Friday, April 03, 2009
There was a Shooting Rampage in Bingington NY this morning at their Civic Center as foreigners took a Citizen Test.This whole story is still being sorted out, as of tonight, 14 dead including the shooter and four remain in critical condition.26 People hid in a Basement Boiler Room. One of the details that has emerged is that the Shooter was Asian and having difficulty with English, and also that he was recently laid off at from his work ( originally news sources claimed it was IBM, but that has not been confirmed).It is a little unclear if he was a Citizen, or studying to be a citizen. ( Yet he did somehow qualify to get guns, so his English must have been adequate to fill out the forms.)How sad that people were shot to death while testing to become American Citizens.
This situation raises many questions about Gun Violence,but also in my mind it raises the obvious stress and pain of Job Losses in our Country. In the Past few months, we have been hearing of more and more Deadly Shootings fueled by despair and the economy.The Settings have been work settings, homes, lost homes, and in the past month even a Church and a Nursing home. And today Civic Center that was attempting to help Foreigners assimilate and learn English.I also worry did he as an Immigrant suffer under the Bush Years, as there was plenty of xenophobia running as an undercurrent in this country. I also think with Services being cut around the Country, ESL classes have been slashed.Also his place of work will have to answer questions were they requiring his English be improved, and did that circumstance have anything to do with his recent termination.
I was at a doctor's office when the news was announced about the Shooting, and very quietly we all started talking to each other....and that times are Stressful....We need to take better care of each other, check on our Neighbors and each other.Empathy may indeed save lives at this point....
Saturday Morning Update:::
So this morning there is another Newsday article reporting that he was laid off from ShopVac.
According to Updated Yahoo News Report Jiverly Wong was depressed and angry about being laid off, and had been taking classes at the center until one week ago.
Saturday Night Update 11PM::
CNN is reporting there were Warning Signs and a troubled past for Jiverly Wong the gunman...