It was a chilly morning in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th, 2012. The sun rose like it had every day before, awakening the citizens to Friday – so close to the weekend. The children awoke, ate their breakfast, bundled up in their warm clothing, and made their way to school. At Sandy Hook Elementary School, teachers awaited the coming day, eager to complete it and enjoy the freedom of the weekend, and the children. At 9:00 the children filed into their classrooms, hung their coats, talked to their friends and prepared for their day. The teacher began class at 9:05, and the weekend could not seem any further away. With only one more week of school until Holiday Recess, the children, the teachers and the faculty were ready for a productive school day, like all before.
A 2010 Honda Civic pulled up to the school next to a “no parking zone”, and the driver approached the school at 9:30. He tried to open the front door, to find that they were locked, like they had every day before. What was different about that day, and what would drastically change the lives of people throughout the United States and the world, is the man did not let the locked door hinder him from what he had come to Sandy Hook Elementary School to do. “The shooter proceeded to shoot his way into the school building through the plate glass window to the right of the front lobby doors.” (Sedensky 9). Less than 11 minutes later, this man, Adam Lanza, killed 26 persons, 20 children, and 6 adults, and then himself.
The shooter suffered from autism, and Asperger's syndrome, though autism is not known to cause violent actions, such as the ones witnessed on December 14th (Falco, Miriam, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Danielle Dellorto. "Groups: Autism Not to Blame for Violence."). Often, following incidents such as the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting, we find those responsible suffered from a type of brain disorder or disability. But, this is not the only factor to blame. When we allow weapons of mass death to be readily available to all citizens, we only invite mass death. President Obama, speaking on the incidences in Newtown, CT, told the nation, "We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics." (Obama, Barrack H. "Statement by the President on the School Shooting in Newtown, CT.") Part of this action is removing deadly object, guns, from our society. But, there are a lot of obstacles in our way.
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