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Making Sense of It

This week's massacre at Virginia Tech has been referred to over and over again as "senseless killings."  As if we can ever make sense of such wanton violence.  While we are left numb by the staggering death toll on an American college campus, Iraqi citizens try to comprehend a week in which 500 civilians were killed.  Some were murdered in the name of religion. Some in the name of politics. Some in the name of ethnic identity.  And very little of it makes sense.

In Afghanistan, we are watching a steady increase in the number of suicide bombings.  The new wrinkle there is that more and more of the killers are children.  Try and make sense of that.

Tonight on the broadcast we will have reports from Virginia where more of Monday's shooting victims were eulogized today, and where we now know a discrepancy between federal and state gun laws may have helped put the weapons in Seung-Hui Cho's hands.  We also have reports on those disturbing trends confronting civilians and troops alike in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Also tonight, does the US have a double standard when it comes to dealing with terrorists?  Cuba thinks so after the release of a suspected plane bomber from an American immigration detention facility.  Mark Potter is working that story for us tonight.

And Lisa Daniels has a report on today's homemakers, who are more likely to build or re-model a kitchen then cook in one.  More and more women taking the lead in the world of do-it-yourself home projects.

I hope you can join us tonight for NBC Nightly News.