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The massacre at Sandy Hook was a tragedy that cannot be expressed in words. Each time an occurrence like this happens, the story line is "How could this have been prevented?" The obvious and familiar answer is that we need stronger gun laws and people need to be identified early on so that they may possibly be helped.
I believe that there is a first line of attack on preventing such things from happening because of guns. The mother of the shooter was said to be a collector of guns, which is something many people are. True collectors of guns, artifacts, etc., take pride in their collections and do whatever is necessary to preserve and protect them from being damaged or stolen. In this case, nothing was done. The guns and ammo were left to be taken or possibly used by whoever was in the vicinity, in this case the son, who the mother knew had problems. I don't know of any specific examples, but I find it unjustifiable that she would leave these weapons and ammo unprotected.
To a young person, in particular, it is like saying, "Look what I have. Would you like to play with them?" I'm sure this would apply to adults, too. Whatever the motive was for this terrible massacre the availability of the guns only helped to fulfill the terrible anguish that he felt inside.
There is nothing that can be done now, but hopefully something can be done to force people to lock up their collectibles.
God bless all of the innocent children and the faculty who tried to protect them.
First Published December 21, 2012 12:00 am