Posted by: L | April 23, 2007

VTech – Questions about damage inflicted by handguns

This interview , apparently with a Florida U. criminologist, is on You Tube and is posted on numerous websites and blogs:

“Charles Mesloh, Professor of Criminology at Florida Gulf Coast University, told NBC 2 News that he was shocked Cho could have killed 32 people with two handguns absent expert training. Mesloh immediately assumed that Cho must have used a shotgun or an assault rifle.”

I don’t know enough myself to assess this statement. Needs more research.

But here is more from another Time article which suggests the same:”Cho’s extraordinary killing effectiveness suggests someone who was trained, or who trained himself, in “execution-style” killing, according to the federal source”

There is a picture circulating on Liberty Forum (and also on other sites and blogs) of what is said to be Cho in a US marine uniform. The picture was apparently uploaded to wiki and then pulled. There is some debate about that.

Looking at it myself, I have no idea whether one of those young men portrayed in it is Cho. It could be, but I am declining to post it, as I have no way of knowing whether it is accurate, a mistake, or a hoax.

In any case, VTech, like many campuses around the country, probably had recruiters onsite. Cho’s sister worked in Iraq construction and he was – from what we have heard so far – an intelligent enough person.

The picture is fuelling the military psyop argument right now.

I will be on the look out for confirmation of this from other sources.

Meanwhile, explaining it a different way, John Markell, the owner of the gunshop which sold the Glock (but not the Walther) to Cho, argues that Cho probably purchased several magazines:

“The Glock 19 is sold with two magazines, each capable of holding 15 rounds, double-stacked to make a compact clip not much bigger than a harmonica. Judging by the number of fatalities and wounded — most of whom reportedly were shot more than once — Cho may have fired a hundred or more rounds. Loading magazines is a slow business, so Markell figures that Cho must have acquired several more magazines and more ammunition from some other source.”

The Glock was also easy to conceal, being very small, which explains how he got away with it:

“As it turned out, the Glock 19 was perfect for Cho’s deadly purpose. The gun is just 6.85 inches long and 5 inches wide, according to a Glock website, and thus easily concealed. A vest with several pockets can hold a number of compact 15-round magazines that fit a Glock 19. Cho surely knew that in cold weather a mass murderer could carry an arsenal on his back and in his pockets, and there would be no way to detect him, short of metal detectors at every entrance to every classroom building and dorm.”

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