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Report Released on Newtown, Connecticut Shooting

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 27, 2013

It is been nearly a year since 20 children and six school employees were gunned down by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.  The Wall Street Journal reported on the official investigative report issued this week.

Given the information included in the Journal’s article it is evident that the report was not very revealing.  It concluded that the killer, 20-year-old Adam Lanza acted alone, had Asperger’s syndrome and other mental issues.  This included a distaste for being touched and becoming increasingly disconnected from society as he grew into adulthood.  He was also obsessed with mass murders including the 1999 Columbine High School killings in Colorado.

Given Lanza’s obvious mental illness, it is rather strange that the report also focused on its inability to determine the killer’s motive with Connecticut State Attorney Stephen Sedensky III saying: “‘Why did the shooter murder twenty-seven people, including twenty children?  Unfortunately, that question may never be answered conclusively, despite the collection of extensive background information on the shooter through a multitude of interviews and other sources.”  It is difficult to comprehend the importance of Lanza’s motive given his significant mentally illness.

Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December much has been written about the type of guns Lanza used.  What is missing is not why he went on the rampage but how a seriously mentally ill individual was able to obtain weapons of any kind.  What role did his family and/or society play in mainstreaming Lanza and teaching him to shoot?  What type of drugs was Lanza on and did they play a role in his violent behavior?  Unfortunately, these real questions are held hostage to political correctness.

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