Twenty Little Children Have Been Murdered
…and one of them could have been my son (who is about the same age as the victims and only a few miles away). Or yours. Let me be frank: We’ve done nothing as a nation to prevent gun violence from reaching these children… or any children. And kids are being shot every day. Earlier this week, someone I know told me her nephew had been shot and killed in New Haven. A day or two later, a local NPR program focused on gun violence in New Haven and its toll on the African American community, particularly young men.
We ignore this violence at our peril, and the horror in Newtown is proof of that. It’s also proof that violence doesn’t magically stop at the borders of affluent neighborhoods.
Today, parishioners at St. Rosa de Lima Church in Newtown were evacuated during Mass. Someone had made violent threats against the church.
When will this end?
Adam Lanza’s Mother
There’s a Huffington Post piece called “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother” making its rounds on the Internet, with those who post it drawing the conclusions its author does: That her experience with her mentally ill thirteen-year-old son represents what Nancy Lanza was going through with Adam.
I’m not sure I agree.
True, we don’t know at this point a whole lot about Adam Lanza and his mother, but we do know this: Adam Lanza had what his mother termed developmental issues. She took him out of school and home schooled him for his last couple of years of high school. Nancy Lanza was divorced from her husband; she and Adam lived in their large Colonial house alone. She apparently had a lot of money, but she didn’t work. An older son, Ryan, 24, didn’t live with them.
Nancy was a gun enthusiast who took her son to practice with her at shooting ranges. She had several guns and ammunition in her home. The guns Adam used to murder her, along with teachers and administrators and twenty little kids at Sandy Hook Elementary School, were hers.
Nancy Lanza made some bad decisions.
Liza Long, who bravely wrote the piece I mentioned, tells a harrowing story about her son, a thirteen-year-old b0y who is precocious and articulate, happy much of the time, but dangerous at others. He has attacked and threatened to kill her. When he threatened her with a knife, her other two children, according to her instructions, ran to the car and locked themselves in. She struggled with her son and got the knife away. She then gathered all sharp objects from her home and removed them.
Liza Long has had to commit her son to a mental institution more than once. In my opinion, she is a courageous, strong, and responsible mother, and my heart goes out to her.
I didn’t know Nancy Lanza. I don’t know what it was like to be Nancy Lanza. Maybe I will feel some empathy for Nancy Lanza if and when I learn more about her circumstances. But this won’t change: She was complicit in her own murder and those of the 26 other people who were killed that day. It is partly her fault that there are parents this weekend who will never hold and kiss and whisper “I love you” to their dear little children.
Support for Gun Legislation in this Country Has Dwindled
…and we—you and I—have to work to do to get it back up again. There’s no excuse for our waiting until 20 young children were murdered; we can’t wait another day. California Senator Dianne Feinstein will be introducing legislation to ban assault weapons. It’s a start. Call your senators. Call your representatives. Call God if you have to. But please, let’s stand up and stand together before any more innocent lives are lost.
Are you with me?