I don’t like Mondays

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Brenda Spencer- long ago

Remember the teen girl in the 1970s named Brenda Spencer that murdered those schoolchildren and inspired the song, “I Don’t Like Mondays“?

I came across some fine observations by Laura L. Lovett is an associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on this past rampage and how it relates to Newtown today.  Lovett is a founding co-editor of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth.

To quote her CNN blog entry:

“Comparing Spencer’s and Lanza’s attacks on small children and school staff members, we begin to see that these terrible episodes are more than an expression of a male-dominated culture of violence.

Much more salient are the facts that Spencer and Lanza both came from homes with ready access to guns and massive amounts of ammunition. Both had parents that celebrated gun use, and both appear to have been psychologically troubled.”

Access the full entry by Lovett here:  http://inamerica.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/21/opinion-female-mass-shooter-can-teach-us-about-adam-lanza/

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