Hell was raised in horrific fashion early today as children and adults were viciously massacred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. The gunman Adam Lanza, age 20, dressed in military gear and armed with an assault rifle and two pistols, entered the school, killing the principal and other faculty members; then stormed into a Kindergarten class killing the teacher and students in the classroom. Law officials confirm the Kindergarten teacher was the gunman’s mother. So far, 20 children and 7 adults were confirmed dead including a second family member of Lanza who was discovered in their Newtown Connecticut home. The shooter’s brother, Ryan Lanza 24, of New Jersey, is being questioned by police.
It is the second deadliest school shooting in American history.
People are numb and in disbelief that this beautiful scenic town would experience something as horrible as this. As of this writing, no one knows what motivated Lanza to do this unspeakable act. Was it anger, mental illness? The questions fly like bullets in the wind. And as the days unfold, we will have more answers. But one thing is for sure, these random, unspeakable acts of violence is sadly becoming a regular occurrence in our country.
Though we talk about the blight and violence of the inner-city where the gunning down of innocent children and adults is regular news, this insidiousness blankets other communities, rural, urban and suburban. There seems to be no safety from the madness of someone with murderous intent. Does it matter that these killers are raised in the inner-city or the tranquil communities of Anytown USA? If you’re urban you’re labeled a cold blooded killer who deserves no remorse or deep understanding of actions. If you’re suburban, you’re deeply troubled and your actions must be examined and explained. At least that’s how I see it in the media. When crisis hits certain communities, there is glaring disparity on the type of help that is received. It is often determined by location and race. The fact still remains, no matter where we live or the color of our skin, we must reassess whether we are raising our children to be well adjusted citizens, or deadly hell raisers.
In a press conference this afternoon, President Obama, our Comforter and Chief, said in an emotional statement, “As a country we’ve been through this too many times. We will have to come together and take meaningful action regardless of the politics.”
Does this mean rethinking gun control? Does it mean reexamining the culture of violence in TV shows, movies, videos and rap music? Does it mean addressing the violence and abuse in our own homes or acknowledging signs of mental illness in our families?
You tell me.
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