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One L. Goh Showed Violent Tendencies Before the Oikos University Shooting

Not surprisingly, Goh’s life was a mess before the shootings took place. He was hounded by creditors and mentally unstable.

Before he became a suspect in the country’s “biggest mass school shooting since Virginia Tech,” One L. Goh, bragged about being capable of violence, reports ABC/AP. The the 43-year-old was a former student at Oikos University.

One of Goh’s previous instructors, Romie Delarima, said Goh picked “fights with people on the street and carried a gun with him for protection.”

According to Delarima, Goh particularly had problems with women. He couldn’t "deal with women,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Six of the seven victims were female. 

However, the Chronicle also reports that Goh’s primary target, a female administrator he felt had done him wrong, wasn’t there. This didn’t stop him from opening fire with a semiautomatic pistol.

Goh ordered “students to line up in a row against a chalkboard,” the Chronicle reports, and they were “shot as they begged for their lives, and before they could finish lining up.”

Instructor Romie Delarima, said Goh was mentally unstable, paranoid, and “sometimes spoke of violence.”

Before the shootings, Goh was a mess, according to the Huffington Post. He grieving the death of his brother, hounded by creditors and felt disrespected when teased for his poor English in a college made up of predominately Korean immigrants.

Goh had no criminal record.

Should he have been allowed to carry a concealed semiautomatic weapon?

John Bryce April 05, 2012 at 03:43 PM
This article ends with the question, "Should he have been allowed to carry a concealed semiautomatic weapon?" But the author, Tanya Jo Miller, needs to first show that Goh had a California concealed carry weapon permit (a "CCW"). In California, we are not "allowed to carry a concealed" handgun without a CCW. Those permits are extremely difficult to get in the SF Bay Area. If Goh did not have a CCW, he was committing a crime. If instructor Romie Delarmia had reported that crime to police, this tragedy may never have occurred....
Tanya Jo Miller April 05, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Hi John, You're right. I was assuming Goh did have a permit to carry a weapon, when really I don't know. I Googled it and now I'm curious to find out. It seems laws concerning obtaining a weapon in California are pretty universal, whereas for a concealed weapon they vary city to city. I think this merits a future post! Thanks for the good idea. Purchasing firearm in Cali: http://oag.ca.gov/firearms/pubfaqs#3 vs. Concealed: http://oag.ca.gov/firearms/pubfaqs#4 in Oakland: http://www.shouselaw.com/concealed-weapon.html
John Bryce April 06, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Hey Tanya, what happened to the comment I posted about 5 hours ago? It did NOT violate any of Patch's Terms of Use: http://berkeley.patch.com/terms It even passed the "three main policies" test: “Keep it clean,” “Don’t try to trick people,” and “Treat others as you’d like to be treated.” I sure hope you don't prohibit political speech of those who are -- in California at least -- political minorities. If "diversity is America's greatest strength," that includes political diversity, right? Besides, our rights (e.g., our 1st Amendment right to free speech and free exercise of religion and our 2nd Amendment "right to keep and bear arms"), because they are rights, are NOT supposed to be subject to the political process.
Tanya Jo Miller April 06, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Hey John, I was wondering the very same thing! I got an email w/ your comment, but when I checked the comments section, it's not here. Very weird. I know it's a hassle but would you care to post again? If you don't have it, I do and can post it for you. -Tanya
John Bryce April 06, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Tanya, if you could, that would be great. I did not make/keep a copy. Thx!
Tanya Jo Miller April 06, 2012 at 06:54 AM
Bryce Said: This case really shows the futility of gun control laws. Goh complied w/the laws re. buying a handgun, so the background check and 10 day "waiting period" did not stop him (and he could easily have bought one on the streets of Oakland if they had). If he's willing to murder people (there's a law against that, you know!), he would have carried his handgun with or without a CCW permit. Thus, the only people who are disarmed by CA's restrictive CCW law are the law-abiding. They were helpless in the school, either hiding or being shot. This is why gun rights supporters call so-called "gun free zones" (it didn't stop Goh from bringing a gun) "victim disarmament zones" (it did stop his victims from being able to have guns to defend themselves). 41 out of 50 states readily issue CCWs. Every state from the Mississippi River west to the Pacific Ocean readily issues CCWs, except for CA: http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws.aspx click on "Right to Carry Laws" in the column to the right of the US map. About 35 out of the 58 counties readily issue. Only the major urban counties, where most of the people live and where most of the crime is, do not readily issue CCWs: http://www.calccw.com/Forums/county-faq/7158-county-map-california-ccw-issuance.html Fortunately, federal lawsuits have been filed which should force CA sheriffs to issue CCWs for self-defense within 2 years: http://www.gotcarry.org Hopefully, next time victims will have a fighting chance."
Tanya Jo Miller April 06, 2012 at 07:01 AM
John, I left a note w/ my/your comment above, but I'd exceeded the word limit, so I'm forced to write another comment here -- What I said was --tho' your message had been sent to my email as a "comment", somehow got sucked into the black internet hole and never appeared. Cheers and thanks for the patience, -Tanya

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