Bill Hemmer from America’s Newsroom was in Newtown today prior to the first funerals for the Sandy Hook School shooting victims. Newtown residents told Hemmer that Adam Lanza was the awkward guy who stuck out. The local police told Hemmer that Adam Lanza “kinda flew in under the radar.”

 

 

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  1. #11 December 17, 2012 at 10:57 am
    Stella Baskomb commented:

    If they are so smart and so sure, why didn’t they raise their concerns weeks or months ago?

    Liberal policies of “not stigmatizing” mental illness makes it not worth the effort of raising concerns. The ACLU and other Prog special interest groups would sue the butt off of any police office or school official who tried.

    We went from one perceived extreme of institutionalizing people against their will to the documented other extreme of deliberate and overt neglect of public safety. So much easier to coerce the masses to accept giving up freedoms and liberty when the government actively pursues an unconstitutional agenda.

  2. #19 December 17, 2012 at 11:31 am
    shadow commented:

    The biggest difference that I can see is that the right is ethically consistent: they don’t want our government killing Mexicans, or murdering babies, or starving grandma because she’s having a medical crisis and is old.

    Liberals like me find a certain appeal in their positions, because they are, at bottom, good-hearted.

    The current administration and its supporters, who are not Liberal, are all about grabbing power and stealing other people’s money, not for good governmental purposes, but to give to their connected friends. And their policies result in dead people.

  3. And the religious right are exploiting it to advance their agenda.

    Ha ha, I’m willing to bet that the number of news pieces about people wailing about a Godless citizenry is easily dwarfed by the number of leftist politicians and their acolytes screeching for a gun ban. As a matter of fact, it’s been that way on the radio all damned weekend.

    But that’s how the left is – all too willing to dance in the blood of the dead if it serves their political purposes.

  4. #17 December 17, 2012 at 11:24 am
    shadow commented:

    The 9/11 hijackers — yet another example of liberal policies and politics that put up an artificial “wall” preventing intelligence agencies from being able to share information that could have pieced together the disparate parts of the plot known to multiple agencies.

    Good example, but not in the way you think.

  5. Whatever his mother was or wasn’t, she absolutely bears a great deal of the blame because she was in close proximity to him on a day-to-day basis and admittedly SAW the warning signs that he was going off the deep end (burning himself, her statement that she was afraid she was “losing him”) and yet did nothing to make sure that he got help before all hell broke loose.

    That is, sadly, the role of a care-giver parent and it does not end the day the individual turns 18.

  6. #21 December 17, 2012 at 11:39 am
    FurryGuy commented:

    I suspect this mainstreaming cr@p, like so much other allegedly Liberal cr@p is a result of guilt, and that guilt has several names, one of which is Kennedy.

    Ted Kennedy carried a huge load of guilt, and he tried to expiate it in the US Senate, with disastrous policy results. One aspect of that guilt was the lobotomy inflicted on Rosemary Kennedy by her parents, and bipolar disorder on the part of his son. The overreaction and perverse attempts to mainstream non-functional people may have gotten a strong push from one rich but stupid man overreacting to the sins of his father, not to mention his own.

  7. OT

    “Curiously, during the period before deinstitutionalization, the mentally ill seem to have been less likely to be arrested for serious crimes than the general population.”
    “Studies in New York and Connecticut from the 1920s through the 1940s showed a much lower arrest rate for the mentally ill. In an era when involuntary commitment was relatively easy, those who were considered a danger to themselves or others would be hospitalized at the first signs of serious mental illness. The connection between insanity and crime was apparent, and the society took a precautionary approach. Mentally ill persons who were not hospitalized were those not considered a danger to others. This changed as deinstitutionalization took effect.”

    From “Madness, Deinstitutionalization & Murder,” by Clayton Cramer.

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2012/12/curiously-during-period-before.html

  8. #25 December 17, 2012 at 11:46 am
    Granny commented:

    I would resist placing much blame on the mother of this young man, unless I knew that she had turned down an offer of effective help.

  9. #28 December 17, 2012 at 11:58 am
    valerie commented:

    Agree, I
    reserve judgement or opinions until all the facts and investigations are completed.

  10. OT

    ‘She would get very upset that he wouldn’t let her hug him:’ Dysfunctional relationship of Sandy Hook gunman and his mother

    Nancy Lanza portrayed as ‘survivalist’ who stockpiled food, water and guns
    She was shot four times in the head, possibly as she slept, by her son
    Collection of guns included handguns, assault rifle and two hunting rifles
    Son Adam was reclusive, spending most of his time in adjoining bedrooms
    Friend: Mrs Lanza ‘would get very upset that he wouldn’t let her hug him’
    Moved to Sandy Hook in around 1998 but Mrs Lanza and husband divorced
    Funerals for the young victims held today
    All schools in Ridgefield, Connecticut, were in lockdown today because of a suspicious person who might be armed, police said

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249185/Nancy-Lanza-Did-paranoid-gun-crazed-mother-trigger-Sandy-Hook-Connecticut-killing-spree.html#ixzz2FKkQCs6e

  11. OT

    Everything You Think You Know About Autism Is Wrong

    [........................]
    Part of autism’s mystery lies in the nature of the condition itself: in its most severe form, it leaves the autistic person entirely unable to communicate, either verbally or physically. It’s not just that someone with autism cannot speak. As most who have lived with or seen autism know, a child with serious autism seems entirely disconnected. Autistic children do not make eye contact and they don’t play. Instead, they flap their hands, roam around a room’s periphery, engage in endless repetitive activities, and seem locked away in their own world.

    Some experts contend (erroneously, as it turns out) that autistic children dislike physical contact, cannot emote, and lack the capacity for loving. This seeming emotional isolation led the misogynistic Bruno Bettelheim to conclude that mothers caused autism when they (allegedly) withheld affection from their child. This wrongheaded theory inspired generations of loving mothers to suffer enormous guilt.[...................]

    http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/12/10/everything-you-think-you-know-about-autism-is-wrong/

  12. #28 December 17, 2012 at 11:58 am
    valerie commented:

    #25 December 17, 2012 at 11:46 am
    Granny commented:

    I would resist placing much blame on the mother of this young man, unless I knew that she had turned down an offer of effective help.
    ____

    I disagree. I have raised a severely disabled child. I have a friend who is currently raising a severely disabled child – one who just turned 18.

    There is no such thing as an “offer of help.” As the parent it is your job to go move heaven and hell itself to make sure that help is available.

    I also, BTW, have worked with psychiatric patients for 30 years, starting as a volunteer at the state hospital when I was in high school, then continuing on a professional basis through the entire deinstitutionalization process. As his primary caretaker it was that mother’s job to keep a very close eye on her son, to be the 24/7 eyes and ears for the mental health community. She could have and should have done far more than she did.

  13. We live next to parents with an autistic child. It is sad as I have seen this child from the time he was brought home after his birth until now age 9. I just cannot tell you what parents have to go through each day. And the mother has been wondering what she did to have an autistic son.

    She and her husband truly care for the son and each day it is a challenge. And we must get answers what causes this in the first place.

  14. Granny, we all know about all your great accomplishments over the years and your ability to work in all fields of science and now psychiatry. It is really a shame that more people don’t possess your talent for knowing everything so they could use that vast knowledge to prevent bad people from doing bad things. Most of us realize that even though a family member may exhibit mental health “issues” it is very difficult to get treatment especially when they are of age. Now, in your infinite wisdom, what should that mother have done and how do you know she never tried to get help?

  15. I think Granny knows of what she speaks.

    At least the mother was involved in trying to help her son – that’s more than I can say for his father – who appears to have been completely AWOL. So, while I do fault the mother (mainly for keeping her firearms accessible when there is a troubled youth in the house), but also for being almost obsessively secretive about this troubled young man living in her house – I cannot let the father off the hook either – he appears to have been totally absent from this young man’s life. His adult brother was also quoted as saying that he not had any contact with his younger brother for a couple of years. It seems no wonder that this young man had a anger issue building inside him.

  16. #34 Sasja –

    You don’t need to be sarcastic LOL. I am old. I worked in the psychiatric field for about 30 years, both full time and part-time, through the time I finally got around to finishing university as a medical scientist in my 40s. I wanted something that paid better than psychology.

    Even in Connecticut, when people are harming themselves – as in burning himself – this mother could have absolutely have gotten her son, adult or not, some help.

    There is then the entire issue of what the woman was doing training a severely disturbed child to use guns in the first place.

  17. What is wrong with that picture painted by the mother in the article above? There are several.

  18. re Sasja — “what’s wrong with that picture” —

    She’s a single mother – there’s no father for these 4 children, though we don’t know what, if any, involvement he might have with them. But kids need discipline. Firm discipline, especially for boys out of control. And that’s best handled by a loving, competent father.

    “Michael” does appear to be mentally unstable. But he also seems highly manipulative and hugely narcissistic. This mother needs to protect her other children and get immediate help for Michael. But I’d be very careful about where I got that help.

    Sorry, but an exorcism came to mind when reading about his behavior. Frightening to hear such ugliness from any child, especially one’s own. I’d like to know his history of medications, shots, etc.

  19. re #39 — I’d also like to know how involved/how much time the mother was with her children during the day/night — did they spend time in someone else’s care while she was working…



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