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Adam Lanza: evil, or mentally ill?

RJ~PWCM~JLA 2012/12/19 02:35:12
New information is coming to light about Adam Lanza, the twenty-year old who committed the Connecticut school shootings.

Apparently, Lanza's mother was planning to have him committed to a psychiatric facility. The police have confirmed that they are examining this information as a possible motive for Lanza's actions.

My own personal view is that Lanza was not "evil." He was a young man suffering from mental illness, who never received the help he needed to get better. I'd even go as far to say that the fact that we still view mentally ill people as "evil" at times is a hindrance to those people getting the help they need.

Did the system fail him? Probably.

Did his parents fail him? Before I'd ever say that, I'd walk a mile in their shoes first.

Could a better job have been done by society getting him the help he needed? Most definitely.

(Caveat: the media has gotten SO many things SO wrong on this incident, that there is no way of telling how accurate any of this information is.)

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  • MiniB 2012/12/19 02:53:55
    MiniB
    +7
    This is my opinion on this person.

    He doesn't deserve to have anyone remember him or his name. He was a CHILD KILLER... his name should not be remembered, his face not shown, and he should never be spoken of... Let his legacy die instead of growing for some new sicko to obsess over.

    The ONLY people who should be remember are the children and the adults who paid to protect their students with their lives.... they are worth remembering...

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  • Cat 2013/01/01 17:57:05
    Cat
    Was Lt Col Custer evil or mentally ill when he attacked the friendly Cheyenne village at Wachitaw Creek in "The Indian Nations" and slaughtered dozens of friendly Indian children?
    You people make me sick.
    Only they and God knows what was their motivation,
    Questions like these only trivialize historically tragic events.
  • Kibbles 2012/12/23 21:37:16
    Kibbles
    You can't "help" some people. Whatever happened to crazy? Nowadays some feel that it's no specific person's fault except society. I say wrong. Place the blame where it belongs. What do I think could have been done to prevent this. Place the despicable cur in a mental facility under heavy medication and keep him there. The man was an extreme danger to himself and others.
  • Bocephus 2012/12/22 07:07:37
  • thefatguy 2012/12/21 21:43:57
    thefatguy
    There is no such thing as "evil". All acts described as "evil" are acts by mentally unhealthy people. No mentally healthy person commits murder. It is impossible.
  • AL 2012/12/21 04:21:02
    AL
    A Very evil act, from one cazy S.O.B.alright
  • Stix 2012/12/20 19:21:26 (edited)
    Stix
    You can't shoot 20 children and not be anything but pure evil
  • Elaine Magliacane 2012/12/20 14:26:03
    Elaine Magliacane
    I view political correctness as PART of the problem, if you can't call someone CRAZY, CRAZY, or retarded, RETARDED... how can you help them... people want to IGNORE reality... and some crazy people are EVIL, and some aren't but if they are over the age of 13 they may be a danger to themselves or other unless institutionalized... but we emptied the Mental hospitals years ago... those people now roam the streets and are called 'homeless'... we are reaping the PC wind... call a spade a spade because if you can't name it, you don't see it... but it is STILL THERE and might bite you.
  • Fariborz-Zak 2012/12/20 06:21:02
    Fariborz-Zak
    mentally ill
  • observer 2012/12/20 02:20:19
    observer
    He was mentally ill.
  • Tordgaard 2012/12/19 23:19:41
    Tordgaard
    Honestly, it's hard to imagine anyone "with a full deck" would kill anyone for no reason so this person must have had mental problems - however - he wasn't insane; he seems to have known what he was doing. So, he was also an evil person. [IMO]
  • Shadowy 2012/12/19 23:04:03
    Shadowy
    Both. I think...
  • Blade 2012/12/19 22:16:15
    Blade
    BOTH
  • mich52 2012/12/19 20:34:44
  • Aksana 2012/12/19 20:32:01
    Aksana
    +1
    l agree with you 100%
  • Straud1976 2012/12/19 20:17:15
    Straud1976
    +2
    Obviously mentally ill.
  • Thomas G Towns 2012/12/19 19:58:28
    Thomas G Towns
    +1
    Both...but if his mother thought he should be committed she should have gotten the guns out of the house. In most states they have a PERT team Psychological Evaluation Response Team usually consisting of a few police and a couple of psychologist. If they concur after confronting the subject they do a 72 hour hold at a hospital.
  • SneakyPete 2012/12/19 19:18:20
    SneakyPete
    BOTH.....
  • Bronar 2012/12/19 19:03:52
    Bronar
    Both.
  • gary 2012/12/19 18:56:49
  • mind-pilot 2012/12/19 18:45:09
    mind-pilot
    He was mentally ill. But it, apparently, runs in the family. The mother knew she had a nut case on her hands. The "system" isn't responsible for the kid. She's conservative. She was directly responsible for the kid. She and her xhusband. They sired the child. They knew he was nuts.
    Then they were so nuttly they waited and she gets killed with her own gun. How nutty of a family is that? They knew. They taught the guy how to kill them. Then they allowed the nut-job to kill them.
    Nope. The whole family needs to take responsibility for the guy. The dad needs to answer for the sins of his son. After all, he had the opportunity to commit both of them.
  • sbtbill 2012/12/19 18:11:08
    sbtbill
    I heard he may have been a victim of lyme disease which would mean he was enraged by a parasite.
  • frank 2012/12/19 18:00:51
    frank
    I would would say YES on both counts.
  • Harley Quinn 2012/12/19 17:29:49 (edited)
    Harley Quinn
    +2
    Mentally ill. And yes, I know he had Asperger's Syndrome as well, but that does not have anything to do with what happened...I'm also an Aspie and I shy away from violence.
  • Max 2012/12/19 17:21:53
    Max
    Apparently, Adam Lanza was taking antipsychotic drugs. Those drugs can make a normal person do crazy things, but he wasn't quite normal, because of his Asperger's syndrome.

    http://www.businessinsider.co...
  • Tastentier Max 2012/12/19 18:02:33 (edited)
    Tastentier
    +1
    I had a feeling that the problem wasn't that he *didn't* get treatment, but rather that he did. Thanks for confirming my suspicions.

    PS: What the article doesn't mention is that all atypical antipsychotics work in a very similar way. They all have the same side effects, and they are all linked to a higher incidence of homicide and suicide. The latter also goes for antidepressants as well as anti-anxiety and ADHD meds (see http://healthland.time.com/20... )

    PPS: A recently published long-term study proves that schizophrenic people who don't take antipsychotics experience less frequent psychotic episodes and longer periods of recovery: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p...
    I understand the urge to help the so-called mentally ill, but we first have to devise treatment methods that actually do more good than harm. Our current methods of treatment aren't any more effective than icepick lobotomies, electroshock treatments, ice water baths and other torture methods of previous centuries in the name of mental health.
  • kevracer 2012/12/19 17:20:27
    kevracer
    +1
    mentally ill obviously

    a sane person doesn't shoot up a school full of kids
  • 3275513 2012/12/19 16:39:37
    3275513
    i would never inteend on killing my own mother yes there are times when i want to kill her but she is my mother i love her to death even when she makes me mad i want to take her head of but instead i take it her way because she brought me into this world she can easily take me out!! he has to be evil to kill his mother and then 20 kids and 6 adults i mean wow hes evil in so many ways!!
  • 3275513 2012/12/19 16:36:00
    3275513
    EEEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVVIIIIII...
  • Karlheinz 2012/12/19 16:28:16
    Karlheinz
    he just needed extra attention.
  • Tresa 2012/12/19 16:00:21
    Tresa
    +1
    Mentally ill person who committed an act of evil.
    I'm not cutting his wonderful mother any slack either. She knew she had a mentally challenged son but still saw fit to teach him to be a top notch shot and give him access to weapons. She made it easy for him to commit this crime.
  • Mike 2012/12/19 15:59:31
    Mike
    probably has Asperger's
  • luigi1- in god we trust 2012/12/19 15:53:55 (edited)
    luigi1- in god we trust
    Neither. According to liberals, society is to blame. It's never the criminal's fault.

    Yesterday they were tooting his likable qualities & a model student, never mind the 20 dead kids. Typical liberal reasoning.
  • mikeyd1963 luigi1-... 2013/03/15 18:34:16
    mikeyd1963
    Typical conservative BROAD GENERALIZATION.

    According to this gun toting liberal, mommy is responsible. She purchased the weapons, she taught him how to shoot and she knew that all 8 cylinders weren't functioning properly in her son's brain.

    But thanks for pretending you know me better than I do.
  • ronbo 2012/12/19 15:38:59
    ronbo
    +2
    I have to go with evil. To first shoot the woman who brought you into the world in the face and kill her and then victimize a group of innocent children is just pure evil. I,m sure the gun haters will disagree because they,re to busy blaming the guns and the NRA instead of the monster shooting them.
  • Dave0626 2012/12/19 15:25:45
    Dave0626
    +2
    Both. But what he did was an act of deliberate vengeance with hate and premeditation in his mind. Which shows me he knew exactly what he was doing. It was not something out of his control. And I reserve no sympathy for him at all. His mother Should have kept her plans to have him committed a secret from him, as well as should have had all her friggin guns locked away in a vault in the next state! Adam may have inherited his mental illness from her!
  • superangrymonkey 2012/12/19 15:21:54
    superangrymonkey
    +1
    He was both evil and mentally ill. It sounds to me that "society" was trying to get him the help he needed. You can't help people beyond help.
  • Todd Parsons 2012/12/19 14:43:55
    Todd Parsons
    +2
    Both. mentally ill people are much more open to evil due to the diminished faculties
  • Risk 2012/12/19 14:42:34
    Risk
    +2
    ONE SICK@$$ ....

    dork
  • TXGirl 2012/12/19 14:42:08
    TXGirl
    +1
    Mentally ill and with all the budget cuts to mental health programs and facilities closing down because of it there are VERY few resources available.
  • RJ~PWCM... TXGirl 2012/12/19 15:22:27
    RJ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    That's a real problem, then. We can't continue to let mentally ill people go untreated.

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