My newspaper had a luncheon today for a retiring employee, and the conversation shifted from the minute we sat down to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut as news flowed in through everyone’s smart phones. Our staff, some of us with decades of journalism experience, shook our heads and clucked our tongues. How could this happen? Who would do such a thing? Were video games to blame? Lax gun laws? Smart phones? Too much violent television? What?
A younger member of our group, a nice girl named Shelby asked, “How could you shoot a child?”
“You couldn’t shoot a child, Shelby. Neither could I. People who commit these kinds of crime perceive reality in a very different way than you and I do,” I explained.
Art, who has been in journalism for 46 years, asked, “Then what’s the answer?”
I don’t know the answer. Aside from being the best person I can, and trying to let that spread, I have no answer.
There will be a lot of commentary from a lot of perspectives as this tragedy unfolds. This is my first take on it.