What an unconscionable act it is to kill an innocent child. This is not an excusable act of a mentally ill person, one who was not much more than a child himself, this was evil. Adam Lanza may have been mentally ill but is difficult to argue that this is nothing other than just pure and senseless evil. Killing his mother may have been a symptom of illness but getting into her car, driving to the school and killing defenseless, innocent children goes far beyond that.
The pain the parents of the dead children must feel is beyond my comprehension. For this to happen a little over a week away from the happiest, most anticipated and most hopeful time of these young children carries a special viciousness. Now do the grieving parents not only have to deal with the immediate shock of losing their children, they have to go home to a Christmas tree with presents for their dead children underneath it as reminders of loss, presents from Santa hidden away or being shipped have become instruments of despair and there will be another trip to the depths of Hell on Christmas morning when daybreak is greeted with silence instead of the sound of laughter and joy.
I can hardly write this, I can only imagine the pain and anguish that must cause. It is unbearable just to contemplate, much less to experience. I just want to hug my kids.
I don’t even want to write what I’m about to write but rather than focus on the real issues here, the morbid ghouls on the left are already using this tragedy to call for gun control…David Frum took to Twitter only hours after the murders with a callous and obscene tweet:
He’s now furiously walking it back
Ace at AOSHQ noted:
Making a Second Amendment argument in the aftermath shouldn’t be one of the immediate responses but since you know that it is coming, if you own a gun, that is unfortunately the thought – I’m ashamed to say that it entered my mind almost immediately after I heard the initial reports yesterday. I knew that the bodies would not get cold before the chattering classes started turning up the rhetoric on gun control and How Something Must Be Donetm, meaning that guns must be taken away from the public, another article of faith of liberals.
I will agree with them about gun control, it strikes me as that kind of issue, just not the way that they are using it. As far as has been reported, these weapons were legally obtained and owned by Lanza’s mother, Nancy, who also appears to be his first victim. I have to ask, if it is known that Adam Lanza was autistic or did have Asperger’s Syndrome, why did Nancy Lanza not either secure her weapons or make the choice to get rid of them? How is it that it is the government’s responsibility to assess her situation and not hers?
BBC Health notes that there are three main aspects to Asperger syndrome:
Difficulty with communication. Although a person with Asperger syndrome may be able to speak fluently, sometimes there are difficulties judging or understanding the reactions of those they are talking to. Common problems include:
- Failing to notice the body language of others.
- Appearing insensitive to the feelings or views of the listener.
- Continually talking, unaware of the listener’s interest.
- Appearing over-precise in what they say.
- Taking comments literally (for example, misunderstanding jokes, metaphors or colloquialisms).
Difficulty in social relationships. People with Asperger syndrome often enjoy or want to develop social contacts but find mixing with others very hard. In particular, they have problems with:
- Understanding non-verbal signals such as body language, gestures, facial expressions and tone of voice.
- Obsessions with objects, interests or routines which tend to interfere further with building social relationships (this is known as stereotyped or repetitive behaviour).
Lack of imagination and creative play. Children with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above intelligence, and may be particularly good at learning facts and figures. However, they may also lack imagination and find creative play or thinking in the abstract very difficult.
This means they may be particularly good at topics such as maths or history, but struggle with subjects such as philosophy, religious education or creative arts.
Autism presents even more severe aspects of Asperger’s, including a distinct lack of empathy. Is this the kind of person who should have access to a firearm? Who in their right mind believes that?
There will be rants that if guns just weren’t available to the public, this would never have happened. I agree – but where we differ is that Nancy Lanza should have been the control point and secured these weapons away from a person clearly not mentally capable of handling them outside of direct supervision, not the federal government. Period.
If we are going to support the Second Amendment, and I do, we also have to recognize the role and responsibility of the gun owner to keep our weapons out of the hands of people like Adam Lanza.
But the same people who will call for the confiscation of guns will also be the first in line to “mau mau” anyone who tries to judge a mentally ill person for their actions, they will excuse every action of criminals because they were not hugged enough as a child and will tell the world that the
National North American Man-Boy Love Association is just another lifestyle – that we can’t judge because there is no good or evil. They will not ever take responsibility for destroying the ability and responsibility for society to separate good and evil, to discriminate and call a spade a spade.
Bullshit. We can’t be so stupid to think that we can put an open, gallon paint can full of gasoline next to a campfire and not expect an explosion. If I have a kid who shows a distinct lack of empathy, there is no rational way I could support that person having a gun – or even access to one. We have to make a choice; we have to say to ourselves that we are going to put the lid back on the can.
There is simply no logical way to make the argument that if Adam Lanza did not have access to these guns that this slaughter would not have happened – and those who do are being dishonest. There is also no way to tell a grieving parent that if only the teachers were carrying a side arm that this would not have happened – no doubt that would have been a deterrent but Lanza was clearly insane and undeterred by any level of personal risk…but if the liberals want to make arguments that the absence of weapons are the answer, we must also assert that if Lanza were not there, there would have been no shootings and/or that if these weapons had been in a gun safe that only Nancy Lanza knew the combination to, that it wouldn’t have happened.
Should we just institutionalize every person with autism or Asperger’s? That’s makes as much sense as removing guns from society. The guns were the tools of the insanity of Adam Lanza, not the cause of it. Sure, the guns made it easier for him to kill, but they are not the reason. Nancy Lanza paid for her lack of responsibility with her life - unfortunately so did 20 innocent children.
My heart bleeds for the families of these blessed little children and my rage is reserved for Adam Lanza, who pulled the trigger, the mother who enabled him, the liberals who are politicizing this tragedy and the evil that drives people to kill innocents.