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Sandy Hook Spree Killerís Mother Was About to Commit Son to A Mental Hospital
The Truth About Guns ^ | 12/19/12 | Robert Farago

Posted on 12/19/2012 12:55:35 PM PST by Mozilla

“The gunman who slaughtered 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school may have snapped because his mother was planning to commit him to a psychiatric facility,” foxnews.com reports. A former U.S. Marine appears to be Fox’s primary source for the story. “From what I’ve been told, [spree killer Adam Lanza, above second row, second from the right] was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed,” Flashman told Fox. “Adam was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he was really, really angry. I think this could have been it, what set him off.” The Sun newspaper [UK] cites local plumber Peter Wlasuk, who says Adam Lanza lived in the family’s windowless basement where he played Call of Duty. FWIW.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: adamlanza; guncontrol; newtown; sandyhook; secondamendment

1 posted on 12/19/2012 12:55:41 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

First abandoned by his father, then abandoned by his mother. Now the State will take care of him (NOT).

I see that it didn’t take long for his father to find a replacement wife after the divorce.

Any guesses what some of the contributing reasons were for a young man who went beserk?


2 posted on 12/19/2012 12:59:48 PM PST by veritas2002
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To: Mozilla

Good grief, did she have her firearms properly secured, then? Millions of people are losing access to normal magazines and firearms because somebody was careless and the monsters who are destroying our country were waiting with open mouths.


3 posted on 12/19/2012 1:00:24 PM PST by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: Mozilla

Hearsay. Didn’t that cop warn people not to do this?


4 posted on 12/19/2012 1:02:27 PM PST by ILS21R (Everything is a conspiracy. No? You're living in one.)
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To: Mozilla

This seems to be a Phil Hartman story on steroids.

“By the way, I’m committing you to a hospital. Good night!”


5 posted on 12/19/2012 1:04:31 PM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: veritas2002

The poor woman couldn’t win. People have been excoriating her for not getting him enough help, now your lovely little comment about “abandonment”. Unless you’ve LIVED through this, you have NO idea what it’s like. It takes an immensely strong person not to crack.


6 posted on 12/19/2012 1:06:02 PM PST by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
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To: veritas2002

She should have committed him long before that, but it’s very difficult. Supposedly, part of the divorce agreement was that his father would participate in any decisions involving his care, and I don’t know if that ever happened, either.

You actually can’t get somebody committed (particularly in CT, which is one of only six states that doesn’t even have involuntary outpatient treatment) even if you want to, so that part of the story is false. However, I think she was trying to get a conservatorship so that she could handle his finances, because his father was establishing a trust fund for him and his mother was trying to get him into an engineering program in a school in another city or possibly state. According to her family, she planned to go and live near him so that she could look after him and handle his affairs.

If that’s the case, she was certainly in denial, but that’s not uncommon with the parents of mentally ill children, especially if there has been a divorce in the family (probably contributed to by disputes over how to handle their son).


7 posted on 12/19/2012 1:09:06 PM PST by livius
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To: veritas2002

I’m going to guess the inherent mental illness he suffered from, but that’s just me.


8 posted on 12/19/2012 1:11:47 PM PST by Shadow44
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To: livius

A news radio report at 2PM today mentioned that she had traveled to several different states looking to move close by to a health care facility for her son. Maybe the engineering school was a tale she made up for casual acquaintances.

The entire story will takes weeks to come out.


9 posted on 12/19/2012 1:18:14 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Mozilla

http://www.businessinsider.com/adam-lanza-taking-antipsychotic-fanapt-2012-12


10 posted on 12/19/2012 1:28:58 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Politicalmom

“The poor woman couldn’t win...”

No, she couldn’t. Her husband left her and started a new family. He kept in contact with the “non-damaged goods” son but supposedly had no contact with the “damaged” one. Should the mom have kept the guns locked up? Yes. However, what could she really do with her son?

I know a woman whose son has full blown autism. She takes care of his needs 24/7 including diapers, feeding, etc.. She told me that her hopes in life is that her son precedes her in death. If not, what will happen to him? An institution of sorts? Do you think a family member will step forward to take care of him (nice thought but I wouldn’t hold my breath). A close family member of hers actually suggested when her son was about four years old that he should have an “accident”. Essentially, telling the woman to kill him but make it look like an accident.

A lot of blame has been given to the Mom but I think in many, many ways her hands were tied. IMHO.


11 posted on 12/19/2012 1:40:09 PM PST by momtothree
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To: CaptainK

I am not shocked if the mother hid things from others to protect her son.


12 posted on 12/19/2012 1:47:58 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

Instead she handed the kids four guns..../sarc.


13 posted on 12/19/2012 1:54:27 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Politicalmom

Oh Lord. She was probably getting a bunch of government money for the care she “supposedly” gave him. At least we don’t have to support that drippy family anymore.


14 posted on 12/19/2012 1:56:26 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: cizinec

I’m all for the Second Amendment. But if I had a family member who I felt strongly should be committed, all my guns would go to a friend or relative’s house for safekeeping until that process was complete.


15 posted on 12/19/2012 1:58:09 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: livius

I doubt that at the age of 20 and having been out of school for several years that she was trying to enroll him into an engineering program out of state.

Odds are that it was an out of state psychiatric institution that she was trying to get him into with the promise that she would go with him.

But he’s now 20 — an adult — with no criminal record. How do you do that without his cooperation and consent??? If this is the direction she was going then there should be a paper trail.

And why file for Conservatorship of someone with no assets to conserve. If the father was setting up a Trust then he would name the Trustee not the state.


16 posted on 12/19/2012 2:04:22 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Mozilla
Adam Lanza lived in the family’s windowless basement where he played Call of Duty

Couple fo observations here

1) violent video game

2) change COD to democRAT underground and has is your typical OWS protester.

17 posted on 12/19/2012 2:05:33 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Obama has turned America into an aristocracy of the unaccomplished.)
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To: livius

Maybe the divorce was over how to care for the child. Or that the father wanted him committed and the mother did not at the time.


18 posted on 12/19/2012 2:09:50 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: napscoordinator; Politicalmom
IMHO, you assume much...

James 2:13 ESV
For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

19 posted on 12/19/2012 2:23:11 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: napscoordinator
Instead she handed the kids four guns..../sarc.

Last report I heard said a 9mm Glock, a 9mm SIGSauer, and a 223 Bushmaster M4 carbine, with the carbine being left behind in the trunk. So how many guns were used in the actual shooting? Three, four, five, it should be simple to arrive at a number...

Regards,
GtG

20 posted on 12/19/2012 2:24:04 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Mozilla

And theoretically, if Adam had learned that the Feds were confiscating all guns in his area, would that have caused him to snap ? Now imagine Adam times 100,000 and you will see that the progressive idiots are playing with a fire, they do not even understand.


21 posted on 12/19/2012 2:44:41 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: Mozilla

If she was thinking this way, why didn’t she have the guns locked in a safe? When you have someone “near” that is a little “disturbed” the last thing you do is leave guns laying around ... there’s the crime that caused the crime!


22 posted on 12/19/2012 4:27:34 PM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (...and to the Republic for which it STOOD...)
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To: Uncle Chip

I believe he was still taking college classes at a local state college, so it’s possible that she was trying to find some other program to take him. She seems to have been very involved in his schooling, for better or for worse. And if she wanted to be able to control his college living situation, etc., she would have to have a legal power of attorney of some kind.

However, I suppose it’s also possible that she was looking into hospitalization, although this is so hard to do, especially with a young person (even if he had had a long track record of bizarre behavior), that I’m not sure how she planned to do it.

She had apparently also just spent the weekend in New Hampshire at a resort without him, leaving him at home by himself for the weekend, so it doesn’t seem as if she felt he was in need of supervision or institutionalization.


23 posted on 12/19/2012 5:19:21 PM PST by livius
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To: Mozilla

Having a mentally ill child is very hard even on the best of couples. It’s quite possible that they disagreed over how to take care of their son. Nobody has heard anything from the father since this happened, so who knows?


24 posted on 12/19/2012 5:20:55 PM PST by livius
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To: Politicalmom

Exactly. If she was trying to have him committed, we can say in hindsight she was clearly trying to do the right thing.


25 posted on 12/19/2012 5:34:59 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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