Ground Zero Suicide
So it turns out the suicide at Ground Zero
in New York is one Andrew Veal from here in Athens, Georgia. I don't think I know this person by name but I'm likely to have seen him when I was working at the club. I might recognize a photograph if someone from the Athens Banner-Herald ever gets around to the story (Flagpole will but it's past the deadline for the next issue already). More about Veal's background can be found in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's report
I will say that this is a bad thing to have happened. Neal Boortz and I may both catch grief from some for appearing insensitive but what are any of us supposed to do about it? Either this guy had other issues compounding a clinical condition, for which we know he had resources (and should have had knowledge of same) to find help, or UGA sociology degrees are too easy to get. For some reason, this educated person, employed in a supervisory capacity, still allowed his beliefs to amplify into the irrational. For a vegetarian liberal, he doesn't seem to have minded having a shotgun and carrying it across state lines.
Like I said, I'll probably hurt some people's feelings, some of them friends. If there is anything precipitating this tragedy that other people may be responsible for, it's enabling and reinforcing some very stupid thinking in a fragile and unhealthy person.
I'm waiting for CNN to mention the story now that they're broadcasting live again. I'll post if anyone produces a photo and I have any more to add.