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Children, principal among the dead in Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting


By | Daily Brew

A heavily-armed gunman opened fire inside a U.S. elementary school, killing as many as 26 people, including 20 students during a Friday-morning spree that left the country again shaken by gun violence.

State police confirmed the shooter was found dead inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, following the morning attack. The school hosts about 600 students between five and 10 years of age.

The shooter was identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the son of a teacher at the school. It appears, the shooter killed his mother at her home before driving to the school to begin his shooting spree there.

“According to sources, Lanza shot his mother in the face, then left his house armed with at least two semi automatic handguns…wearing a bullet proof vest,” ABC News reported.

Lieut. Paul Vance confirmed that 18 children were killed inside the school and two more died at a hospital. Six adults and the shooter were also found dead.

Reports suggest two handguns were recovered inside the school and a .233 Bushmaster was found at the scene. According to the Associated Press, Lanza’s older brother Ryan, 24, is being held by police for questioning.

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Last night I finished reading “We need to talk about Kevin.” And it was a tedious read for sure. In the end it is an anthology of gun violence in schools. For the writer tells the story from the perspective of a mother writing to her estranged husband about what is going on in her head. Her son Kevin did something terrible – but we don’t get the entire story until the end of the book.

Suffice to say, Kevin is in juvenile detention because he was a minor when he committed his crime. But ends up in a New York penitentiary after his 18th birthday. Kevin kills his sister, father and a number of school classmates in a gruesome fashion. Instead of guns, he uses a crossbow, after locking his peers in the gymnasium of the school.

I don’t mean to give the story away, but what happened today is eerily similar to the book, but including guns. The killing of a parent prior to the killing of school children.

I’ve never been a proponent of guns. They say guns don’t kill people, people kill people. But the equation is lacking because it is people with guns who kill people. Whomever the guns were registered to, a kid got guns and killed others with them.

I don’t know what to say after reading this book. Many people I know who have read it and the people at the book store I bought it at, recommended the book to me as I purchased it. I am truly saddened by today’s tragedy. So many kids won’t grow up to have kids and experiences themselves. Carnage is not pretty.

Now we will all ask the question WHY ???

Did this boy have problems himself ? In reference to the book, Kevin had problems from the day he was born. What were the telltale signs that trouble was amiss? Now we wait for answers to this terrible tragedy.

It’s not a copy cat. The fashion of the crime, just an eerie coincidence that I was reading this book just now. But a school shooting nonetheless.

Eternal rest grant the faithful departed and may perpetual light shine upon them evermore.

To thee do we send up our sighs mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn them most gracious advocate thine eyes of mercy towards us and show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus. Pray for us!