Many facts about the shootings at VT will be uncovered over the coming days. Even more opinion and speculation will be broadcast because lots of 24 hour news networks must fill the void with ever-more spectacular perspectives. I can not resist offering some simple observations. Let me state the obvious; I was not there on that day and did not know Mr. Cho before the shootings, therefore my observations are based on news reports and I fully realize that some of those may be inaccurate in these early days. Still here are 10 observations;
1] Cho Seung-Hui's parents and sister are also victims and need our prayers.
2] It is possible to live in the richest country in the world, be given a good education, a car, and unlimited opportunity and still be envious of others that seem to have more.
3] Self-centered people will use this terrible event to push their agenda--conservative and liberal, republican and democrat, news reporters and entertainers.
4] This is part of the reason your "narrow-minded" parents do not want you to dress in goth style, get tattoos, and multiple body piercings--if you adorn yourself like a mass-murderer, it is not unreasonable for others to suspect that you may have those tendencies.
5] We have a right and responsibility to ask people about their behavior and expect some level of compliance with societal norms.
6] No, you do NOT have the right to think, do, and say whatever you want without being questioned.
7] Do not blame the university president, security, local law enforcement, nor the business who sold the guns. Only one person is responsible. Nobody else could have prevented it.
8] Do not blame the guns. Cho also had knives and posed with a hammer in attack posture.
9] For perspective, keep in mind that Muslim extremists kill this many people almost DAILY.
10] What the world needs now is love, sweet love. That's the only thing there is just too little of.