A Senseless Newtown Connecticut Shooting That’s Way Out of Left Field

By Seaver Wong

The tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 27 people is one of the vilest events involving a school. Of the 27 people who have died, 20 of them were children, two of them was the shooter’s mother and the shooter himself. It was so disgusting that even President Obama shed tears during a press conference. Even now as I write this, I can’t help but shed tears of my own because this was the most heartless thing that I have ever heard about. There was Columbine, but that seems to pale in comparison to this because children died. These were children who were the just looking forward to play and have fun. Now, their parents won’t see them again. They won’t be able to look for their Christmas presents. Those children won’t be looking forward to any bedtime stories or to the New Year now. They won’t be able to celebrate their birthday with their friends and family all because of one Adam Lanza. Lanza killed 27 people, including his own mother, and injured one person before taking his own life with a high-power rifle on December 14th at 9:30 AM. He had two semiautomatic pistols The thing is that it hits so close to home. That child could have been our own son and daughter. We were children also. It may seem long ago to some, but to me, I remember being in elementary school like it was yesterday. Never in my years would I hear of someone stooping so low as to go after elementary school children and teachers. I always thought that they would be safe from harm.

December 14, 2012 begs to differ. On that day, it’s safe to say that nobody is safe. It doesn’t matter if Adam Lanza was in his right mind or not. He shot and killed young and innocent children. He shot his mother, who was also a teacher, in the head numerous times before leaving for the school. In the end, he will be remembered as a sadistic killer. In the end, the parents will lost their children or loved ones will have to carry on without them. The sad thing is that we lost children and now I have to wonder what this world is turning into. This is a place where we liked to have thought that children were safe, but it never seemed to sink in until that Friday morning. Children now are fair game and that’s the tragic part. They’re no longer safe.

As much as we’d like to think that this could have been avoided, the sad thing is, Adam Lanza is a mystery. He had Aspeger syndrome and was described as “somewhat autistic”, even though his kind of behavior isn’t typically seen in people who have autism. The reports are unclear about this person. The Huntington Post reported that he had a Bushmaster .223-caliber semiautomatic rifle, a Glock 10 mm, and a Sig Sauer 9 mm. His mom was a gun enthusiast, so we know where we could have gotten the guns from, but the intent? We may never find out. It’s a sad mystery. All he will be remembered for his killing 27 people, 20 of them being children and his own mother. This may not have been unavoidable. This may have been inevitable.

The NRA isn’t to blame for this. We can’t point fingers, but at the end of the day Adam Lanza had enough intelligence to pull the trigger and embark on his killing spree. People kill people and people with guns kill people. The NRA wasn’t anywhere near or involved with what Adam Lanza did. Lanza was sick enough to do such a heinous action, so the blame should lie with him. Better gun control is needed, but at the end of the day, let’s not bring politics and the NRA into this. They had nothing to do with the killings in Newtown It’s Adam Lanza who devastated Newtown with his actions. He deserves the blame. His name also deserves to be forgotten, but that would be doing everybody an injustice.

One thing that you can do is to spend time with your children. Hug them tightly and tell them that you love them. Talk to them. Children do matter because they are us. They are our future. They are what we teach them. It’s a shame that it takes an event like this to realize that.

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