Just days before Adam Lanza would open fire on helpless elementary school children, his mother Nancy Lanza confided that ´she was losing him´ and that ´he was getting worse.´ An anonymous drinking buddy said Nancy made the remarks in a disturbing conversation over craft beers at a bar called My Place in Newtown, Conn. The friend asked not to be named by press.(Snip) The friend knew Adam had been troubled, and he rarely came up in conversation, with Nancy preferring instead to talk about son Ryan if she discussed her children.
I can´t get the full article to load, but I am not at all surprised by this short version. Family members can see when their loved one is deteriorating, but under current laws they are powerless to act on that until the person does something to warrant involuntary hospitalization. He has his ´rights´, you know, sayeth the law.
We would never say that a person with Alzheimer´s had the ´right´ to wander away from home.
Locked up guns is not valid. The person was mentally ill and needed to be institutionalized. The libs are always looking for some excuse to lock up guns and ban guns. Is it safer in the concealed carry states or in the states that do not allow concealed carry. Check the stats in Chicago. Murder is a nightly occurrence and Chicago has tough gun laws.
I too won´t criticize her as we don´t have half the facts yet. We don´t know what happened in that house except that she ended up shot to death by her own son. Just horrific. I get the feeling that as the facts come to light, there will be ample heartbreak and "what ifs." Just so painful to know that so many are struggling with this every day.
It is trite but true that hindsight is 20/20. Just about every bad thing humans do is preventable in theory and in hindsight. This was true of the first notorious mass shootings, the Texas Tower massacre in 1966. Wikipedia has an excellent and very detailed account of these shocking crimes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman. The shooter first killed his wife and parents and then ascended the U. of Texas tower from which he shot at random, killing 13 and wounding 32 before he was himself shot and killed by law enforcement. His armaments indicated his intention to kill as many people as possible.
The killer´s autopsy revealed a malignant brain tumor that undoubtedly influenced his behavior. He was taking prescribed amphetamines. He had visited a university psychiatrist one time and disclosed that sometimes he had the idea of going up in the tower with a deer rifle and shooting people.
These terrible massacres are much more complex and varied in origin than many people are prepared to admit. We naturally each mount our own private hobbyhorses and ride for all we are worth to explain them, at least to ourselves. The Sandy Hook murders may have set a new world record for jumping to conclusions about what "caused" them and what to do about it.
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Old Army Vet, 12/16/2012 10:46:59 PM (No. 9069979)
She could have had him institutionalized at this point. The ACLU took care of that when they fought and beat the Ct. law that would have allowed it. The ACLU has the blood of 7 adults and 20 children on their hands. Hope you ACLU lawers feel good about the good job you did.
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