What if this happened at Sandy Hook?
Breaking news: An auto traveling at high speed slams into children waiting to board school buses at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Multiple casualties are reported.
Update: Police report that 20 first grade students are dead. Six teachers including the principal are also deceased as well as the driver of the car who went on to strike the school itself.
Update: The driver of the auto has been identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza. When police entered the home of the deceased they discovered the body of his mother who had been bludgeoned to death with an aluminum baseball bat, presumably while she slept.
Update: People familiar with the suspect say he was a troubled young man, a loner with mental health problems.
Update: As grieving families and the country struggle to make sense of this tragedy, the media is crying out for more controls on automobiles and their drivers. Some have said the founding fathers could never had envisioned today’s powerful vehicles when they guaranteed our natural right to travel, outlined in the Bill of Rights. Some 45,000 people die every year as a result of vehicles and that has to stop, they cry.
Update: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promised to end the carnage with new laws limiting the power of automobiles. He wants a halt to sales of any high powered automobiles in New York. Existing automobiles must be limited to two cylinders instead of four, six or eight. No auto can travel faster than a horse at full gallop, about 30 miles per hour. Cars that look sporty must be registered with the state or they will be confiscated and the drivers charged with a felony. Owners of sporty looking cars must have their licenses renewed every five years. Such licenses will be subject to revocation for the slightest misstep.
Update: Children who have written to President Obama with their concerns about these dangerous cars are invited to surround him as he outlines his plan to prevent these kinds of tragedies. The media praises him for caring so much and taking such positive action in face of strong opposition from the auto lobby.
Somehow I don’t think we would see this kind of reaction if the killing was done with a car. Instead we would be concentrating our efforts on why some people are becoming so violent and where they get their ideas for mass murder from. I’m sure they didn’t learn it in Sunday School. The dangerous mentally ill used to be kept and cared for in institutions. Now they’re just given some pills and left to sulk around in our midst where no one pays attention until it’s too late.
Gregory Reid is a Gowanda resident.