The writer has overlooked one other reason Lanza chose an elementary school.

Maybe he went to a school full of women and children (no men died) because he wanted the easiest, most vulnerable targets he could find. A skinny little guy withdrawn from and clearly terrified of the world, he began by shooting a sleeping woman, and went on from there.

Most powerful and damaging weaponry imaginable; most powerless people.

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4 Responses to ““Maybe he marked that as the age when everything seemed to change for him. Maybe he wanted to cheat the kids now this age from growing up to have friends and fun and careers and eventually kids of their own. Maybe he wanted to show everybody who it really was who had appeared in their midst from New Hampshire 14 years before. Or maybe he was just a monster who wanted to do the absolute worst thing anybody could possibly do.””

  1. Alan Allport Says:

    Perhaps he was looking to get his man card reissued.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    “If it’s good enough for the military, it’s good enough for you. Bushmaster.”

  3. aek Says:

    He was a new driver, according to recent reports. I wonder if he went to that particular school because perhaps he’d practiced driving (did you see where his car was parked in the lot before the police removed it?)in the big open lot there, and he knew the route.

    There is nothing in his reported history to date to suggest that he had any particular targets of revenge in mind. Maybe the school was simply a target of convenience, rather than planning. Banality of evil…

    The only trigger I’ve read about so far is a report that the mother told friends she had found a school in Washington state for him and planned to move them both there. That could have literally rocked his world.

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    aek: Yes – he reportedly almost never went outside. This would have been much more than going outside.

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