A gunman opened fire, first in a dormitory, then in an academic hall at Virginia Tech this morning, killing 22 people and wounding 21 more before either killing himself or being shot dead by police. A statement from the President of Virginia Tech is here.
USA Today, in connection with its reporting of the shootings, linked to a list of 46 school shootings internationally between 1996 and today. Of those 46, 45 of the shooters were male. In the one instance in which the shooter was female, she shot and wounded one other female and killed no one.
How anyone can form his or her lips to suggest that women are “as violent” as men, and expect to be taken seriously, is beyond me. I see this kind of statement a lot, nevertheless; it is either deliberate and conscious propaganda or denial which rises to the level of the irrational.
My heart goes out to everyone who loves those killed, those injured and those who attend or work at Virginia Tech. I have three daughters in college myself and can only imagine the grief, horror and rage those connected with Virginia Tech students, faculty and staff must be feeling.
Male violence has got to end. It has to end.