Sunday, April 5, 2009

Binghamton shooting

There was a terrible tragedy in Binghamton, New York on Friday where a gunman shot and killed 13 people at an immigration services center. Police said that the gunman, a Vietnamese immigrant, was ostracized because of his inability to speak English and that he had recently lost his job. It is surprising to think that people that work at a place like this would be tolerant of things like that. This is especially difficult because immigrant families have many hurdles to overcome and to comprehend a tragedy like this is unthinkable for anyone, much less those trying to get accustomed to a new life and culture in the United States.

Update: On Saturday there was also a police shooting in Pennsylvania. Police officers came to a house and were ambushed by a gunman. Three police officers were killed. First of all this violence is intolerable no matter what but it is a part of the reality of times like these. Steps need to be taken to make sure disadvantaged people do not go to these extremes.

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