Letter to the Editor

A few more names

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Dear Editor,

Since young Mr. Hendricks ["Show Some Class" (http:// www.mccookgazette.com/story/1200312.html)] has such disdain for anyone politicizing the Virginia Tech massacre, "on either side of the issue," I sure hope he saved some of his vitriol for Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Charles Schumer, the New York Times, and the Brady Campaign, all of whom beat me to it by at least three days, and some even before the tragic day drew to a close. Sadly, Google tells me differently, as I have seen no such writings. Perhaps it's the message, rather than the messenger, after all.

As for the litany of names, allow me to add one more: Bradford Wiles. Mr. Wiles, a graduate student at Virginia Tech, was closer to the victims than either young Mr. Hendricks or myself. Read for yourself what Mr. Wiles had to say about this incident at:  http://www.roanoke.com/editorials/commentary/wb/wb/xp-113894

Once you're done reading that, you might look up the names Tracy Bridges, Mikael Gross, Joel Myrick and Suzanna Hupp. Chances are, you'll find something you've not seen before. Knowledge is power, young Mr. Hendricks.

Closing thought: how many of these massacres have occurred at gun shows, where hundreds of guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition are readily at hand?

Owen J. McPhillips


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