Thoughts On The Connecticut Massacre
As of this writing 27 persons are reported dead after a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. including 18 children, the gunman and the gunman's mother who was a teacher at the school and whose class the gunman appears to have targeted.
The gunman has been identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza and has reportedly killed himself. A Sig Saur handgun, a Glock 9 handgun and a Bushmaster rifle were found at the scene.
If the reports are correct, this will be the nation's second worst massacre of school children surpassed only by the Bath, Mich. tragedy of 1927 in which a twisted man named Andrew Kehoe blew up his farm and the school killing 45 including 38 children, himself and his wife who he beat to death at his home. His suicide was performed by driving to the disaster scene at the school and exploding his car amidst a crowd.
Kehoe was the school board treasurer and plotted for months to blow up the Bath Consolidated School sneaking explosives in while pretending to do repairs.
The death toll at Columbine High School in 1999 was 13.
The first mass shooting in the U.S. occurred on April 9, 1891 when 70-year-old James Foster fired a shotgun at a group of children on the playground of St. Mary's Parochial School in Newburgh, N.Y. causing several minor injuries.
For the next several decades -- excepting the incident in Bath -- school violence involved specific disputes rather than random attacks. That changed on Jan. 29, 1979 when 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer opened fire from her window with a .22 caliber rifle given to her by her father on children at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego who she "said looked like cows". Two adults were killed and eight children wounded.
The shooting was the inspiration for the Boomtown Rats hit I Don't Like Mondays.
Since then there have been at least 12 mass school shootings in which children were targeted just because they were children.
They can see no reasons 'Cuz there are no reasons as the song says. Choosing evil does not mix well with choosing reason.
Ed note: The gunman was misidentified as the killer's brother in initial reports.