What if there is nobody or nothing to blame for Adam Lanza´s heinous acts? Other than Lanza, of course. What if school security and the school psychiatrist kept an eye on Lanza since his freshman year? The Wall Street Journal has a compelling narrative about the red flags addressed.What if he had a form of autism that has little or no link to violent behavior? Lanza may have had Asperger´s syndrome but, even so, that is not a cause.What if it´s too simple to lay the massacre at the feet of the gun lobby?
If you try to outlaw military games or shooting game because they have become more and more violent and gory, you will drive them underground. Every kid with a game box dreams of creating his own game. Many have written programs augmenting what is commercially available. As if we didn´t already know that Axelrod was an idiot, this just confirms it.
Families often have guns, hunt, live on large plots of land in the country (the aerial of their home showed a house on 3 acres of land surrounded by woods), and teach their young how to shoot. They have done that since ? Certainly since the beginning of our country.
Toxic mom? Now how does anyone at LCom know that? Those who knew the family said she was a great and loving mom. So we decide she is toxic? For shame.
This is a short and very good article that I am afraid few here will read or heed. For shame.
A chilling case study is that of Charles Whitman, 25, who murdered his wife and mother before ascending the Texas University Tower in August 1966 to kill with rifle fire over a dozen innocent persons and grievously wound tens more. His diary noted his growing uncontrollable hostility and desire to kill. Notably, Whitman used only a hunting rifle and a revolver - not an ´assault rifle´.
Why the need to look for blame I ask. Why the searching for answers in a depraved society. When a large portion of the society become sodomites. And when a large portion of the political class approve to grant extra rights to this class......you have societal depravity. A society with no conscience. We are now living in sodomite nation to some degree, and thus....the ´seared conscience´ according to Romans/Bible. I believe a large portion of the press are sodomites.....hence the cluelessness of the present depravity destroying innocent lives.
I agree #7. The decline in our culture is undeniable. The loss of the sense of the sanctity of life is deplorable. The arrogance of the "educated elite" pretending to know all there is to know is simply astonishing. If we don´t find a way to regain some sense of right and wrong and realize that there must be limits to our cultural behavior we will surely self-destruct. We have got to get a grip on this, and whether the ruling class likes it or not, I think the only way out is going to require some spiritual salvation. Sadly for us all, it probably won´t be allowed.
Good think piece. Maybe "cause" rather than "blame" is the better answer to be seeking. I do believe that Lanza got the idea of a mass school-shooting from somewhere. One doesn´t simply conjure such craziness from a vacuum.
Our culture of cheapened life violence -- in games, music, movies and legal abortions -- gave Lanza the idea, so in that sense, I posit that the culture of violence is the cause.
As for blame, it is not arguable that Lanza is to blame. He planned, organized and executed the carnage to inflict the most damage. The guns didn´t pick themselves up on their own. He was seen doing it. What was going through his addled mind doesn´t change the fact that he did it.
CT lawmakers is partly to blame. The other half? The person themselves. If they can´t separate reality from fiction then they shouldn´t be allowed to watch violent movies or play violent games. No matter the age of the person.
The media keeps reporting that he had a "personality disorder." He may indeed have had an official diagnosis of Asperger´s Syndrome, but a mild personality disorder did not cause this. The guy was full blown mentally ill...so far, we don´t know if he was ever diagnosed as mentally ill (actual named diagnosis), but hopefully, in the coming days we will get a full story. There will be one press outlet that may actually give us the full, unbiased, picture of what was wrong with this guy.
Additionally, it was reported in numerous places that he went to the school on Thursday and had an "altercation" with 4 adults at the school. Three of the four are now dead, but the 4th was not at school on Friday. Hopefully, she is providing a lot of helpful information to authorities.
In the meantime, we can pray for the grieving families and survivors and hug our kids...for me that´s a 7-yr old and 4-yr old...and my 7-yr old is in 1st grade and is the very first classroom at the front of her building, which makes this tragedy all the more chilling for me.
Lots of cause and effects theories on this one. Kid had carrots for dinner so lets ban carrots. Funny how his tearful appearances are tied to numbers. Let see: 4 at Benghazi and no tearful performance. 13 at Fort Hood and no tearful performance. 20 at Newtown and he breaks into a national audience to grab attention and rail against guns. The common thread in the first two is the Muslim component. While I mourn for the children and their parents I do not like to see it turned into and political event. By the way, Muslim Major Hasan hasn´t gone on trial yet.
You know, the birth of Jesus was not without a similar tragedy. Herod sent soldiers to kill all the boy children under the age of two in and around Bethlehem. (Matthew 16:2). The cause of that horrible event was the same as the cause of the Newtown slaughter: Evil in this world. This world will be ruled by Satan until Jesus returns at the end. It is going to get worse before the end. Much worse.
I think the answer is to be found in the accumulation of 20 years of frustration at his inability to cope with the world and be a normal person.
I think his mother should have better understood what she was dealing with.
I think the liberals are greatly at fault for trying to reform mental institutions by eliminating them altogether.
I think liberals will now do what they often do, misdiagnose the problem and create another even greater problem. such as the elimination of the Second Amendment rights which protect us against a too intrusive government. Obama will kinow what he is doing. His followers will think he is solving the problem of the insane shooting people.
It won´t matter if there is no definable reason. Liberals will use the "never let a crisis got to waste" stratagy to push some part of their agenda. Whether it is to limit liberty, stomp upon freedom, grow government or simply grab more funding for vote buying, the liberals will use the tragedy for some political means.
The comments in yesterday´s Must Read, ´I Am Adam Lanza´s Mother,´ opened my eyes to the fact that parents of violent mentally ill children are between a rock and a hard place.
They love the child while knowing there is something seriously wrong with him. If psychoactive drugs do not help, the parent is left with very few good choices. Even where institutionalization is available, many health insurance plans do not cover it. The parent is faced with the choice of sending their child into the penal system (where he is then subject to abuse from other inmates) or trying to cope with the violent behaviors on their own. Inevitably, the community will second guess them. And in a few cases, the parent´s decision will allow a potential killer to become a killer in fact. It happened to a mother and grandmother on my street. As did Mrs. Lanza, they paid the ultimate price for their error.
#21 -- Good point. In an earlier, less enlightened time Lanza would have been institutionalized, as would a lot of the "homeless" stumbling around our towns and cities mumbling to themselves. The great liberal "nut lib" movement of the early 1970´s closed the mental institutions, and turned mental patients out to live unsupervised amongst us because free range mental patients would feel better about themselves and be able to medicate themselves and take care of themselves.
I really appreciate this. So many of us just jump out with our own theories and push our own agendas before the blood is dry, literally before the blood is dry. I do know evil can be afoot but how it enters and why....I think of this sometimes, "I know there is evil in the world- essential evil, not the opposite of good or the defective of good but something to which good itself is an irrelevance- a fantasy. No one can live as long as I have, hear what I have heard and not know that. I know too- more precisely- I am ready to believe that there may be something in the world-someone, if you prefer- that purposes evil, that intends it." Said by Daniel Webster in the Archibald MacLeish play, Scratch.
39 years and 50 million children dismembered in utero with the full approval of half the country, most of the government and virtually all of the media has sent a message to our citizens that human life is cheap. Who would expect a different attitude to develop in our young people?
Explaining human behavior, particularly individual human behavior in terms of simple cause and effect -the same way we interpret the inanimate world- doesn´t work because more is always at work when humans are the objects of analysis.
The Sandy Hook massacre, even after all the presently missing facts are available, can never be scientifically explained or accounted for. It can, however, be interpreted. We never explain the behavior of human beings. We interpret it.
The interpretation of such extremely rare events as the Sandy Hook massacre is made more difficult by the very fact that they ARE rare. We do not have a great deal to go on when we attempt to interpret them. The internal pressure to arrive at a satisfactory interpretation and thus achieve fixation of belief causes us to fall back on our favorite bete noirs. Maintaining suspension of judgment requires what has been called negative capability - the ability to tolerate an ambiguous, confusing, unclear situation.
The villian is the abandonment of proper treatment of the mentally ill. When the ACLU made it acceptable for the homeless mentally ill to fend for themselves on the street it became the shame of this country,
I have to add as a sister of two paranoid schizophrenics that those so quick to blame the mom have no clue of the frustrations of dealing with mental illness. My sisters illness came long before many medications of today. As a result my parents bore the brunt of blame from arrogant psychiatrists who had yet to learn schizophrenia is a brain disorder. They devoted their lives and any available funds to trying to get her help. I still don´t know how they did it without going insane themselves. Today the cuts in mental health make it even worse. So, take a walk in someone elses shoes before you condemn. By the way- don´t forget her guns may have ben excessive but that notorious home invasion that cost the Dr his entire family was in Connecticut. If Obama opens the border soon wth his mass amnesty,making this country as the third word I will finally break down and get a gun myself.
After all information released, capped last night by the high ministry of propaganda, 60 minutes, it is not unwise to gather that the mother should never have left her gun collection out in the open for her mentally ill son, or even any of his disturbed friends. It´s a no no, pure and simple, despite all the usual confiscation suspects tearful dramatizations about citizen guns ownership being at fault. With our New World Order prone current leaders now collaborating with the dictators and totalitarians of the UN, American gun ownership must be included as an effective citizen insurance against government tyranny.
Actually these school shootings were rare up until about 20 years ago and now we have an epidemic. If we really wanted to and kept Bronco Bamma´s theme we could blame it on Bill Clinton. But that is as silly as blaming it on the 2nd amendment.
Denial is our greatest enemy and finding someone or something to blame is always going to happen. It will escalate on the from Obama or the psychotics. We need to protect ourselves and our families and listening to Bronco is not going to solve the problem.
For once I want to compliment the AP´s Ron Fournier.
Instead of invoking the usual left-wing fake outrage and gun-grabbing agenda, Fournier steps back and takes a thoughtful look at the larger picture.
At the very end, he poses the flip side of the title´s question: "What if it wasn´t one thing, but everything, that set off Lanza? "
Yes, everything ... starting with our decadent God-less culture of death; to the American family structure that has been destroyed by divorce and materialism; and possibly including our pill-popping drug culture, legal and illegal.
Yes #36 is right, this is a new problem. The common thread running through most, if not all of these heinous stories is violent video games played incessantly by the perpetrators. It´s a sick society which encourages it´s young men to sit around for hours, pretending to kill. What on earth are we thinking?!
I heard a gentleman call into Howie Carr on Friday and he said the following:
The country is in full blown moral & spiritual decay. God, prayer and religion are forbinden in schools and the public square but you can pray and read the bible all you like in prision.
I think ladies & gentlemen that is it in a nutshell. The libs want God out of and off of everything they are Godless and are forcing the rest of us to their way of thinking.
The ACLU & Dems are to blame for these sorts of acts. These individuals to a one, were mentally ill. Some people do not belong in polite society or in the general population, no matter if they are someone´s loved one.
This is what happens when the bad over-rule the good.
May God have mercy on those families in CT and on us as a nation.
Mental illness is exactly what it is, no amount "correct" speech or sugar coating is ever going to cure it.
I have a nephew who is in prison now, he did not have to go to prison if his parents had gotten their heads out of their behinds long enough to see that he needed help.
At the time, I was in a position to offer assistance but I was flatly refused.
Many, many highly intelligent people can also be mentally ill, the diagnosis is not a moral assessment.
But there is blame and the blame comes from this Wagnerian, Nietzsche-esque idea that only the most perfect should survive. Any child in the US is pushed along, dragged along despite any problems just to prove that he/she is doing just "fine."
I think #4 hit on the right answer at 7:30 this morning. We didn´t have this many mass shootings in the 60´s. What´s the difference? The plethora of anti-depressants being pushed by pharmaceutical companies. I´d bet we´ll eventually find out this kid was on an anti-depressant that caused him to snap.
Go to Youtube and search for this: TRUE SOURCE of RANDOM & MASS SHOOTINGS and VIOLENCE
I simply don´t know and don´t think we ever will know. Normal everyday people never understand what we see as the incomprehensible regardless of how long we dwell on it. One thing I do know is that heaping burning coals on the head of a dead woman, a woman murdered by her own son, is tacky.
Could his mom have done more? Probably. Could others have done more? Probably. One thing is for certain, his mom has paid in full for any real or perceived crimes that will be placed at her feet by this selfish, thoughtless, voyeuristic culture.
I´m trying not to be selfish, thoughtless, voyeuristic, or overly analytical. I don´t know all the facts. But this is a discussion forum and that´s what we are all doing. I don´t understand why those who question the mom´s judgment in allowing a very disturbed young man access to a stockpile of weapons are being unreasonable or unkind. Look, I would say EXACTLY the same thing if she served him alcohol and then let him have access to her car and he drove into a school bus and killed 20 kids. And I own a gun, and I drink alcohol.
I can´t believe you all fell for this ridiculous article. There is only one thing to blame for my grief that I feel, and for the care that I have for everything, and for the 24/7/365 emotionalism that I have that is most important when these kinds of things happen. Since we´ve all been taught in the past 30 or so years by the media, schools, politicians, actors, atheists, PhD´s who know EVERYTHING, those important things like the greening of earth and that Holy Temple of Me, it is the parents of the murdered children´s fault for the emotionalism I have produced. Had the mothers exercised their freedom of choice and aborted those kids to begin with, I would not have to go through the emotional trauma that focuses everything on my all important "feelings" when guns jump off the floor, drive themselves to a school and aim themselves at innocence. I mean what´s another 20 or so added to the 55 million as long as it doesn´t happen between the forceps and the stone when my emotionalism is so important that I have to out-"care" everyone around me?
I want all of YOU to think about and discuss this with others.
This PREZ himself has said on a number of occasions that his first and primary mission is to protect this countries citizens! He cannot even protect OUR children in HIS school system! They (DC & MSM) are ALWAYS reminding us this is a FEDERAL school system so no prayer, etc., etc.
They (the Feds) WASTE so much of (OUR) money that if they controlled their spending, we could afford to have several cops or armed security people in every school. Look how we put Air Marshalls on every flight after 9-11. Think about that a second.
Now think about that a little more and consider how the budget talks have went. If these clowns in DC could STOP wasting our money and start trying to protect us instead of themselves then we wouldn’t have to worry as we send our kids to school. They just want to keep spending and do nothing to control it and actually adhere to their main mission of keeping us safe! And as the deficit grows further, the defense budget gets cut. BUT NOT THOSE FREE CELL PHONES HUH!
See how that works! They can’t protect us here, they don’t protect our people overseas as you have already have witnessed in Benghazi, and soon they won’t protect us here in the USA from those others overseas that want to harm us.
On top of all that the DC idiot´s don´t use or enforce the laws that are already on the books to protect us, but instead say they will make a new law and take away the tools and means for us to protect ourselves.
If anyone of you thinks for one single second that you are going to be safer once all the guns are SUPPOSEDLY confiscated? Just remember, this is the very same Administration that gave weapons to cartel members to kill you with!
#50.. Hindsight is 20/20. there is a difference in honestly questioning her judgement as a parent and a gun owner and calling her names like "toxic", a "bad mother", or many of the myriad of things I have seen relayed from the thoughtless press who care about little but ratings. I think this distinction is pretty clear to anyone paying attention.
Great is the cry even before the blood has dried that because of this massacre of all those children there must be a ban on "assault" weapons. There are a hell of a lot more children massacred by drunk drivers all over the country, so where is their cry for controls and punishment for drunk drivers?
What if America started addressing the huge need our citizens have for affordable & accessible mental health care? (Most of the "homeless" are mentally ill with no understanding of how to help themselves. Our violent games, entertainment media & obsessive "if it bleeds it leads" news all have a big part to play in these individuals.)
What if America started policing itself in that regard?
What if we put God back into our public schools, government agencies, and public discourse?
What if we stopped ridiculing & insulting Christians & started telling our citizens how much they do to help the less fortunate worldwide? (Would a mentally ill individual think that maybe they could get help at a church?)
What if we started noticing our neighbors, coworkers, fellow students, et al, & started caring about them? And acting on anything disturbing?
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Ida Lil, 12/18/2012 2:07:07 AM (No. 9071982)
The the rifle was found in the car not the school. Morality did begin to slide when American Citizens accepted the abortion mentality. Now some really immoral ideas include the right to murder a born live child up to a certain age if the parents choose. As for Obama and the Axe it seems it´s okay though to allow murder for political gain while damming the right to bear arms. Who ill protect the children from their kind if they manage to eliminate that right.
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