Weirdness regarding the Virginia Tech shootings. Sadness and anger, too, of course.
But weirdness, especially regarding the campus police's assessment that the original shooting of two students was probably a "domestic dispute" and so there the kind of thing that could be contained and didn't require alerting the entire campus.
I'm not here to talk about how an institution goes about securing a campus with a population of 25,000, but really, where did these guys get the idea that so-called domestic disputes - which should really be called assualts on women perpetrated by men - can't spiral out of control?
First, let's be clear - a guy who kills a woman who's pissed him off is already out of control. Second, it is not at all unusual for killers like this to move on to slaughter children and other family members. Just because they choose family members doesn't mean that the situation is "contained." And remember this particular campus refers to its members as part of the Hokie family. And third, those of us who recall the hostage-taking outside Union Station in Toronto in the summer of 2004 know that the shooter took a stranger hostage after shooting at his estranged wife.
And besides, almost any mass killer's pain and anger - no matter where he perpetrates the crime - starts somewhere, usually within a situation that would be tagged "domestic" - the schoolyard or the family.
So let's stop making these false distinctions - they're not helping anyone. And here, they may have contributed to the heavy death toll.