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Monday, April 16, 2007
Virginia Tech

As of this writing, there are thirty-two confirmed fatalities on the campus in Blacksburg. I am not sure if this figure includes the shooter, who is also confirmed dead. The president of the United States, George W. Bush, is said to be "horrified" by the killings.

I doubt that.

I have never seen a great deal of remorse on Bush's part as college-age men and women die in Iraq. I guess it was just their bad luck to not go to college, where their deaths could have somehow touched the president in a meaningful way.

If the president was truly affected by today's events, or any day's events, we might see him lead the charge on some sort of meaningful gun-control legislation with teeth. Alas, we will not.

To the best of my knowledge, an American record was set today in Blacksburg, Virginia. A new low. The question is not what we will do about it. The question is, how long until it is broken?

My condolences to the families and friends.

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