...a couple staffers had been armed?
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.... because psychos never, ever use knives to kill.
Never 26 people in a matter of moments.
"Oh yeah. I guess I can't get a gun, so I guess I'll have to give up my idea of killing a bunch of people."
compared to, say, a knife
You just can't wipe out a classroom so quickly with any other weapon.
The Chinese are quick to produce cheap knockoffs, huh?
Most real-life knife attacks are multiple penetrations leaving the person to exsanguinate and providing an impossible problem for an ER doctor. And, jeez, elementary school kids are fish in a barrel. And of course if you really want to kill someone with a knife, you slit their throat, you don't stab them.
I'm far more interested in the fact that investigators found this kid's room (and yes, he was still a kid) was spic and span. What kid, just out of his teens, keeps his room that way? I've been out of my teens for at least a couple of years now, and I have stacks of things that defy gravity.
What made him so obsessively orderly? Why did he kill his mother first? Where was his father, and what part, if any, did he play in the boy's life? What was going on in his home that converted an innocent child into a ruthless killing machine? Why did his mother have three guns in her home? Would an early intervention into his family life and perhaps even removal from the home, have given him the normal life that every child deserves, and simultaneously saved the lives of 22 more innocent children?
I would need to know a lot more.
His was a family of divorce, so which father are you asking about?
One neighbor interviewed depicted the mother as a woman with overly high standards. Perhaps the boy grew to resent that. I can imagine him saying just before he killed her (which he did in their home) "Mom, I'm going to kill you now, but before I do I want you to know I'm going to that damned school and kill as many of the kids there that I can because you seem to love them more than you love me."
A little actual love might have prevented this situation. We may learn more from his older brother and other relatives.
That would certainly explain his impeccably tidy room. A mother with impossibly high standards can create a child with an extremely poor self-concept, believing he can never live up to his mother's expectations, which of course, he can't, as the moment he reaches the bar, she raises it, giving her the feeling of superiority that her own poor self-concept requires - much like holding a dog bone just out of a dog's reach. That kind of resultant frustration can lead to an explosion, which in this case, it did.
He needed someone in authority to talk to, to tell what was going on in his life, and there was no one available - this tragedy is the result. We rail on about bullies in school, yet everyone turns a blind eye to bullies in the home, seemingly believing, for some strange reason, that parents should automatically know how to raise children.
Former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee attributed today’s deadly massacre in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut to the lack of God and religion in public schools.
Addressing the tragedy on Fox News, Huckabee dismissed calls for stricter gun control and claimed that future violence can be prevented by solving matters of “the heart” and turning to God:
HUCKABEE: Ultimately, you can take away every gun in America and somebody will use a bomb. When somebody has an intent to do incredible damage, they’re going to find a way to do it… People will want to pass new laws, but unless you change people’s hearts, they’re our transition to the pastor side. This is a heart issue, it’s not something, laws don’t change this kind of thing.
NEIL CAVUTO (HOST): You know, inevitably people ask after tragedies like this, how could God let this happen?
HUCKABEE: Well, you know, it’s an interesting thing. We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage because we’ve made it a palce where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability? That we’re not just going to have to be accountable to the police, if they catch us. But one day, we will stand before a Holy God in judgment. If we don’t believe that, then we don’t fear that.