Last week’s release of the investigation records of Jared Lee Loughner, who tried to assassinate then-Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary School killer, managed to be both chilling and depressingly familiar. It turns out Loughner’s father was so horrified by his son’s instability leading up to the January 2011 shootings, which killed six and wounded 13, that he disabled his son’s car to keep him close by at night. Lanza, for his part, so worried his own father that he tried on various occasions to get him committed to a mental hospital.
Alas, both young men had arsenals at their homes that were so vast that no one seemed to bother to keep them secured. Lanza’s included 1,600 rounds of ammunition that he managed to leave behind before traveling to his former school and killing 20 first graders and six employees in a matter of minutes.