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Virginia Tech Update & Responses

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‘Horror and Disbelief’ at Virginia Tech NYT
Questions were immediately raised about whether university officials had responded adequately to the shootings, in which the gunman killed himself.

Universities Are on Alert, Rethinking Own Security Wash Post
Security was heightened yesterday at some colleges and universities in the Washington area, and officials began reviewing procedures in reaction to the fatal shootings at Virginia Tech.

Topic: Responding to the Virginia Tech Massacre
The WaPo asks a litany of questions concerning yesterday's massacre at Virginia Tech, the deadliest mass shooting in American history: "Under what circumstances, and where, did the gunman obtain his weapons? Would the university have suffered the same tragedy if Virginia law did not prohibit the carrying of guns on campus? Should metal detectors be ubiquitous in American classrooms and dormitories? And why are gunmen so apt to carry out their lethal rampages at American schools?"

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The Virginia Tech tragedy brings to mind a similar school shooting in 1979 California. 16 year old Brenda Spencer wounded nine and killed two in a shooting spree at an elementary school. She said, "I had no reason for it, and it was just a lot of fun," "It was just like shooting ducks in a pond," and "(The children) looked like a herd of cows standing around, it was really easy pickings."

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