Article – Did paranoid, gun-crazed mother trigger son’s school killing spree? Friends say she believed world was on edge of collapse

 

The mother of the loner who massacred 26 pupils and staff at a US primary school may have played a major part in his catastrophic mental breakdown, it emerged last night.

Friends and family portrayed Adam Lanza’s mother Nancy as a paranoid ‘survivalist’ who believed the world was on the verge of violent, economic collapse.

She is reported to have been struggling to hold herself together and had been stockpiling food, water and guns in the large home she shared with her 20-year-old son in Connecticut.

Mrs Lanza, 52, was a ‘prepper’ – so called because they are preparing for a breakdown in civilised society – who apparently became obsessed with guns and taught Adam and his older brother, Ryan, how to shoot, even taking them to local ranges.

That backfired horrifically on Friday when Adam Lanza began his killing spree by shooting his mother dead in bed.

 

Oy. This is not gonna go well.

Some of those behaviors that were ‘strange’ or ‘suspicious’? They’re SOP around here. We never let people who aren’t close friends into the house. We don’t let people know where we live. We stockpile all sortsa goodies. And yet…we haven’t shot up a school.

You watch….the survivalist/preparedness community, such as it is, is going to go from being regarded as that odd-but-harmless-cousin you shake your head about, to being regarded as a ticking timebomb.

For giggles, I went to a local gun shop Friday just to see if the panic buying had hit. Yup…mags were moving briskly and there were several people filling out the forms to pick up their new AKs. Ammo was walking out the door too.

I’m not going to say it’s a conspiracy, but lets look at this broadly: Obama gets re-elected, Fast N Furious spotlight those evil black guns, throw in a couple mass shootings, toss in some end-of-the-world drama, get out the usual pot-stirrers like Schumer, and you’ve got a recipe for something ungood coming down the pike shortly regarding your firearms. Magazine ban? Certainly thats the easiest thing to do since it doesn’t fly in the face of any Second Amendment issues. Bring back the AW ban? Maybe.

Regardless, I’m hoping this hits the end of the news cycle in about a week and we get back to our regular doom-n-gloom, but this story may have legs and wind up being the casus belli that this administration has been needing in order to ‘do something’ about the ‘easy access’ to ‘military style weapons that have no place on our streets’.

11 thoughts on “Article – Did paranoid, gun-crazed mother trigger son’s school killing spree? Friends say she believed world was on edge of collapse

  1. Finding a Middle Ground – After every major tragedy that includes the use of a gun, some will say, “If there had been stricter gun control the shooter would not have had the means to kill, and this would not have happened.” And others, “If guns were more readily available to all law abiding citizens someone may have been in a position to have stopped the shooter and this would not have happened.” When I heard about the shooting my first thoughts were for the safety of my family, and how I could better protect them. I have always considered having access to firearms a necessary part of that. But what about those who feel that to protect their families we must eliminate the private ownership of guns? We’re all sincere in our beliefs, and are goal is the same, “To protect our families”; we disagree only in how best to achieve that goal. If we don’t find some middle ground soon, I expect to see gun control taken to an extreme level; which I believe in the end, will accomplish nothing.

    • Dont we already have ‘middle ground’? Every piece of ‘gun control’ enacted in the last twentyfive years has been, ostensibly, to ‘control guns’. And when a shooting like this happens, they clamor to introduce more…which is odd since the previous bit of gun control was supposed to be the solution. ‘Middle ground’ implies some sort of compromise..I havent seen much compromise from their side, have you? I kinda think we’ve given them all the ground they deserve.

  2. Had the crazy lady kept her guns locked up, away from her crazy son, this wouldn’t have happened. I do think we need to make some changes. But, most of those changes need to revolve around better understanding of mental illness and better help for the mentally ill and gun safety.

    We drove down the rate that people smoked and drive drunk quite a bit mostly though public education campaigns. Seatbelt use has gone way up in the last 20 years, some of that’s do to changes in laws, but mostly that’s been public education. I don’t see why we couldn’t do the same for gun safety. Fewer little kids getting killed by daddy’s, improperly stored, nightstand .38 would be a good thing in my book.

  3. You want pigeonholing? According to DHS and janet napolitano, as a returning, white, veteran, I am more of a threat than a Muslim man holding a detonator muttering “Allahu Akbar”. Now, as a Prepper, I get the triple whammy.

  4. I did not see that the lady was crazy. She worried about her future and the future of her children. We don’t really need nanny state “common sense” gun restrictions. If you feel better with those perhaps a change of location to say. Chicago might be in order. Oh, wait they ban guns but still have shootings every day.
    Of course it is a sad thing when a child is killed. But how many children were killed by drunk drivers last year? Are you going to try to make laws to eliminate that too? Life is a dangerous thing. Some will die no matter what and you cannot stop it. If you do try all you become is our new fascist overlord. Now you know just why our Founding Fathers put in the Second Amendment. As also a minor point. Yes some people are killed every year with a firearm. So tell us how many times a year does a firearm STOP violence? Like the shooting in San Antonio last night. A person with a firearm stopped a man from shooting others. Yes it was a cop BUT she was off duty. So a citizen stopped the shooter in his tracks. We need more of that, not less.

    • I was thinking the same thing. On the MADD web site it says 211 children were killed by drunk driving accidents in 2010 (lower than I was expecting, actually). So where is the outrage? Shouldn’t we ban all alcohol, or high capacity bottles?

  5. Shocker, but I’m calling “bullshit” on the braindead newsfarter who pooped out that story. Mommy could have been gun-hating Sarah Brady, and when junior’s new-onset schizophrenic mental slot machine came up Three Crazys, everyone was going to take it in the shorts.

    Maybe we could get a law passed banning crazy people, go back to locking them up, medicating them, and letting them weave baskets and paint flowers (one of the few instances of government largesse I’d be foursquare in favor of)instead of sane people having to lock themselves in their cars and homes 24/7.

    Sh’yeah, right. Without insane people walking the streets, who’s going to keep voting for the idiots in charge now?

  6. Not even a week, just two days: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/?hpt=hp_t2

    and

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/16/gun-debate-gains-traction-as-some-lawmakers-say-its-time-to-act/?hpt=hp_t2

    What makes me shake my head re: gun control is the anti-gun crowd is always tossing in the exceptions for police and military. Guns are bad, they say, unless you’re “authorized” like cops and the military. As if cops are all perfect and all absolutely honorable and trustworthy. There are good cops and bad cops, just like anything else. Cops are civilians, not military, and they shouldn’t be given any special consideration over non-cops IMHO. After all, how many cops are in jail on corruption and related charges? Obviously, just because they’re a cop doesn’t make them an angel. How many cops are actually proficient with their firearm? I know plenty of people who are much more proficient and responsible with their firearms than some cops I know.

  7. Who exactly are the crazies here? I have read the commentary from the delusional left on the various blogs, they are already threatening to kill us for this. It’s OUR fault.

    Hmmm…so which one of you guys is stockpiling all the lithium?

    • The only lithium I keep on hand are in CR123 & AA batteries.

      However, I do stock a few things that can make crazy go away permanently, as do many regular readers of this blog I’m sure.

      All of this reminds me of a meme that floats around. It shows Kirk & Spock talking. Spock says to Kirk “Logic Dictates, Captain that if Pro-Gunners are as violent as Anti-Gunners say they are, There wouldn’t be any anti-gunners left”.

      Steelheart

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