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An issue more urgent than gun control

[Alternate title: CUT IT THE FUCK OUT]

What? How could anything be more important than gun control? As anyone who knows me will attest, I hate guns in general, I hate this country's prevailing attitude about guns, and Jesus, let's just repeal the Second Amendment if people are going to use it as some kind of weak-ass justification. BUT. A more immediate problem is occupying my thoughts.

It is really bugging me that the current headlines are couched in language implying the gunman is a recent immigrant. He's not. He came to the States when he was 9 years old. He grew up in Centreville, fer chrissake. He was an English Lit major. Stop making it sound as though he hopped on a plane a few months ago. You can't distance yourself from this, America. Don't pretend this guy was a random foreign nutcase. This is our problem, not someone else's fault.

From Yahoo at this moment:
AP - "Va. Tech: Gunman student from S. Korea"
Reuters - "S.Korean student blamed for U.S. shooting rampage"

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ludickid
Apr. 17th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
Word. God help us all if the kid had been Mexican.
panz
Apr. 17th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
Heeeeeeeey...you!
Move to France, heh?

;)

PS: nice to see you're still around, hehe...

PPS: wait after the elections before you meve here, because if Sarozy is elected, i'm not sure france will still be worth it...
writebrain
Apr. 18th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
I mentioned this to Mr. Brain. He also was totally under the impression -- from watching the news -- that the guy was straight off the boat. He said knowing he moved here as a kid really changed his perception.

Good for you for calling attention to it!
sixen
Apr. 25th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
Stop making it sound as though he hopped on a plane a few months ago. You can't distance yourself from this, America. Don't pretend this guy was a random foreign nutcase. This is our problem, not someone else's fault.

Brilliant observation. What a painful incident (incident is an inadequate word but I can't think of another one) - it seems that everytime something horrible happens, people look for ways to distance themselves from the event - to concentrate on details that they believe make them different from the perpetrator. We never examine these events deeply enough to learn how to stop them. What causes someone to sink to such depths? At what point does such an act become a viable option for someone and how do they program themselves to do it. What do we as a society need to do to stop evil - both around us and in us?
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