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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 11:35 PM

Anyone watch Frontline tonight?

It's about Adam & Nancy Lanza, sort of a catch-all about his live. It's very difficult to watch and something I think gives more context to the Lanza lives. It doesn't give me a better feeling about anything about Sandy Hook but it's an interesting retrospective, if that's the right word, about what's been put together about them.

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Response to abbeyco (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 11:51 PM

1. I was very disappointed the amount of time that Frontline spent with NRA head David Keene

They were mainstreaming the crazy man, too much history on the gun culture for my tastes.
I wished they spent more time with the Newtown families, it was interesting knowing more of Adams background.

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Response to abbeyco (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:03 AM

2. It gave insight into how Adam & his mother reacted

to the psychological problems they had been dealt.

As a parent of an adult with a similar situation, I understand that the answers don't come easily. I do believe mother Nancy tried very hard to do the best for her son, but she made some severe mistakes which took her (and 26 others) down.

When the public speaks of changing the mental health situation nationally, I agree while at the same time realizing personality disorders such as Aspergers Syndrome never really gp away. One has to learn continually and work with the situation, which may change often as the individual ages and his/her circumstances change.

Aspergers individuals are typically obsessive/compulsive, another complication.

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Response to abbeyco (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:00 AM

3. I saw it on the menu.

Not sure if I could stomach it

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Response to abbeyco (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:59 AM

4. No I watched the PBS show on Billy the Kid then changed the channel and watched

Face Off on the SYFY network, can't stand anymore on guns and the NRA.

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Response to abbeyco (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:38 AM

5. The weird thing is my anger about Sandy Hook is less directed towards Adam Lanza himself....

....and more towards the gun lobby and their millions of apologists spouting out meaningless cliches and taking a head in the sand approach to gun violence in this country.

I know it might sound crazy, but that's how I feel.

Adam Lanza was a deeply mentally disturbed individual. He committed probably as unspeakably horrific a crime that could ever be committed, with no clear reason as to why he would do such a thing.

That is not in dispute. But neither in dispute is the fact that Adam Lanza is dead, yet the circumstances that lead to his crime can too easily be repeated.

And when you have people whose first reaction to 28 dead bodies (including 20 first grader school children) is not shock and horror as to what just happened and what we need to do to lessen the chance of it happening again, but instead, "Please don't take my AR-15 away!", that's a seriously, seriously fucked up sense of priorities. And that makes my blood boil more than anything.

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Response to abbeyco (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:11 AM

6. For me it left more questions than answers...

..The mother made several moves between schools for Adam which had to be unsettling, but she took her mentally unstable child to the gun range on many occasions and then didn't secure the weapons when they were at home????

I understand the father's reluctance to go on camera, but I am curious as to how that relationship, or lack thereof, played into Adam's behaviour...

Still doesn't get over the fact that 26 innocent people are dead because one stupid woman didn't follow the most BASIC gun safety rules...

What a tragedy...

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