After the recent shootings in Aurora, Colorado, few felt bad for alleged shooter James Holmes, who has since been charged with 24 counts of murder. WBEZ's own Al Gini wrote that he wasn't sure that our society could ever really forgive people like Holmes, or former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky. "Given the immensity of their actions, I think forgiveness is asking too much," he wrote.
But writer and performer Lisa Buscani feels that, since Holmes is just the latest of "many disenfranchised gunman", there might be more there that we're missing. Read an excerpt of her thoughts below or listen above:
You knew him. He was the kid who got good grades without even trying, but blinked and swallowed constantly during show and tell, when he tried to talk about the time his parents, "Um took him, uh, to the like Epcot Center," and no one wanted to hear it because he was a stupid, boring geek. The restlessness spread through the class like thin kindling on fire, as the kids giggled and imitated him until he cut his story short.