Two times too many:
The online gun dealer who sold a weapon to the Virginia Tech shooter said it was an unnerving coincidence that he also sold handgun accessories to the man who killed five students at Northern Illinois University.
Eric Thompson said his Web site ... sold two empty 9 mm Glock magazines and a Glock holster to Steven Kazmierczak on Feb. 4, just 10 days before the 27-year-old opened fire in a classroom and killed five before committing suicide.
Another Web site run by Thompson's company ... also sold a Walther .22-caliber handgun to Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 people in April on the Virginia Tech campus before killing himself.
I dunno, if I were this guy I might find another line of work. Like working in a hospital with people paralyzed from gunshot wounds, or counseling families who have lost loved ones to gun violence. Because if it had happened twice, I might start to think it was going to happen again, and I couldn't deal with it.
"I'm still blown away by the coincidences," Thompson said Friday. "I'm shaking. I can't believe somebody would order from us again and do this." ...
Maybe Kazmierczak did a little research on Cho beforehand. He had one of the same weapons. Just think, Mr. Thompson: You and the Glock 19 could become synonymous with mass murder.
"I still feel just absolutely in shock," he said. "I feel like I was run over by a truck."
That's a pity. But I can think of a few people who feel worse.
Jason Dunavan, a tattoo artist in Champaign, said he spent hours as recently as last month creating tattoos for [the killer]. His work included an image of the macabre doll from the horror movie "Saw" riding a tricycle through a pool of blood with images of several bleeding cuts in the background.
Dunavan said he was so proud of the tattoo that he enlarged a photo of it and placed it on a wall in his shop — a move he is now rethinking.
"I don't know if I still want that picture on my wall," said Dunavan, who also described [the killer] as timid and apologetic.
To which Mike responds, "Rethinking? Don't know?" What else does the tattoo guy need? Like Mr. Thompson, Dunavan is shocked but not actually displeased. I think it makes a nice trifecta. The "Saw" movies, a tattoo artist selling macabre images, and the gun dealer: All you need to make money is to know your audience and have a strong stomach.
Good thing the great state of Illinois, and the wise overseers of Northern Illinois University did their damnedest to make absolutely certain that those kids trapped in that slaughterhouse pen were as unarmed and helpless as victims could possibly be.
Their blood is on the hands entrusted to protect them by disarming them.
Just think…if only one of those students or teachers had been able to shoot back….
Yeah, just think if a bunch of college students were walking around strapped at all times. Not one of them could have effectively countered an ambush like the one at NIU, but hardly a week would go by without an accidental shooting, road rage brandishing, or suicide.