He carried a black briefcase to his 10th-grade honors English class, and sat near the door so he could readily slip in and out. When called upon, he was intelligent, but nervous and fidgety, spitting his words out, as if having to speak up were painful. Pale, tall and scrawny, Adam Lanza walked through high school in Newtown, Conn., with his hands glued to his sides, the pens in the pocket of his short-sleeve, button-down shirts among the few things that his classmates recalled about him.
To the NY Times Editorial Board: we ask that President Zero or one of his leftist mignons appear before American television cameras and explain publicly his support for late-term abortion, AKA the murder of hundreds of thousands of innocents.
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Fiesta del sol, 12/15/2012 8:17:14 AM (No. 9066925)
For all the Hollywood liberal twits bleating about fun control, it would be nice if they said something about violent video games. The Columbine killers, Jared Loughner, and this guy were all gamers. We know the type of gun he used, let´s hear the titles of the video games.
There is no lockdown procedure in the world to safeguard from a person recognizing another person, thinking its simply someone´s son,and buzzing them in. I read that the principal let him in. Are we at the point where our schools are going to be like courthouses?
This horrible, unspeakable, tragic event that will never be forgotten astounds us as we learn about the killer.
While I can´t sympathize with him, I do want to point out to my fellow L-dotters that many with autism (or asperger´s, although I know less about it) are loving people who value their family and are no more dangerous than anyone else.
#5, some perpetrators of mass shootings seem to have been born bad. They were sociopathic practically from toddlerhood. Eric Harris of Columbine infamy comes to mind.
Others seem to belong to a different type -- they were not bad little kids, but somewhere over the course of childhood, they became deeply emotionally disturbed. Dylan Klebold and Adam Lanza seem to be this type.
There isn´t much we can do about the first group, the born sociopaths. But the latter group is worth studying, to try to see where their lives went wrong. I think a study would probably show common threads that have mainly to do with family dynamics and lack of attachment.
This is not to take blame away from the latter group, or to say that what they did wasn´t evil. It was evil. The question is, how did they get to that point.
I do know something about Asperger´s. People you may have heard of who exhibit Aspy traits include Bill Gates and Einstein. They have fairly common Aspy personalities. It rarely interferes with leading a semi-normal life.
There might have been another issue, probably was, but don´t go away blaming this on Asperger´s or autism.
I can´t recall a more heartbreaking story. Not feeling too charitable toward this monstrous killer. I don´t want to hear he "suffered" from this or that problem or disease. What total innocence and sweetness he targeted - and with calculation. And he completely destroyed the families whose loved ones were murdered. He deserves to burn in hell and hope he does.
When it was revealed that both mother and father were teachers, I began to wonder whether this was some sort of jealousy based reaction where the gunman felt that some of the school children got more attention than he had both as a son and as a misfit student. For the killing to start with the mother lends credence. Rage seems to be directed at teachers, jealousy only at some of the students. He made a larger dent in the teacher population than in that of the students.
Just wondering if the socialists who voted for the Zero and would like to see him dictator , how far they´ll try and push more gun control with this latest incident . Fast & furious has been kept in the closet , but they know that monster could get out .
SSRIs were in this kid´s bloodstream. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, the designation for a class of antidepressants.
SSRIs are 90%+ fluoride. Ann Blake Tracy, Ph.D., author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora?, has been studying the violent, dark side of SSRI drugs for ten years. She has researched 32 murder/suicides that involved women and their children. By interviewing their families and studying autopsy reports, news accounts and medical histories, she has determined that in 24 of these 32 cases, the women were taking Prozac or another SSRI.
Guess what? Last count nearly 120 million Americans take an SSRI every day.
And in the last law enforcement study of this phenomenon, 31 of 32 mass shooters were on some form of SSRIs.
There was a lot of incorrect information yesterday. According to Fox this morning, he was not buzzed in. He broke the glass. His mother was not on the staff of the school. His father is not a teacher. I saw a report elsewhere that he is an executive at GE. The media got most details wrong yesterday.
Like above posters I worry about the media´s spin on Aspergers/Autism. My son is on the spectrum and he´s going to have a tough enough climb in life without people assuming he´s likely to become violent and/or homicidal.
Which all comes down to what some Autism charities want (you have to be careful who you give to). They want to identify a gene so babies who might end up on the spectrum are killed in the womb. To prevent the chance of something like this happening. Ironic, no?
Folks, it’s easy to demonize a vile creature like this one, it takes the responsibility for the brokenness of our national public school systems off of us and places the blame on him…how convenient. How many of us have showed up at the school board meetings and looked at the text books now used in our schools, or weather US History and Government is still being taught according to history and our beloved constitution? How many Public Schools still say the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States… every day before class? Ask yourselves, why is the Bible not our standard text for public education? It’s in our Federalist Papers, and supported by our constitution. The Bible is to be a source for reading, writing, right minded thinking for our children and a public education construct, put there by Mr. Jefferson.
Yes by a whim of the Warren Court, with no basis or legal precedence, was remove by a treatise for separation of church and state.
Adam Lanza pulled the trigger and God will judge him, and perhaps now that all our personal standing records can be obtained by Mr. Holder, U.S.A. AGI, or any worldwide government on demand, they will prevent these random acts of terrorism now.....or, perhaps we will become a part of our own rescue and fix what is broken?
As usual, we will have to wait at least a week to get anywhere near the truth. George Zimmerman even took longer. The media has been batting 1000 so far in getting the facts wrong. The first week is usually spent emotionally reporting rumor.
Would like to know more about the parents... and how clueless they must have been to not recognize a problem in their son and keep their arms locked up.
BTW, loved #1´s comment. It´s ´minions´. ´Mignon´ is an adjective for cute or pretty and petite. Filet mignon, for example. It was not intended, I know, but labelling the liberal camp followers and petite cuties was a welcome chuckle.
I cannot believe the media and the misinformation that they gave out all day. On CBS (the worst national news on radio) they said the shooter was named Ryan. I was shocked when I turned on FoxNews later and heard the shooter was named Adam. We certainly cannot trust anything we hear from the mainstream media and why does the president have to "say" anything? We can "trust" this president to make it a political move to make himself look respectable.
#17 seems to have an issue with SSRIs. Perhaps he does not realize that correlation does not equal causation.
I took SSRIs for many years. I am not a mass murderer. I have not killed my children. But, along with God´s grace, SSRIs did keep me from killing myself. Because of SSRIs, I am here to type this comment and to let people know that SSRIs are a blessing for people who need them.
#14´s post is wise. The one thing I´ve yet to hear from any media outlet is the role media plays in these events. I´m not referring to video games, movies, or TV, but rather to the news. The news media publicizes these events, thereby increasing the social awareness and emotional intensity associated with murderous acts. This has two negative consequences. First, it generates an emotional catharsis amongst otherwise reasonable people that can be exploited in unreasonable ways--e.g. guns were involved in killing children and therefore guns are the problem and banning guns will solve it. Second, it puts dangerous ideas into unhealthy minds. Behaviors that are heavily publicized become more likely, particularly amongst the mentally ill, who are more susceptible to media influence. Some things were once unheard of. Now we are hearing entirely too much.
Look up Dr Aspergers writings about autism. He noticed certain things in common among some of his young patients. Prominent was the inability to show empathy for any other. Most Asperger patients will not become mass murderers. This one obviously did. He did not snap. He had a personality disorder that was most likely genetic. Everyone saw that he was unable to fit in to a normal society. Friends from junior high said he always talked about blowing things up. People with Aspergers commonly become overly fascinated with a subject and will spend all of their time talking and learning about it. They also many times suffer from severe depression in their adult lives. did anyone do anything to check this kid out when he got into an altercation at the school a week or so earlier? Just like the young man in Aurora, there were signs but did anyone pay attention?
29, CBS and all media including FoxNews gave the shooter´s name as Ryan at first because that is the name CT State Police gave them. It wasn´t till much later that the police corrected themselves and said Ryan was the ID on the shooter but it was his brother´s ID and the shooter´s name was Adam. ALL media gave the name as Ryan Lanza because that was what the police had officially said.
How does this guy the reporter know all this stuff on this kid unless he was known already. and Like Obitualries, these descriptive artcles are already written. "Here, David. Write up an after-the-fact "killer-I-have known" article on this kid." I think there is programming going on and it is hiding in plain sight -subliminal messages on these computer games... I hope the police check his hands to see if the murderer scum fired the weapons himself. And no auto weapon was used. It was in the car.
Instead of more gun laws how about a fewer misguided privacy laws about medical records. The fact is that by definition the mentally ill cannot determine on their own what is in their best interests. They often believe those who are actually trying to help are the problem.
In the Aurora incident the psychiatrist was hamstrung by the privacy laws as soon as the shooter dropped put of school. In other cases parents have been cut off from vital information once a troubled child attains legal age.
This young man never had a happy day in his life. He could not fit in anywhere, answering a question in school was an ordeal, he was laughed at, he was not capable of love and could not take comfort from being loved. It might have been a blessing if he had been retarded but he was extremely intelligent. He knew his defects and he was a walking time bomb ready to exsplode whenever he reached the point where he could not stand it any more.
#38, thank you for the description of this young man. I don´t know how he looked in the faces of children and killed them. But I also know that some people, because of mental handicaps, are trapped in lives of loneliness and despair that we can hardly imagine. Never being able to connect with someone, never being able to have a friend, never being able to communicate your feelings. It´s no excuse but it´s a reason that they hate the world. And our society´s answer is, usually, take these antidepressants and good luck.
re #10 -- Sociopaths are not born, they are made. DNA can account for a Type-A personality, but it is abuse &/or neglect that causes a baby/toddler to not realize their own humanity & be in touch with their own soul. It is this vital connection that causes a conscience to develop.
Eye contact with the mother is thought to be a huge factor, but there are others. Borderline Personalities are all around us because of this. Type A´s tend to be more violent but not always. Quiet types can explode in rage because they stuff too much down.
What I find disturbing is that his parents left a gun within his reach. Friends/family members thought it was him the moment they heard of the shooting, so they must´ve known he couldn´t be trusted with something so final as a gun. Don´t know if he has an official mental illness documented, but this seems irresponsible. Violent video games & movies DO affect these types & should be avoided as well.
I was traveling on business and just now catching up on this. Aside from the instant media frenzy and wall to wall prattle, some thoughts:
the most precious thing on the planet is and always will be our children. if you don´t believe in the Creator, it is never too late to start. these kids are now in a higher place of eternal peace.
once again, it is up to us now to separate ourselves from the godless society we have and restore the values we once had as a nation. i have heard more times than i can stand that guns dont kill people; people kill people.
We may never learn the truth about this killer´s motives. He is dead, his mother is dead, and his father was divorced from the mother, so there are probably hard feelings there. He has every reason to place any "blame" on his former, now deceased, wife.
It was reported on CBS News tonight that Nancy Lanza owned all those guns for protection because she feared an economic collapse. In that fear, she has lots of company.
Whatever her motivation, she should have secured the guns so the obviously disturbed young man could not access them.
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