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Re: Virginia Tech by perfectbitch on 18 April 2007 4:17pm
Here we have another disturbed student, resentful of those he perceived to be wealthy, able to buy 2 guns and take his revenge. Other such killers all seem to have been full of resentment towards fellow students because of rejection. It seems ridiculous that those diagnosed with personality disorders cannot be helped as no treatment has been developed for these psychopaths.

In my experience, the term personality dosorder covers a whole range of aberrant behaviours, some more severe and dangerous than others. Do we lock them all up? Where do we draw the line?

All sympathies to the families of those vitims. It is impossible to find any logic or reason for this.

Re: Virginia Tech by sighthound on 18 April 2007 7:06pm
Most artists I know display "personality disorders", too, which is usually why they become artists. But it's impossible to detect who is going to be successful in working them out through art and thereby enrich our culture and who will snap into violence like this gunman who had been dealing with some of his issues in his writing.

And while this incident was terrible and has had me in tears and aching for the victims and their families, a part of me wishes that the damn media would just divert some of their incessant coverage in the last few days to talking about the thousands of children in the world who, during that same time period, died from hunger and preventable diseases.
Re: Virginia Tech by perfectbitch on 18 April 2007 7:38pm
Well said. It'a a mad world all right.

Re: Virginia Tech by canaveralgumby on 18 April 2007 7:47pm
Sighthound, that brings us back to perrenial question.


Re: Virginia Tech by Palin_Lover on 18 April 2007 10:38pm
That's true, Mike, but didn't they say his writing was like really creepy and the teacher tried to get him into therapy?
Re: Virginia Tech by kazzzz on 19 April 2007 2:57am
"Well, I mean, if gun control isn't the answer, what is? Really, what can be done to prevent another incident like this"

Nothing . It's human nature.
Re: Virginia Tech by tucsonmike on 19 April 2007 6:22am
I posted this on my B2B board. Some of my writing is violent and I could be thought of as dangerous. Look at Stephen King.
Several on here read my first draft for Moriarty. Some of that is pretty violent.
Re: Virginia Tech by sighthound on 19 April 2007 6:20pm
"Hamlet" is pretty weird and violent.
Re: Virginia Tech by Palin_Lover on 20 April 2007 1:21am
Yes, but....then is there no way to possibly prevent this kind of disgusting masscare?
Re: Virginia Tech by tucsonmike on 20 April 2007 3:52am
Not at this point in time. I wish I could say yes. Think of it as one of those sad random things like a freak airliner accident. Wish it were otherwise.
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