Politicizing the Virginia Tech shootings
I like what Lizard at Journal of Applied Misanthropology
has to say:
America is, as a nation, pretty much oblivious to politics, on any level beyond what fits on a bumper sticker. A tragedy of this sort forces a moment, however brief, of reflection and debate. The media, desperate to fill up minutes and keep eyeballs, will seek out pundits and commentators and wags from all across the spectrum, and they will have a few brief minutes to toss the seeds of ideas onto the rocky, dry, infertile soil of the American mind, hoping to find some tiny oasis of acceptance. It takes a lot to get America's attention -- might as well make the most of it while you can.