It is starting to look like the man who murdered his mother, then 26 others at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, had planned his attack in meticulous detail, doing detailed research and compiling a spreadsheet so massive—7’x4′ in 9 point font—that it had to be printed out on a plotter, a type of large printer usually reserved for architectural and engineering schematics.
He chose Sandy Hook for no other reason than the fact he anticipated that it would be undefended and offer his victims the least chance of resistance or escape.
“They don’t believe this was just a spreadsheet. They believe it was a score sheet,” he continued. “This was the work of a video gamer, and that it was his intent to put his own name at the very top of that list. They believe that he picked an elementary school because he felt it was a point of least resistance, where he could rack up the greatest number of kills. That’s what (the Connecticut police) believe.”
The man paused and said, “They believe that (Lanza) believed that it was the way to pick up the easiest points. It’s why he didn’t want to be killed by law enforcement. In the code of a gamer, even a deranged gamer like this little bastard, if somebody else kills you, they get your points. They believe that’s why he killed himself.
“They have pictures from two years before, with the guy all strapped with weapons, posing with a pistol to his head. That’s the thing you have to understand: He had this laid out for years before.”
It seems obvious from reading this article that if it is even mostly true, then it was his mother who failed to stop a predictable, avoidable massacre. It is also readily apparent that the National Rifle Association was accurate with their calls for armed guards or law enforcement officers in schools, something that has been common in many school districts around the nation already for decades.
If there had been a “school resource officer” (what they call the police officers or deputy sheriffs in schools I and my children have attended dating back to the 1980s) on campus, the Newtown shooter would have picked another target, or perhaps would have given up on his plan entirely. We’ll never know how many lives might have been saved in Newtown if they had a single policeman on campus that day.
We do know that a completely undefended elementary school is the softest possible target in the United States, and that Democratic politicians on the state and federal level are fighting tooth and nail to refuse the common sense funding for school security guards, a practice that has been in place in many school districts across the nation for 30 years or more.
Instead, they call for gun control, which has never saved lives in the United States and instead had increased violent crime in many communities.
There will always be evil in this world. Some evil will present itself in the form of mentally ill young men. Far more evil will present itself in self-serving politicians out to pursue their own personal agendas. Monsters come in all shapes and sizes.