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European Media Blame Charleton Heston and Guns for Actions of Disturbed, Lone, Killer

We are learning more about Cho Sueng-Hui, the shooter who violently and senselessly killed 32 students and faculty at Virginia Tech yesterday. Considering how sick Cho's actions were, it's no surprise to learn that there were signs that he was very disturbed. His English professor described him as "troubled" and advised him to seek counseling.

Professor Carolyn Rude, chairwoman of the university's English department, said she did not personally know the gunman. But she said she spoke with Lucinda Roy, the department's director of creative writing, who had Cho in one of her classes and described him as "troubled."


"There was some concern about him," Rude told The Associated Press. "Sometimes, in creative writing, people reveal things and you never know if it's creative or if they're describing things, if they're imagining things or just how real it might be. But we're all alert to not ignore things ike this."

She said Cho was referred to the counseling service, but she said she did not know when or what the outcome was. Rude refused to release any of his writings or his grades, citing privacy laws.

The Smoking Gun already has a copy of a one act play that he wrote. A former classmate describes it this way:

"We were in a playwriting class together, which is a workshop class, meaning you submit your plays to everyone in it and then we all review the play in class and talk about it," Derry said.


"His writing, the plays, were really morbid and grotesque," Derry noted. "I remember one of them very well. It was about a son who hated his stepfather. In the play the boy threw a chain saw around, and hammers at him. But the play ended with the boy violently suffocating the father with a rice krispy treat," Derry said.

"He even wrote one play about students being stalked by a teacher." Derry said.

"I mean, his kind of writing was pretty peculiar, but when we asked him if he had any comments after we'd reviewed his work, he would just shrug and say nothing," Derry described.

"We made jokes around the class about his work, because it was just so fictional, so surreal, we just had to laugh," Derry said, "We had to laugh because it couldn't ever be real or truthful, I mean who throws hammers or chainsaws around?"

"But we always joked we were just waiting for him to do something, waiting to hear about something he did," Derry said. "But when I got the call it was Cho who had done this, I started crying, bawling."

"I kept having to tell myself there is no way we could have known this was coming," Derry described. "I was just so frustrated that we saw all the signs, but never thought this could happen."

The European press, however, is focusing its attention on Charleton Heston and guns. They conveniently forget that a gun can not murder anyone on its own; a person with very bad intentions must pull the trigger.

Across the continent on Tuesday, European media rubber-neck at Monday's massacre in the United States. Most seem to agree about one thing: The shooting at Virginia Tech is the result of America's woeful lack of serious gun control laws. In the strongest editorialized image of the day, German cable news broadcaster NTV flashed an image of the former head of the National Rifle Association, the US gun lobby: In other words, blame rifle-wielding Charlton Heston for the 33 dead.


Papers reserve their sharpest criticism for the 2004 expiration of a 10-year ban on semi-automatic weapons under the then Republican-controlled Congress. Others comment on the pro-gun lobbying activities of Heston's NRA. Some papers also draw analogies between school shootings and Muslim fundamentalist suicide bombers.

Update: Cho's college roommate describes him as anti-social and a loner. Even though he lived with him, he didn't know him well at all because Cho refused to open up to anyone:

"He was always really, really quiet and kind of weird, keeping to himself all the time," he said. "Just of anti-social, didn't talk to anybody. I tried to make conversation with him in August or so and he would just give one word answers and not try and carry on the conversation."


He said it was a creepy quietness.

"I would notice a lot of times, I would come in the room and he would kind of be sitting at his desk, just staring at nothing," he said.

Mr. Aust and Mr. Grewal, 21, said he was often on his computer.

"When he was in the room, he would spend a lot of time on his computer, downloading music and stuff," Mr. Aust. said. There was no single style of music that he particularly liked in particular, from rock to country to pop.

Mr. Cho was often out of the room.

"He was probably gone more often than he was here," he said. "I just figured he had classes."


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Comments (13)

Voices.=====... (Below threshold)
kim:

Voices.
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From the article (atributed... (Below threshold)

From the article (atributed to Le Figaro):

"This new tragedy presents a new opportunity for American public opinion to interrogate itself about a society which, as one of the students who survived Columbine said at the time, is very much responsible for what has happened."

Interrogate ourselves??? WTF??? And we are still expected to look to Europe to tell us how to live as a civilized society???

A couple of years back, I was having a discussion with a couple of men outside the Starbuck's at Rush & Oak here in Chicago. One of the guys, a forty-something Boomer, insisted that, compared to John Kerry, President Bush was uncivilized.

I asked him why he felt that way. He said it was because, during college, "Bush had never even travelled to Europe." That Bush didn't care what the Europeans thought, and that "Bush ruined our relationship with Europe."

This same fallacy, that we should emulate the Europeans, is trotted out with impunity by people like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and all the Gaia-obsessed Greens who would like us to stop thinking about everything but Global Warming/Climate Change. It's the same B.S. parroted by people who think that Big Government knows what's best for us, and we don't have the means or the brains to defend ourselves. It's pathetic!

Yesterday, during a meeting... (Below threshold)
cirby:

Yesterday, during a meeting I was attending, one American (out of a large roomful of Europeans and South Americans) announced the shooting, and followed with the stupid comment "only in America."

Apparently, he's never heard of Beslan.

Some papers also d... (Below threshold)
Heralder:
Some papers also draw analogies between school shootings and Muslim fundamentalist suicide bombers.

There's not a specific underlying motive for the various school shootings that have occured, but there is one for Muslim fundamentalist suicide bombers.

I'd be interested to see how these two are analogous to the European mind.

<a href="http://wizbangblog... (Below threshold)
PeevedGuy:

langtry:

Agreed. I particularly liked this:
Papers reserve their sharpest criticism for the 2004 expiration of a 10-year ban on semi-automatic weapons under the then Republican-controlled Congress. Others comment on the pro-gun lobbying activities of Heston's NRA. Some papers also draw analogies between school shootings and Muslim fundamentalist suicide bombers.

Two thoughts leapt to mind immediately...
a. he didn't use the same kinds of weapons that were banned and
b. don't they have some cars to extinguish?

<a href="http://wizbangblog... (Below threshold)
PeevedGuy:

langtry:

Agreed. I particularly liked this:
Papers reserve their sharpest criticism for the 2004 expiration of a 10-year ban on semi-automatic weapons under the then Republican-controlled Congress. Others comment on the pro-gun lobbying activities of Heston's NRA. Some papers also draw analogies between school shootings and Muslim fundamentalist suicide bombers.

Two thoughts leapt to mind immediately...
a. he didn't use the same kinds of weapons that were banned and
b. don't they have some cars to extinguish?

And of course... it's all b... (Below threshold)
marc:

And of course... it's all bush's fault:

La Jornada, Mexico A Culture of Violence...

"... that violent attitude is exacerbated by the warmongering spirit of the George W. Bush government, which has ignited much of the world with its war on terrorism. "

Inwhat is very predictable in this "editorial" they bring up Moore's Bowling for Columbine.

New Zealanders speak out:

Gurunath Dhend
Still bad days will be seen by USA as policy of spreading arms in third world & African countries.

Richard
This whole thing makes me sick. But what is worse is George Bush pouring out he's sympathies to the families of those that have lost their loved ones. Why not take the gun out of the equation and simply ban the sell of them. Granted it won't stop organized crime, but it would stop this unnecessary loss of life.

... the winner of the largest asshole awards goes to...

Peter Mathys
Americans are obsessed with themselves and have lost the ability to behave in a socially acceptable fashion towards each other and the rest of the world. It seems they have lost humanity. This latest shooting is just a symptom of that. But why all the fuss? For the last four years, Americans have been carrying out shootings like this every day in Iraq. They should be used to it by now.

The Michael Moore script writing awards goes to...

Thom Grey
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the vicious backwash of the great wave of the American Dream. That core rainbow ideal that just over the next hill lies a pot of gold. The heart of every American beats a winner's pulse, a blind "can-do" resolve, that the world is essentially right and just, and you WILL reap what you have sown. A tremendous sense of God's blessing; an overwhelming patriotism, is America's boast, rife in movies, foreign affairs, and etched in the nation's history. Americans are not psychologically programmed to handle being wrong. George Bush was re-elected. And this, I think, is the key, the achilles heel, as America continues to walk that fine tightrope above the gaping jaws of disillusionment. That some fall is the price of a nation's dream.

Ure Kismet
It's karma really. Although the young victims may not have done anything to further America's imperial ambitions, their parents have watched their nation's armed forces invade, rape and plunder other countries and done nothing to stop it. Whenever America drops a bucketful of bombs on a school in Iraq, or more recently, Somalia, killing a lot more than 32 students, the story barely makes the global media. The usual justifications are trotted out. The school was teaching it's students to resist the American empire or it was just collateral damage....

This guy is definately a "winner" of sort sort of award but I'm at a loss to define what it is...mayby just ASSHOLE

Kent
This just proves that the "terrorism" threat in the US is a load of rubbish. If it is so easy to conduct a campus slaughter, why aren't all the Islamic terrorists lining up to commit these massacres? Because terrorism in the US is a myth used to create a climate of fear so that the US government can invade countries with carte blanche.

And to this guy... just FUCK YOU!

Crash
Why is it such a big deal that 32 civilians die in the US, when the war that they created in Iraq is killing more than this number of civilians each day?

The thread continues.... read on if you have no blood pressure issues.

Insanity has meaning meanin... (Below threshold)
kim:

Insanity has meaning meaninglessly applied to it.
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The incident simply served ... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

The incident simply served to 'pull the string' of many of the anti-US and gun control kooks. The facts and the specifics of the incident don't matter to them. The public becomes more pliable in times such as these and the kooks see it as their opportunity to push their agenda.

Awful silly Americans. One... (Below threshold)
RicardoVerde:

Awful silly Americans. One question: Was a Glock handgun used in these murders?

Europe....who gives a rats ... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

Europe....who gives a rats ass what THEY think?

Did they appreciate America during WWII?
ooh yes, so called blood thirsty America helped save their ass, right France? We didn't use water pistols ...

And for ALL the gun BANNERS, anyone who wants to BAN guns should personally come and TRY to collect those guns yourself. See what happens....lmao

And what was to blame as mu... (Below threshold)
metprof:

And what was to blame as muslims rioted across northern europe and france trying to burn the place to the ground?.....I guess it can be traced to their woefully inadequate control of gasoline and matches....

Pansy-ass shitbirds with man-purses hiphuggers.

If they ban gun shows where... (Below threshold)
moseby:

If they ban gun shows where will we buy French war surplus guns that have only been dropped once?




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