Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Ismail Ax

You all know there was a really scary and sad event that happened on Monday. A young man took the lives of 32 of his co-eds and his own life at the campus of Virginia Tech.

Cho Seung-Hu was his name and before he committed this horrific act he wrote something on his arm in red ink- Ismail Ax

Two days later, a package arrives at NBC's NY headquarters. A postal employee notices the Blacksburg return address and the words "Ismail Ax" written in red ink and she brought it to NBC's attention.

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Honestly, I didn't know what to say after this terrible event happened. It weighed heavily on my mind and I just didn't even know where to begin. This type of violence is senseless and possibly only done for celebrity-like results. Why else send in a video? Did he think there was an audition to win the honor of being the hand that caused the worst bloodbath on American soil?

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So what is up with "Ismail Ax"? What does it mean? Check out Boing Boing's analysis - it is pretty interesting.

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He got the world's attention. What are we supposed to learn from all of this? Is he just a freak that had a mental imbalance - or is something causing people to be like this? He isn't the first to do something like this - although his was pretty extreme - so where does it come from?

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My heart goes out to all those in pain during this time.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

“Does Virginia Tech massacre make you want stricter gun control laws?”

I came across this “real time” poll website called BuzzDash.com and they currently have the subject, and are asking: “Does Virginia Tech massacre make you want stricter gun control laws?”

As of 6:25.48 PM-PDT today. This BuzzDash.com is a “up to the second sampling of close to 350 online users polled said – No!”

347 votes since 4/17
Yes, current laws are too lax– 44%
No, protection is our right – 55%

This site BuzzDash says it’s “a community-driven website that provides a real-time dashboard showing continuously updated snapshots of popular opinion and people can gauge the pulse of the nation on the Virginia Tech tragedy and whether it should affect current gun control laws.”

I say, whether "yes" or "no" America, PLEASE make your opinion known!

Darlene
Roanoke, VA

April 18, 2007 8:29 PM  
Blogger Clodester said...

Has anyone considered it is a red herring? Pointless, has no mean with or without context. He was mentally unstable, so who is to say that is it has coherent meaning. Or it could be his way of screwing with people beyond death

April 18, 2007 9:36 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

You know clodester, you may be right. Who really knows? That's the crazy part of it.

April 18, 2007 10:26 PM  
Blogger LoriB said...

I just posted something on my blog about this. Answering what this is about, what's the cause, etc...

http://ecoserra.blogspot.com/2007/04/virginia-tech-columbine-other-shootings.html

April 19, 2007 12:03 PM  
Blogger LoriB said...

I also just recorded a podcast about it. :)

Virginia Tech, Columbine, a conscious look at why and a some understanding that can bring change

April 19, 2007 8:15 PM  

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