Does anyone besides me think that the media is being unrealistic with their treatment of the shooting at Virginia Tech? Their suggestions that police should have shut down the campus after the first shooting seem very much like disingenuous Monday-morning quarterbacking.
We are talking about a 2,600 acre campus with 30,000 students. That would be the equivalent of shutting down a small city. The first shooting was believed to have been a personal thing. They're describing it as a "domestic dispute," which doesn't strike me as an entirely accurate characterization, but does convey an idea of the situation. Do they really think that school officials should have--or could have--warned thousands of people not to go to class because a guy shot his girlfriend?
So now everytime there is a domestic shooting in a US city the mayor should warn everyone not to leave his home because there has been a shooting?
They keep calling this a "school shooting." A large university campus is a far cry from your local high school. During a press conference yesterday there was incredulity that campus buildings, except for dorms, are open, not locked. Huh?! Have any of these people actually been to college? Of the four colleges that I attended only one could even manage to keep the dorms locked. And no security of that sort would have mattered anyway, because the shooter was a student.
Addendum: Polly addresses the another important aspect of this incident.