US School Shooting victim came from Eastleigh

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A six year-old boy who formerly lived in Eastleigh has been named as a victim of the most recent American school shooting rampage which has claimed the lives of 20 children, six members of staff, the gunman and the gunman’s mother.

The latest atrocity happened on Friday (December 14) at Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown Connecticut.

The gunman named as Adam Lanza 20, is said to have first murdered his mother before going on to massacre children and staff at the school where his mum had worked before turning the weapon on himself.

The motive is not known.

The young victim whose mother is a US citizen had lived in Eastleigh until two years ago when the family decided to move to the States.

The father, who is understood to have worked for IBM was reported to have been in the town last week ago while finalising the sale of the former family home.

This fresh outrage and senseless waste of young life has shocked America and is bound to stir fresh controversy in the US over crazy gun laws which allow private citizens to own high powered automatic military assault weaponry as a constitutional right.

Lat year 10,728 people died in the USA in fire arm related incidents as opposed to eight in the UK.

Eastleigh News has withheld the name and photographs of the young victim out of respect for the family.

Daily Echo report here

  7 comments for “US School Shooting victim came from Eastleigh

  1. Charlie K
    December 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    The local connection certainly brings the matter into even sharper focus. It makes it feel less distant. Less someone else’s problem. My heart goes out to those families and that community as I’m sure every decent person’s does.

    My anger goes out to the American nation. When will you learn? You consider yourselves the world’s policeman, the paragon of virtue but your record of protecting your own citizens stinks (http://tinyurl.com/bt29w79)

    I’d be a little careful of the gun murder statistics you quote. If they came from the same post that has been prevalent on Facebook, they are probably well out of date, possibly by as much as 30 years. The Facebook post states ‘Last year…’ but then quotes West Germany.

  2. Peter Stewart
    December 18, 2012 at 8:50 am

    His motive was malice!

    He blamed his mother for the loss of his father in the divorce.

    The pain and hatred grew inside him until eventually it took him over and became embodied in the beast we saw finally emerge a few days ago.

    First it killed his mother. Then it had to destroy all reminders its innocence, weakness and fragility.

    Now the green fields are desecrated and the snowdrops lie trampled underfoot. There will be no dew on the grass, only tears.

  3. Mike bruty
    December 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    NRA are the power behind the guns the latest crazy idea is to have armed guards at every school costing billions an will not solve the problem but increase the sale of guns an more people will die.I say ban the guns.

  4. Peter Stewart
    December 24, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Hard as it may be to accept, it was not guns which killed these innocent people, but the inhuman actions of a beast created by an inhuman society.

    In this case, as in most similar cases, it was the gun which brought the carnage to an end and delivered instant justice.

    Banning guns would not stop such mass killings.

  5. Charlie K
    December 29, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Peter, it may not stop such killings, but it would make them more difficult. Not many other weapons have the ability the gun has for causing that amount of injury that quickly with such little risk to the killer. That’s why they are the weapon of choice.

    And I can’t believe anyone can seriously think that because the killer was shot – or shot himself – the gun is the hero of the piece. Nor was it the harbinger of justice. Quiet the opposite. It gave the killer a pain-free cowardly way out, avoiding justice.

  6. Charlie K
    December 30, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Peter, you are right that banning guns would not stop mass killings, but it would make them less likely. It is difficult to think of another weapon that allows someone to cause so much harm in such a short space of time and to do it at a distance, safe from fight-back.

    If they weren’t so readily available, even someone in a blind rage or perhaps mentally disturbed would have time for the red mist to dissipate before he/she could get his/her hands on the weaponry.

    As for thinking the gun has virtue for bringing the matter to an end, that can’t be right. The perpetrator using the gun to kill himself wasn’t justice, it was cowardice; robbing the families and the community of the opportunity to see proper justice done. They had a right to see him tried, convicted and appropriately punished.

  7. December 30, 2012 at 3:55 am

    I am a former Eastleigh resident and ex Hampshire police officer. I now live in the USA where my wife and i run a shooting acadamy. Peter Stewart is correct,That the mentally ill shooter that was the cause of the carnage . We are now offering concealed carry courses for teachers in Kentucky free of charge. Our way of supporting the NRA’s school shield program.

    Stephen Challis
    Jeffersonville Kentucky

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