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Connecticut School Shooting Creates Questions, But No Answers

The nation reacts to Newtown CT school shooting
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Eventually, news of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed 27 lives won’t be the top story on every newscast, won’t be the topic as families sit down for dinner, and will cease to be part of our everyday conversations. But for now, we’re simply not ready to move on.

But will we ever be able to make any sense of it? Will we ever know why?

If you’ve clicked on this hoping for answers, you’ve come to the wrong place. The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut only creates more questions.

Seemingly everyone with an internet connection has come forward in the last 48 hours with opinions about gun control, mental health, and what schools can do to keep from becoming the next center of the nation’s focus.

(It should also be acknowledged that many, many people have shown expressions of sympathy for the victims’ families, and been suddenly been reminded of how precious their own children are. I wouldn’t say this qualifies as a silver lining, but it resonates positively in mankind’s favor.)

Almost immediately, the Monday morning quarterbacking began. Gun-control advocates will tie the number of violent crimes in the United States to the availability of firearms.

But for every argument in favor of gun control, there’s an equally compelling argument for the right to bear arms. Homicides went up during the 25-year period in which handguns were banned in Chicago, according to CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, and “They are continuing to stack up bodies under the city’s current Draconian gun law, which still makes it nearly impossible for average law-abiding citizens to have firearms in their homes.”

So what’s the answer?

Sandy Hook had rigorous security in place. Unrecognized visitors had to ring a doorbell, and show identification in order to be let into the facility.

What went wrong? How did Adam Lanza gain entrance to the school?

I listen with a great deal of interest when my sons who are high school students, and other family members who work as educators, speak of protocols that have been set up in the event of a hostile situation.

The police lesion officer plays the role of a gunman. School employees follow the designated script, and when it’s over, receive feedback about their performances.

Will the bad guy follow the script?

That’s really the only question we can answer definitively.

- George McIntyre
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