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The young age of the school students slaughtered by a gunman in Connecticut, Friday, makes this crime palpably more horrific, shocking and perplexing.
Which may have been the point.
Or, as the specifics of this tragedy become clearer, its meaning might simply spring from the misfortune that the prime target of a desperate gunman happened to be a kindergarten teacher — and the 20 young students around her were killed in a bid to extend the damage by destroying the things that she cherished.
Those are among the hypotheses by leading criminologists, sociologists and behavioural science specialists grappling with the massacre in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six adults were killed.
The possibilities immediately emerge to answer the bewildering question: How could someone kill so many children?
“In this case, it seems that the young, innocent victims were proxies — they stood…
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