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Aspereger’s did not cause Newtown

Don’t Blame Adam Lanza’s Violence on Asperger’s:

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Adam Lanza

I can’t believe we keep having to go over this. Then again it’s hard to wage a war on ignorance when the ignorant want to stay that way.

For those of you who may not know Asperger’s Syndrome is a form of Autism where the sufferer has trouble with social situations and has trouble discerning different types of speech like sarcasm. That’s just a very basic explanation of it. What Asperger’s doesn’t do is turn someone into a homicidal maniac.

Yes there have been violent killers who have suffered from Asperger’s. The one’s that come to mind for me are William Freund, John Odgren, and of course Adam Lanza.

Another thing that Asperger’s doesn’t do is that it doesn’t diminish your ability to tell right from wrong. While Asperger’s may be seen as a mental disease Lanza and the others knew full well what they were doing and what they were doing was wrong. Newtown was not just some outburst. Lanza had planned it for months as did Freund and Odgren. The only drawback in these cases with Asperger’s, if you can call it a drawback, is that Apserger’s patients tend to be highly intelligent and organized hence the ‘success’ of these attacks. However these attacks are the exception and not the rule.

The problem is that too many people in our society believe correlation is causation. They believe that since these killers had Asperger’s that everyone that has Asperger’s is a potential mass murderer. It also doesn’t help that too many criminal defense lawyers are using Asperger’s as a defense in murder trials, as shown with that of John Odgren. Then lastly there’s the people who have self-diagnosed themselves as having Asperger’s. Asperger’s cannot just be diagnosed by going to WebMD. It has to be diagnosed by a medical professional. If you tell people you have Asperger’s and you’ve never seen a doctor about it chances are you’re just an anti-social jerk.

Stop living in fear of everything. Knowledge is power and the more knowledge you have the better off we’ll all be.

Russian Columnist: Don’t blame society for school shooting

Society Wrong to Blame Itself in School Shooting:

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Whenever there is a school shooting in America the pundits and talking heads are quick to point blame at just about anything. We’ve all seen it before. They blame video games, movies, music, The 2nd Amendment, etc. America is quickly becoming the land people who aren’t responsible for their own actions.

It seems with the shooting at School No. 263 in Moscow, Russia is ironically following in the footsteps of its former cold war enemy. Not necessarily blaming the same things but deflecting responsibility from the shooter nonetheless.

That’s why I posted the link above. It’s to an editorial from the Moscow Times by Yulia Latynina. In it she says who we really should blame for these kinds of shootings.

Amazingly, the authorities call for “ensuring” this and “checking” that. They, and those who hold that the boy was the victim of an oppressive education by his parents and that the gunshot was a “cry of desperation,” both subscribe to one terrible idea — that personal responsibility does not exist.

I urge you to read the entire article.

I find it funny that considering this is the first Russian school shooting and it didn’t take a Russian journalist to state the obvious truth while here in America too many media types will lay blame elsewhere and make martyrs out of cold-blooded killers.

Russia has its first school shooting at School No. 263

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Two dead after gunman takes students hostage in Moscow school:

First-Ever School Shooting Prompts Debate on Security:

Today Russia had its first school shooting ever at School No. 263 in Moscow. Student Sergei Gordeyev, armed with his father’s legally owned rifles is said to have shot and killed geography teacher Andrei Kirillov and a police officer. Gordeyev also took about 20 students hostage before releasing them and finally being arrested by police. So far no motive has been given.

If you’re thinking to yourself this is not Russia’s first school shooting you’re probably thinking of the Beslan hostage crisis in 2004 where 396 people were killed by armed terrorists.

I’m actually shocked that this is Russia’s first school shooting. In Russia citizens are allowed to own guns as long as their registered. In a country that size how have they gone this long without a school shooting? While I’m not an authority on Russian culture one could assume that the students in Russia probably don’t have near the false sense of entitlement of their American counterparts and their parents probably aren’t as oblivious to their children’s actions.

Since Gordeyev is a minor he is only looking at 10 years but then again it is Russia.

More on this as details become available and my schedule allows.

UPDATE 4/10/2014: The Russian courts have ruled that Gordeyev will be held in custody until at least August for now. Currently he is undergoing a psych eval.

Of chimps and Autism: A lesson in journalism on Sandy Hook

Adam Lanza

Adam Lanza

Two stories came out this past week about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. One the media took and ran with while the other has received little to no attention. As usual it’s my opinion that the media picked the wrong one.

The story that has been all over the news is that gunman Adam Lanza may called into an anarchist radio show in Oregon to talk about Travis the Chimp. Travis was that chimp in Connecticut that went um…apeshit….and mauled that woman’s face off. So what? He called an off beat radio show to speak about an off beat topic. Even though Lanza said this about the incident

“His attack can be seen entirely parallel to the attacks and random acts of violence that you bring up on your show every week, committed by humans, which the mainstream also has no explanation,” Lanza says of Travis at one point.

“I just … don’t think it would be such a stretch to say that he very well could have been a teenage mall shooter or something like that.”

I don’t see how this is relevant to explaining the motive behind the shooting itself. This is National Enquirer stuff which doesn’t surprise me since the first national news outlet to break the story was the New York Daily News.

Now the story that got no attention whatsoever was this story where Matthew Lerner, a psychology professor at Stony Brook University, told the commission investigating Sandy Hook that there is no link between Autism and violence.

This is the story that should have gotten the press that the chimp story did. Asperger’s has become the 2nd de facto excuse for school violence after bullying. It’s yet to be used as a successful defense. Yet there are people who will think that because of people like Lanza that all Asperger’s patients or Autistics are all potential mass murderers.

We have too much ignorance in this country as it is and it’s partly because the media is more concerned about ratings and page views than educating the populace or reporting the truth.

Berrendo shooter charged as juvenile

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12-year-old Mason Campbell has been charged as a juvenile in the Berrendo Middle School shooting in which he shot two other students with a 20 gauge shotgun. Under New Mexico law the suspect has to be at least 14 before they can be charged as an adult.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand maybe 12-years-old is too young to charge someone as an adult in a shooting where no one died. Then again he did shoot one of his victims, 12-year-old Nathaniel Tavarez, in the face. Here’s what condition Nathaniel is in after the shooting…

Gov. Susana Martinez said Thursday the boy who was shot in the face and neck at a New Mexico middle school is heavily sedated and on a breathing machine, but his doctors are optimistic.

Martinez told reporters the student remained in critical condition at a Lubbock, Texas, hospital and doctors have repaired slight damage to his heart. She also said his face and head are covered in pockmarks from the shotgun pellets, and both of his eyes were injured.

Not exactly a minor scrape.

Still no word on how the shotgun was obtained or who it belonged to. All we know is it’s allegedly ‘from the home’. Even if it turned out to have belonged to the parents and was not properly stored I seriously doubt they’ll face any charges. I can’t think of one instance where any parent was charged for allowing their kids access to the guns in a situation like this. I’d be willing to let more shooters serve juvenile sentences if their parents were charged as accomplices.

UPDATE 4/10/2014: Campbell has been ruled competent to stand trial.

More on the Berrendo Middle School shooting

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The gunman from Tuesday’s shooting at Berrendo Middle School has been identified as 12-year-old Mason Campbell. I’m not exactly sure why his name has been made public since he has not been charged as an adult and I get the feeling he won’t be. Also after it was reported that the boy he shot may have been his target the actual police are saying that’s not the case.

“When the incident occurred, the victims were random,” New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said.

As usual a lot of conclusions were jumped to by the media in the initial reports that came out about the attacks. You think the media would learn their lesson by now but in today’s journalism it’s better to be first than right.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post the weapon used was a 20 gauge shotgun. The gun was in fact taken from the house. It was loaded with three shells that were all used in the attack. Police say there was no other ammunition than that. Reports also say that the stock of the gun was sawed off to make the gun more of a pistol grip type of shotgun. So if the gun belonged to his parents how long was it among the missing while the stock was being sawed off and then taken to school. Do you want to know a really good way to keep guns out of our schools so situations like this don’t happen? Parents who own guns need to keep them locked up, and by locked up I don’t mean leaving the key lying around so anyone can get to the guns. I don’t own a gun, if I did I make damn sure I knew where it was at all times no matter how many of them I owned. I have no problem with people who own guns as long as their responsible with them. Obviously too many parents today are not responsible gun owners.

Lastly a lot of media outlets are making a big deal over the fact that Campbell may have warned some kids before the shooting. They try to make it sound like the onus is on the kids who he told to tell someone in authority. Except he didn’t warn anybody days or even hours in advance. He supposedly warned them right before it happened. I’m sure the kids he did warn probably didn’t have time enough to do anything.

Still no word on any kind of motive.

The Arapahoe High School shooting

Claire Davis

Claire Davis

while I was taking some downtime from the blog another school shooting happened. This was the shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado on December 13th. The media were quick to point out the school’s proximity to Columbine. I believe the actual distance is 8 miles while the media made it out to be like the school was next door to Columbine. While even I’ll admit that suburban Colorado has had an inordinate amount of shootings in some of its schools since Columbine it’s all been coincidence. But I digress.

On the 13th, 18-year-old Karl Pierson stormed the school armed with a shotgun, machete and Molotov cocktails. Reports say that he was looking for his debate team coach Tracy Murphy. He fired 3 rounds from his shotgun, one that struck 17-year-old Clare Davis. Ms. Davis was originally taken to the hospital in critical condition but later succumbed to her wounds 9 days later. After being unable to quickly find Murphy, Pierson took the coward’s way out by shooting himself.

As usual after the shooting a better picture of Pierson’s motive emerged but so did a familiar pattern by the media. Take this article from CNN for example. They were already setting up for the bullying angle.

One neighbor described him as bright but a social misfit whose peers ridiculed him. His mother had transferred him from another high school because of the mockery and altercations, the neighbor said.

Surprisingly however prior to that paragraph they published why Pierson may have been ‘ridiculed’. Pierson is said to have been a self-admitted communist who felt the need to always be on the winning end of an argument. You put those two things together and it’s more than likely that people just thought he was a jerk. That’s not ridicule or bullying if you invite it on yourself.

It’s said that Pierson was looking for revenge against his debate team coach. Could it be that the snowflake finally lost an argument or was told that one of his points was factually incorrect? It seems to me that Pierson was just another self-entitled brat who couldn’t handle his own inadequacies and decided to resort to violence instead. Sadly for his hubris an innocent 17-year-old girl who had nothing to do with the situation is dead. As always these cowards like Pierson only inflict misery on the innocent at the expense of their own failures.

Misdirection by the media on the Sandy Hook report

Recently the state of Connecticut made public all its files on the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Meanwhile the national media has transfixed on two things that have nothing to do with the actual shooting in my opinion.

The first is this picture of a young Adam Lanza…

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That’s a young Adam Lanza dressed in camos, teething on what appears to be a gun in front of a gun rack. First off the gun he’s holding is probably a toy and this picture could be of any number of kids who were and are raised in rural America. That doesn’t make them potential mass killers. As a matter of fact, kids who are raised around guns are usually less likely to become killers since they’re taught to respect firearms and are well-educated on the damage they can do. I’m not here to argue the merits or drawbacks of the 2nd Amendment but guns did not make Adam Lanza a mass murderer.

Another thing the media is making a big deal about is the fact that a psychiatrist who once treated Lanza voluntarily gave up his license because he allegedly had a sexual relationship with one of his patients. He briefly treated Lanza and barely remembered him. The doctor surrendered his license in 2012. This didn’t cause Lanza to become a mass murderer either.

Again Lanza became a mass murderer because he was allowed to have an unhealthy obsession about previous school shootings and was allowed easy access to weapons by his mother. People with Asperger’s can tend to have obsessions over one particular subject, Adam Lanza’s were mass killings and no one discouraged him from it. Another case of Not My Kid Syndrome.

Sandy Hook report released

Newtown gunman Adam Lanza had ‘obsession’ with Columbine:

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Adam Lanza

Another story that I’ve been woefully behind on is that of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year. Back in late November the state of Connecticut released their final report. You can read a PDF of the report here.

What a lot of media outlets have been focusing on is that Adam Lanza was obsessed with Columbine. I was about to dismiss this as media hyperbole again especially considering that Lanza had a not only a spreadsheet that detailed numerous mass murders but he also had newspaper clippings and documentation on the shootings at NIU and Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. That was until I read the report.

On page 27 of the report it states that among the evidence that was seized from Lanza’s room were ‘large amount of materials relating to Columbine shootings.’ So Lanza was just another copycat mutant, an anti-social loser with no originality. And just like his coward heroes the only way he could make himself feel relevant was through the barrel of a gun. Also just like his coward heroes he took the coward’s way out making the flames of hell burn just a little more yellow.

Also listed in the evidence seized were ‘materials regarding the topic of pedophilia and advocating for rights for pedophiles.’ So not only was he a mutant but he was pedo-defending scum too.

Yes there’s a Sandy Hook video game and why you shouldn’t be outraged

Sandy Hook-inspired game sparks outrage:

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Yep, someone actually made a video game about the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. While most people are outraged my first thought was “What took them so long?” although not in a good way.

First off let’s discuss the term ‘video game’ in this situation. This is not a game you can go to the store and buy. It was not developed by Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo or any one of their many licensed developers. This game was made by a single idiot in Flash, possibly in a parent’s basement, then posted on the internet for everyone to see.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way I actually played the game. It starts off in Historic Mode where you simplistically reenact the actions of Adam Lanza on that December day. The object is to go from room to room shooting as many teachers and students as possible after shooting your mother in the head. You have 10 minutes to kill as many as possible and once time runs out the game says the police have arrived and your character commits suicide. Once you finished Historic Mode it unlocks Gun Control mode. In this scenario you’re using a katana instead of a gun. When that mode is completed it unlocks a third mode where the teachers are armed. In case you were wondering I scored the highest on the armed teacher level.

When you complete the game you can hear a recorded message from the game’s creator stating that the game was made since after living in Texas the designer lived in Australia where they have tight gun control and believes the US should follow suit. In a nutshell he claims this game was made in support of gun control, but I call bullshit.

The game was made by one Ryan Lanbourn. If the name sounds familiar he made a similar game in 2007 called V-Tech Rampage about the Virginia Tech shootings. Was he arguing for gun control back then? Not really. He was extorting the internet instead.

I will take this game down from newgrounds if the donation amount reaches $1000 US, i’ll take it down from here if it reaches $2000 US, and i will apologize if it reaches $3000 US.

The newgrounds he speaks of is Newgrounds.com which hosts all sorts of tasteless games but surprisingly they have taken the Sandy Hook game down.

Now here’s why you shouldn’t be outraged. First of Lambourn is nothing but a troll and lives off of your outrage and as you should know by now you never feed the troll. Secondly in this day and age of the internet some jackass is going to post something that’s offensive after every tragedy that happens. If we’re outraged every time they do this they’ll just continue with every tragedy that happens. That’s why I was surprised it took this long for the game to become public knowledge. It took less than a month for Lambourn’s Virginia Tech game to come out.

So in conclusion stop being a bunch of knee jerkers and pearl twisters every time some assclown does something offensive. You’re only guaranteeing they’ll do it again.

Here’s his picture from 2007 by the way.

Ryan Lambourn

Ryan Lambourn