Americans are desperately searching for explanations to illuminate the reasons behind the horrific shooting of the schoolchildren and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
How did this happen? Who is to blame? How do we make sense of this awful tragedy?
And yet, other than a few isolated details, there is really nothing uncharacteristic about this school shooting except for the young age of the children.
The shooter's profile is predictable.
He was a young man just entering adulthood. He was intelligent, a loner, and a video game freak. He suffered from Aspergers Syndrome, and he had a personality disorder.
He was the classic avenger of his own mental illness. Obviously suffering from delusions, he acted upon his psychotic fantasies.
The details of the shooter's mindset are inconsequential, as we have seen this scenario played over and over again.
We will look, but we know what we are going to find.
We can spend weeks hating this young man, who in his deranged mind, invited evil into his conscious state.
We can blame the guns, because those on the left never waste a good crisis to promote their agenda.
We can blame the parents, because they did not have their son institutionalized.
We can blame the mental health professionals for ignoring the signs of a mass murderer.
It is most comfortable for all of us to search for the "culprit."
We want retribution for this atrocity, and the killer denied us this satisfaction by taking his own life.
So we continue the search for "anyone" or "somebody" to hang the blame on.
We want to grieve, because somehow it makes us feel better about our own role in the conditions that created such a monster capable of such behavior.