Russian Columnist: Don't blame society for school shooting

Society Wrong to Blame Itself in School Shooting:

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Whenever there is a school shooting in America the pundits and talking heads are quick to point blame at just about anything. We’ve all seen it before. They blame video games, movies, music, The 2nd Amendment, etc. America is quickly becoming the land people who aren’t responsible for their own actions.

It seems with the shooting at School No. 263 in Moscow, Russia is ironically following in the footsteps of its former cold war enemy. Not necessarily blaming the same things but deflecting responsibility from the shooter nonetheless.

That’s why I posted the link above. It’s to an editorial from the Moscow Times by Yulia Latynina. In it she says who we really should blame for these kinds of shootings.

Amazingly, the authorities call for “ensuring” this and “checking” that. They, and those who hold that the boy was the victim of an oppressive education by his parents and that the gunshot was a “cry of desperation,” both subscribe to one terrible idea — that personal responsibility does not exist.

I urge you to read the entire article.

I find it funny that considering this is the first Russian school shooting and it didn’t take a Russian journalist to state the obvious truth while here in America too many media types will lay blame elsewhere and make martyrs out of cold-blooded killers.

Russia has its first school shooting at School No. 263


Two dead after gunman takes students hostage in Moscow school:

First-Ever School Shooting Prompts Debate on Security:

Today Russia had its first school shooting ever at School No. 263 in Moscow. Student Sergei Gordeyev, armed with his father’s legally owned rifles is said to have shot and killed geography teacher Andrei Kirillov and a police officer. Gordeyev also took about 20 students hostage before releasing them and finally being arrested by police. So far no motive has been given.

If you’re thinking to yourself this is not Russia’s first school shooting you’re probably thinking of the Beslan hostage crisis in 2004 where 396 people were killed by armed terrorists.

I’m actually shocked that this is Russia’s first school shooting. In Russia citizens are allowed to own guns as long as their registered. In a country that size how have they gone this long without a school shooting? While I’m not an authority on Russian culture one could assume that the students in Russia probably don’t have near the false sense of entitlement of their American counterparts and their parents probably aren’t as oblivious to their children’s actions.

Since Gordeyev is a minor he is only looking at 10 years but then again it is Russia.

More on this as details become available and my schedule allows.

UPDATE 4/10/2014: The Russian courts have ruled that Gordeyev will be held in custody until at least August for now. Currently he is undergoing a psych eval.

UPDATE 4/27/2014: Early last week Gordeyev was ruled insane and will probably not face prosecution. Since this is Russia we’re talking about I can only imagine the conditions of mental health facilities. They may be worse than the prisons.

UPDATE 11/16/2015: The decision declaring Gordeyev insane has been overturned and will now face criminal prosecution.