We are a just a few days out of the mass killings of those at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, so details of the who, what, when and how are still slowly making it to the media.
However, if some of the current reports are true, we do know that it wasn't just Adam Lanza that was to blame for the deaths of all those kids and adults. It was his mother's fault as well. Before anyone points it out, let me save you the time of typing the message to me, I do realize she too was killed by her son and my response is......
Isn't that a nice slice of irony.
The reports are that Nancy Lanza was a single parent raising her son Adam. So if anyone knew of his mental health issues, she did. And intimately. The reports are the weapons, and specifically the AK-47 style rifle her son Adam used to murder innocent women and children, belonged to Nancy. We are also hearing that she routinely took her 20 year old mentally unstable son with her to the gun range to practice firing.
Let us debate this for two seconds, because two seconds is all it deserves. If there is one segment of our society that should not be allowed to handle a firearm, let alone be trained to use them, it is the mentally ill. Yet this woman.....she knew her son was mentally unstable, had in recent days supposedly shared her concerns about his growing mental inconsistencies, felt it perfectly fine and normal to take him to a shooting range?
Oh yes....in my opinion she has the blood on her hands for all those that lost their lives just as much as her son.
I have had this debate this past weekend with friends. Those that counter my opinion and say that "if not for the guns, 26 people would still be alive." I disagree. Anyone that defends this woman as being a "responsible gun owner" needs to have their gun right revoked. Because anyone that would advocate for placing a gun in the hands of a mentally unstable young man represents the height of irresponsibility in my eyes.
People are doing what they always do following tragic incidents like this. Those that know the shooter(s) well, speak in shock and surprise that the person(s) they know so well would ever be capable of doing such a horrific thing. The pattern continues in that aspects. WE have all heard those that know Nancy and Adam Lanza, speak of them in the most respectful and glowing terms.
I however will not. I will not afford them that level of respect in their deaths.
She was a not a poor, single mother that could ill afford to provide the therapy and treatment her son needed. To the contrary, she was a woman of a certain degree of wealth. There are women in America that aren't afforded the access to therapy for a child in need that she had. It angers me to read all the stories coming forth of her financial generosity to those in her community. As if that distances her from being a negligent parent. Even the wealthy can be irresponsible.
I watched a news show this weekend in which a NRA spokesperson offered up the argument that if all of the teachers and officials in the school had access to guns in their classrooms and offices, maybe they would have been able to better protect themselves and the children. What? Talk about missing the point. So the solution to all of the shootings taking place across America is for every citizen to own and carry a gun? And the NRA wonders why they come under such attack and disagreement.
So what's the point of this article? Why did I choose to post an article in which I attack Nancy Lanza?
Because like everyone else in the wake of this sad event that seeks an answer to why this happened, I know why it happened. It happened because a selfish woman that ignored the fact that her little past time hobby of playing with guns, resulted in her son learning to use weapons effectively. He became the sharp shooter she wanted him to be. SHE is the reason boys, girls, sisters, brothers, aunts, mothers, nieces, grandmothers, friends and neighbors were brutally killed Friday morning, December 14, 2012.
It wasn't the guns that killed these people. It was her irresponsibility that did them in.