Who’s to Blame for Virginia Tech? I Know Who…

Okay, I suppose it is unfair to try to blame one person (besides Cho) for the tragedy at Virginia Tech.  Afterall, it was a collaborate effort of several different groups of people overlooking the obvious red flags about Cho.  First, let’s look at the source: the family.  I’m sure we’ll learn more about them as time passes and wounds begin to heal, but honestly, how much do parents really know their children these days?  It is obvious that Cho’s parents and siblings had NO clue, not even a little bit, about the person he was.  Should we blame the family?  Nah, I don’t think so, they can’t control every aspect of their son, but you know, they did report that he struggled at times; and the sister did say she was worried about him.

The university.  Should we blame the university?  By now we all know that the college knew Cho was mentally unstable (although they misdiagnosed the severity of it).  The school did not go about the correct procedure to follow up with, and counsel, Cho. 

Well, who is left?  The roomates?  Well not really, they were the ones who reported him to begin with.  The professors?  Eh, perhaps, but they have so many students that can we really expect them to care about every single one?  (although one could argue that they should).

What about the store who sold Cho the gun?  That establishment seems to be, um, dodging the bullet in this matter.  To the man’s credit, he didn’t know about Cho’s turbulent past…but that is because Cho simply lied on his application:

“His lie on the form would have been caught,”had the order been in place before Cho attempted to buy the guns, Kaine said.

 What a great system!  Have mental disabilities?  It’s okay, just lie away and get your guns anyway!  Let’s pretend that Cho did get caught, well that wouldn’t have stopped him from obtaining a gun through any of Virginia’s ZERO background check avenues, such as: “buy-and-trade publications, individual transactions among gun collectors or hobbyists, and gun shows — vast firearms bazaars where scores of people sell or swap firearms.”

Who is to blame for the tragedy – well we can definitely start with the law.  Virginia has learned this (ain’t hindsight grand), and are going through the measures to “close the loophole”.

Too little too late?  Time will tell.

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8 Responses

  1. What BS…who’s to blame? How about Cho? You know…the guy who did it.

  2. well, certainly Cho is to blame Pete, c’mon now. But where does that get us? Of course you blame the guy who did it…

    the question that then becomes important is “could it have been prevented?” That’s what’s being addressed. The point was to expand your thinking – unfortunately, I don’t think I succeeded with you on that.

  3. So you think it is the “laws” fault this happened? You actually think that if it had been illegal to get a gun Cho would have been a great guy and lived happily ever after? Cho broke the law several times, by murdering lots of innocent people. He had no respect for the law, and just making guns illegal wouldn’t have stopped him from doing something to murder a large number of people.

    Why do you feel the need to blame anyone besides the person who did it? People need to take responsibility for their own actions.
    One person murdered those people. The blame lies solely on his shoulders.

  4. Pete, I think you may have missed when I said:

    “well, certainly Cho is to blame Pete…”

    Yes, Cho is to blame, but could it have been prevented? We would be irresponsible to just say, “It was Cho’s fault” and move on with our lives.

    For instance, does the Second Amendment need to be re-addressed? Obviously Virginia believes a change needs to be made as they are currently passing legislation on certain gun issues.

    In other words, they found a problem (a loophole), and they are fixing it. They are under the belief (and I agree) that if this issue was resolved prior to Cho’s rampage, that it could have potentially been stopped.

    You may in fact be correct in your assertion that if he wanted to do it, he would just do it. However, what if he was properly diagnosed and in extensive counseling? Many assume that he was incurable – no one can affirm that he was a lost cause.

    We would be doing greater harm if we didn’t learn from, and then re-evaluate societal structures after this tragedy.

    That being said, it’s a shame that it takes tragedy to create drastic change nowadays.

    Thanks for your thoughts Pete.

  5. I did not “miss what you said”. I am re-iterating for you my point. Cho pulled the trigger. He was to blame. Nothing will stop a determined madman from killing. Why take freedoms away from law abiding citizens, when madmen do not follow that law.
    Could it have been prevented? Sure. We could ban all Koreans. That would have solved this problem.
    Don’t like that solution?
    Well, I see that solution solving the problem just as well as banning guns. See? Gun/Korean control isn’t solving this issue.

  6. Hi Pete,
    I knew what your point was, and you can see that I acknowledged it. I never said we needed to take freedoms away from citizens, those are your words, not mine.

    When I brought up the possibility of Re-addressing the 2nd Amendment, that certainly does not entail scrapping it altogether. However, that is a discussion for another post.

    “We could ban all Koreans”. This is what is called a slippery slope argument in debate and therefore carries no influence in regards to your initial comments.

    I see that you feel very passionate about this subject, and it’s refreshing to see people expressing their views. That being said, I think we can agree to disagree on this topic for I do not believe we are reaching any common ground.

    God Bless.

  7. Reading the comments warranted reflection. I do see value in each entry; however, murder is not an isolated “problem”. Of course, the shooter is to blame; that is a surface assumption. Hopefully, our society isn’t so quick to dismiss this atrocity as simply the shooter was ill. We owe it to the victims to be more determined to make a difference and institute change. I can’t “blame” one person…life just isn’t that simplisitic. Accountability lies with Cho. Accountability to change lies with society.

  8. I’m with Cindy. Guns aren’t so much the problem as a society in which we let people like Cho “fall through the cracks,” in which we allow so many people to harbor anger/hatred/mental illness. Gun control is a feel-good patch; what we need is a better society.

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