Cause and Effect – Damaged Lives: Tragic Losses in CT Shooting

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Cause: Over the past seven years, we have all either witnessed or heard of unfortunate shooting events in schools. Recently, in Newtown, Connecticut, 20 year old Adam Lanza targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School, resulting in the tragic deaths of 26 victims, 20 of them being children. Although these numbers are calculated by the losses of those present at the school, they fail to include the death of Lanza’s mother, Nancy Lanza, who was killed by her own son before he proceeded towards the school. The question that always hangs in our heads after these catastrophic happenings occur, is “why?”.

According to an observation made by a few journalists, it’s come to be known that most such events are committed by individuals with a particular set of characteristics. They tend have a history of antisocial-personality traits, or suffer from mental illnesses such as depression or psychosis, or tend to obsess about how others, whether other individuals or society at large, have wronged them. These individuals seethe with rage and hatred and despondency, until they decide to lash out at individuals or a society they believe has done them great wrong. Mental health, as well as our failure to address it as a society, is at the core of these events. Not all mass homicide perpetrators target schools, but schools do seem to be an unusually common target. People wonder why angry individuals so often target innocent children who have done them no wrong. Watching the horror and great sadness that has descended over the nation in the past couple of days, an answer has been revealed. These perpetrators have lashed out against society in the most vicious way possible, inflicting the most pain that they could. That is the point of targeting a school.

A brave six-year-old became the sole survivor of her first grade class after the shooting occurred because she played dead while Lanza went on rampage. According to a close family pastor, she lay among the dead bodies until she felt it was safe to leave. Once she got outside to her mother, covered from head to toe with blood,  she said, “Mommy, I’m okay, but all my friends are dead.” She was feeling survivors guilt, seeing as so many of her friends parents were suffering the lives of their children while her mom still has her’s alive.

One of the teachers, Victoria Soto, lived her last moments in this world as a hero. Being warned and well aware of a predator being in the school, she hid all of her children in the cabinets and closets of the classroom. When Lanza walked in the classroom and asked for the children, she lied and said they were at the gym. He shot her, and all her students survived. She is said to be a dedicated teacher, she loved her kids, and gave her all into her job. Her story is one to be greatly admired.

Effect: Even though the school seemed secure, its entrance monitored by close circuit cameras, and opened only when office employees would buzz somebody in. But Lanza wasted no time, breaking through the window and opening the door. This part of the story has made schools question if security is being enforced enough in their buildings. Recently, South Lancaster Academy School principal, Mr. Huff, spoke to us about not letting people in without the consent of the office. Even if we know the person we’re letting in, you can never be too sure with anyone lately, and we were ordered to not let them in regardless. If we were to see someone we don’t recognize, even if it’s someone who may be our age and appears to be harmless, we have to notify the office immediately. But these safety precautions we are now enforcing, are they enough?

Even though tragedies like this one arouse ideas like Anti-Gun Laws from originating, everyone concludes with the fact that just like movies, music, and drugs, people will continue to illegally gain ownership of guns as they do currently, and laws won’t change anything.

Although the lives of these beautiful children will always be mourned and remembered, all is never lost. For the Lord is coming soon, and he has built many homes, one for each of us in the kingdom of heaven. We will witness the lives of these children once again restored when he returns, but this time, it will be for eternity.

John 14:1-4 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”

Revelation 21:1-4Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”


Posted on December 20, 2012, in News, Top Stories and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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