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April 18, 2007 [ More archived home pages here ]

Aftermath Of Bloodshed

There are few words to offer to the grieving family and friends of the victims of Monday's killing spree by an angry young man. I created the above image, Carnage as part of my way to convey what I feel about the murders.

Apparently, the mass murderer kept quietly to himself, he was a loner. He didn't want anyone to know him. Now the world will know him for what he did on his last day alive. If there is an eternal Hell, he's there.

No one expects their family or friends to be murdered or even shot at. Most of us go about our lives in relative peace and harmony. I myself have personally known or knew a family member of at least eight people murdered in my lifetime.

It is very upsetting to hear that the University Virginia Tech authorities were lax in their assessment of the initial dangers on the campus. As bad as this tragedy is, I'm glad to know some victims or potential victims tried to stop the killer or prevent people from being killed. They are heroes.

The tragedy emphasizes my personal philosophy, I need to count on myself first and foremost for my protection. I can't rely on others to save me or those near me. I need to act decisively and forcefully in the face of threats. Hesitating during threats may get me or others killed. That's not acceptable or debatable.

This killing spree will not be the last one. The usual topics after such incidents will be debated for a long time to come. There will be plenty of talk--little, if any, concrete action will result. Therefore each person is left to decide the lessons learned.

My advice is to be ready to act and not accept that someone else is responsible for your own safety. Too many people have died thinking their safety lies in someone else's actions.

Don


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