Thursday, April 19, 2007

Restrictionist Peter Brimelow Seeks to Promote Anti-Immigrant Agenda by Exploiting VT Tragedy

It did not take long for restrictionists to seek to capitalize on the tragedy earlier this week in Blacksburg, Virginia.  On V-Dare (here), journalist Peter Brimelow, author the book "Alien Nation," penned an article entitled "Virginia Tech Massacre: Gun Control—Or Immigration Control?"  It starts off predictably:

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 33 innocent people here in 2007.


I fear that others may jump on this bandwagon. It seems to me like we should be focusing on guns, student depression and alienation, and related issues, not trying to exploit the grief over the loss of many young people in the name of pursuing an anti-immigrant agenda.  That, I think, is a tragedy of an entirely other sort.


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Isn’t it remarkable how similar this sort of finger pointing speech is to Cho’s own words? When is hate speech dangerous?
Is Mr. Brimelow one of the reasons why Asian parents in this country worry for the safety of their children?
Is Mr. Brimelow yelling “fire” in a crowded building or is just part of society and simply attempting to sell more books and profit from a tragedy?
Why doesn’t Brimelow acknowledge the heroics of another immigrant, Professor Liviv Librescu, who tried to block Cho’s entry and was fatally shot?


Posted by: dan banda | Apr 19, 2007 7:01:22 AM

Peter and I disagree on this one. Peter is a naturalized American who emigrated from England and should know better. Regardless, his arguments against illegal immigration have made more sense to me than anything the opposition presents, and is worth a look, even by the advocacy crowd.

Frankly, the media has given this tragedy far more time than necessary. I haven't been able to turn to the news channels this without hearing this story over and over again, in ever greater detail than befor. Every day soldiers and hundreds of Iraqis are succumbing to terrorist attacks, life goes on around the planet, yet we seem to be obsessing on mayhem in Virginia. I'm tired of this merry-go-round and I want to get off. Got that, CNN, Fox and the big three!

Posted by: Horace | Apr 19, 2007 3:39:23 PM

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