Anniversary Time for Massacres

16 Apr

I attended a play entitled, “Columbinus” yesterday at Northern Oklahoma College. The play, portrayed brilliantly by eight very young and talented students (one a freshman at Ponca City HS) told the story of a typical day in the life of a teenager back in 1999. It then went on to tell the story of Eric and Dylan and how they escalated to killing 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves on 4/20/99. Oh, how lovely the same date for cannabis lovers. I will be doing a cannabis post very soon, maybe on 4/20.

Today, as I was surfing the web, found that today is the anniversary of the “Virginia Tech” massacre at the hands of South Korean born Seung-Hui Cho on 4/16/07.

I looked a little deeper into each of these massacres and found that both of them could have been prevented. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as Ben Franklin said.

I wanted to jump on the evil guns first since they were the weapons of choice. In both massacres, 9mm guns were used, they carry a lot bullets and can be re-loaded quickly. Mr. Cho unloaded 170 bullets while he was on his rampage. Why would a responsible gun owner need that much ammunition? You got me!

Dylan and Eric bought their guns at a gun show with the help of an older person since you have to be 18 years old to buy a gun. Since they bought their guns from an unlicensed seller, background checks were not needed. Mr. Cho purchased his guns over the web. He failed to mention in his application for guns that he was court ordered to receive psychiatric treatment after he was busted for stalking a female 12/06.

But hey, as I learned from online chat, even with background checks criminals or would-be criminals will find a way to get the gun they need. Of course, I don’t believe in banning all guns so I have to leave the gun argument out of these massacres.

The parents. I know this is the 21st century and nobody can blame their parents anymore for how they turn out. However, in these very vital incidents, the parents are to blame. In Eric’s case, he had a closet full of pipe bombs in his bedroom (for months). His parents said, we had no idea they would do this. You would have known something was up if you would have bothered to talk to and listen to your kids. All three killers suffered from mental illness before their killing days. Eric received some help for his disorder but it wasn’t adequate. Dylan’s disorder was untreated. Mr. Cho was court ordered to receive psychiatric treatment and he didn’t go. However, he had been mentally disturbed since he was a young child.

Parents, wake up! You are responsible for your children. You are responsible to get them the help they need. If you don’t want to do it, then let the state do it for you. Teachers, wake up as well! In Dylan’s case, he wrote about killing people in one of his “creative” writing classes. Mr. Cho was kicked out of one his classes for strange behavior, again referred for psychiatric treatment that he never received.

Don’t get me wrong, please! Eric, Dylan and Seung-Hui are all totally responsible for their actions. But…they could have been stopped and these tragedies could have been averted if those in their circles would have paid a little more attention to each one of them and made sure they got the help they desperately needed.

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One Response to “Anniversary Time for Massacres”

  1. Floyd Cook April 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Good review of the responsibilities. ‘Like your subjects and your views.
    Floyd, Kaw City.

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