More re VT tragedy from the Chronicle

Our cultural predilection to understand public events in terms of individuals may prevent us from crafting effective public policy on issues such as gun violence, writes Kristin A. Goss, an assistant professor of public-policy studies at Duke University.  more …

No one in Blacksburg died for lack of text messages or an alarm system, writes Gary Lavergne, director of admissions research at the University of Texas at Austin: They died of gunshot wounds, at the hands of a murderer who is completely responsible for what happened.  more …

It is not a crime to be depressed or even scary, as the gunman at Virginia Tech was, notes Katherine S. Newman, a Princeton University scholar who has studied the causes of rampage school shootings. So preventing such incidents poses tough questions for a society committed to civil liberties.  more …

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