In the aftermath of the shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech, some of my Korean friends and even some of my students wanted to know how I felt about what had happened.

Although they didn’t come out and ask me, I kind of suspected they might have wanted to know how I felt that the gunman was a Korean.

“It’s a tragedy,” I told them. “It doesn’t make any difference who the gunman was; only that something very terrible like this could happen in my country. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families.”

That’s right, it doesn’t make any difference who the gunman was. What’s really tragic—along with the loss of life—is how something of this magnitude could happen in the United States. Sadly, my country has been down this same tragic road before and I am sure there will be much debate in the days, weeks, and months to follow about gun control and the like. Maybe it’s time for people to take another look at Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine.

Closer to home, as far as “this Korean connection” to the massacre is concerned, there are already some interesting discussions on popular blogs like The Marmot’s Hole and Scribblings of the Metropolitician about this tragedy. Check them out for what people are feeling and saying about it.