Response to UCLA Shooting

Hello, folks.

Perhaps you have heard the news yesterday that the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was under lock-down for the entire morning, due to reports of gunfire on campus. As of late yet, here are the facts:

  • The incident occurred just a few minutes before 10 am on Wednesday, June 1st near Boelter Hall and the Engineering IV building on South campus (known for housing many of the math and sciences departments).
  • Gunshots were fired, and shortly thereafter police arrived, urging those in Boelter Hall to evacuate. The whole school is put on lock-down.
  • Two are reported killed: one Engineering professor and one of his students, in one of the Engineering offices.
  • A suicide note is found; the shooter is later identified as the Engineering student.
  • The whole campus is on complete lock-down until noon, after the local police says the coast is clear.

Throughout the afternoon, more information was gathered on the suspect and the victim: it turned out to be a murder-suicide; apparently, the student was resentful of his professor who supposedly denied his Ph. D dissertation multiple times, which angered him enough to shoot and kill his superior before turning the gun on himself. Unbelievable, isn’t it?

Now, this news about a shooting on school campus isn’t anything new in the media nowadays: it seems like every week we hear something about a lunatic wrecking havoc on innocent students, leading to tragic deaths in America. Same old, same old, right?

True. But that way of thinking, of accepting that such news are commonplace in the United States, is even more horrifying than the events themselves. Thinking that way does absolutely nothing to prevent other possible shootings from happening, nor does it help raise the issue of having gun control in the nation. I find it incredibly ridiculous that, despite the numerous shootings happening all over the country (and being heavily broadcast on television/social media), there’s nothing that has been done to regulate gun usage and whatnot. To avoid going off on a tangent about the real need to have gun control in the United States, you can just read my thoughts on that in this post: Gun Control in the United States.

With the amount of school shootings happening these days, especially in other schools close to home, or which my close friends go to (e.g. UC Santa Barbara in 2014, UC Merced in 2015), it’s really distressing to hear about them on the news. What makes this one at UCLA even more upsetting is the fact that, well, my university. It’s my alma mater, and I have friends and loved ones who go there, too. For heaven’s sake, my sister goes to UCLA, and was in class when the shooting happened. The school was on complete lock-down, and for two, intense hours, she had to hide in the classroom, not knowing when things would be safe enough to come out. Even crazier was that, during the whole ordeal, lots of misinformation were being spread throughout text messages, news, and social media. Things such as multiple gunmen all over the four corners of campus did nothing to assuage fear, and even though I was at home and far away from the action, I was terrified: what were to happen if my sister were to be targeted, let alone close friends??

I am upset for many reasons, on how (1) this event hit so close to home, (2) it happened at such an inopportune time when it’s nearing the end of the school year, with Finals and graduation around the corner (then again, it should never happen at all!), (3) people are dismissing this incident as just “another school shooting” or a petty stand-off between a professor and his resentful student, and (4) gun control laws continue to be non-existent despite the number of similar events nation-wide.

Despite all of the negative energy around this tragic event, I can say that I am relieved that it is over, and that my friends, my sister, and loved ones are all safe. That, in the end, is more important than anything else. ❤

Thank you for reading, and I wish you all a good day. Stay safe!

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— The Finicky Cynic

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16 thoughts on “Response to UCLA Shooting

  1. The student had plenty of opportunities to get his dissertation right. He should have asked for help with it to assure its quality. Guns aren’t the answer. It’s sad when we feel so desperate that we will result to violence because it seems that its the only course of action.

    1. Totally agree with you, Tony. I just got more news about the situation, and apparently the gunman’s motive for killing his superior was based on accusations that the professor had stolen his computer code and had given it to someone else. Not sure whether to believe this story, but again, one shouldn’t turn to gun violence so quickly over such a thing. Seeking mental help would’ve been a better choice, but alas, it’s too late. Let us hope that this won’t happen again.

  2. cherry

    I was shocked when I heard about the incident. As a prospective student of a university in LA it scares me now . That student should have really taken help. This was one of those things that could have been solved by talking it out . I can’t imagine how both the families must be feeling. Maybe universities should take more security measures. I’m glad your sister is safe and sound. I have couple of friends there and they are safe now. It was really a tense situation 😦

    1. I agree; what especially surprised me about UCLA security is that many of the buildings aren’t designed to be locked down in times of trouble. I suppose that the university doesn’t expect such things to happen on its campus. Thank you for your well wishes.

      Just out of curiosity, which LA university will you be attending? That’s so exciting!

      1. cherry

        University of southern California :). Yes I read about that flaw with the locking mechanism. I hope they look into that

      2. USC?! That’s so great! Granted, we’ll be school rivals (UCLA and USC are especially so during football games), but it’s amazing that you’ll be heading to a prestigious university! Good luck to you. 🙂

  3. Nikhil

    The problem is the 2nd amendment in your constitution, not withstanding that it might have happened otherwise too. Unless NRA, the Gun-loving Republicans and the SCOTUS changes its approach, I’m very cynical of any change in scenario.

    1. You have a good reason to believe that things will be difficult to change in the US; there will always be people out there who will support gun rights no matter what, but perhaps there will be some changes made to regulate owning and using guns. A long stretch, but one can’t give up!

  4. I can’t even imagine how frightening that must have been for your sister and for you. Even simulated shootings (for trainings and stuff) are intense and utterly terrifying. Having grown up in Santa Barbara County, it’s ridiculous and quite depressing to me that these sorts of things happen in our proverbial backyards. I want people to be better. to do better. to seek love and act on love and not fear. But I am glad (what a word to use–blegh) that your sister made it out ok. And I hope that eventually someone in power finally figures out how toxic gun culture is in our country and puts their foot down about it.

    1. I wholeheartedly agree with you. While I would say that simulated shootings for training (for military purposes) are legitimate, I am disturbed that there are shooting ranges for citizens to casually practice their firing skills. In other words, guns shouldn’t be so readily available to people, especially when they can be used for vengeful purposes. Banning guns altogether will not solve the problem, but rather taking measures to curb and regulate gun access will, in my opinion, make the US safer to live in.

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