Virginia Tech: Making Sense of the Senseless

The shootings at Virginia Tech dominated last week’s discussion at the men’s group. F was angry at ABC for hyping its coverage of the shootings at Virginia Tech, detecting, he thought, a glee at the prospect of holding the viewer with promises of more carnage.

P was enraged that the gunman was allowed to buy guns, enraged that the school had not kicked him out and enraged that none of the victims – in his mind, at least – tried to defend themselves.

B was dismayed with the media’s stories about the gunman. "I want to know about the families of the victims," he said. "There’s plenty of time to hear about that guy. I don’t want to hear about him now."

And so it went, ten men gathered in a suburban church as they have every week for years, asking questions, looking for ways to improve their lives and show up better in the world. And in this case, trying to make sense of the senseless and tragic.

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