Victims? Huh?

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From NewsHour:

TOM BEARDEN, NewsHour Correspondent: This morning, after NBC News released chilling video messages from the gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, students on the campus of Virginia Tech grappled with their emotions.

SHONTE SOWARDS, Virginia Tech Student: We're angered by it. I mean, it's obvious that he was disturbed, and I don't think it's something that we need to hear over and over and over again. Yes, the video made it more real; yes, it made it easier for us to understand what kind of person we were dealing with. But he's not what's important about what happened. He's not even close to what's important about what happened.

GINNY KOONTZ, Virginia Tech Student: Yes, it has been mostly about the shooter up to now, but, you know, I think as soon as stories start to come out about the victims, it will overshadow the shooter.

I know, they lost their friends. I am not judging them.

But I am disagreeing with them.

Cho is what is important here. Not himself, but his story. If we understand that story better, we can perhaps prevent other atrocities in the future. We should have access to everything he sent to NBC, so we can understand that story better, and there is nothing to be angry at NBC about.

Of course, you do not have to care about Cho's story. No one is forcing you. But I really, really, couldn't care less to see stories about what great people the victims were. There are lots of great people in this world who die every day. I take it for granted that many, if not all, of the victims were wonderful people who did not deserve to die and who would have done great things if they had lived. I don't need to see a story on the news to tell me that.

And there is no conceivable way that stories about the victims will ever possibly overshadow the stories about the shooter. That's just delusional.

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