This past week, the FBI released their files on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the psychopath who committed it, Adam Lanza. From what I’ve read so far, the files don’t really tell us anything we didn’t already know. However, this article from the BBC has a great breakdown of the main parts of the files and I urge you to read it. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t offer my own take on it though.
Generally, Lanza was obsessed with school shootings and other mass killings and was an antisocial spoiled kid whose mother gave him anything he wanted and never told him no. Hence, the reason he had so many guns. That lackadaisical attitude toward parenting cost Nancy Lanza her own life and the lives of the children and faculty at the school.
The video games Lanza played ran the gamut. He did play some ‘violent’ video games, however, his favorite games were said to be fantasy RPGs (role-playing games like Final Fantasy), an interactive dancing game (DDR and the like), and Mario Kart. Not exactly games that ‘make you kill’. That’s not to say all the games he played were sweet and innocent. According to the article Lanza hung out on a message board “where players adopt the roles of the Columbine shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.” If I had to hazard a guess, and I will, I bet it was the message board for Super Columbine Massacre RPG or SCMRPG for short. This was a homemade game made available for free download over a decade ago. When the game first made the headlines I played it and it’s a very primitive game by today’s standards, but was an obvious tribute to the Columbine cowards. A number of other shooters have played the game including Dawson College shooter Kimveer Gill.
Lanza was also diagnosed with Asperger’s, which if he had lived, I’m sure his legal defense would have been that Asperger’s caused him to kill. While he’s not the only school shooter to ever be on the Autistic spectrum, there is no medical evidence connecting Asperger’s to mass murder. Also, to my knowledge, no school shooter has ever escaped their charges or been sentenced to a mental facility because of Asperger’s. Most people with Asperger’s go on to lead very productive and violence free lives.
Lanza also had pro-pedophile views; whether or not he was a pedophile himself is to be debated. It’s claimed he thought that sexual relationships between adults and children could “possibly be beneficial to both parties”. That sounds very similar to what Milo Whatshisname said, take that for what it’s worth. Lanza also believed that adults were improperly controlling children and felt pity for them. To me that sounds more like he was projecting his own issues, that he felt controlled by his mother even though she pretty much gave him whatever he wanted even if it was detrimental to his own mental health.
Summing up, Sandy Hook happened just like most school shootings happen. Entitled kids who think the world owes them something and when it doesn’t fall in their lap they lash out in violence. Add to that parents who have little to no involvement in their kids’ lives and let them do whatever they want without repercussions and you have a volatile and deadly mix.
Oh, and you conspiracy theorists who think Sandy Hook never happened can join Lanza in hell for all I care.