In aftermath of Conn. school shooting, question of ‘Why’ remains

VigilNEWTOWN, Conn. — Two young victims were laid to rest Monday following Friday’s brutal shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. And as school starts up again for many young students in the area, at least one big question remains:

Why?

Officials in Newtown, Conn., said there was no connection between the shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, and Sandy Hook Elementary school. Officials also said the motive for Friday’s shooting remains a mystery.

“We’ll paint a crystal clear picture as much as we possibly can, but it is a slow process,” Lt. Paul Vance with the Connecticut State Police said. “It’s not something done in 60 minutes as you see on TV.”

Police will continue to interview multiple witnesses in the shooting. Investigators are also reviewing the contents of the gunman’s smashed computer and his phone and credit card records.

Federal agents said he and his mother have visited gun ranges in the past, but not in the last six months. All the guns used in the shooting belonged to his mother. However, friends of Lanza’s mother said she wasn’t fixated on guns.

“I’ve seen a lot of things in the media about her being a survivalist wacko,” Russ Hanoman, a family friend, said. “She did have guns which she used very responsibly.”

Students at Sandy Hook aren’t scheduled to return to the elementary school anytime soon. They will hold class at neighboring Monroe Elementary School. The Governor of Connecticut is also asking for people across the country to take a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

 

 

9 comments

    • RKS

      First US Soldier……..if you indeed are/were a soldier….thank you for your service.

      I wasn't sure what to expect in the link you posted, but it was very well put. I and many others i know have been saying that the media needs to quit glorifying the criminals and spend more time talking about the victims.

      I couldn't have said what this story said any better myself. Thanks for posting.

  • joe

    It’s simple, Lanza’s mother was stupid and crazy too, she created him, gave birth to him, raised him with a deranged personal family problem, knew he was a lunatic and a moron then gave him an arsenal to play with. His mother is responsible for the massacre. She’s like a pit bull owner who believes that their little precious can do no wrong.

    The only way to stop this is for everyone to arm, only hadware will stop a lunatic. An armed people is the people's army and the first line of defense.

    • Citizen98107

      Yeah sure, except gun owners seem to be too casual and sloppy with their toys. Kids are always finding the the guns and shooting someone. Remember the 3rd grade girl shot at a Bremerton school recently? Or the Marysville police officer's child shot with the officer's gun? Or the 11 year in Portland trying to carjack an adult? Or the teen in Tacoma that robbed a man and killed him for $5? Gee, the list of sloppy gun ownership is long.

  • Daniel

    The history of prohibition demonstrates how criminalization of a product really impacts society. The rise in organized crime at that time in our history can happen again. Lets look to Mexico.

    “It is very hard for a Mexican citizen to get permission to buy a gun. Generally they can only get one gun and nothing resembling a centerfire assault rifle. A person can go to jail in Mexico for merely having one round of .22 cal ammunition in his car or on his person without registration of a gun to match it. Look how well it is working. They have bound the hands of the law abiding citizens and the criminal gangs are thriving big time. The gangs have assault weapons that fire full auto, grenades, 400mm grenades that fire from assault rifle under barrels, RPG’s and other weapons that are of course against the law. Mexico is a classical textbook example of why gun control laws do not work.”

    The point is waving a piece of paper around that says that’s illegal wont stop bullets or someone bent on acquiring a weapon to do harm. Stiffer Penalties won’t stop these people as they are killing themselves during their crimes. This latest murderer knew what he was doing, he acquired these weapons from his house from the legal owner, and started killing with his own mother. He targeted the school and laws never even slowed him down. What would of slowed him down?

    How about real security at our schools. Having locked glass doors in place only limits egress of those following the rules. Gun control is just a glass door that slows those who follow the rules.

    We as a society need to focus on what is causing these “loaners who don’t interact well with others” to develop such horrid plans. Why do they have total disregard for the lives of their families, classmates, random people, and themselves?

      • jeremy

        The USA is going to be North Mexico within the next 30 years. Mexicans will make up over 30% of the population and given their breeding rate, it won't take long for this to simply be an extension of Mexico. Viva La Raza (yeh, right).

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