Carol Platt Liebau: Update on Virginia Tech Murders

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Update on Virginia Tech Murders

Here are more of the details of this sad and horrific story. So far, the killer has not been linked to any terrorist groups.

Later on, when such discussions are appropriate, it will be worth point out that the murderer was here on a student visa. Why does that matter? Only because this one person's evildoing doesn't mean that the international student visa program should be abolished, any more than it means that guns should be outlawed for everyone.


Blogger paul a'barge said...

The murderer was 23, and had been in the USA since he was 8. His parents own a dry cleaning store in D.C.

He hardly just got off the boat.

12:02 PM  
Blogger brian said...

i dont think you have your facts straight, guns kill and visas allow acces to travel, how can you compare the two.
the maker and the owner should both be held for these terible acts that have happened

12:57 PM  
Blogger Carol Platt Liebau said...


That's the logical fallacy liberals always commit. Guns may kill -- but they also defend.

The point is that neither guns nor visas are inherently pernicious -- the problem is that pernicious people misuse them.

7:35 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

I don't know... there's a sort of circular logic at play here.

Guns should not be banned because you need to protect yourself from people with guns.

Do guns serve any other purpose than to kill human beings or animals?

8:28 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

Using Brian's criteria for culpability, every auto manufacturer would be held liable when a drunk driver killed a pedestrian, and when every sober driver ran a stop light and killed someone in another vehicle.

Plenty of objective evidence exists that far more lives are saved by using firearms defensively than are snuffed out by thugs and the deranged using them illegally. Our national media just don't publicize those data. But the National Rifle Assocation does publish them in one of its monthly publications, with sources cited.

To access the incontrovertible evidence, all one must do is look, read and be open-minded.

1:42 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Guns don't kill anyone. People kill. If someone doesn't pick up a gun, load it, point it at someone, and pull the trigger; the gun will lay there until it turns to dust without ever harming anyone.

Archie Bunker said it best in an episode of "All in the Family" when Gloria stated some statistic about the number of people killed by hand guns. He said, "Would it make you feel better if they was shoved out of windows?"

5:53 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

In the mad dash to lay blame or make political points, I think we're missing the magnitude of the human story here.

Consider the heroic actions of Professor Liviu Librescu during the murderous rampage at Virginia Tech.

The man is a hero who lay down his life to save others. There's a lesson there, folks!

5:59 AM  
Blogger X: THC said...

Question Marks

"This didn't have to happen", Cho Seung-Hui said, after murdering thirty-two people at Virginia Tech University.

And this terrible tragedy of sons, daughters, mothers and fathers didn't have to happen, if we'd only listened.

But we never listen.

We never listen to those that are different from us- the outcasts, the lonely, the homeless, the ones that are unspoken for. We don't try to understand. We shun them and put them out of our minds because of our fear that we will become like them.

And these people become more and more lonely and alienated in their isolation.

Words like "creep", "deranged misfit" and "psycho" devalue this killer's humanity so we don't have to face how similar he is to us. Cries of "how could he have been stopped" are uttered by media quick to sensationalize and gain market share, when the words "how could he have been listened to" are never considered.

Because we don't want to listen.

We don't want to hear about loneliness and alienation when we're all so busy with our lives, making money and making friends. And the unpopular, the ones that don't fit in, the lonely ones are ignored or made fun of because we don't care to understand anything about them.

This man who clearly needed help, Cho Seung-Hui, devalued himself so much that he called himself "Question Mark".

There are more "Question Marks" out there. There are millions of them. And if we don't listen to them, they will follow the same path again and again, because people are not connecting. We are becoming more and more disconnected from each other, creating more and more "Question Marks" every day.

Most "Question Marks" don't become murderers. Some just kill themselves. Most harm no one and live just as we do, needing antidepressants to appear what we call "normal". They may be someone you know, someone you love.

This "Question Mark" was once a little boy, who cried, and smiled and loved, He wanted to fit in just like you and I. But that desire to fit in transformed itself into anger towards a society that shunned and ignored him.

How many more times will we shun and ignore the one that doesn't fit in, the one in the corner, the one that's different? When all we have to do is listen, before it's too late.

But we won't.

Thirty-two human beings who did not know Cho Seung-Hui were murdered.
They were sons, daughters, fathers and mothers, with dreams of futures that will never come and children that will never be born. The thirty-two leave behind people that love them. People that are now scarred for life by this horrible day of death.

To most of us that have not been directly involved, this tragedy will become a memory and fade like all the others that came before.

And the "Question Marks" will appear with more frequency, again and again, because we don't listen.

We never do.


10:22 AM  

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