I live 20 miles east of DeKalb Illinois. I attended Northern Illinois University Law School. I contacted two friends of mine who are teachers there. I offered my sypathies and prayers for them as they deal with the aftermath of some idiot who chose to go on a random or non-random killing spree before taking his own life.
My friend who is a 39 year old professor told me that she had that murderer in her class last year. To top it off one of the victims was one of her best friends. She said that it's been overwhelimingly difficult to be there. However, she said that outporing of support has been beyond anything she could fathom.
I can't believe that someone could choose to do something like this. While I try to be fair and impartial, I can't separate the two with regards to this. Think about it. This guy chose to quit taking his medications. The medications help make someone more stable. This 27 year old gunman student then went out and purposedly bought 3 guns and ultimately opened fire in the auditorium. The bottom line is that the medication helps with emotional stability, but it doesn't help with moral decisions and determinations.
Because of this choice many people think that individuals are excused for their actions. He knew going into his rampage that there was no other option except to kill himself. Sick? You bet, but sane enough to know that the consequences that he was to face were beyond what he wanted to face and therefore he took his own life.
As a result friends like I mention above are going to be dealing with crap that they should never have to deal with. It's a sad day, this day after....I'm not sure what we can learn except to be happy with where we are in life right now and to live live to the fullest.