Steyn: VA students guilty of ‘awful corrosive passivity.’

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National Review’s Mark Steyn adds his voice to the John Derbyshire-led chorus of conservatives blaming the victims at Virginia Tech:

I’m not sure I’m ready to go the full Derb but I think he’s closer to the reality of the situation than most. … Point one: They’re not “children.” The students at Virginia Tech were grown women and — if you’ll forgive the expression — men. […]

We do our children a disservice to raise them to entrust all to officialdom’s security blanket. Geraldo-like “protection” is a delusion: when something goes awry — whether on a September morning flight out of Logan or on a peaceful college campus — the state won’t be there to protect you. You’ll be the fellow on the scene who has to make the decision. […]

Murderous misfit loners are mercifully rare. But this awful corrosive passivity is far more pervasive, and, unlike the psycho killer, is an existential threat to a functioning society.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin joins the pack.

UPDATE II: Media Matters has a round-up.

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