When the unimaginable strikes from nowhere as it occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary, Newtown, Connecticut it’s a sobering reminder how precious life is and how life and families can be changed in a twinkling of an eye.
Perhaps we will never learn what prompted this young man, Adam Lanza to take so many innocent lives but one thing is for sure gun control and mental health issues will become fiercely debated in the months ahead in the wake of this catastrophic event.
As parents reflecting back on our son’s childhood days, we often told them if they were approached by strangers, and if they were told that their parents said they were to come with them, they were asked to give them a password.
Now it seems parents will need to include in their training program to play dead in the unthinkable event a gunman enters there school room.
One notable event that caught our attention was the mass shooting which occurred in 1966 at the University of Texas. The perpetrator was Charles Whitman who kept a personal journal of his daily activities.
He noted the chilling account of how he killed his mother and this wife and also recorded; “I have been a victim of many unusual and irrational thoughts.”
An autopsy was later performed and a tumor was discovered on Charles Whitman’s brain leading some forensic experts to suggest the tumor may have been the underlying reasons behind this mass murder.
Material source Wikipedia: List of massacres in the United States