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Campus shooting provides perspective

Can we agree now that Don Imus is irrelevant? Can we agree now that an offended women's basketball at Rutgers is hardly the biggest deal on a college campus? Can we agree now that mass violence is by far a worse problem than the idiotic statements made by an aged shock jock? What happened Monday morning at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, should show us what really matters. Not four seconds of radio or the firestorm of controversy those four seconds caused. At least 30 people dead and nearly as many injured after a gunman opened fire at a dorm and a classroom building. That's truly horrific. Look, I'm not saying that the Rutgers team shouldn't be offended. I'd be upset if some moron singled me out on national radio and said something like that about me. But all we need to see where it really ranks in the grand scheme of things is to remember a simple children's rhyme: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. But enough about that whole moronic episode (and by that I mean Imus's stupid comments and the huge double-standard being bandied about by the likes of so-called civil rights leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who refuse to take on the hip-hop industry from which Imus borrowed his words). Virginia Tech is already being called the college Columbine. The death toll is already double what Charles Whitman caused when he opened fire from a tower at the University of Texas in 1966. But before we as a society start engaging in the inevitable finger-pointing to wind up blaming people not really responsible for what happened, even though it's probably already too late, let's take a step back for some more perspective. Already people are questioning why Virginia Tech officials did not lock down the campus after two people were shot in a dorm early Monday morning. The mass shooting happened across campus a couple hours later. First of all, please explain to me how you quickly and efficiently lock down a campus with nearly 28,000 students (plus the hundreds, if not thousands, of faculty and staff) with hundreds of buildings. And does the shooting of two people really warrant that? To be blunt, I've covered other shootings in college dorms and heard of still others. I've never heard of the campus being locked down, though. It's just not practical. The point is we can second-guess forever what happened Monday morning in Blacksburg. But none of it matters. All that matters is that some sick person walked into a classroom building and started shooting. There may have been warning signs. There may have been ways to stop him. But someone that messed up is gonna find a way to hurt people. Don't blame others. Blame only the man truly responsible. As with everything else, keep things in perspective.

By: Kevin Wuzzardo