I read an article in the press today asking “Should Adam Lanza’s mother shoulder some blame?” and I have to say, yes. She is in fact responsible for all the deaths in the NewTown Shooting.
I am a parent of a child who shares some characteristics with Adam Lanza. Except for the homicidal side. So I have some experience here. Let look at some of the warning signs:
- Adam Lanza’s fascination with violence was apparent to teachers and other acquaintances, investigators.
- He collected materials on mass killings and kept a spreadsheet ranking of mass murders.
- Nancy Lanza wasn’t allowed to enter his bedroom, it is unclear how much she knew about his obsession.
- He had evaluations of many types over the years, he was home-schooled for a period because he did not like the noise at Newtown High School.
- He refused medications and behavior therapies that were suggested for him.
- Nancy Lanza catered to his requests, cooking to his specifications and getting rid of a cat because he did not want it in the house.
- Adam Lanza hadn’t left the house in three months before the shooting
- Nancy and Adam would communicate only by email, even though they lived under the same roof.
- In spite of all the warning signs above, She often took her son shooting at a gun range.
- She also legally purchased all the weapons her son carried the day of the massacre, and she had written a check to buy him a pistol for Christmas, a holiday that Adam himself did not believe in celebrating.
Nancy Lanza wasn’t allowed to enter his bedroom, it is unclear how much she knew about his obsession. This is clearly untrue, it seems to me that the only thing Adam was interested in was guns. So she took him shooting and was willing to pay for guns, because it was the only way she could reach him. She knew about his obsession with guns, and she fed it trying to reach him. He was a little punk kid, just how was he preventing her from going into his room?
They say that Adam refused to take his medication. Well, then his doctor’s and his mother should have made him take his meds or they should have committed him to a mental facility. They say that she was thinking of putting him in a hospital someplace and he did not want to go. Well, She should have just not told him and had him committed.
They say his mother,catered to his requests, cooking to his specifications and getting rid of a cat because he did not want it in the house. Hey you do not coddle or reward bad behavior. If you don’t behave, you can make your own dinner. Shape up or I am buying 100 cats.
Adam Lanza was a little pipsqueak who was certainly not threatening without a gun. His mother allowed him to walk all over her.
The Lanza’s lived in CT and then NJ both states with strong gun control. Nancy Lanza passed background checks to buy the guns that were used in the shooting, Background checks can’t be an issue in this case. Given all that we know about the case, we must blame Nancy Lanza for not getting her son mental health services when he needed them. Instead, she bought him guns. If Nancy had lived, she should have been tried as an accessory for murder. She let son, Adam, literally get away with the murder of all those little kids. The liberal press calls her a victim. No she is the cause. You want to prevent this from happening again, fix the mental health system. There are no gun laws that will prevent another Adam Lanza, from shooting innocents again. But changes in the mental health system, will save lives.