Twenty children shot and killed, along with six adults who are also dead, after a gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Connecticut Friday morning. Just to reiterate, 20 children were killed. Information is still being developed several hours after the first shots were fired. What can be confirmed is the name of the shooter who has been identified as Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old man whose mother worked at Sandy Hook Elementary School where this tragedy took place. Including the 20 deceased children and the six adults, we also hear there may be other victims in related scenes. Now the one thing that many of us are now wondering on is why would someone do such a thing. The gunman, who is also deceased, would be the only one who can give us an accurate answer to that. We will never know what’s in the mind of those who do things like this.
This massacre is the second deadliest mass shooting in American history, and the second major one just this year. This summer, dozens were shot and several people were killed after a gunman opened fire on a crowded movie theater. And with each unfortunate incident we’re reminded of previous shootings like the one in Aurora, Colorado, the shooting in Virginia Tech from 2007, the Gabby Giffords shooting last year, and of course the school shootings at Columbine. All of these join the growing list of places where no one expects violence to breakout like a shopping mall, a place of worship, and a military base. Hundreds of lives have been directly impacted after losing a loved one to random acts of senseless violence.
A common cry for gun control and weapon bans across the nation are a natural response for many after every incident like this. There are some statistics that say there close to 300 million guns owned by citizens in the United States. Thousands of crimes are committed each year by offenders using a gun. The debate goes on and on year after year between those for and against gun rights in America. But, perhaps another debate should be with health care evaluations and making it more accessible for all. For someone to shoot and kill innocent people, much less defenseless children, there’s no way they can be in their right mind.
Not for nothin’ but whether criminally involved, mentally ill, or just evil, if someone wanted to kill another person bad enough, the lack of a gun would hardly stop them. Guns just make it easier. It’s a shame that a whole town has lost 20 of its children, children who shouldn’t know crimes, sickness or evil on this level. We can’t go back and change the past, so new gun laws will not bring these children back to their families. And if some type of compromised reasoning is found to be the motive behind this shooting, we can only hope to help others who are struggling with the same demons. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all the victims and with the families of the children and employees in Sandy Hool Elementary school who had to witness this horror.