Saturday, April 21, 2007

Psycho Mass Murderer Edition

Thank you for waiting folks, the Korean is back after the busiest three-week stretch of his life. The Korean must say that every time he tries to get some rest from the Korean-American world, something always happens to pull him back in.

First, the Korean’s sincerest condolence and regret to the families of the Virginia Tech shooting. These are the times that the Korean is glad being a Christian, so that he can pray for the people; it’s also satisfying to believe that Cho Seung-hui will be in hell for eternity.

Honestly, the Korean does not think Adam Cho have put the Korean American community in danger. (“Adam” is the psycho killer’s English name by the way. If Cho was like most Korean Americans, there would be less than three people in the world – his father, mother, and maybe his sister – who called him Seung-hui when he was alive. On the other hand, it is funny and annoying to see people mangling that name that no one used when he was alive. Back to the topic.)

This is not another 9/11, where there is a sense that America was under attack by foreigners, and that foreigner might be that guy wearing a turban. Cho’s actions were so clearly psychopathic that possibly no one who is halfway non-stupid can entertain the thought that being a Korean had something to do with propensity for mass murder.

Yet the world is full of stupid people, and they try their best acting stupid. So we would have such news report from New York Times and ABC that Cho’s picture of holding a hammer looks just like scenes from Oldboy. The Korean can see the thought process as if it’s displayed in a glass case: Let’s see, the psycho killer is Korean, so something Korean must have turned him psycho… what’s the first psychotic Korean thing I can name? … I know, Oldboy! Let’s reverse this thought process: Hmm, the psycho killer lived in America since young, so something American must have turned him psycho… where have I seen double handguns? … I know, Gary Cooper from High Noon! It’s gotta be the old Western films that turn people into mass murders! Give me a break.

The thing that makes the Korean most disappointed is that even with this, Second Amendment will live on. As long as someone lives in Virginia, he can buy any number of handguns and go on a rampage. The Korean cannot believe that it is not a bigger deal. Look, murderous psychos will always be there. Then why isn’t it more efficient to take the methods of killings away? It makes no sense. Follow Korea’s lead for once: criminalize gun possession, and lock up hunting guns during non-hunting season.

What is more interesting is the Korean people’s reaction to this. Koreans, in short, completely flipped out. The guilt trip about the fact that Cho was a Korean was simply enormous, and they desperately tried to find a way to apologize to America. Apparently, the Korean ambassador at D.C. even suggested fasting as a show of condolence and regret.

The Korean can try to somehow explain Korean’s people’s reaction through something about Korean culture – how it’s like every Korean is a family, and you take responsibility for actions of family members, not just yourself, and all that garbage. But that’s simply untrue, and saying such a thing is dishonest. Korean people flipped out because they are racists; there can be no other explanation. Only thing that Korean people can see about Cho is his race, and they reacted accordingly. They desperately try to apologize to Americans because, if the situation was reversed and 32 Koreans died in the hands of a deranged American, all Americans in Korea will be lynched.

In making this point, some Korean commentators have been giving the example of the two girls who were accidentally run over by American tanks, and how Korean people reacted strongly to that. The Korean thinks that’s a bad example, because American army represents the American government. More relevant is a case that happened a few months ago, when a Chinese man was arrested for killing his Korean girlfriend and dismembering her body. That prompted an Internet firestorm of how Chinese people in Korea are all crazy killers and they need to be driven away.

Readers, please don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise. America is the least racist country in the world, and you should be grateful that you live here.


  1. Great minds must think alike -

    I wrote something very similar in my blog:


  2. you cannot change the ammendment. You show that you are not a true american when you threaten to rewrite our laws. If the security guards were allowed to carry their guns. less people would have died. Also, He should not have gotten the guns in the first place. Adam Cho was not a CITIZEN. The 2nd ammendment should only be granted to TRUE AMERICAN CITIZENS.

  3. Then why isn’t it more efficient to take the methods of killings away?

    Because it is not possible. Guns are easy to make and easy to sell, just like drugs. Only way to do it would be to have a lot of police and a lot of control.

  4. Oh really? The Korean must be mistaken -- he thought the Constitution had a procedure for amending it. Wait no, there it is - in Article V!

    The Korean won't get into a full gun control argument here, but will simply leave a statistic: According to the Economist, since the killing of John Kennedy in 1963, more Americans have died by American gunfire than perished on foreign battlefields in the whole of the 20th century.

    If you want to pursue this, send the Korean an email.

  5. I was intrigued by your blog and found it very entertaining, and although I didn't necessarily agree with some of your ideas, I found it a good source of information for non-Koreans to ask questions without fear of "PC" restraints. However, I'm quite disappointed with your stance on gun control. As an intelligent person, which I believe you are, taking such an absolute stand on an issue that you know is very complex and contains many pros and cons on each side, fails to represent your ability to think beyond a parroting manner of left-wing libs. I could go on and on about statistics that counter such a simplistic and general one as yours, but that's not the case here. The issue is my disappointment with what I believed to be an intelligent fellow to take such an overly simplistic viewpoint as some sort of gospel rather than highlighting its complexity and your belief and desire for more attention to the 2nd amendment.

    By the way:
    For over twenty years it has been illegal for teens to buy guns and, despite such gun control, the African-American teenage male homicide rate in Washington, DC is 227 per 100,000 - 20 times the US average. [1] The US group for whom legal gun ownership has the highest prevalence, middle-aged white men, has a homicide rate of less than 7 per 100,000 - about half of the US average.[2]

    If the "guns-cause-violence” theory is correct why does Virginia, the alleged "easy” purchase source of all illegal Washington, DC guns, have a murder rate of 9.3 per 100,000, one-ninth of DC's overall homicide rate of 80.6? [3] Why are homicide rates lowest in states with loose gun control (North Dakota 1.1, Maine 1.2, South Dakota 1.7, Idaho 1.8, Iowa 2.0, Montana 2.6) and highest in states and the district with draconian gun controls and bans (District of Columbia 80.6, New York 14.2, California 12.7, Illinois 11.3, Maryland 11.7)? [3] The "guns-cause-violence” and "guns exacerbate violence” theories flounder as well as adding more complexity to your own statistic you’ve stated. The causes of inner city violence are family disruption, media violence, and abject poverty, not gun ownership.

    [1]- Fingerhut LA, Ingram DD, Feldman JJ. "Firearm Homicide Among Black Teenage Males in Metropolitan Counties: Comparison of Death Rates in Two Periods, 1983 through 1985 and 1987 through 1989." JAMA. 1992; 267:3054-8.
    [2]- Hammett M, Powell KE, O’Carroll PW, Clanton ST. "Homicide Surveillance- United States, 1987 through 1989." MMWR. 41/SS-3. May 29, 1992.
    [3]- FBI. Uniform Crime Reports Crime in the United States 1991. Washington DC: US Government Printing Office. 1992

  6. Didn't the comment just say send the Korean an EMAIL?? This blog is not for general policy discussion. The Korean would love to argue with you, but he is not gonna use this forum for that purpose.


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