LOS ANGELES, December 14, 2012—Only days after a tragic shooting at a shopping mall in Portland, Oregon left two people dead, a much larger tragedy took place in Newtown, Connecticut. A 20-year-old man named Adam Lanza entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School and began shooting everyone in range. Reports reflected 26 people killed at the school in addition to the shooter, with twenty of them being children.
Confirmed reports said Mr. Lanza begin his killing spree before he arrived at the school. Earlier in the day he killed his own mother, a teacher at the school, at her Connecticut home. Initial reports incorrectly stated that his father was found dead at his home in New Jersey. The father is alive and being questioned by federal authorities. Adam Lanza’s twenty-four-year-old brother Ryan Lanza was also being questioned by New Jersey police in Hoboken. Police say neither Ryan Lanza or his father are currently suspects.
Lieutenant Paul Vance of the Connecticut Police Department held a very brief initial press conference this evening. He stated was “the scene is secure,” and that the gunman is dead. He did not take questions but did confirm that “the public is not in danger.”
President Obama said, “We have endured too many of these tragedies in the last few years.” He spoke “not as a president, but as anybody else would, as a parent.” He fought back tears as he described losing “beautiful little children between five and ten years old.” He noted that “as a country we have been through this too many times.” He concluded by saying that “in the word of spricture (scripture), ‘heal the broken hearted, and bind up their wounds.’” House Speaker John Boehner ordered all flags lowered to half-staff.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy accurately stated, “You can never be prepared for this kind of incident.”
Police Chief Vance is clearly the point man for this situation, and he offered more extensive remarks at several briefings following his initial comments. The “how” and “why” was not determined. The shootings took place “in one section of the school in two rooms.” Only one shooting victim escaped injured, but alive.
The families of the victims have been assigned a trooper to give them constant communication so they would not have to rely on news reports. for information. One of the delays in public information is that authorities are tracking down every student, including ones who may have stayed home from school. Authorities have contacted every single parent of the children who were killed. The police have the murder weapon, and are not be stating what it is at this time.
Lieutenant George Sinko stated that local Danbury hospital is offering counseling at Reed Intermediate School and that the local firehouse is comforting the parents.
At 6 p.m. EST, the final press briefing of the evening took place. Governor Malloy returned to speaking. “Evil visited this community today. It is too early to speak of recovery.” He was Mayor of Stanford, Connecticut on 9/11 when he lost many of his citizens. He never thought he would be dealing with two unspeakable horrors in one political career. He asked everyone to pray.
Fox News Correspondent Bret Baier reported that the guns used were purchased, registered, and legally owned by Adam Lanza’s mother. Her son shot her in the face, and stole her guns and automobile to drive to the horrific crime scene at the Southwest Connecticut school.
Dr. Charles Krauthammer, a trained psychiatrist, also emphasized humility. He analyzed that people are divided into three camps in terms of who to blame. They can focus on “the psychology of the shooter, the weapon, and you’ve got the cultural environment.” People will blame whichever theory fits their predetermined agenda. “I tend to gravitate toward the psychology of the killer.” “He began by shooting his mother in the face, taking her weapon, and then destroying everything precious to her, her colleagues and her children, and then killing himself.” Dr. Krauthammer also noted that “Connecticut has the fourth strictest (gun control) laws in the country.”
When asked about how to speak to children about these events, Dr. Krauthammer solemnly intoned, “We live in a culture where you can’t escape from these events, which itself is rather tragic.” In dealing with children, “all you can do is provide them safety and love.”
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who knows better than most politicians how to deal with tragedies, summed it up well. “Anyone trying to get easy answers to this is just ignoring the problem… Everybody should have some humility that they don’t have the answers to this… We can’t predict human behavior enough.”
These tragedies do seem to be happening with more frequency. The Columbine shooting in 1999 in Colorado and the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre attacked an entire nation and seared pain into the national conscience.
Yet lately, the tragedies are coming so fast and furious that the effect is almost numbing. Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was among several people shot in 2011 by Jared Loughner. In July of 2012, it was the massacre at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado showing the “Batman: Dark Knight Rises” premiere. Last week, there was the shooting at a shopping mall in Portand, Oregon. Now a quiet enclave known as Newtown, Connecticut, will never be the same. There will never be normalcy.
Many people retreat to safe places for escapism, with sports being a popular haven. Yet even that is no longer safe. Two weeks ago, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered Kasandra Perkins, the mother of his three-month-old child. He then killed himself at Arrowhead Stadium in front of his head coach Romeo Crennel.
In the coming days there will be more briefings, but for now Police Chief Vance is rightfully asking for patience. Getting this right is far more important than spreading misinformation. All the rest of us can do for now is wait and pray.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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