A brief break from the daily grind for a couple of interesting (to me at least) shoutouts…
My Grandmother is featured on Page 10 of the Chicago Sun Times today, writing about the Virgina Tech tragedy.
JC Jones, a RN and member of the Informatics team at Healthline, shares similar thoughts on the incident in a post on Healthline Connects.
I find myself in agreement with both perspectives, while of course worrying about the civil rights we all know and cherish. Moreso though, I fear that the argument about impairing civil rights of the one will come at the expense of the civil rights of the many (or really, that “playing the CR card” will prevent a meaningful dialog).
While I have no desire to live in a real life Gattaca, one wonders how many more Virgina Tech’s we’ll need to experience before we collectively come to terms with the fact that we’re not all created exactly equal, and that those who are unfortunate enough to have disorders that limit their judgement or self-control must either be treated or have their rights (to certain things, e.g., weapons) restricted sufficiently to protect society, especially if they are given special benefits in defense of the crimes they commit.
I shudder that I’m typing such thoughts; it’s not what I was raised to believe… but it has been my experience. Your thoughts?