Outside of Newtown, Conn., I was as shocked and saddened as anyone by the events of Dec. 14. As a father, I can't imagine what those parents are feeling. Well, I can, sort of, but I don't like to go there.
And no, I'm not into conspiracy theories, for the simple reason that I don't trust folks. The more people who know a secret, the more likely someone will blab.
If you tell me a handful of high-ranking officials conspired to cover up incompetence -- and perhaps worse -- in Benghazi, sure, I can believe that. But tell me an entire town somehow conspired to stage a mass shooting? Not buying it.
That said, it's clear from conflicting and incomplete news reports that we're not getting the whole truth about the Sandy Hook tragedy.
How many shooters? Media outlets initially reported that two men entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on the morning of Dec. 14 and began a shooting rampage. One of them, we were told, was dead inside the school and the other had been captured outside. And sure enough, there's video footage of police pursuing and subduing a man.
So what happened to the "second shooter?" After those initial reports, he disappeared completely from the coverage. He was not explained away -- he simply was never mentioned again.
What kind of guns? First we were told that alleged shooter Adam Lanza went into the school with a Bushmaster AR-15 -- a so-called "assault rifle" -- and a couple of 9 mm handguns. The medical examiner stated that all the victims were killed with a "long gun."
But according to later reports, Lanza only had four handguns with him. No rifle. Video footage shows police removing a long gun from the trunk of his car -- but it's not an AR-15. Rather, it appears to be a semi-automatic shotgun.
So all the victims were killed with a rifle, yet Lanza didn't have a rifle inside the school? How's that?
Laughing parents? One of the most shocking things about the whole episode, to me, is how many of the bereaved parents can be seen laughing and smiling on camera in the days immediately following the shooting.
I understand that people deal with grief differently, but I can't imagine being able to muster a smile -- at least one that wasn't immediately followed by a sob -- just a day or two after my child had been brutally murdered. Frankly, I can't even imagine being composed enough to appear on television.
And those are just a few of the unanswered questions. Again, I'm not saying they add up to conspiracy -- and I'm certainly not suggesting, as some have, that the shootings never took place.
But even as the Obama administration exploits this tragedy to advance its anti-gun agenda, it's clear they're not telling us everything. Perhaps a good place to start a "national conversation on gun control" would be the truth.
Rob Jenkins is a local freelance writer and the author of Family Man: The Art of Surviving Domestic Tranquility. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Twitter@rjenkinsgdp, and visit www.familymanthebook.com.