Connecticut School Shooting

This incident makes the worst mass shootings in US history.

This incident makes the worst mass shootings in US history.

The gunman – who according to a media report carried four weapons and wore a bulletproof vest – was dead inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, state police Lieutenant Paul Vance told a news conference.

Vance said authorities found 18 children and seven adults, including the gunman, dead at the school, and two children were pronounced dead later after being take to a hospital.

Another adult was found dead at a related crime scene in Newtown, he said, bringing the toll to 28. CNN reported the dead person was the shooter’s mother. It also said three of the guns used in the rampage were registered under her name.

He has been named as Adam Lanza, the son of a teacher at the school.

His older brother, Ryan, 24, has been questioned by police. Earlier, a law enforcement official mistakenly transposed the brothers’ first names and mistakenly said Ryan was the shooter.

Read the full article here.

I talked briefly about watching for the signs in another article here. My blunt thoughts on the subject without knowing any more than what the media has described:

1) How do parents not notice their kids cried for help, signs of danger etc? There may have just been a snap that no one could have predicted, however in most cases like these there have some kind of warning signs – even a few examples of voiced intent to others. Perhaps there’s a way to help educate parents and teachers to watch for certain danger signs?

2) Guns. The ease as to which an unhappy and / or unstable individual can get hold of guns in America amazes me. Guns in New Zealand are pretty rare (it’d be more likely someone would go crazy with a sword than a gun here) – which makes gun incidents here equally as rare.

Some scary gun statistics

Some scary gun statistics

So, when are the gun laws going to reflect the number of deaths? There’s talk of conspiracies such as the Batman killer having been exposed to mind control – truth or not – James Holmes still had access to an enormous amount of weapons and body armour. Just as Adam Lanza did. Why did his mother the school teacher have so many guns? Why weren’t they secured? If they were, how did Adam get to them? How did he come across the bullet proof vest? Perhaps there’s a way to register to do a brief behavioural exam to search for risk when bullet proof vests are purchased…?

So many questions, and equally, so many deaths. Is America being rail-roaded into having their gun laws revoked, or is this merely a wake up for household gun security and mental health awareness?

Time will tell…

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9 Responses to Connecticut School Shooting

  1. SDL says:

    Already had some great comments on the SDL Facebook page, thanks. I agree that there could be political manoeuvring – I eluded briefly to a theory on that. And, most of all – I agree that it’s people that kill people – not guns. Guns are a very efficient way to kill people, however they’re still controlled by a human being. Lastly – prevention! Whenever I’ve been wronged I have a “how can we ensure this never happens again” mentality, and this is not exception. What can be done. It comes back to warning signs of individuals, monitoring of mental illnesses, and (as guns will likely always be around) something needs to change regarding the “unlicensed” and their access to guns (such as parents guns).

    Also – there needs to be more awareness about mental illness. There’s already a stigma around mental illness, unreasonable fear, and a large amount of false stereotyping.

  2. SDL says:

    Morgan Freeman’s take on what happened yesterday : “You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why. It’s because of the way the media reports it.

    Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

    CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up,” this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

    You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.” – Morgan Freeman

  3. Vic says:

    also posted to Facebook page:
    Here’s the question then, because all of the media is essentially State run media. Nothing goes on the air without the agenda of the owners being consulted or known. The owners of msnbc for instance is General Electric. Now what does GE do? Military hardware and big pharmaceuticals etc.
    If we’re going to have to ask ‘why does ‘the media’ do this, we have to ask ‘who owns the media’ and who sets the agenda.
    (For more fun, check out the relationship of the CIA to all of the major broadcast outlets — for the last many decades)

  4. Vic says:

    “One journalist is worth twenty agents”, Bernstein.

  5. Jacquie Webb says:

    Here in nz I was disgusted that the reporter was interviewing little kids in regards to what they had heard and seen. Asking stupid questions, idiotic questions. Let their parent s hold them tight. Instead of gloryfying the shooting

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  8. SDL says:

    Dr. Paul Ekman’s Letter to the Editor in the San Francisco Chronicle; “Trigger locks can save kids” 15th January, 2013.

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