- Despite prior stalking complaints from several female students and a declaration of ‘imminent danger’ by a state magistrate that led to a brief involuntary detention, Cho Seung-Hui passed his instant background check with flying colours, allowing him to legally purchase the firearms used in the massacre. So obviously the way to prevent a similar incident from occurring is to allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus. Hey, why stop there – what about handguns in hospitals, airports, or places of worship? More from Think Progress and Michael Stickings [link corrected].
- Via zuzu @ Feministe, early pursuit of the now-debunked ‘estranged girlfriend‘ angle may have lead to the lengthy delay in warning students and faculty about a shooter on the loose.
- James Fallows on how a US columnist’s misidentification of the VA Tech killer quickly provoked a repressive panic by Communist officials in China.
- Paul McLeary asks a pertinent question: “What happens when an i-Reporter gets hurt?”
- Boing Boing reports that media firms are already snapping up Google Adwords keywords that tie into the VA Tech shooting. I’m sure the families of the fallen are comforted by the consideration. ‘Do No Evil’. Indeed.
- update: MSNBC posts pictures of Seung-Hui that were part of a package sent to NBC News during the two hour gap between the first and second shootings.