NEWTOWN, Conn. – Talk about Sandy Hook Elementary School is turning from last month’s massacre to the future, with differing opinions on whether students and staff should ever return to the building where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators.
Some Newtown residents say the school should be demolished and a memorial built on the property in honor of the victims killed Dec. 14. Others believe the school should be renovated and the areas where the killings occurred removed, like Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., after the 1999 mass shooting.
So now if some nutjob decides to commit homicide we now turn the place where it happens into a parking lot and send the bill to the taxpayers?
There’s dumb and then there’s idiotic. In the private sector you might choose to do such a thing, but it’s your money. In this case the money was already spent and now these people propose to spend it again, by force.
The irony of the government sticking a gun up the nose of everyone who lives in Sandy Hook to force them to pay for demolition (and the replacement school for said kids) is not lost on me, but I bet it is lost on those who think there’s this invisible “money tree” from which all such projects come.
This sort of fantasy-land unicorn garbage pisses me off. A madman committed a crime. There is not even a point in gathering evidence, as the person who you would prosecute is dead, having taken his own life.
If the government is telling us the truth, that there was one shooter and nobody else, then the damage this clown caused should be repaired, security fixed (next time don’t be a jackass and put wired glass in the windows near the door you intend to buzz people through) then use the facility you already forced the residents to pay for.
It’s a building, not a person.
As for those who are advocating demolition, let them pay for both it and the replacement facility, in full and in advance, or shut the hell up.
Grow up people.
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