Today is one of the saddest days I can remember. Not only is it a national day of mourning, for the 30 students murdered at Virginia Tech, but it’s the eighth anniversary of the massacre at Columbine.

All morning long, whenever these incidents are mentioned, portions of a video the VT killer sent NBC, is played over and over again, as well as the sick one the columbine killers made. Don’t they understand that these videos were created to continue to inflict pain after their suicides, and the media is doing exactly what the killers wanted them to?

Aren’t they aware of the psychological damage being done to everyone of us when we are forced to watch and listen to aberrant behavior immortalized at a rate too staggering to calculate? I don’t even want to think how many repressed psychotics out there have been inspired by these “Masshole Murderers” and are quietly lock and loading, to claim their 15 minutes of infamy?

I remember growing up in the Bronx and watching gang members who made the front page of the Daily News for killing someone be hailed as neighborhood heroes! Now with more information being made available faster, some guy in a small town can go on a killing spree and become a national figure overnight! In a society where being famous is more important than being smart or being rich…that’s quite a temptation!

My heart goes out to the families of friends of the victims of both tragedies…and pray to God that something like this can be prevented from happening again!

Copyright 2007 by Artie Wayne