I was quite surprised to learn yesterday on the radio as I was driving home that the shooter at the small religious college in Oakland, CA was a 40-something year old Korean man. This instantly reminded me of the Virginia Tech massacre, also by a Korean man, who shot and killed 37 people.
The first thought that came to my mind after learning the shooter was Korean was…why. And now, it seems the main motive behind the killing rampage was getting revenge. He was getting revenge because he was bullied by his classmates. It was then that it was no big surprise there considering how so many shootings in the U.S. these days are due to victims of intense bullying by their peers.
The next thing that came to mind, after learning the Christian college was a Korean-run school, was why would other Asians bully other Asians? The shooter stated that other students and the school’s administration officials made fun of him because of his poor English skills. Most of the students were Asian! WTF?
Yes, this guy’s heinous acts are inexcusable. That’s like Asian on Asian crime, no? I am an Asian American and I have never ever maliciously made fun of another Asian person’s accent. I have never bullied anyone for this. To me, this is considered a hate crime.
Another thing that I read was that all the women he shot and killed were women. This made me wonder if it was mostly women who made fun of him and that is why he targeted primarily or exclusively women. The news reported that the shooter was a large man, older (mid 40’s), odd, socially awkward, and a recluse. It made it seem like he was a “loser” with the ladies. I don’t know. But it made me question if the guy was a misogynist, borne out of the constant bullying by other women. Who knows.
Either way, I’m not defending the guy. But I was just pondering what exactly was going through his mind and why. It’s complicated obviously and clearly it was premeditated – he wanted bloodshed. To keep things very simple, he was in a rage…wrath.
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