“Dear Principal,” the e-mail read. “In a few hours you will probably hear about a school shooting in North Carolina. I am responsible for it. I remember Columbine. It is time the world remembered it. I am sorry. Goodbye.”
To me that's enough right there to prove diminished capacity, but I'm afraid it won't be that easy. In the original reports and in the trial, fatherly abuse was mentioned as a factor, too.
The letter described a father who was verbally abusive and sometimes hit members of his family. The letter ends with, “I will die. I have wanted to die for years. I’m sorry.”
His other obsession was with guns. In the CNN video report, he's said to have slept with a shotgun and named two of his guns. He named them! Is it possible for a teenage boy to act like that and the parents not be aware of it? Do you think the dad, who ended up dead, was himself a gun enthusiast? That's the only way I can understand young Alvaro's having been allowed to keep his guns in spite of the fact that he'd been hospitalized already for threatening suicide. What do you think?
So, yes, I blame the father. I blame the whole system that allowed this sick boy to get to this point. And especially I blame the gun culture in America, the sick gun culture which encourages people, even sick people like this one, to keep guns.
What's your opinion? Do gun owners have nothing to do with this? Do gun owners have nothing to do with the 50 or so gun suicides that take place every single day in America? Is this just a small price we pay for the sacred "right?"
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