Of course, most people will react with repugnance at the very suggestion that they have contributed to a social structure that has inspired the "sicko" aggressions in mentally ill individuals.
It is not a pleasant thought to think that each of us has accepted the cultural conditions that have given life to the murderous instincts of unstable persons. But we have and we did.
We have stood by while the porn industry has captivated our young children. We have discussed around the water coolers the terrible, violent video games that are mesmerizing our young people.
We have ourselves partaken in the explicit movies that celebrate violence and bloodlust. We have read "Fifty Shades of Grey" while our daughters watched anxiously, waiting for the opportunity to read this book of bondage and identify with Mommy.
We have seen this coming, but we turned our heads, because when the chips are down, we have found this cultural decay to be fun.
That's right . . . fun. Instant porn at the touch of a button on the computer is heaven on earth for many, many men. Adults now enjoy violent video games right along with their children.
The phenomenal popularity of "Fifty Shades of Grey" tells the story all in itself of women who are now willing to throw away any sense of sexual morality.
Perhaps, the most telling sign of our acceptance of cultural rot is the readiness and willingness with which women have accepted the destruction of innocent life through abortion.
Mentally ill individuals have always lived among us. Guns have always been available.
But in previous generations, these mentally ill individuals were not provoked consistently with stimuli from an insidious culture.
The shooter of the school children in Connecticut had the blood on his hands.
The rest of us contributed to the conditions.
This appalling mass murder is not mystifying. We don't need to speculate.
Why did this massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary occur?
It's simple . . . Because of us.
Wagoner is a freelance writer and a teacher at Hayes Middle School.