If we need further proof that the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut has wiped all rational thinking from many American citizens, look no further than Sandy Hook Elementary in Virginia. That’s right, there’s another Sandy Hook Elementary.
In this school, 33-year-old Christopher Johnson walked in carrying a two-by-four on which he had written, “High-Powered Rifle.” The man was quickly detained and arrested by the police. No one was injured in the incident, though plenty of people might have been left scratching their heads.
Was Johnson trying to make some incomprehensible statement about guns? Was he mentally ill? Did he somehow think this stunt was funny?
In the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook in Connecticut, we’ve seen a spate of disturbing reports from across the country. We’ve had schools threatened in California. We had parents sending their children to elementary school with a gun “for protection.” We had flashbacks to another recent mass shooting, when a gunmen open fired at a movie theater in San Antonio.
This latest story is by far one of the most perplexing. Thankfully, it didn’t end in any injury. Who knows what this man planned to do with his two-by-four, but hopefully he was kept far away from any children who might already be scared or worried.
Tragedies like the one in Newtown have the capability of bringing communities and neighborhoods together in support. They also have the power to bring out the worst in people. Whatever the motivation of Christopher Johnson was, I think it’s safe to say that we saw the worst of him in this incident.