Monday, December 17, 2012

Preppers Blamed in Connecticut

Nancy Lanza

      It has already started.  The UK Daily Mail is attributing the terrible act in Connecticut to preppers.   Of course, this was a completely irrational and heinous act committed by a madman who in retrospect, had not been correctly diagnosed, and not correctly medicated.  His mother, who became accustomed to the withdrawn nature of her son who was reputed to have Asperger's syndrome, was simply accustomed to his being withdrawn.  She had no idea that within her son, there was a tempest in a teapot, and that he would eventually decompensate killing her as she slept and then many others also. She was not a psychiatrist, and even a psychiatrist may have missed this. It may be that Adam Lanza became so withdrawn that he never revealed to anyone that he heard voices, and never revealed his disordered thinking, and so the diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia was never made.  Of course, following an outburst in which he planned and executed such an attack on the youngest and most innocent of our citizens, the diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia becomes much more probable.   She was unwise for permitting access of a wild card child to her firearms, and this is something most of us who own weapons, would never do.  I don't know whether Mrs. Lanza was paranoid at all, but I can see how a woman who had a high income, lived in a big house in an expensive neighborhood, and was responsible for a son whom she believed could not defend her would be concerned, especially in the financial collapse era of 2008 and beyond.   Rather than paranoid, was she simply concerned ?    However, the indictment of the peaceful prepper community, is not only outrageous, it's made for order for the Obama administration who would love to restrict firearms, ammunition and prepping beyond next Friday.

          This is part of the article in the Daily Mail:

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

  • 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
  • Fiercely protective mother insisted he was never left on his own
  • Moved to Sandy Hook in around 1998 but Mrs Lanza and husband divorced
  • Funerals for the young victims are to begin today

Read more:

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.
He fired four bullets into her head – possibly as she slept – then took three of her guns to Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, where he killed 20 children and six staff.
Lanza’s aunt Marsha said Nancy was ‘self reliant’ and that they talked a lot about how she was preparing for the economic meltdown.
She said her former sister-in-law was meticulous about never leaving guns out, but made no secret of having an imposing firearm collection.

(end of UK Daily Mail excerpt)

         This is the type of "ammunition" the Obama regime has been seeking in order to furthur regulate weapons in the US, possession of ammunition, and also simple preparation activities which they would probably erroneously label as "hoarding".
         Absent from their article is that JFK closed most of the mental hospitals in the United States leaving almost no option for people who have a mentally ill child or adult family member who needs long term supervision and care. Tons of short term programs exist for the wealthy, but almost nothing exists for those who need long term permanent supervision.  Despite this woman's 250K plus year income, and large home, being responsible for an autistic savant 24/7 can indeed lead to what others might call exaggerated concern and anxiety, if not paranoia and lapses in judgement as it did here.    Preppers did not do this.   Poor options for mental health care did.

Update:  I would also like to address to the rumor being floated by several Russian sources claiming that Nancy Champion Lanza was a CIA operative and that her guns were standard CIA issue.  I consider this highly unlikely for several reasons.

1. CIA operatives are highly trained and would know how to hide their weapons not only from an adult son with autistic spectral disorder, but from everyone else as well.
 2. The selection of the weapons she had was probably less due to the CIA selecting them for her, and more likely due to her brother, a former police officer indicating what he liked and what he felt would be less likely to jam in an emergency.
3. Of the AR-15s, the Bushmaster is the least expensive, and possibly the least wise and most prone to jamming.  A CIA operative would likely be in possession of a better weapon.

For awhile, a lot of inaccurate information is going to be floated by the Russians, the British, and everyone else whose main objective is the sale of newspapers or the discrediting of their political opponents. It appears that the UK Daily Mail is not a newspaper, but a propaganda ministry. I think Stephen Fry has implied this, a number of times.



David said...

What was lacking here was responsibility. She knew how disturbed and unstable her son was, yet she didn't make sure the guns in the house were secure from him. I once had an emotionally unstable and anger-prone stepson living with us, and I had to make the decision to disassemble and hide my pump shotgun for fear he could get hold of it. I hated doing that, for we did live in a dodgy neighborhood at the time, but I felt there was more risk of him finding and using in one of his rages than there was of a threat from outside intrusion, and I didn't want to live with the consequences if the unthinkable happened. Gun ownership comes with the responsibility of keeping them secured from the hands of those that have no business having them, particularly if they reside in our own homes.

JaneofVirginia said...

Yes, for years I felt that the likelihood of my multiple young sons locating a weapon was greater than my needing to use one in our home. In those years I chose not to have one. When they grew, and when I got one, it was secured not only from those who could break in and use it against me, but from anyone who may be depressed or not thinking clearly. Although this was unnecessary, after my mother-in-law died suddenly, we turned up at my father-in-laws home to "borrow his hunting rifles" for a few weeks. He understood, and we returned them when he was feeling better. Being a responsible weapon owner does take fortitude sufficient to do the right thing.

lotta joy said...

Of course the news is full of movie stars adding their comments to gun control. For some reason, movie stars supported Obama's re-election and their opinions are looked to for news fodder. No one seems to take into account that these anti-gun people are always surrounded by armed guards. The president and all high profile government 'employees' are equally surrounded by the very guns they feel are unnecessary - for everyone else.

JaneofVirginia said...

Lotta Joy,
Yes, of course that is an issue also. It seems that some of the celebrities want protection only for themselves.