To address the mass murder at Sandy Hook School as a tragedy almost diminishes its severity, it is much, much more. Within moments of the crime, it seemed before investigators had the chance to walk through the gates of the crime scene, media had given birth to the most sensationalized mass murder in history. Not without good cause.
The numbers of victims to have been sacrificed to this crime ranged a full spectrum for the first several hours, as did the speculation of the identity of the victims and the killers motive. However, even amidst the confusion, one fact remained as we watched this ordeal unfold — children had lost their lives. Parents everywhere reflected on their priorities.
Now that the facts have begun to surface in this case — and so the speculation has intensified immeasurably — people are asking for the answer to the all-important question… Why? Why did this have to happen? Why did the killer target children?
The most recent theory, that the killer was motivated by a psychological disorder, have ranged from the unbelievable to Asperger’s Syndrome, are all immaterial and total nonsense. I happen to have family and friends, who are Autistic and have Asperger’s Syndrome, and it is my belief through having many years of knowledge in Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, I know these particular disorders do NOT account for homicidal massacres and rampages. But our society has a great desire to place blame and in turn, we refuse to accept this type of behavior could come from a human unless the unbelievable act of the monstrous fiend is given a label.
I refuse to use the killers name; I will simply refer to him as “the killer”. You may ask why? Because I believe the children and adults, whose names are listed below, are the individuals worthy of honoring, mentioning and remembering, NOT the killer.
These people — the victims — deserve remembrance; Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Rachel Davino, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana M. Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Dawn Hochsprung, Madeleine F. Hsu, Catherine V. Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Anne Marie Murphy, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto, Benjamin Wheeler, Allison N. Wyatt.
When people ask why? I feel they should take a long hard look at our society and the media. A theater in Oregon is shot up and the media swarms it, the public treats it as if it were an extension of the Silver Screen. Killers become instantaneous celebrities — forever immortalized in history through their gruesome diabolic acts against humanity. This behavior from the media — exalting killers — dates back many years. Name one person from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that leveled the Alferd P. Murrah Federal Building, where there were 168 victims’, which included 19 children from the America’s Kids Day Care Center.
My point is, although you may not be able to name a single victim of the Oklahoma City bombing, and you may not know the names of Chase Dalton Smith (3 years-old) or Colton Wade Smith (2 years-old), brothers who were at America’s Day Care Center at the time of the Oklahoma City bombing, or 29 year-old Sgt. Benjamin LaRanzo Davis, a Marine recruiter, you will most likely know the name of the bomber Timothy McVeigh.
There is something faulty in a system when the culprit, the killer, the oppressor is the person we have lifted up and remember. News broadcast builds up this most recent murder spree as, “The second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech.” Through the media as a catalyst, we are sending the message as a society that if you want to be remembered, all you have to do is “top” the last most memorable “deadliest” and it will ensure you a mention, and the topic of conversation, in nearly every household throughout the world. This is a most sad state of affairs!
It is not about politics or demographics, it is not about wealth or poverty or social status. It is not even about gun control as the gun only becomes a weapon after the trigger is pulled. It is about people and the culture and a society and what we have accepted as the “norm”. It is about time the people take back their country, their rights, and their safety. They must band together and first recognize there is a problem, then decide — as one — how to effect change.
I say, we can effect change. I say, shift the focus! Show the victims names, the victim’s pictures. A numbers of networks aired the killer’s picture and held round-table discussions with panels of experts attempting to “assess” the killer’s motives. I say, hold your round-table and discuss how we as a country can take back the power we have relinquished to these demented killers and focus on the victims and their families. Sensationalism media is the cause for killing sprees such as the one witnessed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct. If you plan to place fitting blame, do so intelligently and responsibly — at the appropriate radical motivator. I say, let’s not allow another Newtown, Ct., killing spree and let’s stand arm in arm and not allow those victims of violent crimes such as Newtown, Ct., be sacrificed in vain, but let us hold their deaths resolute and forge a new America, a safer and more loving America!
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