I'll throw my theory out there. Does anyone wonder if it has anything to do with the continuing erosion of morality in out society? Look at what our children are subjected to every day, on television, movies, the internet, music and video games. We have eroded our families, we no longer teach our children values like we learned, and then we are surprised when something like this happens.
Whose fault is it? I blame no one but us. We are the ones who fell for the crap we were fed back when we were young, the sixties and the seventies in my case, where we turned our backs on religion and the teachings of the church and instead followed the philosophy of "if it feels good do it". It was our pleasure first, full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes. This philosophy not only led to turning our backs on religion and God, but also opened us up to marketers who convinced us how much we needed new "toys", all the latest and greatest gadgets. We have been convinced we all need big houses, big jobs, a college education, everything which cost money.
We worked and came home too tired to do anything with our kids. We bought them video games, computers, their own televisions, all to keep them entertained. Gone was the nightly gathering around the dinner table talking to each other, discussing everyone's day. Sure, it wasn't always like "Leave it to Beaver " but it was close.
I don't know T.J. Lane or his family, but somehow I guess he is like thousands of others. True, thousands of others haven't started shooting, but there is that chance they could. Our children are exposed to violence every day, as were their parents probably. Not just at home but everywhere.
But we are convinced we need more stuff everyday, we are convinced we are living the good life by working so many hours to support ourselves and to buy our stuff, and so we do it more and more. And then we are surprised when a T.J. Lane pulls out a gun and starts shooting. Is all that stuff worth it?