There is nothing I can say about the V-Tech tragedy that hasn’t already been said. As the days have gone by, the situation has become more and more surreal.
I was glued to the TV all day, so I was staying pretty up-to-date with the info. It was interesting to see how the information was traveling throughout the company. My bosses would come back from meetings and stop by with a twisted version of the old story. For example, when I said that Cho lived in Centreville, VA since he was in elementary school, everyone else thought he was a Korean immigrant straight off the boat.
The gun control debate that is going to spark from this is going to be enormous. The way I feel, what is the point of needing a gun? For protection. If no one was allowed to have guns who would you need protection from? Bad people will always get their hands on guns. But if you hold gun makers and law enforcement accountable for distribution….I’m not going to debate myself.
The multimedia manifesto delivered to NBC is absolutely ridiculous and makes the local authorities on the scene look even more inept. Some of the video and pictures were taken on Monday! (OK, I admit, it’s possible that he took the pictures and made the videos at and earlier date and used television production like magic, but he still had to mail it on Monday between shootings) In the manifesto he compares himself to the two guys from Columbine. How did he take these pictures and videos and print them out without anyone seeing any of this?
I was watching Hardball today, and it was hard to tell if Chris Matthews was asking stupid questions to cater to people who aren’t as informed or if he is just completely out-of-touch with everyday life. Some questions he asked include:
“What was it like roomating with Cho?”
“Have you ever heard of a kid who wouldn’t talk to you? […] If we had a roommate who never talked at all we would have asked for a new roommate.”
“I feel for you buddy”
As the minutes go by, I find it harder and harder to wrap my head around what really happened. There are a million questions that will arise from this that can’t be answered by a panel of professional analysts. I’ll end with this quote from the convocation speech:
“We are strong and brave and innocent and unafraid. We are better than we think, not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imagination and the possibility we will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears, through all this sadness. We are the Hokies! We will prevail, we will prevail! We are Virginia Tech!”