Watching pundits and partisans spin the Virginia Tech incident in forty different ways has been exhausting.
Generally, it's a political draw. The left 'wanted' (once the atrocity was known but the shooter's identity still concealed) a white kid who'd been brought up in a pro-NRA household. The right wanted a Middle Eastern exchange student. A South Korean initially stultified both--there just isn't much of a template for how to react to East Asian killers in the US.
Gun restrictionists are pointing out that without the pistols, there'd be no tragedy. Advocates of the second Amendment counter that a gun-free campus allowed a criminal like Cho the chance to shoot fish in a barrel and that if a few other students had been packing, he would never have made it into the double-digits.
The Marxist line that he was releasing pent up anger over the affluence of the affluent doesn't go far, as his parents are solidly middle class small business owners. Pursuing a pedantic English degree doesn't help the downtrodden worker image much, either.
The lazy European press is trying to assert that debauched American culture is to blame. But an augur named Steve Sailer astutely predicted that the absurdly violent South Korean movie industry provided Cho something to emulate.
I've yet to hear a racially-oppressive argument crop up, and since Cho apparently made no mention of race, it may not. Given Cho's anomalous profile, I'm not perspicacious enough to see much of a race angle in the story (although I've seen a few Asian commentators latch onto the idea that Cho was as American as the kid next door; the "It's America's fault, not the East's").
To the extent that such an angle might be viable, it may be of interest to know that the girl he was rumored to be stalking was white. An Asian man frustrated in his pursuit of love would be one way the story could end that would 'fit' a larger social trend: nearly three-fourths of Caucasian-Asian marriages involve a white male and an Asian female, and black women, who're left out in the cold as well, very rarely partner up with Asian men (I've never seen such a couple in person).
Elsewhere, radio host Neil Boortz had an interesting take on the feminization of the public school system that he speculates may have played a role in the ineptness of the thirty students executed one after another as they cowered under desks. I'd like to think that in such a situation, I'd have the mental wherewithal to attempt to silently communicate with others and hastily arrange a time for everybody to rush the shooter simultaneously. I'd probably have been supine in the face of impending doom, too. But I'd like to think my grandfather wouldn't have been.
There's also the position that antidepressants and the drug companies behind them are to blame. It's all over the blogosphere but conspicously absent or marginalized in most mainstream media accounts. Chalk it up to the vast power of big pharmaceuticals, or the zealotry of scientologists (like any other typical conceited blowhard, I'll go ahead and write off both 'extremes' since my knowledge base is so limited on the issue).
The two unadulterated winners are immigration restrictionists (of both the legal and illegal variety), and critics of academia's inability to administrate anything effectively.
Oh, and a conspicuous loser is English as a serious major. Look at the puerile tripe this guy was writing as an undergraduate in college.