A “Motive” for Newtown Sandy Hook Elementary Murderer Found?

Are officials getting closer to a “motive” for the murderer who butchered school kids and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut? It sounds that way, according to CBS News:

Law enforcement sources say Adam Lanza was motivated by violent video games and a strong desire to kill more people than another infamous mass murderer.

Sources say Lanza saw himself as being in direct competition with Anders Breivik, a Norwegian man who killed 77 people in July 2011.

This again underscores the “copycat” danger in our political culture: there is always someone out there who reads about or watches the news about a mass murderer, admires the killer, and wants to top him. It’s a deadly cycle.

Breivik killed eight with a bombing in downtown Oslo. He then moved to a nearby island where hunted down and fatally shot 69 people, mostly teenagers attending a summer camp.

Two officials who have been briefed on the Newtown, Conn., investigation say Lanza wanted to top Breivik’s death toll and targeted nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School because it was the “easiest target” with the “largest cluster of people.”

Evidence shows that his mind, sources say, Lanza was also likely acting out the fantasies of a video game as he killed 20 first graders and six adults at the school. For Lanza, the deaths apparently amounted to some kind of “score.”

But Lanza ended his killing spree sooner than he intended. Unlike Breivik, who surrendered, Lanza killed himself as police closed in. Just before his suicide, Lanza fired some shots at police in the school’s parking lot.

Officials have not publicly revealed what led them to the motive, but sources say investigators have found evidence Lanza was obsessed with Breivik.

Lanza went shooting with his mother, who he later shot. And, the report adds, investigators found a large number of video games that he used to fine tune his computer shooting skills.

  

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  1. No doubt violent video games are an influence on our children that tends to inure them to the effects of violence, but, most kids do not go on real killing sprees after watching video games—not even after watching them for many years. Obviously there was severe mental illness involved, especially if the motivation authorities believe they found, was operative and real.

    I think even NRA supporters understand the negative effects of video game on young people, but they are mistaken if they think the physical availability of weapons, either through inadequate background checks, or from not having them safely locked up and beyond the reach of people like Lanza, is not also a factor. There is absolutely no excuse for supporting a system which still allows delusional people to have access guns!

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