I don’t know if this is the right place for this post but the Virginia Tech incident had me numb with fear. For the last 3 days it has been gnawing at the back of my head and today 1 hour of NPR during my afternoon commute triggered this post.
First of all a small prayer from all of us at DMC for all the students, faculty, parents employees at Virginia Tech who suffered both physically and emotionally.
First the Columbine school and then this. I do sincerely want the Gun Control to come into effect to stop lunatics from opening fire whereever they want to.
Another thing I noticed is the media harping on the Gunman as South Korean. Yes he was a South Korean immigrant but then he spent 14 years of his adult life in the US having immigrated here in 1992. Other than the parents who seem to have cut off all connection with S. Korea, if it’s a country who shaped his life which was it? Why is his nationality more important than the fact that he was the legal owner of a Gun? The NPR reporter went on to say how S. Korea was responding to the incident and how some of their Govt. Officilas were worried that this could strain their relationship with US.
“And from Seoul, South Koreans and their government appealed to Americans not to let the carnage generate racial prejudice against the 2 million South Koreans who live in the United States” -- Washington Post
Why should this situation even arise ? Why should S. Korea feel itself responsible for a cruel, lunatic boy who left the country 14 years ago to never go back and then open fire on his classmates in an American University ? If anyone is responsible its all of us, the entire human race and obviously the US Gun Control laws which sells Gun to all and sundry.
“Mihae Kim, another community activist in Virginia, was especially worried about the impact on younger Korean Americans who might be insecure about their place in American society” -- Washington Post
Living in a state where there is a good balance of all races I have not seen much prejudice here yet. However when your kid goes to an American school have you ever observed any such thing that stems from a difference in nationality or race though the kid is an Indian American?
As parents how safe do we feel the educational institutes are here for our children ? Does such incidents ever make you think of going back to our country? Is India more safe ? I have seen many Indian parents wrapping up and going back when the kids are in middle school. Is this one of the reasons too ?