The Oikos Shooting

4 Apr

We're the Good Guys with Guns!

A SWAT team from the Oakland Police Department leaves the scene of the deadly shooting at Oikos University. (LA Times)

How can a distraught man (via The Korean) “…purchase [a] handgun legally in California this year“? It’s not as if spree shootings are common in South Korea. The disparity in gun-related deaths between South Korea and the U.S. is gaping, 0.13 to 10.27. And, before a commenter mentions him, Woo Bum-kon was the exception that proves the rule – he was a police officer with access to firearms, rare for South Koreans. But, in the U.S., there are the Seung-hui Cho and the Su Jung Health Sauna cases.

I don’t want to get detoured by the related issues of whether Oikos “University” was a college, the details of accreditation, or even the suspect’s mental state. And, I think the characterization, that the Oakland suspect was “angry” sounds like an attempt to implant the notion, that the suspect was mentally impaired, and thus, the incident is unique. As in the Virginia Tech case, multiple deaths points to premeditation and planning.

And, please, can staff writers get the romanization correct? It’s Goh Won-il, not “One Goh”. Any media company that’s going to impugn a man’s character should at least learn to spell his name!


2 Responses to “The Oikos Shooting”

  1. Brendon Carr 4 April 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    Fair enough, but you ought to learn to spell “impugn”.

    • Hume's Bastard 5 April 2012 at 6:13 am #

      Duly corrected!

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