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This from Huffpo:

Peter Lanza, the father of 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who shot to death his mother in their home and then slaughtered 26 people in an elementary school before killing himself, issued the following statement Saturday:

"Our hearts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones and to all those who were injured. Our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. No words can truly express how heartbroken we are. We are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can. We too are asking why. We have cooperated fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so. Like so many of you, we are saddened, but struggling to make sense of what has transpired."

Talk amongst yourselves...

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

    by LiberalLady on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 07:00:28 PM PST

  •  I'd wonder how much contact he had with his son (1+ / 0-)
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    or did he dump him off on his ex-wife and bail.  

    They have the billionaires, We have the Big Dog!

    by Jacoby Jonze on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 07:10:48 PM PST

  •  The Media Is Reporting They Were Estranged..... (5+ / 0-)

    It will come out.  Many questions have been regulated to speculation & incomplete information so far.

    His life, his son's life & his ex-wife's life is going to be investigated to the hilt.  Judging from pictures of her home, she was well off financially.  No one knows what went down inside that home.  Something was off.  

  •  Another Kossack posted that she was a (1+ / 0-)
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    survivalist, stockpiling guns for....something. I wonder if the son was ever diagnosed and treated.

    The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

    by LiberalLady on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 07:22:13 PM PST

  •  The son's disability seems profound, (3+ / 0-)

    from this distance anyway. It seems likely that the mother and father did everything they knew how to do, given their financial ability. There are some disabilities which defy explanation to date, and autism or Aspergers and personality disorder are among them. I think its probably prudent to think that what could have been done for him was done for him, in the clinical sense.

    In the cognitive sense, there are ideas and thought processes which are taught or not taught to young men. One of the ideas which is very popular in America is the rite of passage regarding guns and gun use. It may be that the mother thought she was teaching manhood and independence to her son, and failed to factor in his profound disability in teaching gun use, and this is a mistake many people make.

     It is probably time to start thinking of other Rites of Passage for young men in lieu of gun ownership and use. There should be alternatives.

    In my time, there was the Wilderness Experience, where young men and women full of energy and lustful adventure were given tasks in fighting fires, building trails, exploring the backcountry and identifying trees, plants and animals to learn where we come from. It didnt involve killing anything. It was profound. It is what our kids need now. Connection with the land, and each other. It would work in the context of not shooting things, but interacting with living things.

    The program was called the Youth Conservation Corps, and we made minimum wage in exchange for learning about ourselves and how to manage the country's assets. It needs revival. It must be paid for, but the change in young people would be deep and lasting, as it was for my generation growing up in the 1970's.

    Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

    by OregonOak on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 07:52:08 PM PST

    •  Good points, all (1+ / 0-)
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      We'll learn more but it sounds like the boy was more withdrawn and anxious than anything else -- and that no one interviewed thus far thought him capable of violence. He may have become severely depressed, and desperate, over time with no social skills and then his parents divorce. Yes, there needs to be education for gun-owning parents. All parents.

      The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

      by LiberalLady on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 08:00:11 PM PST

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    •  what disability? (0+ / 0-)

      has something been reported, or are you speculating based on known events?

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 08:22:56 PM PST

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      •  His family said he had autism (1+ / 0-)
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        That is a disability

        The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

        by LiberalLady on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 08:30:39 PM PST

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        •  so you're saying there's a connection between (0+ / 0-)

          his asperger's and this shooting? how do you judge it to be 'profound'? Based on what evidence?

          "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

          by eXtina on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 08:39:09 PM PST

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          •  it's been reported that the mother (2+ / 0-)
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            had to get him from school some days when he became withdrawn and would not participate. it's also been reported that he did not feel physical pain in the normal way, so that they had to pay special attention to him when played ball so he did not injure himself.

            An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

            by mightymouse on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 09:02:34 PM PST

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            •  no 'disability' has been identified (0+ / 0-)

              lots of things being 'reported' are turning out to be untrue
              like the fact that it was her classroom that was attacked
              I want to know specifically what disability the commenter is referring to since none has been identified

              "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

              by eXtina on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 07:01:01 AM PST

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          •  here's something to read (3+ / 0-)
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            a former teacher of his:

            Richard Novia, the school district's head of security until 2008, who also served as adviser for the school technology club, said Lanza clearly "had some disabilities."

            "If that boy would've burned himself, he would not have known it or felt it physically," Novia told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "It was my job to pay close attention to that."

            and
            "He would have an episode, and she'd have to return or come to the high school and deal with it," Novia said, describing how the young man would sometimes withdraw completely "from whatever he was supposed to be doing," whether it was sitting in class or reading a book.

            Adam Lanza "could take flight, which I think was the big issue, and it wasn't a rebellious or defiant thing," Novia said. "It was withdrawal."

            and
            The club gave the boy a place where he could be more at ease and indulge his interest in computers. His anxieties appeared to ease somewhat, but they never disappeared. When people approached him in the hallways, he would press himself against the wall or walk in a different direction, clutching tight to his black case.

            "The behavior would be more like an 8-year-old who refuses to give up his teddy bear," Novia said. "What you knew with Adam is it was a possession. It was not a possession to be put at risk."

            An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

            by mightymouse on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 09:17:48 PM PST

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            •  Here is the problem about gun availability. (2+ / 0-)
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              Even if he had been flagged as unsuitable for gun ownership, it wouldn't have made any difference, since he stole his mother's guns.

              His mother owned at a minimum 2 9mm handguns, and 2 assault rifles, which probably had 30 round magazines.

              What does a suburban divorced schoolteacher do with this kind of arsenal? Why did she not keep them locked away from her unstable son?

          •  here is more to read (0+ / 0-)

            from the Daily News:

            “This was a deeply disturbed kid,” a family insider told the Daily News. “He certainly had major issues. He was subject to outbursts from what I recall.”
            and
            Lanza’s strange behavior was well-known among his well-heeled neighbors in leafy Newtown, Conn. His antics irked several residents.

            “Adam Lanza has been a weird kid since we were 5 years old,” a neighbor and former classmate named Tim Dalton wrote on Twitter. “As horrible as this was, I can't say I am surprised . . . Burn in hell, Adam.”

            of course this is all early reporting - we'll see how the picture changes.

            An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

            by mightymouse on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 09:30:51 PM PST

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  •  I read some things about the mom (2+ / 0-)
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    ...that she was a "survivalist" and that she was "worried about economic collapse".  I don't know if these things are true, but it made me wonder if she was also suffering from some mental health problems.  It's not uncommon for these problems to run in families.  If she was also suffering, that could mean that recognizing her son's difficulties and seeking assistance was more difficult for her.  Just speculation, obviously.

    "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Gandhi

    by Triscula on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 08:15:58 PM PST

  •  Paid more alimony than required (3+ / 0-)

    I read that in the divorce negotiations he offered to pay more aliimony than his lawyer thought he needed to because he wanted to be generous and take care of his family.

  •  You tell us, Peter. (0+ / 0-)

    Did she like to leave her guns and ammo lying all over the fucking house with a mentally ill 20-year-old?

    Preparing for the Mayan doomsday prophecy by hastily trying to get in the good graces of snake-bird god Q’uq’umatz

    by dov12348 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 12:05:15 AM PST

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