I was going to write about preparing to give my presentation tonight for Comp Strat, but skimming the news and reading more about the Virginia Tech shootings changed my mind.
A few take-aways from what I’ve seen in only a few minutes.
Seung-Hui Cho is a murderer and monster.
This isn’t about the ‘guns’ used; not unless we plan to ban gasoline, knives, fertilizer or any other potential weapon. Guns are relatively hard to get in the United Kingdom for law abiding citizens, so ever wonder why in London you can’t find a trash can around ‘The City’ or Westminster? Because during the worst of the conflict, the IRA found them useful for their intentions of causing harm and mayhem.
This tragedy is about a monster who wanted to kill innocent people. Period. It doesn’t take a web link to the Oklahoma City tragedy or to the IRA bombings of the past to understand this guy had more than one option.
At this point, I suspect a few people are thinking, ‘but this made it easier for him’ and to that point I can’t really argue; only suggest that the actions of the individual (not the instrument used) was the cause of the tragedy.
The second important point is this ridiculous focus on his nationality. Who cares if he was Korean by birth? Europe doesn’t get blamed when people of that decent do awful things, so let’s not use this as chance to blame another culture. His actions are his alone.
The character of this ‘man’ should be judged; not his ancestry. It’s ridiculous and politicizing a tragedy. It’ll happen. One post won’t change the CNN/Fox News/Politics of today culture, but I find it sad.
Frankly, I find the entire thing sad. I have a relationship with Virginia Tech, in fact, I’d been accepted there and even knew my dormitory before changing my mind and going to WVU.
Even closer to my heart was the time I spent there during the summer of 1993 at the Young Scholars Program. YSP 93 – it was the first time I realised the world was much bigger than just West Virginia, and if I worked hard I could play a role in it.
VPI (Virginia Tech is also known as Virginia Polytechnic Institute) was a worthy opponent in sports; and a worthy southern school for students around the world. Let’s honor that but making certain we frame our anger and actions around worthy issues.