Virginia Tech Massacre: Gun Control—Or Immigration Control?

There is one
indisputable fact about Monday`s shootings at Virginia
Tech: if

Seung-Hui Cho
had not been allowed to

immigrate
to the U.S. in 1992, he would not have
been able to

murder 32 innocent people here
in 2007.

There
are, of course, plenty of

native-born American criminals
. But, unnoticed by
the Mainstream Media, mass murders by immigrants have
quietly but unmistakably become a real Trend. A
quick count shows
eleven cases in the last sixteen years, for a total of
72 deaths. (For
example, see

here
and

here
). Maybe it`s because some of these immigrant
killers come from chronically violent parts of the Third
World. Maybe, as our Brenda Walker has

suggested
, it`s because of the very real but
rarely-discussed psychological stress of

transcultural migration
. We don`t know. And nobody
in the American elite is asking.

Indeed,
to a remarkable extent, the MSM has succeeded in evading
completely any connection between the Virginia Tech
massacre the

inflammatory
word “immigrant”. Hours after
the killings, a Google search on

Korean AND gunman AND immigrant
revealed no mentions
at all. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were just
214—as opposed to 1,460 for

Korean AND gunman
. And many of the top stories that
did mention the I-word were really the formulaic
hand-wringing about alleged immigrant fears of a
non-existent backlash
that is now

mandatory
after every new

immigrant atrocity.

Instead, not for the first time, this mass murder by an
immigrant has been spun into an attack on

gun ownership by Americans
. On Wednesday afternoon,
a Google search on


"Virginia Tech" and "gun control"
revealed an
incredible 45,000 stories. In contrast,

"virginia tech" + "immigration control"
revealed
just 230 stories, most of them random word junk from the
bottom of the Google barrel, not one of them a serious
MSM discussion of the topic.

The
details of Virginia`s gun-purchase laws are now debated
across the world. But there is no debate on how and why
the Cho family

got into the U.S
.—or even on such piquant details as
what national purpose was served by acquiring yet
another

English major,
as Cho was. (Apart, of course. from
providing fodder for

Virginia Tech
bureaucrats`

self-congratulatory “diversity” boondoggles
—for
which their charges have now paid a terrible price.)

America`s
gun owners are well-organized (they have to be). They
can defend themselves. But it is worth noting that

every Swiss male is required by law to keep an automatic
weapon in his home
, yet gun crime is so low that the
government does not even keep statistics. This, of
course, is because

Switzerland
is full of

Swiss
. Similarly, Finland`s

welfare state
works because Finland is

full of Finns
. The immigration moral: maybe the
U.S. should be importing (if

anybody
)

Swiss
,

Finns
and other people who would

assimilate more easily
—and not just in the

superficial
sense of displacing native-born American
students from leading American colleges.

How
easily are
Koreans assimilating? They invariably feature in the

Mainstream Media
as a model
minority
—valedictorians and musical prodigies.
[VDARE.COM note:
Asian-American gunman Wayne Lo, (see

Today`s Letter
was a

violinist
.] It`s our job at VDARE.COM to ask
questions about this sort of happy talk.

There were
virtually no Koreans in the U.S. until the legal
immigration floodgate was opened by the

Great Society immigration reform of 1965.
Today,
there are some 864,000 Korean immigrants here. They have
approximately 200,000

American-born children.
Altogether, Koreans now make
up some 0.4% of the U.S. population. (Asian Americans in
total now account for 4.2 percent of the U.S.
population, again entirely as a result of the 1965 Act).

Because of the

nepotistic
nature of current U.S. immigration law,
with its notoriously broad interpretation of

“family reunification”
, a continuing inflow of
Koreans is guaranteed. Thus there were 24,386 Korean
immigrants in 2006 —up from 14,116 in 1997. In 2006,
South Korea was the 11th immigrant source country for
the U.S.

Needless to say,
turnabout (or “reciprocity” as it is known to
trade economists) is not fair play. When, in researching Alien Nation,

I
asked the South Korean Embassy whether it was possible
for an American citizen to immigrate to Korea, I was
told flatly:

“Korea does not accept immigrants”.

So are Koreans a
model minority? It`s a hard claim to assess in full.
Reason: the federal government`s continuing and culpable
failure to collect

good data
on the results of the

massive social engineering experiment
it is
inflicting on America through its immigration policy.

However, as often
happens with immigration myths, some of the facts that
are available are about Koreans suggest that the truth
is more complex.


Example: economic
success.

The poverty rate for

Korean immigrants
(13.2% in 2005), while below the
immigrant average (17.1%), was nearly 50% above that of
non-Hispanic native-born American whites (8.6%). Koreans
are also more dependent on federal government financial
support. Nearly 14% of Korean households receive

Medicaid
benefits compared to 10.4% of non-Hispanic
American whites.

Supplemental Security Income
—a cash benefit
primarily targeted toward the elderly poor—goes to 4.3%
of Korean households versus 1.9% of

non-Hispanic white
households. [Census figures for
Korean-Americans can be found

here.
]

It`s possible that
this is deceptive. Possibly Korean immigrants have
simply figured out scams like how to import their

elderly parents
and dump them on the American
taxpayer. This is notoriously one reason for the high
welfare participation rates of Chinese immigrants. But
if so, it doesn`t bode well for their civic morality.

Everybody thinks that
Koreans are law-abiding. This is probably because they
are

not associated
with the

flagrant street crime
that Americans have come to
dread.

But we don`t really
know for sure how law-abiding the Koreans are. Data on
criminality by race and national origin

is notoriously tricky and difficult to obtain.

Neither the FBI nor the Department of Justice breaks out
Koreans separately.

One hint: According to
the New Century Foundation`s 1999 study,

The Color of Crime,

“Blacks commit
violent crimes at four to eight times the white rate.
Hispanics commit violent crimes at approximately three
times the white rate, and Asians at one half to three
quarters the white rate.”[PDF]

But “Asians”
to the Census Bureau means anyone from the Mediterranean
to the Pacific. And the overall “Asian” average
could conceal

specialized, sophisticated crimes.

To match anecdotes
with anecdotes: A quick trip to the

FBI website
shows Koreans implicated in a

major prostitution ring
,

home invasion
, and

gang warfare
. (Ominously, the two latter criminals,
David Nam and Daniel Min Suh, are both

U.S.-born
but apparently have links

to Korean organized crime
).

Obviously, there
are

immigrant groups
that have more glaring flaws than
the Koreans. But the bottom line is that we may not know
as much about the Koreans as we think. Even our

Steve Sailer
, who (unusually for him) takes at face
value the notion that Koreans are law-abiding, is
dismayed by the

violence of South Korean films
and of their

formidable riots
.


Seung-Hui Cho
may be an aberration. But, as always
with America`s post-1965 immigration disaster, we come
back to the question: why take the risk?

Peter Brimelow is editor of

VDARE.COM
and author of the much-denounced
 Alien Nation: Common Sense About America`s Immigration Disaster,

(Random House –
1995) and


The Worm in the Apple
(HarperCollins – 2003)