Wednesday, April 18, 2007

He is Cho Seung Hui...

He is Cho Seung Hui, 23 yrs old, a Virginia Tech student of South Korean descent, and he recently shot 32 fellow students and teachers in his school - the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. From MSNBC:
Authorities still are not sure what set him off and what propelled him Monday as he stalked the halls and classrooms of Norris Hall with two semiautomatic pistols, chaining doors closed and murdering and maiming as he went.

Authorities found two three-page notes in his dorm room after the shootings. They weren't suicide notes and provided no clue about why he did what he did. Instead, they were expletive-filled rants against the rich and privileged, even naming people who he thought had kept him down, federal and state law enforcement sources said. Two government officials said he had been treated for mental health problems.

Police also are uncertain why Cho stopped and shot himself to death in Norris Hall, where most of his victims lay scattered around him.
BoingBoing has several posts on him, here and here. This is a horrific tragedy and just shows why the world should get rid of guns from civilian hands. My heart goes out to the students of VA Tech and those who lost their family members and friends. The Americans will no doubt remember this tragedy for a very long time but I don't think it will change the majority view that it is the right of every citizen to bear arms. Guns and America are inseparable. Unfortunately for Americans, they will just have to live with future tragedies like this one.

12 comments:

Mr Big said...

Im glad that I did not have to worry about shootings when I was in school.

Gaylord said...

Maybe the Americans need one such incident every week to wake them up and change their gun control laws.

julianna teng said...

it must have been a terrible experience to see ur fellow friends, students, teachers get shot one by one infront of ur eyes.

Shy said...

Guns are so easily available in the US. The likelihood of someone going on a rampage is very high. All it takes is one mad person and one gun. The Virginia Tech incident won't be the last.

Rickie said...

I initially thought it must have been some mad arab or black who did the shootings.

I was shocked to find out it was a Korean dude.

Myra Leong said...

So happy Singapore doesn't have guns.

mr black said...

depressive + gun = bad combi!!!

Sir Thomas said...

I'm not surprised by the shootings but I'm surprised with the number dead.

Honky Tong said...

How come americans love their guns so much uh??

dave seah said...

think twice before u go to the us to work or study.

Alvin said...

Yes I agree. Say no to guns!

Anonymous said...

Leave the ethnicity and 2nd amendment out of this for now. Please.

Luke

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