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School shooter autistic?

On a serious note, this story on Adam Lanza the Newton school rampager; So even an autistic person on psych medication can just buy firearms? Must be home of the brave or something.

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The firearms were originally sold to his mother, who as far as I heard does not have any mental illness. Generally put, those declared "unfit" would be added to a mental-health record in the FBI database. But this system is so outdated that it takes years for it to update, leaving a window of opportunity for those with mental disorders to obtain guns. Even worse, many who should be on the list never make it to the list.

Military personnel, police officers, and pilots all have to pass mental evaluations. Why? Because they're handling devices or machines that have the potential to kill tens or hundreds of people. Prospective gun owners should be required to meet the same standard.

In addition, I believe there needs to be a household evaluation as well. For example, if a person is living with someone who is declared unfit to have a gun, then that household should be prevented from getting weapons as a whole.

Hopefully these measures would substantially decrease the risk of massacres and allow our law enforcement to crack down on the violent crime happening in our cities and not these outbursts in the suburbs...
Nick2008 on Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:48 am
Well, the fact that the gun did end up in the hands of someone who should not be having a gun should be punishable on the gun owner. Isn't there a rule that the gun has to be kept in safe custody, as in "locked in a safe place", and can only be operated by the owner of the gun?
deanhills on Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:37 pm
I think the original stories of Adam Lanza being autistic originated with his brother. There is no documention of Adam Lanza being autistic and Lanza's actions suggest that there was something going on that was very different from autism.
firmsactingunethically on Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:47 am
So sad. So sad that this happens, whether the kid suffers from autism or not, a shooting is still a sad event. It is a pity that such things happen, and sometimes it feels like it is getting more frequent. Who knows? Statistics anyone?

Whatever the reason, it does not give one the right to retaliate with deadly force, especially in school. War might be a different story, but in a school setting. Some one, not just the kid, should definetely be held responsible.
pauline123 on Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:06 pm

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