Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Richard McBeef

It goes without saying that the shootings in Virginia were horrible, and it certainly brought cross-Atlantic cultural differences to the fore when US gun lobbyists argued that the tragedy could have been averted if the students had been armed too. Dunblane shocked us into a gun ban here, but I'm not sure that it will happen there.

Some of the writings of the gunman are coming to light, and his play "Richard McBeef" would be funny if it wasn't tinged with "what happened next". The writing is inept and angry, and screams "THIS GUY IS A MENTAL". It's unfortunate that people only see the signs of a disaster after it happens, isn't it?


Blogger Jenny said...

I just cannot and do not understand people in my country who think individuals owning firearms is a positive thing. Nor can I believe one of the news reports that I read that quoted the firearms seller as saying something like, "He was a nice, clean-cut, college-aged kid to me. I didn't think twice about selling him a gun." Since when do college students, even nice, clean-cut ones need a gun?

Today in one of my classes the preceptor (PhD teaching assistant) brought it up and wondered if it should now be standard protocol to discuss in classroom situations what to do if someone comes in with a gun. In California we grow up doing earthquake drills and I think it's fairly standard across the country to do fire drills, but how can one even begin to prepare for a homicide drill?

2:40 am  
Blogger Nev 360 said...

Remember, guns don't kill people, people kill people.

Justin, the killer claims we had a hundred billion chances to avoid this unfortunate incident, which is rather a lot, but that ultimately he had no other choice. What did YOU do to stop him?

I rather enjoyed the play actually. Is McBeef a real surname? It strikes me as something that our good friend, "H", might conjure up.

8:59 am  
Blogger swishfish said...

If there were a hundred billion chances to stop him, which means that each person on the planet had 20-ish chances to stop him. Obviously those closest to him would have disproportionately more chance to stop him, and those further away disproportionately less. So I maybe blew my 1 chance. You, however, as someone who has lived In Korea have blown many more chances (I’m going to say 15-30), as you failed to interact with family members and avert this event. I may have a drop of blood on my hands, but your hands are cupped and overflowing.

And when I have been reading all the (extensive) coverage, I have noticed that it is very easy to substitute “Niall Christie” for the shooter and “Senseless Violence” for “Richard McBeef”…

9:56 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McBeef is a pretty awesome name, the sort of thing I'd expect in some sort of Scottish comedy.

I expect to see the "Vote for McBeef" t-shirts online soon...

1:45 pm  
Blogger Nev 360 said...

Green, I spent two years in his home country, learning his native language, so that I could understand and communicate to this tortured soul. Oh, how it pains me that he flipped so soon. How could I have known? I even once highlighed in my old Korean blog the dangers of students with the name "Seong". A sterling effort if you ask me.

And Green, "Senseless Violence" was just a bit of fun!

6:56 pm  

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