Doubtless those of us with kids gave them all a few extra hugs this weekend in the aftermath of the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. It’s one of those tragedies that knocks the wind out of parents.
The news media is all over Newtown this weekend, giving the public as much information as possible to help comprehend what happened and, possibly, why. A lone gunman walked into an elementary school with two handguns and a semi-automatic assault rifle and started firing. By the time he turned one of those guns on himself, he’d killed six adults and, stunningly, 20 young children.
How can a person so brutally extinguish such innocence?
As mentioned, coverage by the media is extensive. I wanted to send out kudos to CNN, and in particular anchor Don Lemon, whose coverage only rarely mentioned the killer by name, and, as Lemon stated, “only for the public record.”
When people tend to go on such a rampage, it seems they want to somehow be remembered for their hideous acts.
To hell with that.
It’s not so important as to who committed the atrocity, but rather why; what caused him to take such drastic actions?
It is believed the man may have suffered from some form of mental illness.
He killed his mother earlier in the day, and then took the guns, which were owned by his mom, and burst into the school.
We should never glorify such actions. Instead, we should remember the victims — especially some of the adults who stepped in front of children to take a bullet and spare a young life.
That is an action indeed worth remembering.