I really can't say much about what happened in Virginia Tech other than wonder at how such tragic things can happen.
However, there is one quick point I want to make. If anyone here remembers Sam Harris, the prominent atheist, he discussed the hypocricy of believers in his book The End of Faith:
"Somewhere in the world a man has abducted a little girl. Soon he will rape, torture and kill her. If an atrocity of this kind is not occurring at precisely this moment, it will happen in a few hours, or days at most. Such is the confidence we can draw from the statistical laws that govern the lives of 6 billion human beings. The same statistics also suggest that this girl s parents believe at this very moment that an all-powerful and all-loving God is watching over them and their family. Are they right to believe this? Is it good that they believe this?
"Only the atheist recognizes the boundless narcissism and self-deceit of the saved. Only the atheist realizes how morally objectionable it is for survivors of a catastrophe to believe themselves spared by a loving God, while this same God drowned infants in their cribs."
"If God exists, either He can do nothing to stop the most egregious calamities, or He does not care to. God, therefore, is either impotent or evil.If He exists, the God of Abraham is not merely unworthy of the immensity of creation; he is unworthy even of man."
Tough quotes for a tough time. I don't want to come across as taking advantage of a tragedy to further my own agenda. However, listen to a quote from one of the students:
“I really have been thanking God that I didn’t go to class today,” she said. “I do think he was watching out for me today. I feel really blessed and thankful, but so sad and speechless about all the other people in the building and all the victims.”
Now, does this girl honestly believe that she was some saint? That God specifically chose her to live and the others to die? I don't think so. But, when people are in shock, the religious chemicals kick in to calm the soul and prevent suicide. And that's why people thank God rather than asking why it happened in the first place.