We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The European press blames Charleton Heston for the VT massacre. Personally, I blame the anonymous 11th century Chinese fellow who invented gunpowder.
The only halfway sane quote I read in there is from Germany's Bild:
"Now we will probably begin discussing the overly lax gun laws in the United States. There, buying a machine gun is often easier than getting a driver's license. And a new ban on violent games and killer videos will also be put back on the agenda. But in the end, nothing is likely to happen. And the next killer already lives somewhere among us. But we have little reason to point an accusing finger at the Americans. Despite strict gun legislation, we (in Germany) have experienced the school shootings in Erfurt and Emsdetten. We have to consider the problems in our society. And we have to take care of our fellow humans."
But "buying a machine gun"? Good luck. At least the writer is willing to note that they have school shootings in Germany, too. When people talk about "problems in society," though, my eyes glaze over: these cases are about mental disorders, not "problems in society."
The blaming theme is already getting to be too much, and the upsurge of the predictable agenda journalism is macabre. I think it is all just a diversion from the normal human reactions of horror and sadness.
Society is to blame for at least one feature of these evil deeds and that is it has trained everyone to be passive in the face of evil and danger...wait for the authorities...wait for the experts...stay calm and do nothing.
We've got to get more people back to the understanding that we (every single one of us able bodied citizens, particularly us men) are ultimately responsible for our and our loved one's safety and should be prepared to be proactive in our protection.