FBI releases the Sandy Hook files

FBI releases the Sandy Hook files

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.

More Newtown news, opinion and myth

Adam Lanza

Adam Lanza

Sorry, I didn’t mean to go a week without posting but real life responsibilities and all that. Anyway there hasn’t been a whole lot of worthwhile news out of Newtown in the past week even though the media seems to think that his hair stylist’s opinion is a big deal.

MOTIVE: Some less reputable websites and news outlets have been saying that the reason Adam Lanza went on a rampage was because his mother, Nancy Lanza, was looking to have him committed. According to the New York Daily news that is not the case

The friend also rejected a report that Nancy was planning to have her son committed to a psychiatric facility.

“Nancy was so dedicated to Adam,” the friend said. “She would never send him away. She just couldn’t do that.”

As a matter of fact I think it was quite the opposite to why Lanza went on his rampage. By most Nancy Lanza was actually trying to integrate her son more into the real word by trying to get him to attend a university. Considering how brilliant he supposedly was I doubt he would have a hard time getting into one. However Lanza was more happy being a virtual shut in playing video games in his mom basement. That’s not a rip, he actually played video games in the basement. My thoughts are at this point is that he resented his mother from trying to tear him away from his comfortable surroundings. At least that’s why I think he shot his mother in the face four times. I still have no idea why he would then go on to attack the school. But it does show that like every other school shooter or would be school shooter he’s just another self-entitled loser who blamed everyone else for their own failures.

COPS IN SCHOOLS: I have nothing against the NRA per se but it seems that their president Wayne LaPierre is somewhat out of touch with the real world. Then again I shouldn’t be surprised because LaPierre is just another clueless politician except the office he holds isn’t public. More cops in schools is not only impractical it’s expensive and unfeasible.

As has been mentioned in the press lately there was an armed officer at Columbine, that didn’t stop the shooters. I’ll add to that, there was an armed guard and metal detectors at Red Lake High School. The metal detectors did not stop Jeff Weise and the armed guard ended up dead. In the less publicized Socastee High School shooting the school’s resource officer was the first target and only by the grace of God wasn’t killed. While these measures do help to some degree they are not the be all and end all of preventing school shootings.

BULLETPROOF BACKPACKS FOR KIDS: Seriously? This is the ultimate in fear mongering. First off even though it’s all over the news the odds of your child being killed in a school shooting are like that of winning the lottery, relatively low. Not only that I believe that the backpacks would be mostly ineffective in a real life situation. I mean they may look impressive but let’s look at this realistically.

The backpacks are kind of like taking a self-defense class. It only works if the attacker attacks in such a way that would make your defense the most effective. In the case of the backpacks you have to be face to face with the gunmen. If he is behind you then you’re screwed. Also kids don’t always have their backpacks within arm’s reach throughout the school day. Not to mention that kids are kids. If this think is even relatively heavy they’ll just leave it in their lockers. Again while it may be somewhat protective in reality you’ll just be out a few hundred bucks.

VIDEO GAMES: Again, seriously? Do we have to go through this crap again? The people who believe that violent video games cause kids to kill remind me of the people who refuse to vaccinate their kids. There is absolutely no evidence that video games cause anyone to be violent. Those killers who have played video games are usually already violent to begin with.

More thoughts on Newtown

nancylanza

Nancy Lanza

I’m a little scatterbrained trying to get this post together so you may have to bear with me if it seems a little disorganized but there’s a lot more ground I’d like to cover.

First up a little news. We may never know the motive behind why Adam Lanza decided to attack Sandy Hook Elementary. The New York Times is reporting that Adam Lanza had no real connection to the school

There was “no connection” between Adam Lanza and Sandy Hook Elementary School, a Connecticut State Police spokesman said Monday afternoon. There had been earlier reports that Mr. Lanza had attended the school as a child. It was not immediately clear if “no connection” meant that Mr. Lanza had not attended the school.

On top of that Nancy Lanza was not nor has ever been a teacher at the school.

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Adam Lanza had smashed his computer to bits prior to the tragedy possibly to thwart the investigation into the shooting…

The damaged evidence raised the possibility that Mr. Lanza’s rampage may have been premeditated and not a result of a spontaneous decision.

Lastly, there is NO TRUTH to the RUMOR that Adam Lanza got into a fight with four teachers at the school the day before the killings…

[Updated at 6:22 p.m. ET] Earlier reports that the suspected shooter, Adam Lanza, had an altercation with four adults at the school on Thursday have been investigated and are not accurate, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation.

Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police noted in a news conference Saturday that he knew of no reports about Lanza being involved in any altercations at the school.

Remember this one kids, it becomes important later.

Now on to the opinion…

NANCY LANZA: I’m usually the first person to jump on the parents of a school shooter if they turned a blind eye to the warning signs. I can’t do that in this case. By all accounts, Nancy Lanza was more involved in her son’s life than most parents that don’t have a special needs child are. She was willing to pull up roots and move to wherever Adam wanted to go to college just to make sure he could get a good start on a new life. So even I was taken aback when I saw some Nancy Lanza hate on the internet today. I’m hoping it’s just from a small and ignorant minority. By all accounts, she was her son’s greatest ally and she was shot in the face repeatedly for it.

MORE ON GUNS: Something I forgot to mention about arming teachers in yesterday’s post. If you arm all the teachers with firearms then all those guns are nothing more than a shopping list for a potential school shooter. If school shooters can obtain weapons through straw man gun purchases or steal them from their parents lifting one from a teacher would be no hard challenge. Arming teachers would only work in a perfect world and ours is far from perfect.

COPYCATS: I’m not going to post about ever loser that has made a threat on Facebook or to their wives or whatever in the wake of Newtown. These are the people who are actually looking for some kind of fame. Unless it was a credible threat I will not be posting about those jackholes here.

BLOGGERS BEING ASSHOLES AND SPREADING MYTHS: Earlier today I was reading an L.A. Times article about Dave Cullen’s book Columbine. In it, it’s mentioned that reporting about Columbine was like playing a game of Telephone. If that’s the case (and it was) the reporting out of Newtown was like playing a game of Crappy Tracfone While Going Through A Tunnel In A Lead Lined Truck. So much misinformation was reported about Newtown and just seems to now being perpetuated by some bloggers. One blogger that I used to have a modicum of respect for is still posting that Lanza was at the school the day before the shootings. The only ‘news’ outlets that are still clinging to that part of the story are British tabloids and gossip blogs. This was also a blogger who laid the blame squarely at the feet of Nancy Lanza without hesitation. Another blogger I used to have respect for said that we need to round up all the ‘Aspies’ and put them in a concentration camp further disseminating a myth that Asperger’s automatically makes you a potential killer. (Please see my mea culpa in the comments.)

Granted there’s no school you have to go to in order to become a blogger but some of us actually take pride in our work and to see hacks like this doing a disservice to everybody makes all of us look bad.

One of my blogging mentors once told me controversial but be yourself. If these bloggers are being controversial for the sake of controversy then they’re just page count whores. If they are being true to themselves then I feel sorry for them for keeping themselves in such a state of ignorance.