When “Shock” Events Overshadow the Shock of Everyday Tragedy

Name Withheld at the Request of the Author

The shooting at Virginia Tech is a tragedy; 33 students were killed, which is the most Americans ever killed in a single shooting spree. President Liebowitz fittingly said, “It is appropriate that we gather here today to share our sense of grief.” It was also appropriate for President Bush to offer federal assistance to the school.

It strikes me, though, that no one heard any talk of the 18,000 children who died from hunger today. And yesterday. And the 18,000 who will die tomorrow. I think we must also keep them in mind.

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