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Chasing The American Dream

April 16, 2007


photo courtesy of Alan Kim, Roanoke Times

It’s often been said that our country changed forever on 9/11/01. There is little argument to that statement. Terrorists made our country unsafe. But there was Columbine before that and since then, the Malvo/Muhammed sniper shootings, Nickel Mines amish school shootings, numerous workplace shootings, mall shootings, and now the Virginia Tech massacre. Where does it end? I really don’t think it does. I guess perhaps the better question is, where does it begin? How does one’s life go so wrong that it ultimately results in unspeakable violence. How do we, as a nation, minimize the risk of these senseless acts from happening? A million questions, few answers, and a nation safe no more.



  • It is a horrible, scary, disgusting thing, isn't it?

    I wish that there was a way to understand what happened, but I cannot imagine that any of us are capable of it. All we can do, I suppose, is learn and improve.

    By Blogger A, at 10:37 AM, April 17, 2007  

  • good topic. funny as i was leaving for lunch - i turned on npr and they were discussing the very same thing. How can we prevent things such as this and columbine from happening? How can we sense someone could potentially go off the deepend? When did this happen to him? What caused it?

    the story is truly tragic unfortunately in this country we are all extremely wrapped up in living our lives how WE want to.

    your comment page hates me.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:22 PM, April 17, 2007  

  • Insane. Just brings tears to your eyes....the whole thing is just awful. Pretty soon I will have to return to work (after being on maternity leave) and I'm a bit disturbed because I work in the education field. Not that this couldn't have happened elsewhere - or anywhere - but schools seem to be a target. So sad.

    By Blogger catsteevens, at 9:14 PM, April 17, 2007  

  • It is a terrible thing.

    By Blogger Jack's Shack, at 1:46 AM, April 18, 2007  

  • It's really so sad. People who do this are so messed up. I was thinking about it this morning. They have lost (or never had) their empathy. They hate themselves, their lives, their "tragedy", and for some psychopathic reasoning, this is what they do. Horrible.

    By Blogger California Girl, at 12:54 PM, April 18, 2007  

  • Start with completely banning guns, stupid.

    And it's not like the shooter who was messed up, but your entire society is. There you go, chase your dream but don't forget to bury your dead on the way.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:55 AM, April 22, 2007  

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