Friday, February 15, 2008
School shooting rituals: Enough already
You know, there's something that really bugs us every time we have one of these school shootings, and it's not the debate over glorifying the killer or the same old backstory about the quiet, raging, catskinning loner who everyone expected to shoot up a school one day but didn't pay any attention to. And it's not even the caravan camp of network sob sisters who all show up and set up their satellite dishes and semitrailer trucks and then point their cameras in the same direction so viewers don't have any idea of the disruption their entertainment circus has caused.
What bugs us are the prayer vigils. Every time a school gets shot up, the survivors and the rest of the students can't wait to grab some candles and gather in the dark for their moment in the media spotlight. Obviously, they're not working. Better they'd stop the praying and run out and take some political action on the issues of guns and mental health, or at least grab some picket signs and march for metal detectors.
UPDATE: John Peters, president of the University of Northern Illinois, site of yesterday's shootings, has announced that another candlelight vigil will take place at the school tonight, Friday, at 9 pm Central time.