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Explaining Evil

jonkanner Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 5:28 PM
Hey, if he was aware and thoughtful enough to work through all the steps (including getting the jump on mom, stealing ammo and reloading , driving to innocent victims aplenty , etc etc), then he was fully able to know he was doing wrong, and I would argue unable to avoid realizing that what he was about to do and then was doing was wrong. Perhaps one could consider his suicide proof of his knowledge of the wrongness? or perhaps not. While we could argue at length from incomplete data about how well he understood just how evil a thing he was doing, there can be no reasonable doubt about the conclusion that it was evil nor about the conclusion that he knew it was evil even if in his self-absorbed anger he felt justified.

Trying to explain an evil act like the one that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is on a par with explaining how the universe was formed.

The natural human reaction after extending sympathy and prayers for the victims and their families is to ask what actions might have been taken to prevent the massacre. More gun laws? Connecticut already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Those laws did not prevent a man with evil intent from carrying out his heinous act.

Some will blame TV and...