I watched a Frontline report titled, "Raising Adam Lanza" and found it to be one more meaningless search for someone or something to blame. So far the most promising candidates cited were the easy access to firearms, an obsession with violent videogames, and a variety of mental illnesses. All very pedestrian and safe things to blame...a.k.a...politics as usual.
I also ran across this article and it reminded me why this weblog exists.
"People who live in gunman Adam Lanza's neighborhood said that the Lanza home had always been a 'black spot' in the neighborhood." Nicole Hockley, who lost her son in the shooting was also quoted as saying that the Lanza home was a black spot. "No one spoke about them. I've never heard a neighbor speak of them. Perhaps if there was more engagement within a community with neighbors looking out for each other, supporting each other, then maybe they would have gotten help in a different sort of way," Hockley told CBS News in an interview.
I hope she was either misquoted or simply venting some anger because I really don't want to believe that this community was into shunning people.
Further along in the article is another interesting quote concerning the difficulty of selling the Lanza home: "Some people are concerned their kids will be teased or hassled," said Randall Bell of Bell Anderson & Saunders, who specializes in stigmatized real estate.
Fourteen years after Columbine should have taught every parent in America where bullying can lead, are you really going to telegraph to your children that the next family to live in that house is a legitimate target for cruelty?!
Please tell me you're not mean, stupid, and callous enough to leave no doubt about why Adam Lanza was so full of hate.