The South Korean homicide killer â€œSeung Hui Choâ€, a 23-year-old South Korean majoring in English, killed 32 other students and injured 29 students while killing himself on 16 April 2007 at Virginia Tech University. He shot his victims over 150 to 170 times as reported by various news media. The incident has traumatized many Virginia Tech students and the university has given them permission to go back home for the academic year. The terror has evoked a lot of fear within the student community.
â€œSeung Hui Choâ€ was a United States permanent resident alien from South Korea and was reported as a â€œlonerâ€ and an â€œextremely shyâ€ person. Fellow students in junior high school often mocked the South Korean student. The youth was reportedly at war with the world for being bullied in high school.
There is news that Cho watched the movie â€œOldboy â€ several times and imitated the Hong Kong movie star Chow Yun-Fat. He sent the tapes to NBC News with photographs of himself mimicking the movie star with his guns.
NBC News authorities issued the statement as mentioned below with regards to the materials NBC News received from the South Korean gunman in the Virginia Tech shootings:
“The pain suffered by the Virginia Tech community and indeed the entire country is immeasurable. Upon receiving the materials from Seung Hui Cho, NBC News took careful consideration in determining how the information should be distributed. We did not rush the material onto air, but instead consulted with local authorities, who have since publicly acknowledged our appropriate handling of the matter. Beginning this morning, we have limited our usage of the video across NBC News, including MSNBC, to no more than 10 percent of our airtime.
Our Standards and Policies chief reviewed all material before it was released. One of our most experienced correspondents, Pete Williams, handled the reporting. We believe it provides some answers to the critical question, “why did this man carry out these awful murders?” The decision to run this video was reached by virtually every news organization in the world, as evidenced by coverage on television, on Web sites and in newspapers. We have covered this story â€” and our unique role in it â€” with extreme sensitivity, underscored by our devoted efforts to remember and honor the victims and heroes of this tragic incident. We are committed to nothing less.”
America and the entire world are in grief for the Virginia Tech killings, which is regarded as the deadliest shootout in U.S. History. It is really a sad state that we are experiencing today. The Question now is, does the Bush Administration grieve for the killings of American soldiers in Iraq?
Our soldiers are sent to Iraq for regulating Iraqi people and numerous are getting killed. We experience similar atrocities like the Virginia Tech University killings ourselves, while being at war in Iraq. This incident is just another example of the daily life in Iraq, where people blow up mosques and kill hundreds of people everyday by committing suicide bombing. The war in Iraq is lost and the soldiers in Iraq are termed as â€œlosersâ€ of their lives.
The American â€œdictatorsâ€ are spoiled brats and nothing else that do not take care about the lives of otherâ€™s. These vote hungry administrators turn a blind eye to killings of soldiers in wars, and our countrymen killed in incidents like these, once the media uproar on the issue is over. The ordeal happened due to the fact that the gun policy in the state of Virginia is very liberal. It has been rumored that â€œSeung Hui Choâ€ bought the ammunition, a.9mm handgun and a .22 handgun, on eBay. However, sources suggest that the South Korean student bought the ammunition a month ago from a dealer in Blacksburg but the original source is still unknown. The killings have become a cause of worry for most parents of International students studying in U.S. Universities, as the international media is furiously criticizing Americaâ€™s gun laws.
It is ridiculously insane, that these guns are available easily to a person above the age of 18 years by just showing a permanent residency proof.
Are we going to remain silent with the incredible â€œgun controlâ€ reforms that are in place right now? Will incidents like these be taken care of forever or repeated incidents like these take place again and again? Wake Up America!
It is estimated that the people of the United States own over 200 million firearms and 30,000 people are killed each year by these firearms. The number of 30,000 killings is approximately 10 times the number of our countrymen who have died in Iraq. The War in Vietnam was started by us Americans, where we lost more than 55000 American Soldiers and thrice as many bombs had been dropped, than in World War II.
This horrific incident at Virginia Tech has not only shook the academic community with disgust and shame but it has shown the lack of uniform measures in place to protect the educational community. These killings are seen as a â€œnormalâ€ trend, citing the past U.S educational history, where shootouts like these happen in American schools and colleges every now and then. This incident is now known, as the cruelest mass murders in United States history though, can never be compared with the fate met by our soldiers every day in Iraq. What should the soldiers of the American army and members of the American public do to save our souls? God Bless America!!!