Project" to create a new generation of hand guns and hunting guns that would not infringe our US constitutional right according to the Second Amendment for "the people to keep and bear arms", could eliminate the ability for the discharge of any legally purchased at gun within a university or portion of a city (like the carnage that recently occurred at Virginia Tech), could allow hunters to hunt away from populated cities, and allow law enforcement to selectively lock or arm specific guns or large groups of guns.

Once we have created a new generation of weapons that will keep most in both the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the gun control groups happy, we should be able to systematically remove the old style guns from existence and make it a felony to own any old-style guns that could be used for a Virginia Tech type of debacle.

Digital cell phone networks are available throughout the United States today. The fundamental infrastructure to support a new generation of controllable weapons is in place. America's OMB and DOD have requirements to complete the backbone of the new Internet (IPv6) infrastructure by July of 2008. PIANO Networks in California already has the technology to allow use of IPv6 capabilities over the old Internet IPv4 systems that everyone uses today.

We have the smart people available in America to take a different approach to make our lives safer. How much is it worth to reduce carjackings, armed robberies, children taking their parents weapons to school, parents threatening teachers with guns, handgun shootouts at nightclubs, while not eliminating our constitutional right to bear arms, defend our homes, and defend our homeland.

It is too late to save the precious lives of the young adults who died at Virginia Tech.

The time has come for Americans to use all possible means to protect the children of the future. More law enforcement and more laws will not be enough. Bad people and terrorists will always have guns and weapons. We need a new approach for legally purchased guns.

Perhaps the travesty at Virginia Tech could have been prevented if Cho Seung Hui's legally purchased guns were prevented by high technology procedures within the confines of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The time has come for the federal government to allocate at least $20 billion to New Age Gun Control Manhattan Project. We might be able to save a few more lives, make our streets safer, and perhaps save our children.

Posted by: R. G. Lucas | April 19, 2007 01:43 PM

When will you people realize that ridding the planet of guns isn't gong to stop violence. Anyone who thinks so is living in a dreamworld. I am all for making guns difficult to obtain and making automatic weapons illegal, but making ALL guns illegal would do absolutely nothing but help the criminals.

Also, these individuals saying Cho should have been captured after the first killings.......sure he SHOULD have but crime investigations don't always go the way they SHOULD have. How long does it usually take for the authorities to find suspects who flee the scene, usually AT LEAST a few hours. SAying he should have been caught right away after the first shooting is wishful thinking. It would have been nice but not likely. All you Blacksburg police and VT official bashers need to get a clue.

Posted by: A | April 19, 2007 01:59 PM

As a korean American male who has been living in USA for 20 years, I have been proud of my mother land until this day. I couldn't bear the feeling of shamefulness and guilts being same country man. After passing couple of days, I started to realize that there were nothing I could have done to stop Cho from what he had done and save those innocent lives. But one thing for sure, I would live my daily life helping those who suffer from lonelyness by being kind and encourage them.

Posted by: Mike Kang | April 19, 2007 02:00 PM

I'm extremely annoyed at the media for airing the killer's video. After Columbine, while excerpts from their video were read on the news or printed in the paper, the videos themselves were not aired, out of respect for the victims, out of concern for the survivors, and to avoid glamorizing the killers. None of these considerations apparently came into play here. I am very very disappointed in the news media.

Posted by: JC | April 19, 2007 02:14 PM

i am deeply saddened by the events that have occured at vt. my heart and prayers r with the victims and their familes,and to those who have lost there lives when they were just beginning. i cant even imagin what they r going through but i can say i am so sorry. and tio thoes who survived i would like to say that it can only get better from here,there r going to lots of mixed feeling of hate and anger, sadness,but most of all remember the whole world is with u in this time of need. god bless

Posted by: shannen mccollum | April 19, 2007 02:30 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out to the innocent victims and their families.

Measures should be taken to prevent another occurance of this senseless and tragic act of violence.

Posted by: James Ziolkowski | April 19, 2007 02:31 PM

There is no way to fully comprehend the tragedy of Monday April 16 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. There are ways to comfort those who have lost a friend or a loved one, to ensure greater security on school campuses, and to try to help people whom the principal of Columbine High School referred to on The Today Show on NBC as the "disenfranchised."

However, until we begin to address how children are currently learning to treat each other, how to change what they learn, and how to encourage more civility in school, I don't think any other measure will help much ... not as long as we allow for there to be a class of people who can actually be called on television the "disenfranchised."

It is not fair to merely chalk up to mental or emotional disability the actions of a child who feels neglected, excluded, ignored or abused. Not putting weight on to how that child is treated by his peers and influenced by the adults around him will ensure that we will not prevent a similar tragedy from happening again.

I think that it is ethically corrupt to give acceptance -- even blind acceptance -- to a child's mistreatment and then to answer that child's reactionary behavior by sweeping him out, away from the society that abused him. Then, wherever he's been swept away, be sure to convince him that it's his fault -- his reactionary, "disturbing" words, his anger, his hurt. Tell him he could have prevented his own disillusionment. How? By being "cooler"? By not responding naturally to being bullied, teased, forced into a category like "geek" or "freak"? By just accepting his fate, letting it come down on him?

Although we do in more ways than one, ideally we as Americans should not live in a caste system, especially one for which there are no stated rules or clear boundaries.

We have to encourage our children to be fair-minded and to control their tendencies to exclude and to exacerbate class and language differences. Children mirror and intensify what they see, what influences them. Their harassing and elitist behavior comes from what they observe from their parents, their siblings, other adult role models, and each other.

I suppose the concept of harboring such a change is too time-consuming for many to take in, so they simply won't. Some will blithely chant, "Kids can be cruel," a weak excuse and a cowardly one. Others will say that ours is a competitive environment, and a child has to learn the harshness of the real world as early as he can.

That children nowadays can be pushed to attain adult-like achievements at increasingly younger ages, that parents and other relatives and friends are losing what little free time they already have in their increasingly compartmentalized lives and, thus, have less and less time to know, let alone positively influence, their children -- that's what's truly disturbing.

Posted by: Andrew Harmon | April 19, 2007 03:00 PM

I absolutely think Cho's videos should not be shown to the public. He is getting his last wishes by the media showing the tapes and quoting him. The victims had no such rights. This also encourages other nuts to follow his example.

Posted by: andy young | April 19, 2007 03:05 PM

After seeing the image of the gunman, I couldn't help but think he looked like a character from a movie or a video game. At that moment, I pulleg the plug on most of the video games and movies my two boys watch. I've always felt as long as we are good, loving parents, that's all that matters--I don't feel that way any longer. Images matter.

Posted by: BC | April 19, 2007 03:23 PM

The Virginia Tech, killings are about as bad as a tragedy can get. My heart goes out to all the families who are affected by this terrible crime. I hope and pray that we as a society will start to love more and hate less. We all need more prayer and need to have our children learn how to cope at an early age.

Posted by: Debbie | April 19, 2007 03:29 PM

NBC's decision to air portions of Seung Cho's video was a bad one for several reasons, but chief among them:

1. The decision obviously fullfilled his intended purpose.
2. Other deranged individuals could infer that their own mad rants will get an airing if they do something similar.
3. Their airing will compound the pain of family members who lost loved ones to Cho's suicidal shooting spree.

Posted by: grr | April 19, 2007 03:33 PM

What strikes me in all of this is how so many readers seem so much more concerned about details (which the independent investigators will cover in due course) while there is little mention of the living victims and what can be done to support them.

I would like to see a brief non-invasive story about the surviving victims who are recovering, and an opportunity to share thoughts and encouragement for them. The people who might benefit the most from the world's outpouring of emotion are barely mentioned.

Posted by: M | April 19, 2007 03:37 PM

It has been said that officials were unable to do anything in regards to discipline or involuntary hospitalization due to no direct or overt threats from Cho. However, it has been reported that he set fire to a dorm room. Wouldn't this be considered an "imminent threat to others," and grounds on which further intervention could have been pursued? Setting fire to a dorm room is certainly a threat to the lives of others.

Posted by: andrea | April 19, 2007 03:49 PM

I just hope that the media never mentions this killers name again. Just say "The Killer", to use his name just continues his reign of terror. I HOPE I NEVER HEAR & WE NEVER MENTION HIS NAME AGAIN.

Posted by: Bob Allen | April 19, 2007 03:49 PM

The fact that this person sent his collection of anger and hate to the press should be a red flag to news organizations about how to react to it. In this case, the press decided that the public would somehow have a better understanding as to why this happened is simply spurious. All we know is that this person was filled with hate and anger and now these powerful and sickening images have assaulted the victums families as well as the rest of the public yet again. The press also did exactly what the killer wanted, to give him attention and assault people from his grave before he and his victums are even buried. The press had shown an unconscionable lack of moral fortitude and consideration of the people directly affected by this tragedy. Lets hope more sad and isolated people don't decide to act out in the same way. Any fool can see that there is no reasonable way to defend against this kind of thing once somebody has snapped.

Posted by: Ivan Threlkeld | April 19, 2007 03:54 PM

I refuse to watch or read any more of the "stories" about this horrific event. It is unseemly and pointless to continue to gawk at these people. Enough.

Posted by: Dorothy Owen | April 19, 2007 04:05 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with Virginia Tech and the families at this time.Please know that the world grieves with you. For those that have gone know that they are in GODs hands. GOD BLESS YOU ALL

Posted by: Stephanie Dobrindt | April 19, 2007 04:56 PM

Having some familiarity with the forms you posted, which nobody has mentioned so far, it appears to me as though Cho was Court-Ordered into Outpatient Treatment, as an "alternative to involuntary hospitalization and treatment". This is consistent with de-institutionalization of the mentally ill, and treatment in the least restrictive setting appropriate to the patient's needs, all of which are entirely appropriate. It all happened in 2005, and Cho didn't hurt himself or anybody else until 2007, so the determination of the Court appears to have been entirely reasonable. His behavior was overtly "safe", albeit frighteneing, for over a year from the time he was TDO'd for evaluation.

What failed to happen, and what we should remember as a lesson, is that Cho was able to not follow up with treatment for the same reason that Outpatient Treatment Orders often fail: because there are no teeth in the laws pertaining to Court Ordered Outpatient Treatment. The other reality is that outpatient treatment relies almost entirely on the patient recognizing that he has a problem and motivated to work on it (Cho wasn't), being entirely honest with his treatment providers (we all know that rarely happens, if ever), accurately identifying and reporting all symptoms to the doctor (almost nobody is able or willing to do this), and being motivated and able to change his own life for the better (rare, but possible).

We enjoy our many freedoms, and defend our human rights, and Cho's shooting spree is an example of the inevitable consequences of living in freedom and enjoying human rights. If it hadn't been guns, it would have been knives and hammers, or it would have been a fire, or it would have been explosives, or something else.

Still, there might have been a different outcome from Paul Barnett's outpatient treatment order in 2005 if the laws had teeth, and if there were more treatment opportunities than managed care (which is never the same as "everything that could be done that might have helped").

Posted by: an experienced forensic psychiatrist | April 19, 2007 05:14 PM

Let us each seek out those who who are needful, so that we may find a way to fill their needs; let us each seek out those who hurt, so that we may bring them comfort; let us each seek out those who feel alone, so that we may bring them the blessing of love...with the hope that, through our efforts, this tragedy is never repeated.

Posted by: David of Arkansas | April 19, 2007 05:32 PM

My prayers are with the parents,and family.and i'm praying for you,sometimes in life we go throu.bad things but we have to keep our faith and look to God in the time of need God says revinge is mine saith the lord we need to pray for stringth to keep our fairf good luck and my God bless you all.

Posted by: sandra | April 19, 2007 05:47 PM

I believe the media should take it's share of the blame for this. Overexposure to events like this encourage troubled youth to outrageous acts. This is evidenced by hir references to 'martyrs' from the Columbine tragedy, which was also overexposed.

Posted by: Mary Bloomfield | April 19, 2007 05:51 PM

THIS WAS A HORRIBLE TRAGEDY! My prayers go out to the families of all the students and instructors including the gunman's family. I have read so much about how the university and police should have reacted; the problem is the need to be proactive. This country needs to improve it's medical care for the mentally ill. At least 1 out of 5 persons suffer from a mental illness. The numbers are increasing and will continue to increase. Hospitals do not have enough beds to care for patients with mental illness. Also, so many people do not have heath insurance or appropriate coverage from their insurance to take care of the mental heath as well as physical health.
We all need to educate ourselves about mental illness and find ways to get help for those who are suffering. Events similar to this are in the papers on a regular basis. Why, because appropriate medical diagnosis and treatment were not give because of health insurance reasons.
We are a greedy country and are concerned more about the economic burden rather than the needs of the sick and afflicted. However, this greed has cost many lives and will continue to until health care is addressed and taken care of appropriately.

Posted by: crazy | April 19, 2007 05:55 PM

This comment is for "M," who is interested in coverage of the "living victims."

My parents were killed by a drunken driver who had been involuntarily committed to a mental institution for six months. He checked himself out after six weeks, which he could legally do, as he was 20. Two months later, he hit and killed my parents. His blood alcohol level was .26; it was his 6th DUI since he reached the age of 18. There were others before that.

Mercifully, my family did not have to cope with the media, because we did have to cope with the criminal justice system, the health care system, multiple insurance companies of all types, secure a death certificates, grisly autopsy records (autopsies are required in criminal cases) and the IRS -- all of the unfriendliest, most labyrinthian beaurocracies we have.

Had I been approached by a reporter, I'd have been rude and curt, possibly even profane.

The last thing the families of those killed and injured need are vulturous reporters in their faces.

Posted by: grr | April 19, 2007 06:05 PM

To the person who wrote:
A call to ban arms

The ready availability of handguns in America in general, and in Virginia in particular, is one obvious likely factor in the calamity at Virginia Tech on Monday. As a condition of owning and carrying a gun in Virginia, state law requires practically nothing but a relatively cursory background check - one that often takes just minutes - to ensure that a purchaser has no criminal record. The fact that Cho Seung-Hui, the killer at Virginia Tech, was able to walk into a Roanoke gun store and buy a 9mm Glock last month - despite reported concerns by some of his professors about his mental and emotional health - testifies both to the inadequacy of background checks and to the lunacy of this country's romance with firearms.

I walk in to a store to purchase a gun. I can see the store clerk ask, "So, what does your professor think about your mental health. Do they think you're ready to buy a gun?"

Also, a background check does not give you information about one's mental health. You would have to look specifically into their health records for that.


- The Washington Post

Posted by: Ruth | April 19, 2007 06:23 PM

I think it was a mistake to air the writings and images the shooter sent to NBC during his mad rampage. Everybody knows he was nuts, all except other crazy people who may likely to be inspired by them. After all, it only takes one madman to kill thirty-one people and it was Cho himself who mentioned the names of the Columbine killers, showing he had studied and admired their actions and thought he was emulating them. Somebody out there may try to do the same thing, and probably will, unfortunately.

Posted by: Judith Oakland | April 19, 2007 06:50 PM

My heart truley goes out to everyone at Virginia Tech and the familyies of all the victims. I am so very sorry for your loss.I am a high school art teacher and I try to pay very close attention to each and every one of my students. Some of them have problems and issues but I assure them they can always talk to me. I was very shocked to here of this. One would think a high school student might lash out in anger, but a college student? America needs to stop focusing on other countries problems and take care of home.

Posted by: Manuela Smith/ Fayetteville, NC | April 19, 2007 06:59 PM

Posting his photo and the video was only giving his hate a wider audience.

Posted by: suann | April 19, 2007 07:26 PM

The Post's Howard Kurtz's comment that everything about the gunman is relevant -- explicitly including his ethnicity -- is objectionable and a bit frightening. In fact, with severe mental illness, ETHNICITY IS IRRELEVANT. Yet, over and over I read about Cho's nationality. Where was the media focus on "Irish-American killer" Timothy McVeigh, or "Jewish killer" David Berkowitz? Looks like Asians are the target group of the moment. Sad to see in the past few days how the media can become complicit in the most insidious kind of racism -- far worse than Don Imus' overt brand.

Posted by: L. Blum | April 19, 2007 07:28 PM

Without a doubt, the Virginian Tech massacre is a sensless tragedy of monumental proportions.

However, calling it the "deadliest shootings in the U.S. history" reeks of the ethnocentric bias and selective memory that is unfortunately pervasive in our society. Where does 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee, SD fit into our nation's history? By the most conservative historical accounts, at least 100 unarmed women and children where among those shot my heavily armed U.S. soldiers who were so trigger happy they accidentally shot and killed at least a dozen fellow soldiers. There are several other well documented massacres during this embarrasing period of our proud nation's history. To ignore them is an insult and injustice to the innocent victims. Maybe it is time that we as a nation look inward at how muderous insanity is all too often generated within our society. Erasing the past is not the answer.

Posted by: History 1001 | April 19, 2007 07:50 PM

I am part of a VT family. My husband attended more than 25 years ago. My daugters hope to attend one day. And our community is filled with students - present and past. My heart aches for those who have suffered from the senseless act of random violence.

I now look to our political leaders to change the gun laws once and for all to what they should be in a civilized nation. The very thought that this troubled young man could walk into a gun shop and walk about 90 minutes later with handguns is shilling.

Wake up America.
We need to do something about the guns.

Posted by: Donna | April 19, 2007 07:55 PM

The horror and devastation of 32 lives taken so violently is surreal. There will be many questions of "WHY" that may never be answered. My prayers are with VT and the families of all those who left this life far too soon. May the families find much strength and peace in remembering all the wonderful joy and happiness of their sons and daughters and friends.

Posted by: (Ms) D. C. Elliott | April 19, 2007 08:25 PM

I do not have any words to describe how the tragic and horrific event had happened at VTech. We wish to express our very deepest condolences to every and each student and their families. You all have our unconditional support.... Cherish and treasure all the good and special times, laughter, and love you shared wth your beloved ones is still there with you and in your heart that keep you going on...

Hokie

Posted by: Bambi | April 19, 2007 08:31 PM

I think that if a teacher has a big concern about a student, "that it is like a flag going up" and take more action in investagating the person of his or her back ground,and pay attention to the teaacher's concern about what he writes in his paper's. That should of been the red flag going up.

Posted by: Mary Anne Plank | April 19, 2007 08:39 PM

It is obvious that we have too many inocent people dying from guns violence. Our country needs a much stricter gun law. I understand that the Bush White House would do absolutely nothing. Prayers by the President is not good enough- we need more than faith. We need gun control-a federal law that would be consistent across the land. It is obvious that any kind of terrorist group can use our lax gun laws to harm our country. I hope and pray that the Congress and the President can do something positive on the issue at hand.

Posted by: Hipolito Lagares | April 19, 2007 08:53 PM

My heart breaks as I read about and see the faces of the innocent victims whose lives were tragically cut short by a very senseless act.I will never understand man's inhumanity towards man.My thoughts and prayers go out to each of the families.I also say stop the reports on him,this is exactly what he wanted.

Posted by: Judy P | April 19, 2007 09:14 PM

"Life's Crazy Zoo"

My heart goes out
to the families & friends...
of the VA Tech Massacre.
I pray you can make amends.

Amends with the mad man
that caused all this.
Peace with your loss -
though far from bliss.

God knew it would happen...
happen this way.
I'm sure he shed many a tear
on that dark day.

Signing up for classes
the semester before.
Having no idea
what was to wash ashore.

Now we untangle
a tangled life.
Tolerating the signs
of his internal strife.

Until you get to Heaven -
allow his/her spirit to live within you.
We don't have all the answers
in life's crazy zoo.

Paddle on, paddle on
to a new dawn.
Take time to grieve
& please still believe...

God loves you...
this message He did send.
Rest assured -
you will see them again.

Written by:
Andrew D. Everstine
April 19th, 2007

Posted by: Andrew Everstine | April 19, 2007 09:31 PM

I live in Stevensville Md, been to va several times. Vey beautiful place to live I have always said. I came home from work and turned on the tv and was in total shock. It is always a shock to find out poor inocient chrildren must suffer like this, I have crired and I have prayed for each and everyone who is being effected. This is a time when everyone should bond even closer, we need each other at times like this I am so deeply sorry you had to go through this and you will be in all my prayers for a long long time, God Bless You All If you ever need me for anything please let me know...God Bless........

Posted by: beverly A bates | April 19, 2007 10:04 PM

I hereby pay my deepest sorrow and sympathy for those who have lost their lives and their families and loved ones in this tragedy.
I am Taiwanese and live in Taiwan. It was hard for me to imagine that the sort of massacre would ever happen at a university. Much stunned by the item of sensational news, I wrote down my comments on the bloody event as soon as I heard of it, hoping that my thoughts would be noted and that I could do something for the victims to comfort their spirits in another world. Bless them. NPR News responded to my comments, but it is a pity that they don't show them to other readers. Having found that Washington Post has a special column for readers' reactions, I sent my comments to the newspaper this time.
I have been noticing as many progresses and details of the investigation as I can. While more is known about the heinous killer when the package sent to NBC News has been received, questions remain. For example, his motive of committing such brutal behavior is still unclear. The package only tells us that he did not do this on impulse, but out of a plotted scheme through which he would let out his anger and take revenge. But on who? According to an eyewitness's testimony, the heinous killer looked around in the classroom before he started shooting, which means he was looking for certain targets. Who are they? Next, the second shooting occurred about two hours after the first one. It is very unusual. It is very hard to believe that the gunman who had committed two earlier killings at a campus dorm could have the "leisure" and "time" to go to the post office and send the package post-marked 9:01 a.m., about an hour and 45 minutes after the first shooting. We have been sure that the heinous killer is to blame for the mass slaughter. Still, authorities have not yet confirmed that he should be responsible for the first shooting. Is it possible that the killer of the two shootings is not the same person? On the other hand, I can scarcely believe that a common person such as a student of Korean descent alone can launch deadly attacks with such a kind of ferocity. Is it impossible that there are other guys who have also been involved in the incident? Who recorded the video-tape which shows the heinous killer pointing guns at the camera? Among the victims, is there any one who has lately made testimonies that have threatened felons and criminals? If not, why did the gunman have to first blockade the door to prevent others from running away and then started the mass killings?

April 20, 2007

Posted by: Clio Lin (Chia-Jung Lin) | April 19, 2007 10:28 PM

I understand that the Korean student community is reacting to fear of some kind of retaliation after the tragedy at VT. I hope that the rest of the VT students, as well as the University and community of Blacksberg comes to their support and reinforces the fact that we all know this event was caused by a single student and in no way implicates a problem with Koreans, or any group of foreign born students.

Posted by: Russ Tarner | April 19, 2007 10:28 PM

After reading all the comments, and I mean all the comments, some things said above irritated me. Being a Junior in college in Colorado, where Columbine and Bailey occured. I can say that carrying a gun around with you and having teachers carrying a gun is definately not the solution. My mother is also a teacher and I know she would probably quit her job before being forced to have a gun in her classroom.

As for when I was in high school, I was bullied, just like most kids who pull these acts of violence at schools and colleges. Some parents permit this kind of behavior. When my mom called the parents of the girl who was "mean" to me in high school, her fathers comment was "kids will be kids." As you can imagine this did not help the rest of my high school years.

Yes, gun control needs to be tighter, but having everyone carry a gun is not the solution with all the mental problems we have today. Security guards, and cops should be the only ones in my opinion.

To the woman who blamed this incident on people who eat meat. That has absolutely nothing to do with anything in this case. I'm sure even vegitarians are psychotic every once in a while.

As for "let's lock down the campus." Did anyone think of him being locked up in his dorm. It might have ended up worse than it actually did. Yes 32 people is a huge number, but if you think about it...locking him up in a dorm filled with 800 people or so, he could have killed a lot more than that.

And to those of you who do not live in my country, please do not criticize an Amendment that has been around for 300 years. I do not criticize Europe for have Amesterdam in their midst.

Ending on that note, thoughts and prayers sent out to those at VT from Johnson & Wales University in Denver.

Posted by: knitegrl2004 | April 19, 2007 10:30 PM

The Press in giving him what he wanted, showing the tapes and his letters. Hes not worth remembered...

Posted by: javier cruz | April 19, 2007 10:33 PM

My sympathy to all the families and friends who lost a loved one. Also, I will pray for all the VT community and hope that those wounded will return soon.
As far as the media, I know we what to know the what and why of this story. But I must say that I have a hard time seeing the picture of the killer on TV. I feel that the news should be reported, without dwelling on the killer who was mentallly sick. Or talking about it without flashing his picture. I like the fact that report are being done on each of the people that died and how their lives touched other.

Posted by: Sonia Perez | April 19, 2007 11:04 PM

I find it interesting that Don Imus is black balled and fired for an off color remark, yet NBC will air the deranged rantings of one of the most reviled murderers in US history. What ethical value did it bring to anyone to flaunt that tape so calously so soon after this tragedy?

Posted by: | April 19, 2007 11:59 PM

What the killer did was un-speakable.
Horrific. Un-speakable.

I think about what happened over and over, and ask, why didn't someone throw a book at him to at least distract him, or a desk. I know some victims tried, may they rest in peace. I am just completely shocked that 1 person was able to kill so many but it just beguiles me that 32 people died. That is just so shocking and scary, that one person weilding 2 high-powered guns could do that. I ask myself every day what I would have done in that situation, and I cannot even begin to fathom what I would do. I think at one point I would be desparate enough to just throw something at him, anything,to try to distract him, or die trying.

I just cannot fathom.

Please do not get angry at my next words, because I have been on the receiving end of bullying myself, and many of my closest family (including my husband) have been as well. I say these words only to educate people. I say them from learning experiences, and I say them with the most sincere, honest, and faithful hope that we can come together as a country and treat each other with respect and dignity, and teach our children these values, because they are not being taught in our schools.

Being laughed at regularly, pointed at. Treated like dirt. Teased because you are different. Even by the very teachers that are supposed to help and protect you.
The killer's torturing continued in college. He had no friends. No parties. No laughing, no smiles. Nothing.

No, not everyone did this to him, there were some that tried to help, but if you read about him, if you dare, if you will, you'll realize that he lived a tortured existence. His life was so horrible that he willingly killed himself. He wanted to die.

I AM NOT SUPPORTING WHAT HE DID. THERE WERE INDIVIDUALS THAT DIED BY THE KILLER's HANDS THAT WERE BULLIED THEMSELVES, THAT WERE TEASED AND LAUGHED AT EVERY DAY THEMSELVES, AND THEY DIED ON MONDAY.

My point is that bullying is a quiet, critical national problem in our schools. I have seen teachers and administrators regularly turn their backs when they see bullying, and not do one thing about it. I have seen kids cry, and have years and years of scarring from bullying. There is the quiet suffering that goes on for years, and affects them long into adulthood.

It's especially worse for boys and young men. They are the ones that get bullied the most. I am lucky because I am female and I was not teased as much as males were. Both of my brothers and my husband were bullied.

The killer was tortured, taunted, and teased for YEARS. This was the build-up of that.

He became a monster, but we have to understand who created that monster. Who's to blame? EVERYONE. We all are. We are all
to blame.

The parents that don't teach their kids to be nice to people who look different. The teachers that turn a blind eye, day after day, when they see bullying in their classroom and don't do a thing about it. The parent whose child invites everyone in the class to their birthday party except that kid who looks "different." The parent of the kid that makes fun of kids that are different in class. Every day they go to school, they are constantly in fear and in pain. Every single day.

I say "kid" but I know plenty of adults who do the same thing. I have heard racist and derogatory comments from adults who you would think should know better.

I educate people as much as I can, but that's not enough, it takes the entire community. Everyone. The nation.

p.s. For those of you who ask why the killer's parents aren't apologizing to the nation, ask yourself, what would you do if your son or daughter just killed 32 people and himself? I don't think you would be holding a press conference either.

Please, let's look out for one another and stop dividing each other.

Posted by: Stop Bullying | April 20, 2007 12:00 AM

My prayers, and condolences to all friends, and especially family of the victims of this all to frequent episode of inane violence. We must come together as a whole in our thinking, and more importantly in our actions to place human life as number one on our priority list. Stop devaluing people. All institutions need to take responsibility for those in their charge. Don't guess what to do when two cold blooded murders take place. Have a plan, and follow it. If a very mentally disturbed student is attending your establishment, get that person help, after you remove him from having access to harm others, or himself. NO EXCUSES FOR NOT DOING SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Joan Casiano | April 20, 2007 12:25 AM

it is indeed a tragedy. our deepest sympathies to all the families who lost someone.
why should civilians have the freedom to purchase guns? only law enforcement people should use weapons and they should be able to protect the public.

being able to buy weapons easier than buying medicine over the counter is the reason why families lost so much at VT and at all the shootings in the history.

even game hunting should be restricted. everyone has the right to live, even animals.

we as persons have no right to kill any living being.


Posted by: Gayan | April 20, 2007 12:45 AM

Our hearts bleed with yours. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jenna, John and Sarah- University of Richmond

Posted by: Jenna | April 20, 2007 01:08 AM


I am 39 years old South Korean, living in Seoul, had visited USA twice for only two weeks.

First of all, I would like to express my deepest sadness and emptyness caused by this catastrophe. May God bless the victims and their families.

Several days ago in South Korea, a 35 years old South Korean was sentenced to death who had killed 24 street-girls. Like a butcher, he used his sword to make the dead bodies into pieces and scattered them throughout several mountains. Sure, he has mental illness ( delusion ). He frequently expressed hatred towards woman.

It is said that mental illness and easy access to guns are major factors of this tragedy. That is correct I think.

By the way, as long as the gunman has the nationality of Korean, South Korea as a nation has much to do with USA to help making solace towatds the victim's families and resetting the campuses.

Every South Korean person Knows well that 55 years ago at Korean War, about 50.000 young American soldiers had died for the freedom of Korean Penisula.

God bless the victims and their families and their USA.

Posted by: tae-soo chung | April 20, 2007 02:38 AM

I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers will be with all of you. I cant even imagine what you are going through becuase I cry everytime I see or read the news. This really hits home to everyone. It is definately a reality check for me. Once I again I just want to extend my condolensces to all of you that have lost a loved one. I know this is a hard time for you but remain strong for the ones you love.

Posted by: Tracy--19 yr old female | April 20, 2007 03:14 AM

I am shocked and horrified to read about Cho Seung-Hui's killing spree that took the lives of so many. My heart goes out to those families. It isn't surprising to hear that it was not possible to have Cho Seung-Hui committed in 2005 or even at the least, force him to get psychiatric help despite the fact he showed grave signs of mental instability. Cho was in desperate need for help. He was delusional, he heard voices, felt he was being followed, chased and tortured and even though this may have been all in his mind, for him it was real. Doctors would describe this as an over acuteness of the senses. He was a sick young man and unfortunately, there are thousands of people just like him out there everyday, walking the streets.

Medical: Ask an insane person to make a sane decision

Severe mental illness is a growing phenomena in our society and forcing someone you know who is ill to get help before something as horrific like this occurs is more difficult than one might think. Both the medical industry and the legal system offer little help and usually only when it is too late. In most cases, people like Cho, are completely unaware they are sick. How can you convince someone they are delusional when what they see and feel, is as real to them as what we see and feel? Convincing an insane person they are insane and then asking them to make a sane decision (to get help) is almost impossible. Yet this is what the medical field requires, voluntary treatment.

Law: You can be as crazy as you want

The law is also of little support. It states that a mentally ill person can not be forced to get medical attention unless they are a danger to themselves or others. In other words, a person can be as crazy as they want and only until they harm someone can they then be forced treatment. By then it is too late. And even when it can be determined that a person is a danger before they cause harm, one can not usually 'force' medical treatment long enough for the person to be healed. It takes years of being on the proper medication and years of extensive psychiatric treatment before a person is on the right medication long enough to correct the brain imbalance and come to terms with the fact that they can't trust their senses.

Side effects: anti-psychotic medication can kill you

If you are able to convince or force treatment on someone you know who needs it, you may also be sending them to their death sentence. Anti-psychotic medication is not an extensively explored area, nor are the side effects. Doctors are only now learning just how severe and damaging the medications are for patients. Most are brutal enough to have long term damaging effects and many as harsh that it makes the person feel like they are going through chemotherapy. Even if you can convince someone they are mentally ill, they would most likely prefer living with it than fixing it since the person only 'feels' sick when they start to take medication(s).

Any way you look at it, there are victims. Cho Seung-Hui took the lives of many aspiring young students, and he devastated the lives of family members and friends. And he was also a victim. He was a victim of a society that did not do enough or know enough in enough time to help him and prevent this awful tragedy from happening.

Jem

Posted by: jem | April 20, 2007 03:15 AM

The news medias intrusive obsession with violence has been freshly revealed in its handling of this tragedy. Wall to wall coverage, pictures, repeated, repeated, repeated. Sticking microphones in victims faces and saying,how do you feel? It is inescapable. Out of a half-hour news show four days after the shootings, four fifths of it is devoted to this. Anything to keep the story going. I am sickened.

Posted by: Helena Montana | April 20, 2007 04:30 AM

When I look at all those beautiful faces of the Virginia Tech victums..... taken from this world so quickly by one sick deranged animal, I ask myself why. We will never know what greatness they would have contributed to our world to make it better. For the victums I pray for you. For the families I pray for you, and hope you will get through these hard times.For the world I mourn...we have losttoo many young wonderful people...who like I said could have made this world a better place for our present and future.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Posted by: Geri Cook | April 20, 2007 06:58 AM

There's every opinion about what to do to prevent this type horror. Everything from fewer guns, more guns, lock downs, etc. How about we quit creating these isolated hate-filled loners in the first place? This young man is no exception when we hear now of his childhood of having been ridiculed, picked on, bullied, ostracized. Maybe we can best prevent these terrible events by sending our own kids of in elementary, middle and high schools to be caring, understanding, inclusive, accepting and accomodating in particular toward those who need it the most. A little love might go a long way.

Posted by: Angela | April 20, 2007 07:06 AM

I am so very sorry for the families of the victims and their losses. My sisters inlaws are very close to the Petersons family and I express my condolences to all. One question I do have is that why isnt the killer being portrayed as a Christian Terriorist since he stated in his sick video that he was doing this in the name of Jesus Christ? Arent Muslim Terriorists considered just that because they say they do their heinious crimes in the name of Allah? What is the difference? The truth is that both sets of people, or ANYONE for that matter who commits such torture and terror are SICK human beings who should NOT be portrayed as representing their religion. No religion of the World condones violence. Please let me know what you all think. May God bless these families with the strength to deal with the losses they have suffered and may God bless the victims with the rewards of Heaven. AMEN. LOVE FOR ALL, HATRED FOR NONE.

Posted by: Aisha | April 20, 2007 07:21 AM

Do you know this guy came to the States since he was 8? why we keep saying he is a Korean? I bet he may not even able to speak good Korean

Posted by: Nick | April 20, 2007 07:24 AM

As a two generation Hookie family we are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our prayers are with the family and friends of all the victims.

Posted by: Cindy | April 20, 2007 07:24 AM

rubbing salt in the wound, its what the media does best. its ok though, cause we are better than that, we just wont watch

Posted by: VT alum 04 | April 20, 2007 07:41 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with the Virginia Tech community this week. What they have experienced is horrible. This is a week when, regardless of college affiliation, we are all Hokies.

Posted by: Doug Steimle | April 20, 2007 07:47 AM

We are with you in this unpleasant time and protesting against this event which is very bad.

shahzad ahmad from pakistan

Posted by: Shahzad ahmad | April 20, 2007 08:27 AM

I can't even belive this is a truth until all the famous media publicize as a top-line.This is a unbelievably tragedy happened in a real life otherwise in the war.My prays with those families who lost their beloved children in Apr.16 and the victim students of the Virgina Tech.It's time for U.S government take into seriously consideration from the tragedy and believe you would try the utmost to make your own country's people feel safety.

Posted by: Angela from China | April 20, 2007 08:41 AM

Let's go Hokies!

Posted by: Chris | April 20, 2007 08:48 AM

I saw on the news that President Bush asked people to be on the lookout for persons that appear to be mentally disturbed and do something. The problem is in Virginia that would get you NOWHERE. Unless Cho committed a crime, the authorities would do NOTHING.. their hands are tied under the current law! My bipolar son for many years acted in a very similar way... we were told to wait until he committed a crime before anything could be done. The laws in Virginia need to change now before we see any more tragedies...

Posted by: Woody Hawthorne | April 20, 2007 08:51 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the VT Family!!! You are not alone....i am all the way in NY and i was in such shock when i herd what happended. I used to live in Colonial Beach, Va and it very scary. I wish all of you the best of luck, and u are all loved by the whole world!!!

Posted by: Melissa H | April 20, 2007 09:39 AM

An additional comment for the students of Virginia Tech is Hokies....
STAY STRONG, YOU WILL GET THROUGH.
BUT NEVER FORGET THOSE YOU LOVED AND LOST
FOR THE NATION WILL NOT FORGET YOU.

Posted by: Dee | April 20, 2007 10:09 AM

This is a tragic event, my sympathies are with the families and freinds of those unfortunate victims.

Violence breeds violence. While there will probably always be mentally-ill psychopaths, the fact that our society glorifies violence is at least partly responsible for these type of campus-killers. These people see violence as a way to make their mark or to be heard and who are pushed over the edge by exposure to the violence portrayed in the media, and the ease of access to handguns and assault-type weapons, and sensationalist-style media coverage. We as a society enable these killers.

As far as violence breeds violence, I'd like to point out that violence at and above this scale happens to civilians in Iraq on a weekly basis, without much coverage at all. The irony is that our own government, and by association we as a country, are at least partially responsible for those tragedies.

Posted by: Jeff R | April 20, 2007 10:32 AM

Would it be possible for this deranged individual to cause the same harm, if he didn't have such an easy access to guns?

Posted by: Paulo Lira | April 20, 2007 10:43 AM

The shooting in itself was a heartless cowardly act. The media exploitation of a sick individual is freedom of the press. However, at what point does freedom become as heartless as the act itself? I also wondered - Where's Al Shrpton and Jesse Jackson on this one? They seem to have an opinion about everythnig else.

Posted by: Art | April 20, 2007 10:54 AM

32 lives GONE. for nothing.

"Guns don't kill people... People kill people," what a bunch of bs if you ask me.

If the state of Virginia, if they had a longer waiting period with a much more thorough background check, this guy would never have gotten a gun and done what he did. They would have seen that he had been in a mental hospital.

Unless you are in law enforcement, or in the military, YOU DO NOT NEED A GUN! It's not like we are being chased around by British Redcoats in the US anymore!

GUNS SHOULD BE BANNED!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 20, 2007 11:04 AM

God bless the victims and their families. I find some comfort in believing that the angels of mercy lead the victims to a wonderful place, away from their tragedy and dispair at the moment of their end on earth. May the families and friends of these brave people find comfort that they do not feel pain where they rest now forever next to a loving God.

Posted by: Craig Bumford | April 20, 2007 11:31 AM

From a little geographic distance away here in Oklahoma, I feel deep emotional empathy for all at Virginia Tech: be strong, demand change. Powerful examples of courage and love have been shown here amidst the stunning tragic event. As Prof. Librescu's valiant existential choice, filled with his living act that shouted out "PROTECT the Innocent Against Evil." This nation can now face the changes that must be made to make public space safer: empower administrators to ACT to confront and remove madness before its weakness and cowardice harm others. And the action of this Professor, let it be for all a national example: build that statue to a man of valor and self sacrifice. He celebrated the Freedom of saying YES! to the negativity of the Face of Evil.

Posted by: Chris Barrett | April 20, 2007 11:31 AM

The murders are a horrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family and friends of the victims, as well as the family of the shooter; who must be devastated. We think less media attention should be given to the perpetrater and much more to the victims. If the news media feels it must report all the rantings of the murderer, place a written article that can be accessed if desired; not front page pictures and videos on the internet or on TV that are impossible to avoid. This glorification of violence only serves to encourage all the other Cho Seung-Huis out there to plan their own moment of fame.

Posted by: Karen Gorman | April 20, 2007 01:01 PM

I humbly present this poem to the families and friends of that beautiful young lives, and to all of us who are saddened by this. My prayers are with you.

"tear"

another tear has dropped

in the middle of the air,
it shines--very pretty
it glasses the surrounding beauties
it's a yesterday; it's a tomorrow

while it's in the air
the messenger from the heart
carries so many stories in that tiny drop
sad and happy ones
pure and sincere

while it's in the air
when asked "what's the purpose of you?"
it replies "i represent a new start"
"let me drop"

when it reaches the ground, finally
it breaks into thousands tiny pieces
it sprinkles as thousands crystals

a fresh sprout, then, grows from there.


homeric, april 19th, 2007

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Posted by: Ping | April 20, 2007 01:11 PM

Be Compassionate with ANGRY ONES and there will be less of this for you to witness.
When all feel like man - it will end.

Posted by: Stevi | April 20, 2007 01:11 PM

So much for freedom.
There you go Mr President. You helped eliminate the ban (signed by Clinton) for the sell of automatic weapons and now this boy could go ahead and buy not one but two semi-automatic guns to kill innocent people.
The first thing I asked myself was: how did they allow this person to carry weapons? He was mentally sick for God's sake!! You cannot put candy in a child's table because he/she will eat it!! That's what happened in this case..
If it is not there or easily available maybe not too much people would've died. Maybe he would've just kill himself with no more fatalities.
Some control over certain important things don't kill anyone (au contraire, it might save lives)
My prayers to those parents who lost their child that day.


Posted by: Beatriz | April 20, 2007 01:28 PM

this is no comment but DISGUST. SHOULDNT THE V T HAD EXPELLED THIS MEAN, NASTY SHOOTER 'KID'A LONG TIME AGO?

Posted by: RUTHLYNN | April 20, 2007 01:46 PM

I am writing in response to the ignorant comments made below by someone who reads this paper. Not everyone who doesn't look you in the eye is autistic. Some people are shy and others have things to hide such as this disturbed individual who killed all those innocent people. Another newsflash is that autistic people are not mentally ill either. For your information video games are played by many people, not just autistic people. Yes, some people, which refers to the entire population, are consumed by these games, which by the way are encouraging killing. That is what is shameful. Yes, some autistic children are in the public schools and no, they are not dangerous, but what is dangerous is an ignorant person making ridiculous assumptions as this person quoted below. The writer also mentions the visible "anger" and "seething" of autistic people which is downright STUPID. They are not violent and angry people, but are merely frustrated on occasion with lack of communication. Yes, anyone can be frustrated, typical or autistic and should take a break when things get overwhelming. But jumping to conclusion that this very disturbed individual is autistic is UNFAIR. There are plenty of murderers and offenders who are anything but autistic. Autism is on the rise today, so how do you explain all the killings years and years ago? Get your facts straight and don't go pointing fingers when you are ignorant on a topic as serious as autism. Some of the most gifted and wonderful people in the world are Autistic. For the real facts go to www.autismspeaks.org.

Ignorant comments by another Washington Post commenter:
" I'm sure someone will get very offended by my question, but I
wonder if Cho was autistic. There are autistic children who are
easily identified by their being unable to look anyone in the eye.
Also many are very wrapped up in video games as it is another
reality. If it turns out that Cho was autistic, this is something
that needs to be taken seriously as there are many autistic children
in public schools today. Depending on the child, their anger is
nearly visible and seething underneath the surface. Occasionally they
have violent outbursts as well and teachers have been advised to give
them breaks when they see this kind of potential explosion. Perhaps
they don*t have access to guns as Cho did, but what about that kid in
Minnesota(?) last year. Does anyone remember what I*m thinking of.
Wasn*t he American Indian? This is of serious concern or should be."

Posted by: Wendy in CT | April 20, 2007 02:03 PM

First, I was outragous that something like this could happen in a university, so close to the anniversary of Columbine High School shooting. Then I thought, given the magnitude of the crime, there might be some positive consequences coming out: a heated gun-control debate and pledge from some leaders/presidential candidates to push it. As days went by, I haven't seen what I expected. I've heard voices from both camps, thanks to the free speech right, but nowhere close to a heated debate. I strongly believe that strict gun-control laws would have prevented this. Now let's consider what would happen if, as the other camp points out, everybody is allowed to carry their guns. For certainty, it will not prevent those criminals getting guns, and for sure, they'll shoot their guns. The fact that somebody else might have guns won't stop them because they're ready to die, and indeed, most of them committed suicide afterwards. Now when a killer starts shooting, every good guys with guns will pull out their legal guns and try to be heros to kill this killer. In order to kill the killer, these good guys have to make sure that they don't get killed first. In most situations, they don't know how many bad guys there are, and who they are, especially when everybody pulls out their guns. With adreniline running high in blood and survival instinct, they will shoot at whoever carrying a gun that they don't know in person. (Even if they know in person, they can't be sure s/he might actually be the bad guy.) When there are gun shots, nobody can tell they are from good guys or bad guys, other than they know they are not from theirs. The best survival chance then is to kill all those with guns. You can imagine the result. We've heard quite some cases from NYC where police killed people without a gun and the victims were not killed by a single bullet from a single police, they were killed by dozens of bullet from several police. The reason was very simple, when the first shot was fired and no way to tell who fired it, everybody was in panic mode and the only way to survive is kill your presumed enemy. You rather be wrong then right. If highly trained NYC police are prone to shoot, I have no doubt that ordinary citizens, eager to shoot down the killer, will shoot whoever carrying a gun. Nobody will blame them if they happen to kill a good guy: they need to survival in a gun battle. And it doesn't need much effort to imagine the consequences... It could be much much worse.

When I saw leaders, politicians, and law makers, attend convocations and try to show their leadership, I feel they should be ashamed for not doing enough to prevent this happening. Given all the information I have, I believe the gun-law will stay in status-quo. And I also believe it won't take long that these leaders will fly again to attend a convocation to show off their leadership and express their condolense.

Posted by: John Lai | April 20, 2007 02:04 PM

"If the state of Virginia...if...this guy would never have gotten a gun and done what he did"

Cho's acquisition of weaponry was quite easy in Virginia but do you really believe that even the strictest gun laws possible would have protected anyone that Cho shot, including himself?

Had Cho's quest for legally acquiring guns been impeded, he would have simply gone a different route and purchased them illegally. Cho would have flipped to the classified pages of a "Guns & Ammo" magazine, or visisted an internet gun message board, looking for individiuals who sell guns privately.

The ONLY difference between Cho's purchase of guns legally vs. illegally would be that he would have had to withdraw the ~$500 from his credit card as cash.

Posted by: Thomas | April 20, 2007 02:22 PM

How the gothic stone does weep,
Broken windows, broken hearts, broken dreams,
Barricaded doors, frightened young ones leap,
Running police, flak-jackets, loaded M-sixteens,
Chains across the doors, chains across the years,
Perished, young and old - cherished, young and old,
Solemn voices, solemn halls, solemn tears,
Makeshift shrines, signs, the tearful consoled,
Candlelight, reaching out to starlight,
Maroon and orange, woven palette of unity,
Families gather, embraces, momentary respite,
An affected campus, an affected community,
Ut prosim - together we serve,
The goodness lost, in our hearts we keep,
A moment of silence all observe,
Oh how the gothic stone does weep.

Posted by: Bob | April 20, 2007 02:45 PM

We all mourn this week the senseless murders and lives lost in Virginia. Grief has come over our nation and the world and it will not heal quickly. In times of tragedy and loss, Rabbi Kushner's book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, offers support and a path to healing. We must also pray for the family of the shooter, who must be feeling unspeakable agony as well. The Amish people in Pennsylvania recently experienced a similar tragedy and made an effort to reach out to the family of the shooter who caused all the chaos there at that time. We must not forget in the face of our domestic crisis, that everyday in Iraq innocent people are killed by suicide bombers. Let us all work for peace and an end to senseless violence everywhere.

Posted by: Tricia | April 20, 2007 02:49 PM

MY thoughts an dprayers are with the families of victims affected in this incident. Racism is everywhere, even where i'm working now. This land is everyones and is land of opportunities.

Posted by: Samul | April 20, 2007 03:06 PM

You reap what you sow...

Posted by: This is America | April 20, 2007 03:12 PM

What a tragic event, and the tragedy will continue so long as the instant satisfaction crowd keeps ranting. There is little to nothing anyone could have done different to prevent or minimize what was done.

I can think of several things he could have done that would have been WORSE than he did with higher death tolls. None of which require a gun.

You can not protect yourself from someone who is insane by making more laws.

Posted by: Matt | April 20, 2007 03:26 PM

To Everyone at Virginia Tech,
For all who died, we're sorry. For their families,teachers,faculty and staff, we're sorry.

Posted by: Austin and Morgan- 2nd gr. students | April 20, 2007 03:30 PM

Plainly, the perpetrator was demented and, in this particular instance, his homicidal intentions were aided and abetted by a regulatory regime that allowed him to obtain weapons easily notwithstanding his troubled past. That said, there is no guarantee that legal hurdles of any kind would have stopped him from obtaining deadly weapons of some kind. Assuming that he was estranged from his immediate family and/or they were incapable of getting him professional help (and, at present, we know very little about that aspect), if we are going to prevent similar tragedies in the future we have to take a hard look at the breakdowns in academic policy and inter-agency communications that permitted an individual like this to continue a course of study and live in university housing notwithstanding his manifestly inappropriate and threatening conduct. Given the number of adults who came in contact with his dark side, and putting aside the question whether he should have been dealt with more forcefully by law enforcement or mental health authorities, it is shocking that this person was not expelled from Virginia Tech for misconduct, poor academic performance, mental instability, or some combination thereof. We will never know whether expulsion would have changed the outcome, but there is no such thing as "freedom" when school officials permit a manifestly deranged and menacing individual to reside in close quarters with other young men and women. If the officials who interacted with him were prevented by privacy laws from disclosing details about his mental state to the community at large, that only heightened their obligation to physically remove him from campus. Is there any doubt that, if he had engaged in similar conduct in the workplace, his employer would have been fully justified in firing him on the spot? If institutions like Virginia Tech are worried about the potential legal liability associated with erring on the side of caution and removing individuals from the university population in such circumstances, they should require the consenting adults in their charge to sign appropriately drafted waivers as a condition to admission. We owe the victims a complete overhaul of the systems that failed them.

Posted by: Ed | April 20, 2007 03:33 PM

I am so sorry for all of these losses and am feeling for all families and friends of the victims. I just lost my youngest, my baby, age 23 about 5 1/2 weeks ago. I don't know what to say, but I hope that something can be done in the future to protect students and faculty by all universities and school systems. I hope nothing this bad ever happens again. But then, nobody was prepared or even thought anything like this would happen. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am from Oklahoma and we have suffered much pain. Just remember that God Loves you and look to him for his love and comfort. You are not alone, I am with you in heart. Even though I lost my precious young son, who lives behind a baby girl and a woman who was to marry him this year, I believe and know that I will see him again. They say they never leave you. I am Native American and in our ways, our loved ones come visit us in our dreams. You will see your loved ones again. God Bless and Keep you all!

Posted by: Peg | April 20, 2007 03:55 PM

This is a perfect example that evil really does exist. Also, it should be noted that fame and notoriety are NOT the same thing. I feel for all of the parents of the victims and the parents of the shooter too. All are suffering.

Posted by: Brian Feely | April 20, 2007 04:07 PM

In every shooting: VA Tech, Columbine etc. and even with the recent tragic deaths of Anna Nicole Smith and her son, anti-depressant medication has been involved to some degree. Or the person has been treated be some psychologist/psychiatrist. Does anyone see the connection that these drugs and "Mental Health" clinics are failing our society, and actually may be a cause factor in altering people's behavior? Maybe it's the fact that it's not working and no one is confronting this reality because of "big business".

If you research many of these shootings/tragic deaths you'll see that the person was taking this type of medication. The harmful effects of these drugs and how it manifests itself horribly into society is the real story. Many of these events could be prevented if people get off these mind-altering drugs and psychiatrists are exposed for the harm that they actually cause.

Posted by: Tianna Mudd | April 20, 2007 04:29 PM

I am a high level weapons trainer - SWAT and better...

I'm a committed NRA member. I absolutely abhor the unbelieveably ridiculous and senseless violence I see - ON ANY LEVEL. I'm a total 'peacenik'.

Unfortunately, the only way to repel the insane murderers is with equal or greater force. To that end, I must insist that the good people (who outnumber the 'bad' 10,000:1) need to be able to repulse these mindless attacks. Both civilians and police are of, basically, the same ability, and with a wee bit of training, can repel the madmen of the world. There is no substitute for those well prepared persons, on site, to extinguish that which is virtually the 'devil's work'....

You can NOT wait for a SWAT team. Police are, intrinisically not able to be "everywhere", unless a police state somehow appeals to you.

Responsibility does not need a BADGE to do well for itself.

Mind you, there is NO prohibition or weapon ban that has worked; nay, these machinations create monumental problems far beyond all thoughts of those who "try" to "do good".

Fall not into that intellectually deficient or dishonest trap.

Sincerely,
Gregory Eads

Posted by: Gregory Eads | April 20, 2007 04:36 PM

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Posted by: Your Christian Neighbor | April 20, 2007 04:50 PM

With so many brave and kind faculty, Virginia Tech is truly the greatest University of America.

Posted by: Kayo Tang | April 20, 2007 05:28 PM

The University should have instantly closed the entire university after the first two murders two hours before the second round in which some 30 more were murdered. And the murderer should have been sent from the university and hospitalized when he began his very early threatenting behavior. Also, guards need to be armed with guns and citizens, including teachers, should keep their own guns close by. Had the teachers had gunds on hand they could have stopped this young murderer in his tracks. The notion of surrendering our own defense for the feel-good factor of having no guns is a murderous and irresponsible proposition.
There should be no no-gun areas. Every area must have people who can protect themselves and those in their care. Those who want to harm others have no trouble acquiring guns, every responsible citizen should be armed. Particularly in this day and age. The terrible deaths of these beautiful young people could have been prevented.

Posted by: Piers Samuels | April 20, 2007 05:45 PM

My prayers and tears are with you all who are suffering. Why is it that we just cant all get along? we are the worst living species, even animals in the wild don't kill for kicks.
It is a sad day when a person/persons decides to play god.
Taking away guns will not solve the problems. We need to better understand people in need and people that have this anger built up. More steps need to be taken to help them and identify these people. There were warning signs well in advance as there were too at Columbine. We need to reach out and get these people the help they need, and to change the laws to protect people. What makes me more anygry is that they knew months in advance that this man had issues and was a threat, nothing happened because he didn't do anything, well now he has and it it the most terrible thing you could do to another human being. too little too late. Also our media outlets are the worst and make them martyers they should focus more on real solutions than fiction making a joke out of in America. All their lives could have and should have been spared. Someone someday will wake up and see ignoring volience is not an option!!!! EVER!

Posted by: Lynn C. NC | April 20, 2007 06:17 PM

I just want to say how much I enjoy listening to the stories of the victim's lives before they passed. What their talents were, what hobbies they liked, what their Major was in school and the social moments their friends have shared. Its an honor to get to know every one of them.

Posted by: Diane | April 20, 2007 06:25 PM

Some may say that the victims of this senseless shooting were in the wrong at the wrong time. That is not true. The victims were where they belonged; in school, in class, and learning so they could someday make their own contribution to the world. It was the shooter who did not belong. He should have been expelled from school and received treatment 2 years ago.

This is also not a gun control issue. It is a mental health data management issue. If the shooter's mental health record had been properly recorded with the State, the instant check done during all gun sales would have resulted in a denial of the sale by the Virginia State Police.

Hopefully, the right people will make the right decisions that will help prevent something like this from happening again. If they don't, then the victims died for nothing.

Let's Go Hokies!!

Posted by: Alan Hinchliffe | April 20, 2007 07:03 PM

Lives gone for no reason. My heart goes out to all the families who have lost someone dear and close to them. Also the whole VA Tech your lives will go on but it will take time. Just be there for each other and help each other through there pain.

As far as it goes on guns I'm against them. It needs to be harder then it is for someone to walk-in a get a gun within minutes. You should have to wait at least 30 days before this can happen. To easy in the state of Va to get a gun.

GOD BLESS EVERYONE MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.

Posted by: Cindy Brown | April 20, 2007 07:27 PM

I hereby pay my deepest sorrow and sympathy for those who have lost their lives and their families and loved ones in this tragedy.
I am Taiwanese and live in Taiwan. It was hard for me to imagine that the sort of massacre would ever happen at a university. Much stunned by the item of sensational news, I wrote down my comments on the bloody event as soon as I heard of it, hoping that my thoughts would be noted and that I could do something for the victims to comfort their spirits in another world. Bless them. Having found that Washington Post has a special column for readers' reactions, I sent my comments to the newspaper.
I have been noticing as many progresses and details of the investigation as I can. While more is known about the heinous killer when the package sent to NBC News has been received, questions remain. For example, his motive of committing such fatal rampage is still unclear. The package only tells us that he did not do this on impulse, but out of a plotted scheme through which he would let out his anger and take revenge. But on who? According to an eyewitness's testimony, the heinous killer looked around in the classroom before he started shooting, which means he was looking for certain targets. David Maraniss, Washington Post Staff Writer, reported on April 19 that the first attack came in Room 206 and then the shooter aimed his two guns around the room, picking off people one by one before leaving. This message provides us with a precious clue, which obviously shows that his targets were among the victims in Room 206. Who are they? Next, the second shooting occurred about two hours after the first one. It is very unusual. It is very hard to believe that the gunman who had committed two earlier killings at a campus dorm could have the "leisure" and "time" to go to the post office and send the package post-marked 9:01 a.m., about an hour and 45 minutes after the first shooting. We have been sure that the heinous killer is to blame for the mass slaughter. Still, authorities have not yet confirmed that he should be responsible for the first shooting. Is it possible that the killer of the two shootings is not the same person? On the other hand, I can scarcely believe that a common person such as a student of Korean descent alone can launch deadly attacks with such a kind of ferocity. Is it impossible that there are other guys who have also been involved in the incident? Who recorded the videotape in which the heinous killer points his guns at the camera? Among the victims, is there any one who has lately made testimonies that have threatened felons and criminals? Is it possible that there is planned murder behind the onslaught? If not, why did the gunman have to first chain and padlock the door to prevent others from running away and then started the mass killings?

Posted by: Clio Lin (Chia-Jung Lin) | April 20, 2007 11:04 PM

I wish people could feel such empathy and compassion for victims in Darfur and Iraq

Posted by: concerned | April 20, 2007 11:47 PM

I am very sorry for all the lives lost on 4/16/07 . ...

However I happened to notice that cho was constantly made fun of in high school on one of the websites. Is that why he said " do you know what i means to be spat on the face , to have trashes pushed down through your throat?"

I know i should not defende a merciless crazy killer however, i wonder what high school did or not did in those times when a weak kid got teased , sneered at, bullied ? And those who did this to cho shouldn't be responsible too? they indirectly created a monster by bullying him. I am sure there must be something in highschhool that made him go downward..

Posted by: sarah | April 20, 2007 11:51 PM

First of all my prayers go out to all of the students at Va.Tech. To the professors, police and everyone involved,my sincere prayers. The biggest question is why there wasn't an immediate lockdown after the first two killings. Well, I believe for one, there was no truth in the theory about a love triangle and Cho killed an ex-girlfriend and her lover (who happened to be the african american RA with the 4.0 gpa), I think that early theory was eventually totally thrown out. What has never been raised in the media or elsewhere is the suspect before Cho was caught was (which they thought was a murder-suicide) the African American Male who was found shot with the female. This is why the shutdown of the campus never occurred. Officers and possibly the President of the VaTech thought they had the killer, and that he had committed suicide, only one problem, they could not find a weapon. IT wasn't until Cho struck again that they realized they had made a critical error, which resulted in 30 more lives and numerous injuries. A Resident Advisor with a 4.0 gpa was the suspect of a murder-suicide until Cho struck again. At a time like this I hate to think that is the case, but looking clearly at the facts and what occurred there are no other answers left as to why the lockdown did not occur. They thought they had their man.

Posted by: none | April 21, 2007 12:24 AM

There is now available breakthrough technology to build a security net (similar to a wireless data network) on a campus to make a College/University campus drug free, explosives free and gun free. This new technology would have prevented this tragic event. IPGlobal Group is currently licensing this tremendous technology.

Posted by: nmaxfield | April 21, 2007 02:08 AM

A prayer and a lot of compassion for the Soul of the young man who took all of those lives. Remember, ALL Souls must be enlightened, if not in this life, in the next or the next or the next. An "evil" Soul is a Soul with an absence of light. If we hate or condemn, we lose the light also. We injure our Souls just a little more. Many of these injuries take many lifetimes to heal. We want to introduce the "Light" to these "evil" Souls with compassion. We want to live this life with reverence. We lack those things. We want to become multiple sensory people instead of the five sensory people we've been all along. Once we become multisensory, we can begin to understand our Souls and interact with them. Let's face it. Sooner or later, we want to leave this earthly cicle for good.


Please pray with me!

Father, right now we acknowledge You & we acknowledge Your presence &
Your sovereignty. Father we lift up Virginia Tech & the people affected
by the evil that has taken place on the campus. We pray that Your
Spirit be with them. We pray that Your loving arms be wrapped around
them & comfort them in this tragic time. We pray for families,
neighbors, & friends. We pray for staff, professors, & administrators.
God, we pray for people. We pray for humanity. We pray that this
event will not cause people to turn from You but it will cause a nation
to run to You like they have never run before. We pray for increased
faith. We pray for spiritual growth. We pray for Christian fellowship
& salvation of souls. We pray that your hand will move mightily over
Blacksburg, VA & over this nation. Touch souls right now & comfort
broken hearts. Forgive us for our sins Father. In Your Son Jesus
C hrist name we pray. Amen.

Posted by: Louie Ocasio | April 21, 2007 02:20 AM

Our harts go out to the victims of the shootings/terrorist actions at Virginia Tech. One should however remember that these 20some victims fade compared to the 50-100 civilian victims that are killed EVERY DAY in the US-invaded and controlled Iraq.
One cannot imaging the sufferings these people are facing everyday, not even having the basic infra structure we take for granted, such as hospitals, doctors, police and support groups. Lets try to put our "sufferings" in perspective and help the families of those 50-100000 civilian innocent victims killed as a result of the US-invasion in Iraq only.

Posted by: Joe Strinman | April 21, 2007 05:05 AM

Let me first say my sincere condolences go out to the friends and families of the victims of this horrific massacre. Herblock, the beloved political cartoonist once drew a picture of a gun altar with thousands of victims being placed upon the altar. It took America 300 or more years to realize that slavery is wrong. I'm sure the forefathers would understand if we at least TRIED to make it harder to obtain a gun in this country. How can we be the envy of the "civilised world" when thousands of our citizens die yearly from gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, these massacres will continue to happen. Bush was looking in the wrong place for weapons of mass destruction. They are here.

Posted by: Rita Johnson | April 21, 2007 09:39 AM

Thank you, Nikki Giovanni, for showing us the way up.

Thank you, President Steger, for your caring leadership.

Thank you, UVA, for your heartfelt vigil. We hope we never have to return the favor.

Thank you, schools, places of worship, civic groups, and all other people who took the time to bless us and wish us well.

Thank you, professor Librescu, for your heroism.

Thank you, (most of you) for contributing to this site.

Thank you, families of slain students and professors, for allowing us to share your pain by inviting us to your memorial services.

Thank you, slain students and professors, for the lives you led, and for the contribution of your spirit to ours. We won't forget you. I promise to don the Tech colors every April 16th for the balance of my life. I'll also observe a moment of silence, during which I'll remember you, though I never met any of you. That's what family does.

Thank you, EMT's and hospitals and doctors and nurses. . .for saving those who could be.

Thank you--all of you--who might otherwise know nothing about Virginia Tech, but stepped up and contributed your money, time, or condolences.

Thank you, Highty-Tighties and the Marching Virginians--for playing through your personal pain for us.

Thank you, parents. This has been a tough week for you. Your children will be OK.

Thank you, Virginia Tech, for playing a large part of who I turned out to be. I remember Tech as a place of happiness, and it will be that place again, only with a footnote. That footnote mustn't lose its exclamation point; nor should it outgrow its parenthesis.

Thank you, members of the Hokie Nation from Virginia, the United States, and around the world. You KNOW.

We ARE. . . Virginia Tech.

Posted by: Charles Frazier, VT '80 | April 21, 2007 10:35 AM

I have lived for five years in your country. I loved it as I loved the American people. But when it comes to arms, there is clearly and indeniably a mentality problem. I am stunned at the many reactions asking for the freedom to carry weapons on the Virginia Tech campus. What a madness! Nearly no one reaction from Americans asking to control the selling of weapons. In most developped countries in the world, the sale of weapons is very much controled and even nearly impossible to get. The crime rate with weapons is then also accordingly very low compared to the rate in the US. It is pathetic to see all these people all over America pray for the victims but not raise the issue which is at the roots of the evil. Furthermore, what happened at Virginia Tech will contribute to a bit more anti-Americanism in the world, and it makes me sad that the world is more and more unable to understand what goes on in America and its war in Irak.

Posted by: Tony Van der haegen | April 21, 2007 11:14 AM

I was heartened to read today's lead story about Seung Hui Cho's background and the impacts of this tragedy on the Korean American community. For the past week I, and probably thousands of other Korean Americans, have been struggling to comprehend the strong and contradictory feelings I've had in response to learning about Cho's Korean background. I commend the Post for spotlighting what appears to be a common response from Korean Americans--shame and a sense of exposure--and for quoting Korean Americans who are focusing, rightly, on the need for the community to confront mental illness and embrace mental health treatment. Cho and Gardner have written about a difficult subject with insight and humanity. Many Korean Americans will feel thankful, as I have, for this thoughtful piece of journalism.

Posted by: A. Kim | April 21, 2007 11:57 AM

My deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims; their pain must defy description. I doubt that Cho Seung-Hui could really comprehend what he was doing to people. I doubt that he had ever grieved someone important to him, especially someone too young to die. Also, it's too bad he was Korean, because some people will undoubtedly translate their rage and horror into racism. The same thing happened on 9/11. It is awful for human beings to kill other human beings, especially in such brutal ways, but race has nothing to do with it. However, the latent seeds of racism in our society provide a convenient target of blame. Last, I hope that the horror inspired by Monday's events will compel people to consider the conditions that produced this young man. Violent people can only come from a violent society! This is not an isolated incident, but rather a flare-up of dormant problems that deeply plague our society. After all, we can't doubt that there are others out there who relate to Cho's actions or have similar violent fantasies.

Posted by: Isobel Crittenden | April 21, 2007 01:03 PM

May the grace and the glory of God and all of His spirits be with each beautiful soul that was inflicted by the atrocious incidents at Virginia Tech. With Love and God Bless You All, Karyn O.

Posted by: Karyn Onyeneho | April 21, 2007 02:31 PM

First things first, I want to say that to EVERYONE effeted by the VT TRAGETY, you are in my prayers. I also want to make a few things known, as my right- just like every american. I helped defend that right as a partialy disabled USMC VET. I served my country- Honorably and as a proud citizen I am outraged BY remarks made re: AUTISM and the VT shooter... Many men and women have made this country free- have protected it- long before I was born and do it every minute of everyday- RIGHT NOW and believe in it enough to sacrafice for it. I have a 5 y/o son who is
Autistic- falling on the scale of ASD's-
He is by the way, of Korean desent- bi racial. My Ex- husband- His father, is Korean and was born in Seoul. I cant explain the struggles I have faced- with my family re: my Son's illness- and the CRUELTY of others, because my son struggles to speak- he stopped talking almost completly. It is heart breaking. Now with a new life ahead of us, a new home- my new marriage. my son realizes how important it is to treat others with respect- even when they are hurtful, and it is a struggle this past year as he trys to be understood.
I dont excuse or write off ANYONE because society says so- I am DISGUSTED that some of these smears on AUTISM are being exploited- SHAME ON YOU - ALL of you who think you know what it is like- a comment b was made on this blog by "qrsi" 4/17@ 6:01 pm- people like that make me sick. It was RACIAL and PREJUDICIAL I am very offended by this persons ignorant remarks- Is anyone going to stand up to idiotis thinking? Lets jump on the ban waggon- its an IMUS - yeah- thats gonna happen- maybe it should -WE are only as strong as our weakest link- united we stand right? obviously qrsi is WEAK. I feel so deeply for VT and for what happened. God bless them all. I have sent an email to the Washington post re how offended I am by qrsi 's remarks- no reply. Oh and some of you comment about GUN control- whats next are you are going to start racialy profilling my son and his disorder- and tell me I cant own a gun? YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR MIND... i served this country and it is MY RIGHT- i helped defend it... My Husband ( my son's step dad) served 20 years Honorably, and you have some nerve.
I am not saying this to hurt anyone. I know who I am and I know that my son cant speak well enough to defend his RIGHTS so I will. Dont ignore this, we all need to be respectful to the tragedy and remember how strong we are- together.
Take Care -Semper Fi,

Posted by: nicole.jensen | April 21, 2007 03:56 PM

Amid the sorrow over the loss of young students, please do not forget the loss of several fine teachers.

This AP story on your site:
Apr 21, 3:33 PM EDT
By ADAM GELLER
AP National Writer

continues the mistake made by too many in the media, now including AP and WaPo, in stating that all 33 killed were students.

Do not deny the sorrow of the families of the faculty -- some of them parents whose children are suffering loss as much as are the parents of students. Do not also deny the loss for us all of the research of the faculty who were on the cusp of saving lives before theirs were lost.

Posted by: Cream City | April 21, 2007 04:09 PM

MENTALLY DISTURBED INDIVIDUALS... interesting what exactly is the definition of that statement anyway? What is scarey is the people who seem normal and... SNAP or just as frightning.. the one who is a "loaner" . As a Military service member, my last job was discharging mentaly disabled individuals... w/ clear history of illness. Seriously sick people, and they were in the military... imagine that,w/ weapons too... good god. I am so serious, I cant sleep until this day. so who is to blame for that? Parents aware of their children having mental illness - congressmen calling me to ask why they are not getting an honorable disharge...or evn more frightning why they cant stay "in" the service. it was awful. The hardest time of my life. It was a mess.... who do you blame? the 17 or 18 yr. olds for knowing or the parents/congressmen? it gets pretty messy let me tell you. I still live w/ it today. You never know who you are standing next to. My mother has worked w/ the mentaly handicapped for years. I have been around it my whole life in one way or another. It is sad. It crosses Moral and Ethical boundries. It all breaks my heart. What needs to be done is obvious... PAY ATTENTION TO CHILDREN it is so simple- they are our future, they hold it all it is so clear. Trust me, My Autistic son has taught me more in his 5 years then I have learned my entire life. He is fun and loveing, sweet- most people have no idea he is Autistic.. the speech problem is what catches their eye... my son is my hero. To even imagine someone would do what the VT shooter did is frightning..
what is best to think of is how we can protect our children- to fix something that has been broken for a long time. Again, My heart goes out to everyone. Dont damage their time to morn. Dont hurt family of cho-seung - they have their own wounds to heal as well. look around you... look hard at what this really is. Would you lump me in a catagory as a woman? or as white? or as a former service member? Dont do the satisfaction of FALSE lables... this is by far a horrific tragedy... one of its own. None knows what was going through his head, only he knows that. I wish and pray for everyone... BE STRONG. BE SAFE. BE TRUE.
Semper Fi-

Posted by: nicole | April 21, 2007 11:53 PM

There had been maney incidents like the Vir Tech shooting. The authorities should be very vigilant and a round the clock observation is needed to check such incidents. Moreover when a student is admitted to an institution his/her mental stability should be thoroughly ascertained. Anyhave the incident was Heartbreaking!.

Posted by: V M Gopinathan Menon | April 22, 2007 05:41 AM

All this talk of guns.. What about the fact that the killer needed desperate psychiatric attention - and should not have been allowed to be in the mainstream classes at all? When will people start giving mental illness the same kind of attention, considerations, and benefits as other pysical illnesses?

Really - this is not a time to point fingers looking to blame... not a time to use this tragedy towards our own personal or political agendas... but, should be a time to come together and really look at what happened, why, and how it can be prevented in the future.

More than anything, right now is a time to remember those that died, and their families who need our support and love.

Posted by: D C / Rochester, NY | April 22, 2007 10:26 AM

I'd like to share the comments expressed by David Dixon, posted April 17:

"My thoughts go to all those who suffered from this tragedy. Incidents like this make me wish that all those civilians who want to "bear arms", volunteer to take their "well regulated militia" to Afghanistan or Iraq & give the real soldiers there a break".

And I'd like to add that those who wants to "bear arms" off the war zone do not have the guts to step in when there is a reason to shoot. May God give peace to the relatives of the victims.

Posted by: David Dixon | April 17, 2007 07:52 AM

Posted by: David | April 22, 2007 11:40 AM

Until we as a country get serious about guns and ban them entirely, sorry to say but this unfortunate tragedy will happen again. I'm sure the founding fathers never anticipated these tragedies would result in the loss of these wonderful and talented young people. Until we get serious about guns, these tragedies will continue to happen. The 2nd amendment is broke and trying to plug holes in it clearly is not working. Colleges also have a responsiblity as well to ensure the safety of the students and staff. If students are stalking other students and teachers, since when did expulsion not become an option on the campus? College is a privilege and not a right. College officials, wake up. Make the colleges safe for our students. Politicians, wake up. Ban these guns so that America can get on with being a proud, peaceful nation that we aspire to be.

Posted by: A Saddened Parent | April 22, 2007 11:46 AM

32 Virginia Tech lives have been obliterated. Why? Because the university administrators in question consistently chose to help advance the agenda of a pschopathic killer by ignoring their responsibilities as protectors of our children while on campus. It just goes to show how the safety of our university students' take a backseat to the agenda of the administration...

Posted by: Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin | April 22, 2007 04:21 PM

As the mother of two boys and one lovely grandson, I am deeply saddened over the terrible tradegy that took place on the Virginia Tech campus. As any parent and grandparent would do, you try and imagine how you would feel, what your reaction would be, and find that for all your anger, saddness and tears, you cannot. It is impossible to fully understand the shock and pain that parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and the campus population is going through now and for most likely for som time to come. All we can do as citizens of our country is to pray for the deceased, pray for their families and friends, and do whatever we can in our small way to bring attention to the facts on the ground that have once again allowed a horrific act of violance to invade our children's lives and their place of learning. We must also contact our representatives and plead with them to finally try and bring some passion and commitment to gun control, ammunition control, or at the very least, make background checks so complete that people who have a troubled past are faced with too many hurdles in their quest to purchase firearms. I can't imagine parents all over this country not feeling this way, and wanting something better than just words to come out of this nighmare.

Posted by: Marsha Getto-Aikens | April 23, 2007 08:33 AM

I am still absolutely stunned by these events and my heart goes out to all of the families of these victims. I have composed a song as a tribute to all of those who suffered on that horrible Monday. You can listen at http://www.soundclick.com/webgab. The song is called "Deyja in Blacksburg".

Posted by: Tina | April 23, 2007 08:50 AM

I am so sorry for the victims and their families. It is such a sad thing. I just don't understand how so much time went by without the administrators getting everyone safe. 2 victims was bad enough. I believe that there could have been a lot less victims if the adminstrators were doing their job instead of trying to keep things hush hush for the sake of themselves. My heart goes out to all the people that have been affected by this terrible and senseless act. More needs to be done to keep campuses safe.

Posted by: Kathy | April 23, 2007 09:43 AM

That must will be the ultimate pity, but it depends on your ultimate call, to forbid the free availability of weapons.

Posted by: Mario Enrique La Riva Málaga | April 23, 2007 03:47 PM

How come the student can enter in the school without knowing that he had a gun? where are the security guards who check them?? thats really terrilbe things happend i really felt so sad for the student I pray that God will comfort each family victim

Posted by: Mary | April 24, 2007 01:24 AM

There really are no words to express how tragic this was. I am so sorry for all those who died and the ones who loved them. You are in my thoughts and prayers always.

Posted by: Deirdre Rocks | April 24, 2007 05:22 AM

Virginia Tech is a special place - full of gifted and talented students, educational staff, and a caring community that epitomizes and represents the best of America. It would be inappropriate now to try and lay blame or make sense of a tragedy that was senseless. You can always look back and think how you might have done things better, but don't dishonor the lives lost by trying to blame VT or the police as they experienced the horror firsthand and handled the situation as Hokies do - with respect, professionalism, integrity, compassion and the will to prevail.

Posted by: Paul | April 24, 2007 03:35 PM

my reaction can not be explained in words...not at all! i am very sorry for the families and friends who lost their friends and/or loved ones. it makes mad VERY VERY sad...and i cry.

Posted by: shannon mcmanus | April 24, 2007 03:51 PM

It's been about a week since the senseless tragedy at my graduate school alma mater Virginia Tech and we have now had time to move past the initial shock of the event and begin to grieve. As is seemingly the norm for modern America we have, in incredibly rapid succession, gone from seeing a horrible tragedy unfold, live on our television sets, to learning the minutest details of a mentally disturbed young man, to learning about incredible acts of heroism, to the heart-wrenching stories of those we have lost, to the sharing of pain and sorrow. Driven by our multimedia culture we move faster and faster through the collective process; perhaps we are simply too well-versed in the morbid steps of such a public tragedy.

Regardless, our lives will go on, and this is a good thing, because life will go on. While the images and emotions of that fateful day seem seared into our collective conscience now, our own lives with all of the demands of the modern world will cause them to fade, quicker than we might think, into the background to a small place in the back of our memories. We pledge not to forget, but we will. Intuitively, I think we all know this, and because of this we all try to cling to one thing that will sooth our soul and make us feel as if we won't forget what happened. It would seem that the date "04-16-07" is that one thing; but dates lack a soul and that icon is destined to be coupled with an even larger American tragedy.

We would struggle with remembering so many names over time and, unfortunately, the name we will probably always remember will be that of the man we should all do our best to forget. For this reason I ask all of you, the Hokie Nation and those who are touched by our tragedy, to choose one name; to choose one of the thirty-two lives lost to remember. Who that person should be I leave to you, but I ask that once you choose that person make a commitment to learn all that you can about them. Study their picture to remember their smile. Learn about their passions, their accomplishments and their dreams and wishes. Learn everything you can so no matter how much time passes at least a little bit of that person will remain with you. Perhaps, after many years, the name will be all that is left; but it will be a name worthy of remembrance.

Let us all collective lift up upon our shoulders our individual choices and carry them with us so that they may, through us, live the rest of the life they will never know. Every time you don the Orange and Maroon, think of them. Every time you meet up with fellow alum think of them. Every time you meet a friend who went to Virginia Tech, think of them. Every time you see "VT" or the Hokie Bird, think of them. Every time you jump up and down as "Enter Sandman" plays and our team takes the field of play; let them whisper in your ear, "Go Hokies", and think of them. Let us carry them forward so we forget the one name we should and remember more than just a date.

Choose one.

Posted by: Mike Olsen | April 25, 2007 09:43 AM

Stricter gun control laws and their rigorous enforcement will be the only best tribute in the memory of victims.

Posted by: Dinkar & Vimala Koppikar | April 25, 2007 01:51 PM

My deepest condolences go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. I feel such pain and sorrow for all the innocent victims and their friends and especially their families. I cant understand why this has happened yet again in our schools...I am afraid of what the future holds for when i send my children to high school and college...my heart filled with pain and shame when i heard news coverage in other countries reporting ""this tragedy is so typically AMERICAN'' as if they expect this from America. I feel sadness for the shooters family..I cant even begin to think about what they must be going thru tho i feel they are not to blame, their son, brother nephew is to blame. I hate that the news is trying to lay blame on the school faculty, the shooter is to blame. All these students and teachers who have died so tragically should be honored instead of the news trying to figure out the shooter. There is NO GOOD ENOUGH answer for what he has done. I hope the families and friends find the strength they need to move on in life though it nay seem easier said than done. I hope that the family of the shooter doesnt get victimized because of all this. We need to come together as a nation not only when terrible tragedies such as this happen but all the time teach our people violence is not right. Our children deserve a real chance at living their life. These children who passed should have had great lives and they didnt get the chance....sad

Posted by: Christina Perez | April 25, 2007 02:22 PM

As As Student Why can't we all get along we all live on the same planet. God Bless all those At VT who lost their lives in the Hearing and Deaf community and I pray for their families for their losses.

Posted by: Betty Jasper | April 25, 2007 05:16 PM

All my love for all the victims.

From Portugal.
Malae

Posted by: Cátia Costa | April 26, 2007 07:02 AM

Reading through all of these posts I'm absolutely astounded by this obcession shown over the tool used. Folks it's not about the tool, it is about the criminal. Take the tool away from a psychopath and he/she will find another tool to use (Oklahoma City leaps to mind). Let's stop pretending that allowing or banning an inanimate tool will solve the issue. Let's focus where we should CRIME and CRIMINAL control.

Posted by: Dutch | May 1, 2007 05:21 PM

Dear God, I'm so sorry for the parents, families and friend, you want to take their pain away but...how.....you can't so you just pray!!!The senseless Virginia Tech Massacre happened because a sick student was not removed risking students lives. Why are businesses allowed to take risks with innocent people's lives, that's the real question. All those students did not have to get killed, why weren't the parents contacted? Our laws are crazy. I was attacked by a Guard at Avis Rent A Car, because management allowed a known troubled guard to continue to work with the public. I was violentlly attacked by this guard during the rental process, the guard tried to break my arm and hand, because she did not want to fill out a form, she felt it was unneccessary for me to have. I have since filled out a police report. Management admitted this guard had plenty of previous complaints, I experienced this attack, because the guard should have been removed. The guard still works there as of 4-20-07. How many times do businesses put innocent people at risk? What does the Avis Rent A Car guard need to do kill 60 people? There is too much "we'll act after something drastic happens" going on in America", Why? Call the Avis president tell him we don't need another massacre. 1-973-496-7865. If I ever come into contact with a student like that murderer, I will contact every student I know and start a protest at the school. If we don't take care of ourselves who will, the schools and big business?

Posted by: passthetorchnow | May 3, 2007 09:40 PM

I did not know any of the victims personally, but this tragedy saddens me a great deal. These were young men and women who were voluntarily furthering their educations and determined to make a difference. It is a sad day when so many quality sons, daughters, friends, etc. are taken from us in such a senseless way.

Posted by: Neal Moody | May 7, 2007 02:22 PM

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