“One thing is for sure,” Daly ends the piece. “The motive must have had something to do with the age of most of the victims.” The problem, however, is that nothing of Lanza’s motivations on December 14 are sure and despite the comfort we might find in understanding them no real answers are coming anytime soon.

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Alexis Sobel Fitts is a senior writer at CJR. Follow her on Twitter at @fittsofalexis.