Late this past week, the extensive report concerning the late Adam Lanza’s shooting spree in Newtown, Connecticut almost two years ago was released — and with it, the shocking revelations about Lanza’s own life, including his own mental health issues, and how it resulted in a brutal tragedy that remains damning even today.
And yet, despite what the general public now knows, the questions still persist, including those beginning with the words “What if?” For example: What if Lanza had received the medical and psychiatric treatment and guidance that might have steered him away from the obsession with violence that ultimately doomed him? What if Lanza’s mother — who ended up as one of his murder victims — had actually given her consent to make sure that he got the proper help necessary that would have helped altered his life, perhaps for the better? And what if Lanza’s teachers and friends had actually intervened on his behalf, out of concern for not only him, but also everyone else in their own community?
If a time machine actually existed in today’s world, and someone used it to go back in time to when Lanza’s physical and mental state started its slow decline, would he or she alter the past to prevent the deaths of Lanza’s future shooting victims? And would that particular action trigger other consequences that might be just as damning — or more than the shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School?
One thing’s clear: the tragedy in Newtown almost two years ago wasn’t the first time that gun violence caught the public’s attention, as well as dominate news headlines. And regretfully, it won’t be the last — partly because there are still those who blindly believe that a violent tragedy like Sandy Hook can never repeat itself. But the majority of us know better — especially if we want to prevent future shooting sprees from happening, by not only strengthening our gun laws (both national and locally), but also renewing our efforts to both face and solve the thornier problems long associated with mental health, including preventing future Adam Lanzas from heading into an one-way psychological abyss.
John Lavernoich is the author of three books (including the first two Chameleons, Inc. novels), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://johnlavernoich.weebly.com), as well as his pages on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-lavernoich/7a/b21/237), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube‘s website (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJz1MX0XKIPm8nSAccTNMjA), his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad), his own Profile Page on Amazon Studios‘ website (http://studios.amazon.com/users/59488), his own Profile Page on HubPages’ website (http://johnlavernoich.hubpages.com/), and his Chameleons, Inc. and Pictures Shop websites via Weebly (Chameleons, Inc. website: http://chameleonsinc.weebly.com; Pictures Shop website: http://jlpicturesshop.weebly.com). Mr. Lavernoich’s current creative projects include writing the script for the comic book limited series The Janus Terror.
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