I pay a visit to the middle school that I graduated from way back in 1974 and stage a media worthy act of terrorism that results in the death of several students, teachers, bystanders, etc., and the only evidence of my involvement is a note left at the scene that says, "Hockey hip checks and wood lathes mix poorly." In other words, I don't hang around waiting for the police to arrest me and I don't shoot myself at the scene.
Your homework question for today is:
How much time would pass before the law enforcement community had my name as a suspect or person of interest?
I was a runt in middle school and therefore an attractive target for bullies. One of them bravely hip checked me into a running wood lathe while I was busy carving a large salad bowl. Needless to say I could have been badly injured or killed if the cutting tool I was holding had hit me in the eye or the throat instead of being knocked to the side. When I shut the machine off and turned around, the bully was slowly walking away and looking over his shoulder with a smug expression on his face. There were several other students watching and most of them were also smiling.
This attack occurred almost 40 years ago. In all that time I've told no one about it and I've never heard a word about the attack from anyone else. In spite of this, I'm fairly certain that everyone in the room would quickly recall what they saw and unhesitatingly drop a dime on me if I actually carried out the above described act of terrorism and avoided becoming a suspect. I'm equally certain that none of them would utter a word if I were arrested or killed at the scene.
You're wondering what this has to do with Adam Lanza.
Here's your second homework question for today:
How many of Adam Lanza's classmates, upon learning of his attack on an elementary school immediately recalled witnessing Lanza being bullied and are living with a fair amount of apprehension that some other witness will actually become willing to publicly admit to what they saw and possibly naming other witnesses?
The point here is simple and quite familiar to most of us. Adam Lanza was smart enough to deprive the public of an easy scapegoat. He killed himself, killed the owner of the weapons he used, and damaged his hard drive to the point where it would become difficult, if not impossible for the public to blame a convenient blogger or chat room participant. No one who witnessed Adam Lanza being bullied wants to admit that they might have possibly short circuited the development of his homicidal rage by interfering with the bully's sadistic amusement. On the other hand...if Adam Lanza had avoided becoming a suspect, all those who witnessed the bullying would be tripping over each other to be the first person to drop a dime on the little twerp and bring the evil, cowardly terrorist to justice.
The witnesses in question know who they are, who the bullies are, and they probably know each other.
So here's a suggestion for all of you.
Hang the pictures of all those 6 and 7 year olds in the middle of your bathroom mirror and try not to feel too guilty. Adam Lanza probably didn't feel guilty about what he did. Why should you feel guilty about filling him with such a terrible resolve?
Sleep soundly assholes.