There is no easy answer to senseless violence

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

As I brace myself yet again for the 24-hour, sensational blanket news coverage of a (seemingly biannual) horrific crime involving a mass shooting by a mentally ill lone gunman ("Four Dead in Fitness Center Shooting," Aug. 5), I'd like everyone to try to keep in mind the words of Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt: "He did what he set out to do, and I think nobody could have stopped him, to be honest." We will pore over his blog, looking to blame someone who should have been reading and keeping tabs on the written words of a man who had no friends and very little social life. Anti-gun proponents will again say that he shouldn't have been able to obtain his legally purchased, licensed and registered firearms, while the pro-gun message boards and National Rifle Association boards are already lit up with angry gun owners blaming the shooter and not the guns, ready to fight for their rights in spite of another series of murders that, let's face it, the instruments of which were incredibly easy to obtain.

Sociologists will no doubt appear nightly on cable news shouting their opinions on what exactly it is about our American culture that caused this crime to happen (again). But there's no point in trying to make sense of a senseless act; we've had this argument as a nation too many times now. Mourn for the victims and their families, be thankful that you were fortunate enough to escape such a senseless fate, and let's stop looking to blame anyone but George Sodini.


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