The Answers We Always Seek

My cousin (my late novelist uncle’s son), his wife, and their three sons have lived for years in Newtown, Connecticut. The boys did not attend Sandy Hook Elementary School: the town had four elementary schools; they live on the other side of the town; in age succession their sons had attended one of the other schools, with his youngest at the time of the December 14, 2012 massacre still elementary school age. However, I recall in the aftermath my cousin telling me that his youngest son was friends with one of the murdered boys.

[Police arrive at Sandy Hook Elementary, after the shooting on December 14, 2012. Voice of America photo. Wikipedia. Public Domain.]

All we really know nearly five years later is the Sandy Hook mass murderer was a disturbed 20 year old man who had taken a gun belonging legally to his mother, shot her dead in her bed, and later that morning burst in and started opening fire on staff and pupils at the school. While there are certainly theories, insofar as I am aware despite a lengthy investigation law enforcement has been unable to establish precisely why he may have killed her and subsequently attacked the school.

As of this writing, according to the Associated Press no motive has yet been established for the mass murders in Las Vegas. If this 64 year old killer owned a computer or other devices, law enforcement will no doubt tear them apart looking for clues, and that seems the most likely route to discovering a motive. The Associated Press has reported as well that he had a girlfriend, who was abroad at the time of the massacre, and that she will be questioned upon her return to the U.S.

However, if law enforcement find nothing truly incriminating in the computers or mobile devices, and if his girlfriend can offer no substantive insights, it is entirely possible the trail will run cold. We desperately want always at least to learn WHY. But we must be prepared for the possibility once again that sadly we may never know why a mass murderer killed as he did.


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  1. You are so right that we may never know why. What really kills me is how things like happen all the time and nothing. ever. changes. If now isn’t the time to talk about gun control, when is? This was absolutely preventable.

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    • I am no expert on guns or this issue. It is a hugely complicated matter, including constitutionally. There are already lots of gun control laws in the U.S. But there are also estimated to be more guns in the U.S. now than people, and there are naturally lots of people who are not entirely stable who, like the Sandy Hook killer, can get access to one (or to many) even if he should not have it.

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      • I’m no expert either, but I’ve read online commenters saying that there’s no real need for automatic or semi-automatic weapons for the purposes of self-defence or hunting, so I’m really struggling to understand why it’s allowed to be sold. But I do understand that it’s extremely complicated.

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