Tommorow, when children all over America wake up to open their gifts and see what Santa left them, there will be 20 fewer children joining them. December 14th was the one year anniversary when America watched in horror and then anger as a crazed man named Adam Lanza took matters into his own hands, shot his mother in cold blood and then went to Sandy Hook Elementary school, killing 26 people.
Of those 26 people, 20 of them were children whose parents were deprived of seeing them open their Christmas presents, ride their new bikes, play with their dolls or other toys. Their parents, grandparents and other relatives and friends will never again have the pleasure of seeing them ride their new shiny bikes on Christmas morning or watch them open their presents.
20 young lives. Gone. Taken from us too early.
Their parents, family and friends, who are still mourning and shock as well as anger, will never know the pleasure of teaching them how to drive, go on that first date or to prom, get acceptance letters into college, graduate and never walk them down the aisle or hold their grandchildren.
A summary of the investigation into the shooting, which took a year to complete was recently released by the Connecticut state attorney and it shed some light on the shooting that drew the attention of the nation, as it was preparing for Christmas. Lanza would eventually take his own life after completing the acts in question but the report does not establish a motive and concludes that he acted alone.
Lanza was a troubled soul with mental health issue, a loner that communicated with his mother only by email, even though they lived in the same house. She said he hadn't left the home in three months and disliked birthdays, Christmas and holidays, not allowing his mother to put up a Christmas tree and also had her get rid of the family cat because he did not want the animal in the house. As for his room in the house, no one was allowed entry, including Nancy Lanza, who would be his first victim.
When the shooter had his hair cut, he did not like to be touched and did not like the sound of clippers, so they were not used much. He would sit with his hands in his lap and always look down, giving one word answers if the cutter tried to engage him in conversation.
The police report, 48 pages in length, detailed his interests at length: playing violent and nonviolent video games, target shooting with his mother and building computers. One of his most time consuming hobbies was playing "Dance, Dance Revolution," which he played for four to 10 hours at a local theater nearly every weekend. A trouble soul indeed.
20 young lives snuffed out at a time where most children are making their lists to send to the Fat Man at the North Pole. Christmas is supposed to be not only a time of joy but a time of litugical celebration. There was no celebration that Saturday but there were rememberances of those that died. Tears were shed as their names were mentioned either in church services, on the airwaves or the internet but there was be some laughter as well.
On a Friday morning in 2012, when most of America's school children were ready for a day of learning and dreaming of Christmas with family and friends, a crazed man with anger and hate in his heart tried to take joy away from those that were attending Sandy Hook Elementary School. On that day, he fought a battle with himself and lost. Adam Lanza though he was going to be "grinch-like" in his behavior. There are still questions that are being asked and the answers may never come.
26 people. 26 innocent people who agendas were nothing more than to teach, learn, laugh, play and love are gone. They cannot come back and speak to us. If they could, they would tell us to move forward. They would tell us to teach, learn, laugh, play. Some would have even gone so far as to leave milk and cookies for Santa, along with some food for the reindeer.
They would also tell us clearly to love, even the ones that harm us. Those 26 that he killed that day now belong to the angels and will be remembered by those they left behind. Adam Lanza chose not to listen to his better angels. For the sake of those that were lost that day, we must for our own good and the good of others.