The Lanza search warrants

Adam Lanza

Adam Lanza

Newtown Killer’s Obsessions, in Chilling Detail:

The search warrants for the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut were made public on Thursday. You can read the article for the entire list of what they found at the home of Adam Lanza. I’m just going to over a few of the things that caught my attention.

The amount of weaponry that was found leads me to believe that Nancy Lanza may have just been spoiling her son with his obsession. I’ve posted about something similar in the stabbing of James Alenson by John Odgren in the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High stabbing. Odgren was allowed to keep a vast knife collection and stabbed a random target to death in his high school bathroom. The similarities continue between Odgren and Lanza as books on Autism and Asperger’s were found in the Lanza household. As I have mentioned several times in the past people like Odgren and Lanza are not indicative of all Asperger’s patients. They’re not all potential killers waiting to explode and to use Asperger’s as an excuse or defense for murder is just a way of spreading F.U.D.

Here I’m going to show my true ignorance about firearms. The reports say that Lanza was in possession of 10 magazines that held 30 rounds each for the Bushmaster he used in the killings. I have to ask is there any civilian reason for having that many magazines? Are they interchangeable with other firearms? Again, this leads me to believe that Lanza was just a spoiled brat.

There are conflicting reports about whether Lanza was bullied or not while in school. Now before you start the pity party for Lanza let’s remember that he was 20-years-old when he committed mass murder and had been out of school since 10th grade. If you’re holding on to a bullying grudge for that long not only are you in desperate need of mental help but you’re letting your bullies win by letting them live in your head rent free.

Also found at the Lanza home was a crime scene photo of a victim that was covered in blood and draped in plastic and a newspaper clipping about the shooting at Northern Illinois University. Between the NIU clipping, the spreadsheet and the documentation the Nickel Mines shooting I’m starting to lean towards Lanza being nothing more than a copycat killer. I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out that Lanza was a card-carrying mutant. For those of you new to the site that’s the term I sue for people who are admirers of school shooters, especially the Columbine cowards.

And once again the spectre of video games, especially Call of Duty, has been brought up. Video games did not cause Adam Lanza or anybody else to kill. Call of Duty is one of the most popular games in modern-day video game history and there have not been a rash of killings because of this or any other game. They are not ‘murder-simulators’ as some people like to call them. They don’t teach you how to shoot or how to handle a gun unless your gun is controlled by an Xbox controller.

There is only one thing responsible for the senseless death and tragedy at Newtown and that was Adam Lanza and nothing else. While we may never know his actual motive it’s pointless trying to blame guns or video games or other inanimate objects. Evil is created in the mind not through a lifeless hunk of metal or plastic.

  • b

    Trench, the number of magazines in the Lanza household is normal for competition shooters (Three Gun Comps, etc.) Obviously this wasn’t the case for the Lanzas. I agree that video games do not incite people to kill, and I feel this is also true for having firearms in a home. I grew up using both, was bullied, and never had the slightest inclination to harm anyone. I do think it was incredibly irresponsible of Nancy Lanza to allow this considering her nitwit son didn’t seem to have a complete grasp of reality or basic human interaction. If he could barely manage to drive a car, or walk in a crowded hallway then he should NOT have had access to weaponry.

    • http://gplus.to/trenchreynolds Trench Reynolds

      Thank you for that. I didn’t even think about competition shooting but like you said this obviously wasn’t the case here.

      I couldn’t agree with your comment more BTW.

      • b

        NP, many if not most AR-15s are owned by people who at least dabble in some form of competition shooting. They’re personally not my thing, but the reasons for owning them are much more varied than the media makes it seem.

        I think it’s disturbing how everyone ignored or encouraged his delusional relationship with video games that had a violent element. He was even known by his technology teacher to be overly absorbed in the killing, and took way too much pleasure from the gruesome bits. This is especially apparent by his shooting methods at Sandy Hook since he discharded magazines before he’d made it past half the rounds. That’s definitely something he got from his creepy video game fantasies as nobody is ever taught to shoot in such a manner (switching out magazines that still have rounds) in real life.

        • http://gplus.to/trenchreynolds Trench Reynolds

          I didn’t know that he discarded half empty magazines. I’ve been around enough police and military to know that they are trained to use the entire magazine in crisis situations.

  • Vega

    Really you would only have that many magazines because of the range. You bring 10 mags to the range, you don’t have to spend time to reload a magazine in between shooting. An empty magazine can be changed out in fractions of a second, so really limiting the capacity of them has no practical application for preventing mass shootings. A blanket assault weapons ban like the one from 1994-2004 (which was pretty limp dicked and full of loopholes, IMO) would have certainly hampered a guy like James Holmes, since he purchased his firearms after deciding to go on a rampage. For a guy like Lanza, who already has that sort of hardware available to him, it wouldn’t make a difference. A control that could make a tangible difference would be a national registry of weapon sales, but ask the NRA about why such ideas never take off. I don’t know what all the insane NRA hyperbole is all about, they already have their weapons obviously, which would be ‘grandfathered in’ under any new legislation. I guess you would have to believe Obama is a commie out to steal yer guns to believe the whole slippery slope argument the NRA posits, and I don’t think they really believe that, but it’s an easier argument to sell to those sorts of conservatives.

    There’s also the formerly conceptual, now practical idea of Defense Distributed, making an Open Source assault rifle out of plastic components from 3D printers. We’re about to enter a brave new world with these mostly plastic, serial number free guns. As an NYT reporter covering 3D printing pointed out the people that are usually “in to” 3D printing are affluent teenagers. The cost of entry, for a printer with the capacity to make firearms components, is about $15,000. That will only drop from here, and the cheaper it gets, the more these weapons are going to turn up. Mark my words, everything will change the first time one of these weapons is used in a crime.