Dr. Helen has an interesting angle on Cho Seung-Hui’s heinous crime yesterday:
It seems that everyone is blaming the “American gun culture” on what happened but perhaps Cho Seung-Hui took his cues from another infamous mass murderer, Woo Bum-Kon, also from Korea:
Bum-Kon had an argument with his live-in girlfriend in the afternoon of April 26, 1982. Enraged, he left the house and went to the police armory, where he began consuming large amounts of whiskey. He became moderately drunk, raided the police armory of its weapons and built a personal arsenal. Bum-Kon then stole a single high-powered rifle and some grenades and left the armory. It was by this point around dinner time. He walked from house to house, and abused his position as a police officer to make people feel safe and gain entry to the home. Then he shot the victims, or killed the entire family with a grenade. He continued this pattern for the next eight hours, and into the early morning hours of April 27.
Bum-Kon committed the worse mass murder in known history, killing 58 people–could the Virginia shooter have been trying to do the same?
Like I said, it’s an interesting angle. It will also get near-zero-traction in the US media, for obvious reasons.