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April 19th, 2007
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I don’t have a lot to say about the VTech shooting, mainly because it’s all been said, but also because it was my first year in high school when Columbine happened and everyone involved was older than I. This time, almost all of the students were my age or younger and that’s devastating to me. The coverage has been prolific, and deservedly so, even though I know the survivors feel it’s too much.

But survivors have felt that way in every tragedy.

April is a crappy, crappy month.

The Chop has a hard time with all the coverage, but not because he feels it’s intrusive. No, he’s instead upset that all the other human tragedies that are happening in the world are under-covered and that we as Americans are so involved when things happen in our space, yet unconcerned with the daily mass murders being perpetrated all over the world.

I understand where he’s coming from, but what I know is that I feel more personally involved with this shooting than with what is happening overseas. Not that I don’t think it should have equal coverage, but I understand how we (as Americans) want more information and feel more sadness about this than about anything that happens there. It’s here. It’s home. It was unexpected. It made no sense.

So that’s that.

I love This American Life on NPR. It is one of the best hours of commentary on radio and I adore it… especially now, because I can listen to the archives while I’m working.

They recently redesigned their website and included ALL of their archives since 1995. The best part? You can stream it free.

Good lord, I will never be bored at work again. :)

posted in: joy in the little things,sad — @ 6:15 pm


  1. Hi – sorry, ive been a secret reader for ages, and i love your writing! – im not american, so perhaps i have no right to comment, but in response to “It was unexpected. It made no sense.” from the coverage that ive seen it appears that he was bullied alot, and he tried to express this through his literature / drawings – and i believe he was diagnosed for depression? so perhaps the signs were there, but unfortuantely overlooked. Apologies for my bad spelling or if i have upset anyone with this comment

    Comment by CJ — Thursday.April.19.2007 @ 7:08 pm

  2. Oh my gosh, you can totally comment on this. And thank you :)

    By what I said, I more meant that in the overall scheme, it was unexpected.. you know, I didn’t wake up thinking that something like that could happen. If I had been in Baghdad, or Sudan, it would have been more plausible. Sorry I wasn’t clear.

    From what I’ve seen it wasn’t overlooked, they just couldn’t help. He didn’t make any direct threats, so the police couldn’t stop him, and he had already been in a mental institution and seeing a therapist.

    There’s no need to apology for comments, lol, I love them! :D And I like the debate.

    So where are you from?

    Comment by the insider — Thursday.April.19.2007 @ 8:06 pm

  3. Awesome – sorry, I’ve commented on some peoples blogs before and they get really defensive sometimes so I thought it better to tread carefully! So thanks :)
    Im from New Zealand and I’ve been reading your blog for ages – it’s really interesting, you should be very proud :)

    Comment by CJ — Thursday.April.19.2007 @ 8:08 pm

  4. Yeah, see, I never understand that. You’d think they’d put their stuff out and be glad people want to talk, lol, but yeah, they’re all crazy.

    And thank you, that’s very gratifying to hear. :)

    I cannot wait to visit New Zealand. It looks incredibly gorgeous.

    Comment by the insider — Thursday.April.19.2007 @ 8:12 pm

  5. You can tell CJ has been reading your blog because she wanted to apologize for her spelling before you ripped her a new one!!! :) Like you do me :)

    Comment by The Sister — Thursday.April.19.2007 @ 8:24 pm

  6. First of all, lol, you should know better! You grew up with me :P.

    And second, I also fix your punctuation.. hehe.

    Comment by the insider — Thursday.April.19.2007 @ 8:44 pm

  7. i hate living abroad. as i have a tendency to not watch the news, or read the news… i miss lots of things. when i was still in boston i would check certain american news sites, but for some reason now i don’t bother. oh i know why. because i would do that at work and now i’m home all day so i can kill time by napping and not surfing on the web.

    anyway, i found out about this on wednesday. i scoured the internet for information. and by the time English came home from work i was in tears. so now i just think maybe i shouldn’t watch the news for this very reason.

    English said basically the same thing the chop said. there are tragedies all over the world, humans are animals, things will never simply be happy, and it’s not just in the US.

    anyway. it’s sad. i’m going to go look at baby animals to make myself feel better.

    Comment by wendykat — Friday.April.20.2007 @ 3:30 am

  8. Wen… if I wasn’t a news junkie, I’d be right there with you. I’m assuming you went to CuteOverload to soothe your soul? :)

    Comment by the insider — Friday.April.20.2007 @ 10:48 am

  9. that’s what started it. there was a post about vtech so i looked for what happened… damn those cute bunnies.

    Comment by wendykat — Saturday.April.21.2007 @ 1:56 pm

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