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Nicely stated, but I find it so disturbing how quick people everywhere have been to call Adam Lanza "evil". He was a keenly intelligent but disaffected, marginalized young adult who probably had raging hormones because he was shy, introverted, and incapable of connecting socially with others. He had lost his father through divorce, his older brother left home probably because he could no longer tolerate the environment there, and his mother -- his only lifeline -- was seriously considering moving him far away from the only place he'd ever known.

Most certainly I am not making excuses for the truly heinous act he carried out, and everything you say in your article is important and worthy, but how do we reliably identify and have the courage to reach out to and help -- with compassion -- the most emotionally and psychologically needy in our society?