Bob Herbert, a regular Op-Ed columnist with the New York Times wrote about Sodini on August 8, 2009, in Women at Risk:
"We’ve seen this tragic ritual so often that it has the feel of a formula. A guy is filled with a seething rage toward women and has easy access to guns. The result: mass slaughter.
"Back in the fall of 2006, a fiend invaded an Amish schoolhouse in rural Pennsylvania, separated the girls from the boys, and then shot 10 of the girls, killing five.
"I wrote, at the time, that there would have been thunderous outrage if someone had separated potential victims by race or religion and then shot, say, only the blacks, or only the whites, or only the Jews. But if you shoot only the girls or only the women — not so much of an uproar."
I receive many emails from men who ask me to acknowledge than men, too, are victims of domestic violence. I cannot deny that they are. I have represented some of them. Recall last week a young bride was arrested after she engaged an undercover cop as a hitman to kill her husband. Unfortunately, not one of us can predict that there is a domestic abuser in our midst. And if we cannot predict, it is hard to protect ourselves.