Just as this photo frame is murky, the details of the perpetrator and the circumstances are still murky and unclear as to what happened at Sandy Hook. Our society has become one of " instant gratification". If the details aren't forthcoming, they reach their own conclusions.
In the past, perpetrators were young men with mental issues who were loners and not part of society. I agree with that. In those instances it was found that they did have mental health issues. We don't know that with certainty about this young man as yet.
Someone emailed me yesterday wanting to petition the White House to keep guns out of the hands of the "mentally deranged". I believe that is already part of the laws on gun control. That is, if the gun shop owner does a background check which I have found out is seldom done.
Let's be careful not to stigmatize someone because they are different, not socially prominent, and a loner. Otherwise, people like Einstein, Steven Spielberg and many, to numerous to mention, would be stigmatized. Genius usually is different. They seldom are part of society.
That doesn't mean they are someone who would commit homicide. I have two family members who are extremely brilliant. I dón't know if genius would apply, but I know they were never part of the "group". One has invented numerous things. One of his inventions helps premature babies. The other relative is brilliant with computer related games and devices. Things I don't even understand. He's done well. But, growing up, both of these people marched to their own drummer.
Someone could have looked at them and said, "Uh oh" he fits the profile. Be aware.
I'm NOT defending the perpetrators. All the past tragedies have been beyond comprehension.
I think besides gun control of assault weapons, greater availability for mental health care without stereotyping, and a stop to the terribly violent shows on TV and in the movies, we need to open up to kids that are different and engage them in conversation early on and be their friends.
Possibly, and I say possibly, that action could help to prevent the loneliness and sadness that leads to violent acts, among other things.
Just my thoughts.