If you’re like me, you’re a bit anxious when you drop off your child at school each morning following the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
We might wonder if it’s possible that tragedy, like the shootings in Newtown that killed 26 people (20 children), could happen in our community. The tragedy that occurred in Newtown, a quiet small town with a low crime rate, proves that it can happen in any town.
“I never pictured that anything like this could happen in our town” echoed the words of one resident of Newtown.
One victim’s dad Robbie Parker, told the media “I can’t imagine this happening; this has to be some sort of mistake.” Parker’s daughter Emilie was among the innocent children killed by 20-year-old Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary. In reality, tragedies like the one in Newtown, Connecticut can happen anywhere at any time. It’s easy to think that there is no way our county could have such a tragedy happen such as that of Newtown or Littleton, Colorado.
Now, it has to be something that crosses our minds when we say our goodbyes each morning while dropping off our kids. It seems with the tragedies in Newtown, the one a couple of years ago at Virginia Tech, and at Columbine in Littleton, Colorado in 1999, that schools have become a battle field and an easy target for some cowardly lunatic to open fire.
What drives these people to kill the innocent inside of our educational institutions? Counselors spend time trying to figure out the mindset of troubled people like Lanza or Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold — the gunmen at Columbine, and never come to a conclusion to just what they were thinking. What drives this madness of these killers to take innocent lives before killing themselves?
Blame is quickly given to different things like popular video games where you can get a high off blowing up and killing hundreds of people. But unlike a video game there is no reset button that you can hit when it happens in real life.
The majority of these killers are labeled as social misfits who like Lanza, remained in a bubble voluntarily sheltered from society. Or like Harris and Klebold who enjoyed targeting the athletes in the Columbine shooting spree. These two guys were said to be victims of bullying from mainly athletes within the school. But still, the bullying or being labeled as a social misfit doesn’t justify a person or persons to start a shooting spree of innocent people.
Where do we place the blame behind these senseless killings? Where does the rage come from?
Following these tragedies, many people want to see improved gun laws. According to reports, the guns used in the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings were legally purchased and licensed by the mother of Lanza. Current gun laws do not require applicants to disclose any treatment for mental illness or if someone in the home with access to the guns suffers from mental illness. We have all heard the saying that guns don’t kill people; people kill people. There is a concern of some citizens that teachers should be equipped with guns that are locked up in their classrooms. I don’t necessarily agree with that, but I will always wonder that if the staff had access to weapons could they have used them in defense and limited the number of casualties at Sandy Hook and Columbine. Just what is a good solution?
It was a sad and sickening day for the nation after the Columbine and Newtown shootings. Innocent teens at Columbine, kids ages 6 and 7 at Sandy Hook and many staff members gunned down for no apparent reason. There are no answers to tragedies like this.
Emilie Parker’s father Robbie, while fighting back tears, offered this plea on that tragic afternoon “let’s not let this tragedy turn into something that defines us, but something that inspires us to be better, to be more compassionate and more humble people.”
As we pause to remember those killed in Newtown, we can also pray that God will comfort the families of the victims and protect us all.
Dallas Bordon writes for The Madison County Journal.
01/02/13 at 08:06 PM
Dallas You are 100% correct. There is NO WAY to make sense of this because it makes no sense. AND doctors and everybody else can study UNTIL THE END OF TIME and they will NEVER figure out what the person was thinking. The ONLY one who knew what this young man was thinking IS DEAD. SO ALL ANSWERS IS LOST FOREVER. AND I personally think after he killed all these children and adults he took the EASY AND COWARDLY way out because he knew he would never walk out of that school. The Police would have shot him on sight. AND who would have been mad at the Police for shooting him?
BUT to ban ALL weapons IS NOT the answer? If the government were to ban all guns and pick up every gun in the US and destroy them these people would just think of other creative ways to carry out these mass killings?