Wednesday, April 18, 2007

More Questions Than Answers

* Why did Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, have to acknowledge his support of gun rights on the day of the Virginia Tech tragedy? (Raw Story) Why didn't he say that he'd wait to discuss it? Why did he need to give his approval of gun ownership just as the news of the killings were unfolding?

Although a majority of Americans have stated their support of a certain amount of gun control, the NRA has successfully lobbied lawmakers and the current occupant of the White House so that the discussion of any gun control is a not allowed.

* The Ohio State University has some ties to the victims at VT. The Newark Advocate:

A Toledo native who graduated from Ohio State University and went on to teach at Virginia Tech was among those killed during the shooting rampage at the school, the man’s brother said Tuesday.

Kevin Granata, 45, a professor of engineering science and mechanics, was in the classroom building either doing research or holding office hours where the shootings occurred, Paul Granata of Toledo said school officials told relatives....

....Granata attended John Carroll University in Cleveland as a physics major, then finished his bachelor’s degree in 1984 at Ohio State University in physics and electrical engineering. He earned his master’s from Purdue University in 1986 and doctorate in biomechanics from Ohio State in 1993.....

* A professor who survived the Holocaust, saved his students, but was also killed. Chicago Sun-Times:

The e-mails from grateful students arrived soon after Liviu Librescu was shot to death, telling how the Holocaust survivor barricaded the doorway of his Virginia Tech classroom and saved their lives.

Librescu, an Israeli engineering and math lecturer who survived the Nazi killings and later escaped from Communist Romania, was a victim of Monday's shootings, which coincided with Israel's Holocaust remembrance day.....