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Who Knows What to Think in the Wake of a Tragedy Like This? [VIDEO]

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My plan, the whole day, was to post something. Anything. But I had no idea how it was going to read or what I was going to think as I wrote it. I still don’t. I think 9/11, as horrific as that was, was easier to process.

I keep stopping. I don’t know what to write. I’ve been reading what I can about the guy who did this. According to reports he had a history of mental illness and the weapons he used were purchased legally. They belonged to his mother, whom he killed in their home before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and finishing his murderous rampage.

No, I was wrong. I don’t think this is harder to process than 9/11. I know it’s harder.

20 children.

20 children who were terrorized before it happened. I can’t even say it.

With 9/11, we had an enemy we could see. Well, let me rephrase that. We had an enemy we could identify after the fact. This tragedy likely won’t be the last of its kind, because we have no way of knowing who or where the next maniac is.

I mean, is there a way to take whatever information is available about the Aurora, Colorado movie theatre shooter; the guy who shot those people at that mall in Portland the other day; and this disturbed individual and compare them? I don’t have any idea.

Would an in-depth study into whatever forensic psycho-analysts learn help determine who the next killer will be? I don’t think so.

I think that information might help you discover what type of person does this sort of thing. But I don’t see how it can help you actually identify anyone specific. What do you do?

The weapons were purchased legally. There’s no criminal record. This guy was completely invisible until today, when he walked into a school and systematically destroyed an unimaginable amount of lives.

I just cannot wrap my brain around this, so I’ll likely think about these families for a very long time to come.

Other than that, I really just don’t know what to think.

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