Thank you for your question, S.
Since I do not know the intimate details of the scenario that brought forth the shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school I will not attempt to dissect the motives of the killer.
First off I would like to say that I agree with Morgan Freeman's assertion that we should not publicize the names of killers in scenarios like this. We seem to glorify the killer just as much as we mourn the victims. Stopping the killers names from being spoken in public puts the attention on the people, not the monsters.
It is my belief that we will have difficulty avoiding using the name of killers because we are addicted to War-porn. When I first watched the Desert Storm attacks on Saddam Hussein, the news showed our cool looking tanks and advanced jets and missiles fired from our superior warships. I knew the names of all the aircraft and it felt cool to be a part of it vicariously. This war-porn addiction causes us to focus on the most grizzly behavior and quietly love it. We focus on the guns and not the killers, on the means and not the ends. This is apparently part of our nature, a leftover from a time when a more primal landscape was a necessary part of our lives. It isn't necessary now.
My biggest concern, or woe is that we wait until horrific events to show our love and compassion to others. for instance, just day's after Hurricane Sandy we saw droves of black friday shoppers trampling each other and getting into fist fights. There was even a shooting at a Wal-mart. So these tragic events seem to be distractions from our rat race toward more consumption, more excess and more disdain for others in our pursuit of whatever the fuck we think is so important.
So the point of this is that we are seeing signs about our need to change our world, but we don't believe them. This brings me to the story of Cassandra, the ancient Greek woman who had the ability to predict the future, but the catch was that nobody would believe her. I'm not the first to point out the possible omen that is before us: Hurricane Sandy (short for Cassandra) disrupts the most powerful city in the world for a few days and life as usual resumes without much attention.
Now Sandy (Cassandra) Hook elementary school is viciously attacked and our most innocent citizens are murdered. Will we take this message to heart? Will we not see the warnings of a not so distant future and not believe the signs? Perhaps we don't know what the lessons from each event hold?
Sandy (The Hurricane) had many lessons for us:
1. Our surface level way of life can be swept away at any moment, but our friends and family and the love we share will last even when everything else is in ruin.
2. Our world is changing and we must drastically change the way we deal with the earth itself by beginning to treat it like it is a living being.
3. Our consumptive, pay-no-attention mindset about others won't work in the new paradigm unless we like the misery in which most of us live.
Sandy Hook has lessons for us as well:
1. We are not paying proper attention to mental illness. Our attention (especially our government's) is focused on a war based economy and stripping other countries of their resources rather than dealing with the massive amount of trouble in every form we face here at home., from healthcare, to rising poverty.
2. We have to decide if our love of owning anything other than a shotgun or rifle is worth the loss of innocent people every year. This attitude depends on how we view the world and each other. Do we view the world as a hostile place in which it is likely that we have to pull out a gun and kill someone to resolve a person to person conflict? I love guns, I think they are really fun to use for sport, but I can have just as much fun at a firing range with a hunting rifle that with a handgun. But it's not about banning weapons as much as it is about our attitude towards life. Half of the country thinks that most people are going to burn in hell under God's wrath, so their life is worth less than theirs because they are the 'elect'. All of this would change if somehow people intrinsically understood our deep connection with one another, both on the atomic level and the spiritual level. To kill another, is to kill a bit of ones-self.
3. There are dark forces at work all around us, but we must be the bearers of light wherever we go. We cannot let these dark forces prevail by giving in to anger and malice and disunity. It's such a huge pitfall. Gun owners are not assholes. For the most part they are good, peace loving individuals, so attacking them verbally isn't the solution. In fact, the division we see now is exactly what these dark forces want. They want more division and stress and anger. We need to shut the fuck up for a minute and pray/meditate/send positive intentions as one people with a common purpose at heart: to let the light prevail in our hearts and lives.
So we see a dystopic vision of the future if we keep things the way they have always been, but we can take this tremendous opportunity in this space in time to say 'NO' to disconnection and disdain. We have this opportunity to say, "you know what, I want to give my love and compassion out all the time to all people, regardless of what our differences are." We must find the place where their love meets our love.
I'm a father of two elementary age children and I can never express or imagine the pain that these parents are going through right now. We cannot undo the evil deeds of others, but we can decide not to take the low road with anyone. We can send our love and prayers, whatever is needed. We can decide that we want a different world. We can decide to listen to The Sandy's of our recent history and see the omens. Now, more than ever, we need to get our shit straight and not be so goddam selfish. This time is a time of great soul searching and if that's not what we are doing, then we are a serious contributor to the problem.
Thank you for your question, I hope my answer has been helpful in some way.
Love and peace,