Archive for April 19th, 2007

“Invoking the Law of Unintended Consequences” by Jack Kinsella

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

”When Guns Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Guns”

The next observation I think is worth making has to do with the fact that the shooter evidently had nothing to fear. He walked from classroom to classroom, shooting students with impunity, stopping along the way to reload his weapons.

At least forty-eight people were either killed or injured in a 21 minute shooting spree. That means the gunman fired a minimum of 48 rounds before turning the weapon on himself. There are stories of students holding the doors closed to keep the gunman out as he fired through the doors into the classrooms.

At least one professor reportedly held the door shut long enough to allow his students to escape jumping out of windows, before the professor was killed by one of the rounds that penetrated the door.

At least forty-eight rounds. At least 21 minutes. What if just one of those professors or students had themselves been armed?

What if the gunman walked into one of the classrooms and was cut down by an armed student or teacher before he could complete his mission? If it saved just one student, if that student was your kid, would it have been worth it?

The massacre was a direct result of the American social myth that guns kill people. Following that logic, if one eliminates guns, one eliminates murder. That logic is clearly flawed.

Guns are inanimate objects. Without a person pulling the trigger, a gun is no more dangerous than a steam iron.

Anybody with enough money can obtain a gun provided they aren’t worried about getting arrested. When a guy intends to use it to commit murder, the risk of arrest for unlawful possession of a handgun isn’t much of a deterrent.

It only deters the kind of people who aren’t planning to use a weapon in a major crime.

Remember the old bumper sticker? “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”

I don’t mean to use this tragedy to make a political point. It isn’t a political point that I am trying to make — it is a point of logic.

Florida adopted a right-to-carry law in 1987. At the time the law was passed, critics predicted increases in violence. So when the law went into effect, the Dade County Police began a program to record all arrest and non arrest incidents involving concealed carry licensees.

Between September of 1987 and August of 1992, Dade County recorded 4 crimes committed by licensees with firearms. None of these crimes resulted in an injury.

The record keeping program was abandoned in 1992 because there were not enough incidents to justify tracking them.

Between 1987 when Florida adopted the right-to-carry law and the passage of the Brady Bill in 1994, the handgun homicide rate nationwide went UP by 24%. In Florida during the same period, the handgun homicide rate DROPPED by 41%.

According to one study, as of 1998, nationwide, there was only one recorded incident of a licensed firearm being used following a traffic accident. One. (And a grand jury found that shooting was in self-defense.)

As of 1998, no licensed gun owner had ever shot a police officer. Not one. But during this same study period, there were nine school shooting massacres.

(In one celebrated case, Assistant Principal Joel Myrick used his licensed gun to stop Luke Woodham after he shot nine students at Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi.)

Between 1977 and 1992, 10 states adopted right-to- carry laws. One study found that the implementation of these laws created no change in suicide rates, a one half of one percent rise in accidental firearm deaths, a 5% decline in rapes, a 7% decline in aggravated assaults, and an 8% decline in murder in those states.

Using 1995 numbers, the statics come out to be 1 more accidental gun death, 316 less murders, 939 less rapes, and 14,702 less aggravated assaults, in these 10 states annually. (Lott, John R. Jr. “More Guns Less Crime.)

The massacre at Virginia Tech was not a hardware problem. It was a heart problem. Having decided in his heart, the gunmen then set out to obtain the weapons. Had he NOT been the only armed individual at Virginia Tech, it is unlikely that he would have killed so many students.

It doesn’t seem to be much of a leap of logic to assume that, had the gunman expected a substantial number of students and teachers to be armed, a shooting spree may never even have entered his mind.

That’s why school shootings are unique to this generation (the first case of an adolescent school shooting in US history was carried out by a 16 year-old schoolgirl named Brenda Spencer in 1979).

There were only two school shootings prior to the passage of the Brady Bill in 1994 — the one in 1979 and a second in 1987. It is worth noting that there were a dozen more between 1995 and 2000.

(And in the first seven years of the 21st century, there were 20, including the VT massacre.)

The false prophets of the last half century have preached a social gospel about the inherent goodness of the brotherhood of man. Sin, they taught, is an archaic concept that has no place in our modern, enlightened society.

Prisons should be places of rehabilitation rather than punishment. Criminal behavior was an environmental problem. Remove the opportunity for crime, (ie., guns) and crime will go down.

Hence, the ridiculous conclusion that guns are responsible for murders rather than the people who use them to that end.

Asked of the signs of His coming, Jesus prophesied, “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:11-12)

He also warned elsewhere, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)

The Apostle Paul warned of ‘perilous times’ to come ‘in the last days’. Paul goes on to explain why:

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good . . . ” (2nd Timothy 3:1-3)

God and prayer are forbidden topics in the US educational system. Students are taught the social gospel of the brotherhood of man. There is no God, the kids are taught.

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, MURDER, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers . . .” (Romans 1:28)

No doubt those who believe man is the supreme being are sincere. But they are sincerely wrong.

“Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” (Proverbs 1:31-33)

Our prayers are with the families of the victims of the slaughter. May God bless and heal them. And may God protect us all from the law of unintended consequences.

Until He comes.

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New Installment of “Home Comforts”

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

After some time away, my wife, Missi, has been able to put together another installment of her web page “Home Comforts”. Take a moment and visit it in order to get a good dose of good old fashion advice from a very Godly woman.

Hello friends! This is my new Home Comforts page and my prayer is that you find it useful, comforting and entertaining; if not a bit educational. I’ve been gone a long while and I have so much to share with you.

  • Scriptures For Reflection
  • Reflections
  • Cook’s Nook
  • Helpful Hints
  • The Writer’s Block
  • The Book Worm
  • Family Time
  • Frugal Living
  • Prayer Requests
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    California Parents Who Spank Being Made Criminals

    Thursday, April 19th, 2007

    As usual, the State of California, that “great” bastion of liberalism, has advanced, in committee, a bill that would make all spanking of a child illegal, resulting in being “placed on probation for four years, forced to attend a ‘nonviolent parental education class’ and be the subject of a criminal court protective order ‘protecting the victim from further acts of violence.'”
    The insanity level of (primarily) Democrat California lawmakers is reaching new heights.

    Democrats on a legislative committee in California have advanced a plan that would make criminals of any parent who uses “a stick, a rod, [or] a switch” to discipline their misbehaving child, and parents rights’ organizations are up in arms.

    “This was a bad day for parental rights in California,” said Karen England, of Capitol Resource Institute.

    “Arrogant California legislators have decided … they know how to raise children better than parents. However, we are confident that California parents will make their voice heard and defeat these despicable bills,” she said.

    The proposal is AB755, a plan by California Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-Mountain View, that is billed as a plan for “corporal punishment.”

    But it does more.

    “AB755 biases police officers, social workers, district attorneys and juries to regard traditional methods of child discipline as hateful, harmful abuse,” said Randy Thomasson, president of the Campaign for Children and Families.

    “This irresponsible committee has passed a very irresponsible bill. Since juries already have broad authority to convict and sentence child abusers, AB755 is unnecessary. The real purpose of the bill is to transform good parents who use traditional methods of discipline into suspected child abusers in the eyes of the law,” Thomasson said.

    According to the bill, a parent who spanks their child will be placed on probation for four years, forced to attend a “nonviolent parental education class” and be the subject of a criminal court protective order “protecting the victim from further acts of violence.”

    Among those testifying before the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee against the plan were constitutional attorney David Llewellynof Sacramento, Thomasson and others.

    As amended by the committee, the penalties for parents who even use a bedroom slipper to swat an unruly child would be subject to being reported and prosecuted on the word of any police officer or social worker, counselor or member of the clergy, opponents said.

    “The inclusion of a ‘nonviolent parental education class’ reveals that AB755 continues to target loving parents who spank with a switch, paddle, a stick, or other traditional child-rearing methods,” according to a statement from opponents. “Existing law already allows judges to order convicted child abusers into ‘a child abuser’s treatment counseling program.’ There is no reason for a ‘nonviolent parental education class.'”

    Speaking against and voting “no” on AB755 were Republicans Greg Aghazarian of Stockton and Joel Anderson of El Cajon. Voting “yes” on AB755 were Democrats Jose Solorio of Santa Ana, Hector De La Torre of Southgate, Fiona Ma of San Francisco and Mark Leno of San Francisco.

    “Parents and grandparents are calling upon Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto AB755 if it reaches his desk,” said Thomasson. “Because this bill biases authorities against parents who spank, AB755 continues to view good parents who lovingly correct their children as suspected child abusers.”

    “Parents often use a wooden spoon or ruler to spank their children. This legislation actually bans the use of ‘a stick, a rod, a switch, a belt’ – tools often used by responsible parents in spanking disobedient children,” England has said on the issue. “As a parent, I am angered that the government is declaring my disobedient child ‘a victim’ and intervening in the raising of my children.”

    The original Lieber plan created “a ‘rebuttable presumption’ that when parents discipline their children, they are abusers,” said Meredith Turney, CRI’s legislative liaison. While that has been modified, the plan still should be unacceptable to Californians, she said.

    “Discipline is used to protect children from disobedient behavior that could harm them. It is appalling that the government is treating parents like criminals when there are dangerous sexual predators on our streets,” she said.

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    URI Student Senate Defies University President Order to Follow First Amendment

    Thursday, April 19th, 2007

    Well, it was only a matter of time before the true extent of liberalism and failure of our education system began to manifest itself, but here is an excellent example.
    This whole sordid affair started with the College Republicans publishing a satirical “White, Heterosexual, American Male” “scholarship” in November, 2006. The purpose of the $100 scholarship was to bring attention to the discrimination that affirmative action has brought to white people. President Ryan Bilodeau explained that the point was to use satire to protest scholarships awarded on the basis of race, gender, or nationality. Over 40 URI students applied for the “scholarship,” many submitting equally satirical application essays.

    From the article:

    In a meeting on February 19, the Student Senate’s Student Organizations Advisory and Review Committee (SOARC) prohibited the College Republicans from disbursing the money. The group agreed that it would not give out the $100, but SOARC decided that even advertising the satirical “scholarship” violated URI’s anti-discrimination bylaws and demanded that the group publish an apology in the campus newspaper. Unwilling to apologize, Bilodeau appealed SOARC’s decision. The Senate denied that appeal.

    FIRE wrote to Senate President Neil Cavanaugh on March 13, stating that because the Student Senate derives its authority from a public university, it must comply with the First Amendment prohibition on compelled speech. The Student Senate, however, in a memo to the College Republicans on March 27, ruled again that the College Republicans must publish an apology and claimed authority to force them to do so. That sanction was later reduced to an “explanation” to be published in the campus newspaper and a mandatory apology to be sent to all of the students who applied for the scholarship.

    The College Republicans agreed to publish an explanation of its intentions, but refused to write any apologies. FIRE wrote to URI President Robert Carothers the following day to urge him to intervene in the situation. FIRE wrote, “URI administrators have a legal duty to step in where the Student Senate has failed and to check its attempt to trample upon students’ most basic freedom of conscience.” And in a letter dated April 6, President Carothers did indeed instruct the Senate in no uncertain terms to drop its unconstitutional demand for an apology. Carothers wrote that the mandatory apology “does not meet constitutional standards as laid forth in the First Amendment and in subsequent court decisions interpreting the standard.”

    But at a meeting on Monday night, SOARC nonetheless unanimously voted to ignore both its constitutional obligations and Carothers’ directive and derecognize the College Republicans for refusing to issue an apology. SOARC’s decision will be voted on by the entire Student Senate on Wednesday, April 25.

    FIRE wrote another letter to Carothers yesterday calling upon him to immediately reverse SOARC’s decision to derecognize the group. FIRE wrote that “[b]y fulfilling this responsibility as a public official, you can teach the Senate leadership that they must respect the rights of URI students and help to instill in them an understanding of the full repercussions for repeatedly and recklessly defying the Constitution.”

    “URI’s student government thinks it is above the law—that it can take fees extracted from students by a state university and yet ignore the constitutional obligations that come with them. It is sadly mistaken,” Lukianoff said. “President Carothers must act now to stop this rogue organization from conducting these unlawful acts under the aegis of the university.”

    These young people don’t know what the constitution says about the Freedom of Speech, and what’s worse, they don’t care.

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    Wanted: A Culture of Self-Defense

    Thursday, April 19th, 2007

    My column this week:

    There’s no polite way or time to say it: American college and universities have become coddle industries. Big Nanny administrators oversee speech codes, segregrated dorms, politically correct academic departments, and designated “safe spaces” to protect students selectively from hurtful (conservative) opinions—while allowing mob rule for approved leftist positions (textbook case: Columbia University’s anti-Minuteman Project protesters).

    Instead of teaching students to defend their beliefs, American educators shield them from vigorous intellectual debate. Instead of encouraging autonomy, our higher institutions of learning stoke passivity and conflict-avoidance.

    And as the erosion of intellectual self-defense goes, so goes the erosion of physical self-defense.

    As news was breaking about the carnage at Virginia Tech, a reader e-mailed me a news story from last January. State legislators in Virginia had attempted to pass a bill that would have eased handgun restrictions on college campuses. Opposed by outspoken, anti-gun activists and Virginia Tech administrators, that bill failed.

    Is it too early to ask: “What if?” What if that bill had passed? What if just one student in one of those classrooms had been in lawful possession of a concealed weapon for the purpose of self-defense?

    If it wasn’t too early for Keystone Katie Couric to be jumping all over campus security yesterday for what they woulda/coulda/shoulda done in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, and if it isn’t too early for the New York Times editorial board to be publishing its knee-jerk call for more gun control, it darned well isn’t too early for me to raise questions about how the unrepentant anti-gun lobbying of college officials may have put students at risk.

    The back story: Virginia Tech had punished a student for bringing a handgun to class last spring—despite the fact that the student had a valid concealed handgun permit. The bill would have barred public universities from making “rules or regulations limiting or abridging the ability of a student who possesses a valid concealed handgun permit … from lawfully carrying a concealed handgun.” After the proposal died in subcommittee, the school’s governing board reiterated its ban on students or employees carrying guns and prohibiting visitors from bringing them into campus buildings.

    Late last summer, a shooting near campus prompted students to clamor again for loosening campus rules against armed self-defense. Virginia Tech officials turned up their noses. In response to student Bradford Wiles’s campus newspaper op-ed piece in support of concealed carry on campus, Virginia Tech associate vice president Larry Hincker scoffed:

    “[I]t is absolutely mind-boggling to see the opinions of Bradford Wiles…The editors of this page must have printed this commentary if for no other reason than malicious compliance. Surely, they scratched their heads saying, ‘I can’t believe he really wants to say that.’ Wiles tells us that he didn’t feel safe with the hundreds of highly trained officers armed with high powered rifles encircling the building and protecting him. He even implies that he needed his sidearm to protect himself.”

    The nerve!

    Hincker continued: “The writer would have us believe that a university campus, with tens of thousands of young people, is safer with everyone packing heat. Imagine the continual fear of students in that scenario. We’ve seen that fear here, and we don’t want to see it again…Guns don’t belong in classrooms. They never will. Virginia Tech has a very sound policy preventing same.”

    Who’s scratching his head now, Mr. Hincker?

    Some high-handed commentators insist it’s premature or unseemly to examine the impact of school rules discouraging students from carrying arms on campus. Pundit Andrew Sullivan complained that it was “creepy” to highlight reader e-mails calling attention to the Virginia Tech’s restrictions on student self-defense—even as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence rushed to capitalize on the massacre to sign up new members and gather e-mail addresses for Million Mom March chapters. “We are outraged by the increase in gun violence in America, especially the recent shooting at Virginia Tech,” reads the online petition. “Add your name to the growing list of people who are saying ‘Enough Is Enough!'”

    Enough is enough, indeed. Enough of intellectual disarmament. Enough of physical disarmament. You want a safer campus? It begins with renewing a culture of self-defense—mind, spirit, and body. It begins with two words: Fight back.

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    Three Killed in Attack on Christian Publishing House in Turkey

    Thursday, April 19th, 2007

    More persecution of Christians by the so-called “religion of peace and tolerance” (aka Islam), this time in Turkey. Pray for their families and other Christians who will also face persecution.

    ISTANBUL, Turkey: Three employees of a publishing house that distributes Bibles were slain Wednesday in the latest attack apparently targeting Turkey’s Christian minority.

    The three victims — a German and two Turkish citizens — were found with their hands and legs bound and their throats slit at the Zirve publishing house in the central city of Malatya.

    Police detained four youths, aged 19-20, and also suspect a fifth, who underwent surgery for head injuries sustained apparently in trying to escape by jumping from a window at Zirve, authorities said.

    The five suspects had each had been carrying copies of a letter that read “We five are brothers. “We are going to our deaths. We may not return,” according to the state-run Anatolia news agency.

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack, and said investigators were looking into whether there were other suspects or possible links with terror groups.

    “This is savagery,” Erdogan said.

    The German and one of the Turkish victims were found already dead, and the third victim died after being taken to the hospital, Malatya Governor Halil Ibrahim Dasoz said. The German man had been living in Malatya since 2003, he said. Anatolia identified him as 46-year-old Tilman Ekkehart Geske.

    It was the latest in a string of attacks on Turkey’s Christian community — which comprises less than 1 percent of the 70-million population.

    In February 2006, a Turkish teenager shot a Catholic priest dead as he prayed in his church, and two other Catholic priests were attacked later that year. A November visit by Pope Benedict XVI was greeted by several nonviolent protests. Earlier this year, a suspected nationalist killed Armenian Christian editor Hrant Dink.

    Authorities had vowed to deal with extremist attacks after Dink’s murder, but Wednesday’s assault showed the violence was not slowing down.

    A group of 150 lit candles and unfolded a banner that read “We are all Christians” in downtown Istanbul to protest at the attack and show solidarity with the Christian community. But there was far less public outcry than with Dink’s murder, which was followed by widespread protests and condemnations. More than 100,000 people marched at Dink’s funeral.

    Malatya is known as a hotbed of nationalists, and is also the hometown of Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981.

    The Zirve publishing house has been the site of previous protests by nationalists accusing it of proselytizing in this 99-percent Muslim but secular country, Dogan news agency reported. Zirve’s general manager said his employees had recently been threatened.

    Anatolia said the five suspects were students preparing for university entrance exam, and were friends who lived at the same student residence in Malatya.

    The manner in which the victims were bound suggested the attack could have been the work of a local Islamic militant group, commentators said, and CNN-Turk television reported that police were investigating the possible involvement of Turkish Hezbollah — a Kurdish Islamic organization that aims to form a Muslim state in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated southeast.

    Turkish Hezbollah — which has been known to “hog-tie” its victims while torturing them — takes its name from the Lebanon-based Hezbollah, but has no formal links to it. Turkish authorities recently said they were witnessing an increase in the group’s activities.

    “These are fanatics who continue to be present in Turkey and who at a moment’s notice emerge with these acts of absurd violence,” Monsignor Luigi Padovese, the Vatican representative in Turkey, was quoted as saying by Italian news agency ANSA.

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    “Down the Memory Hole…” at the Jawa Report

    Thursday, April 19th, 2007

    If you’ve been reading the papers and you have spotty knowledge of history, you might be forgiven for thinking that the shootings this week were the “worst mass murder in U.S. history.” If you’re a journalist with a lot on your plate, you may have forgotten the mass murder of September 11, 2001, which left over 3,000 dead. Then again, that was nearly six years ago & all.

    The Savannah Morning News is pushing the “worst mass murder” line:

    Little is known about the shooter who killed 31 people and apparently wounded another 29 in the worst mass murder in U.S. history.

    The San Jose Mercury News is selling the same story:

    When I awoke the next morning, the name of the perpetrator of the nation’s worst mass murder was all over the news, and I had another reaction: Oh, no. He’s Asian.

    The Bradenton Herald:

    …the father, also named Juan Ramon Ortiz, learned hours later that his son was one of the 32 people gunned down in the worst mass murder in US history.

    Canada Free Press:

    Seemingly within minutes of Cho Seung-Hui killing himself and bringing the worst mass murder in U.S. history to an end, Virginia Tech president Charles Steger and Police Chief Wendell Flinchum came under a barrage of criticism for not locking down the campus after the first double murder two hours before the main shooting spree began.

    The Trentonian:

    Andrew Williams of West Windsor walked out of the building at Virginia Tech minutes before the killer showed up and started shooting, committing the worst mass murder in U.S. history.

    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer blog is closer to the mark, but not by much:

    Virginia Tech’s students are in horrific shock after the second-worst mass murder in American history. No doubt CNN has a wide range of highly respected authorities to call upon, people could lend some perspective, wisdom and the appropriate solemnity to the day’s news.

    Truth is, the Virginia Tech shooting rampage, while tragic, was not “the worst mass murder in U.S. history.” It wasn’t the “second worst mass murder in U.S. history,” or even the third, or the fourth.

    The 9/11 attacks (2,998 deaths), the Oklahoma City bombing (168 deaths), the HappyLand arson (87 deaths) and the Bath, Michigan bombing (45 deaths) all claimed more victims than the Virginia Tech shootings (32 deaths).

    But, as Vinnie noted yesterday, those events don’t fit neatly into the anti-gun political agenda, so they need to go down the memory hole, thereby leaving the Virginia Tech shootings as “the worst mass murder in U.S. history,” with Charles Whitman’s shooting rampage taking a close second.

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    Virgina Tech Killer Finds His Voice – Rants Against “Rich” and “Christians”

    Thursday, April 19th, 2007

    The Virgina Tech killer, Cho Seung-Hui, apparently prepared a package containing an 1,800-word manifesto, a DVD with 27 QuickTime video files and 29 photos of him in various poses with weapons, and mailed it to NBC in New York. The package, which was mailed from Blacksburg, Virgina at 9:01 AM on Monday (4/16/07), approximately 45 minutes after the initial shooting at West Ambler Johnston residence hall, was sent to the wrong ZIP code, so instead of arriving on Tuesday, it was delayed until Wednesday.
    The document and videos contain rants against “rich kids” and “Christians” among other things.
    In the words of NBC News President Steve Capus, the videos, in particular, were “hard to follow…disturbing, very disturbing”.
    Cho does “not name anyone specifically, but he mentions ‘hedonism’ and Christianity, and he talks at length about his hatred of the wealthy.” He goes on by saying:
    “You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today. But you decided to spill my blood. You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off.”
    Cho addressed the package return as “A. Ismail” and wrote the words “Ismail AX” on his arm before starting his killing spree, a reference to the Islamic story of Ismail.

    Fox News reports:

    Court documents show that on Dec. 13, 2005, a Montgomery County District Court judge ordered Cho undergo mental evaluation at Carilion St. Albans Hospital.

    The judge issued an order temporary detention order on the grounds that Cho was “mentally ill and in need of hospitalization, and presents an imminent danger to self or others as mental illness, or is seriously mentally ill as to be substantially unable to care for self, and is incapable of volunteering or unwilling to volunteer for treatment.”

    The order, obtained by FOX News, also includes findings from a Dec. 14 physician’s examination that, briefly, shows a patient who is “flat and mood is depressed. He denies suicidal intentions. He does not acknowledge symptoms of a thought disorder. His insight and judgment are normal.”

    A box on the order is checked as follows: “Presents an imminent danger to himself as a result of mental illness.” The very next box, which is not checked, reads: “Presents an imminent danger to others as a result of mental illness.”

    The next day, according to court records, a special justice approved outpatient treatment for Cho.

    Court papers indicate Cho was free to leave as of Dec. 14. Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker said Cho had been continually enrolled at Tech and never took a leave of absence.

    See the detention report here.

    Further comments from Cho:

    “Jesus loves crucifying me.”

    “You have vandalized my heart, raped my soul and torched my conscience,” he said into the camera, looking down occasionally to read from his manifesto. “You thought it was one pathetic boy’s life you were extinguishing. Thanks to you, I die like Jesus Christ, to inspire generations of the weak and the defenseless people.”

    “I could have fled, I will no longer run,” Cho said.

    And then, in a possible indication that he made the recording after the dorm killings and two hours before the murders of 30 others in a campus classroom building, this confession:

    “The time came and I did it. … I had to do what I did.”

    “But now I am no longer running. If not for me, for my children and my brothers and sisters that you (expletive). I did it for them.”

    I will post a transcript of the videos and manifesto as soon as I can find it. If anyone finds one, please email me or post the link in the comments below.

    Original Links:
    Fox News: Virginia Tech Gunman Mailed Video Rant Before Murderous Rampage; Court Records Show Killer Was Ruled a Danger in 2005.
    MSNBC: Gunman sent package to NBC News.