Does Motive Matter in Newtown Tragedy?

Whether it's in Dunwoody or its the heartbreaking tragedy in Newtown, Conn., does motive matter?

Gun control is not the only issue under debate since Friday’s tragedy in Newtown, Conn. As with previous mass shootings, the importance of knowing why perpetrators carry out these horrendous crimes has been raised.

On Monday’s episode of “The View,” Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner suggested investigators are withholding the motive for Adam Lanza’s actions.

“I want to compliment the Connecticut police for doing this,” Welner said. “…The point is, this is indefensible…This is not about mental illness. This is about a life choice.” 

Some reports say Lanza had autism or Asperger’s syndrome

If for the sake of argument, Lanza did not suffer from autism or Asperger’s, does the motive in the killings matter to you?

Do you think the actions of a person who carries out a such a crime as Friday’s shooting in Newtown, or murder-suicides - both of which have been frequent in recent years – could be the result of life experiences? Could that be important information to prevent future tragedies?

Matt Sorwell December 18, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I beleive some people feel that knowing the motive may help with closure, but I suspect that would not be the case in reality. They are just trying to grasp on to anything at this point.


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