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massacre on campus

A Virginia Tech student mourns following the death of 32 of his colleagues in the worst ever US college shooting. Photograph: Kim Raff/The News & Advance/AP
Source: The Guardian, UK, 17/4/07

i was shocked learning the recent tragedy in virginia tech university. i could not believe myself reading (and watching) the news. At least 32 students shot dead by a gunman who rampaged across the campus yesterday (16/4/07). i know only little about US’ regulation on gun ownership. but i have the same question as rupert cornwell: will this tragedy be enough to dent america’s love affair with guns?

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  1. Tuesday, 17 April 2007 at 12:00 am

    tadi pagi saya baca ini di bbrp situs dan mendengarkan radio juga sampai kaget, syerem banget ya….

  2. Tuesday, 17 April 2007 at 12:00 am

    ynugroho said: america’s love affair with guns?

    American forefathers believed that democracy can only be sustained by the right to bear arms – because the government is the ultimate threat of democracy – if the government has the monopoly of coercive powers. So it’s a little bit complicated.American forefathers weren’t absolutely wrong as we can see in the long history of world’s governments. More people killed by governments (either directly or indirectly) than by any other unnatural causes. In the case of China and Soviet Union — it was in the tune of tens of millions… In the case of Indonesia — it’s also an ugly picture…I think gun control will be a hot issue (again) in weeks and months to come… Democracy has its price – but common sense should prevail on lowering the total cost. Especially the unnecessary…

  3. Tuesday, 17 April 2007 at 12:00 am

    tiga puluh dua, mass…???tragis sekalii….

  4. Tuesday, 17 April 2007 at 12:00 am

    some says 32 , some 33…anyway…ini bukti bahwa FBI and CIA could do nothing..to counter it

  5. Tuesday, 17 April 2007 at 12:00 am

    hotradero said: American forefathers believed that democracy can only be sustained by the right to bear arms

    bang poltak, true, indeed. the similar thought was (is) also embraced by communist (not only the follower of lenin-stalin but also trotsky-ists) with regard to access to arms. remember the idea of the ‘fifth force – armed labours and farmers’ promoted by indonesian communist party in the past?maybe the line of debate needs adjustment. since gun –in this context– becomes source of ‘power’ which is not absent from potential use and abuse, the access to it perhaps needs control. not the gun on its rights which can cause problem, but the use of it.

  6. Tuesday, 17 April 2007 at 12:00 am

    mira, mbak tita dan saiful : memang tragis kejadian ini. mari kita tundukkan kepala untuk mendoakan mereka.

  7. Tuesday, 17 April 2007 at 12:00 am

    saiful82akmal said: FBI and CIA could do nothing..to counter it

    CIA nggak boleh ada urusan dengan dalam negeri (as prohibited by laws). FBI deals with federal (inter-state) crimes. Jadi saya rasa peristiwa ini nggak ada hubungan dengan FBI dan CIA. Dan jelas memeriksa hampir 300 juta orang penduduk dan sekian puluh juta senjata — adalah diluar kemampuan siapa pun dan badan manapun.

  8. Tuesday, 17 April 2007 at 12:00 am

    ynugroho said: the access to it perhaps needs control.

    Yes indeed. Let see what ingenious ideas could come forward from a society that has to handle democracy on one hand – and the control of power to sustain it on the other hand. Power without control – lose all of its meanings… The more a society appreciate democracy — the more they will struggle to settle the problem of control. Simply because it’s worth all the troubles.

  9. Wednesday, 18 April 2007 at 12:00 am

    Ngeri juga ya. Cuma kalau dipikir, lebih mengerikan yang di Irak. Aku baca dimana gitu, 150 orang Irak terbunuh tiap hari. Nggak tahu apakah keadaan ini sudah berubah.

  10. Wednesday, 18 April 2007 at 12:00 am

    iya memang, mbak … di irak memang ngeri. tapi maksudku ini di kampus gitu, lho …🙂 aku ingat penembakan di kampus ya jaman trisakti itu dulu. lha wong aku pas di sana. persis di tempat yang lagi ditembakin itu. kukira aku sudah bakal mati saat itu …😦

  11. Monday, 23 April 2007 at 12:00 am

    i was a VT grad.student in 2001-2002. the town, blacksburg, is a remote, lurking in hill of allegheny mountain that lures tons of hikers & mountaineers, quiet distant from big city (one has to travel 50 km to get to the nearest city: roanoke – the city where the gunmen purcahsed his fire arms to fulfil his killing delusion…), superb natural panorama surroundung. quite, almost with zero criminal outcry & ideal dwelling for study. thus it’s hard to hear a massacre took place in that peaceful place….

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