Critical Analysis Of The Sandy Hook School Shooting

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On the morning of December 14, 2012, a lone shooter entered Sandy Hook elementary school and killed 26 people. This heinous crime is America’s deadliest mass shooting at a grade school and the fourth-deadliest mass shooting by a single person. Throughout the country, American citizens were mournful and regretful as media outlets released the details of what transpired. Police investigators, media reporters, and American citizens were left wondering how could this have happened and how could we have prevented this heinous crime? In looking for an explanation, the media emphasized various social issues such as mental health, violent video games, and gun control as possible catalysts. In the end, the Sandy Hook massacre became a highlighted…show more content…
After entering the main office and not seeing anyone, Lanza then entered a first-grade classroom. Having heard the gunshots, this teacher and teacher’s aide had ushered all the students into the classroom bathroom. However, Lanza proceeded to approach and shoot into the bathroom; the teacher, teacher’s aide, and all 14 students were shot multiple times and killed. Lanza continued his pursuit in a second first-grade classroom. In this classroom, Lanza killed another teacher, teacher’s aide, and 6 more students; several students survived because they were hidden in a closet or could flee. As first responders approached the scene, Lanza committed suicide in the second classroom. The entire shooting took place within minutes and left 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7 years old and 6 Sandy Hook faculty members dead. Adam Lanza had entered the elementary school fully loaded with multiple guns and magazines. However, the weapon used by Adam Lanza during the shooting was a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle. Found near his body were a semiautomatic .223-caliber rifle and two handguns. In the car, there was an Izhmash Saiga-12 (CNN Library 1). These guns were all legally purchased and registered by his mother, Nancy Lanza. As the investigation into Lanza’s home life continued, multiple media reports stated that Nancy was an avid gun collector and enthusiast. Nancy Lanza had also taught her two children to
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