December 14, 2012


What transpired in Newtown, Connecticut today beggars belief. I've been through Newtown as a college student, and Norman Rockwell could not have painted a more exquisite little hamlet. But this would be a howling tragedy in Compton, or Detroit, as well. Slaughtering toddlers, children, is so especially heinous as to cause all of us to take a moment, and grieve for our imperfect species. History is replete with our ability, and often our tendency, to be monsters. But to shoot one's mother in the face, and then slaughter her kindergarten class? I don't know what to say about that.

Forget the political poseurs. They will be, and are, raising their needy heads. I have no desire to enter the fray of gun-free-zones versus heat-packing librarians. I've eaten herring before, and did not particularly care for it.

What we do have, however, is a seriously psychotic individual acting out a rage that is incomprehensible to the vast majority of us. Shooting toddlers. Someone, somewhere, brought this upon this village. I find it inconceivable that this fellow awakened this morning and thought for the first time Today is the day I go berserker.

Again, I do not see this as a gun issue. It is a crazy people issue. I have no facts, I am intuiting here, but I would wager this young fiend, who is by various descriptions autistic, Asbergian, schizophrenic, has a well-documented history of aberrant, dangerous behavior. I am by no means casting aspersions on the autistic. I have friends with autistic children. It is a heart-rending challenge, but it is by no means this. This is something else entirely.

No, there are some dead kittens quietly buried, some violently aggressive behaviors salted away, some red flags screaming Institutionalize this young man! that we, as family members, as community members, are often too loathe to do. We are historically a nation of fixers. We think we can fix that bad hatchling. Also, of late, we are a nation of cringers. We cannot summon the spine to do what sometimes must be done. We have deinstitutionalized every mentally ill person in the nation, to prowl the streets and haunt our commutes. To defecate in our common areas, and terrify our children. Our sense of compassion is noble, but most certainly displaced.

I'm not so much a believer in Good and Evil as I am in Biology. Mother Nature often gives birth to some troublesome mistakes. If you don't believe me visit a Ripley's museum. It's relatively easy to repair a cleft palate. It's not so easy to fix cleft souls. They are harder to detect, and as impossible as quicksilver to get one's hands on. But they indicate, as the medicos say. The flags go up. The shots are sent with regularity across the bow. The question is how do we deal with these indicators as a society?

We are often mocked in the South for locking our crazy aunts in the attic. My family didn't, but I can think of one or two who should have been. There's a good reason you lock the crazy aunt in the attic. I would posit there's a good reason that crazy half uncle never returned from that hunting excursion. If I'm a rancher and my cow gives birth to a two-headed calf I'll either 1) parade it around for money or 2) asphyxiate it. I'm not going to leave it with the herd and pretend it's okay. Because it's not. It's eventually going to kill itself because the one body struggles with satisfying two competing brains. It's cruel to treat it normally.

I figure this Lanza fellow was like that calf. Mom and Dad certainly couldn't parade his abnormalities around for money, but they refused to institutionalize him. And eventually those two minds had had enough. Tough love is a hard thing. I'm glad I've never had to make such choices. I would probably flagellate myself senseless if I institutionalized my child. But I'd sleep like a baby compared to what I would feel if my child had done this thing we witnessed today. That, of course, is assuming I wasn't the first one killed, like Mom.

Posted by Velociman at December 14, 2012 8:07 PM | TrackBack

That was the first theory put forth by my lovely bride this evening as we discussed this day's events.
Since back in the day when they closed Massachusetts' (her home state) "funny farms", she always wondered where those people went.
Or why no one had the intestinal fortitude to place those needing that type of control in the proper environment.
We still don't know those answers, but we know what happens when the issue is ignored.
God bless those little kids.

Posted by: doubletrouble at December 14, 2012 9:58 PM

Doctor Demento was a wise sage, indeed. I'm not kidding, either.

"They're coming to take me away", should be a much more oft heard tune with the crazies amongst us.

Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at December 14, 2012 10:30 PM

Rest in peace to the babies massacred today. Rest in piss to the pathetic sub-human who pulled the trigger. It's only been a couple hours, lets see how much he likes eternal hellfire. Disgusting piece of shit.

Posted by: Predalien at December 14, 2012 11:37 PM

When St. Ron was governor of Kaliforicate he closed all of the funny farms.
The homeless doubled.
The crazy lady that lives in the nearby park and screams to herself has caused more than one wreak walking into traffic. She/they needed the farm.

Posted by: Skip at December 15, 2012 12:21 AM

The tender mercies of the Left.

They've worked to destroy everything solid, good, and real through the termites of "objectivism".

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at December 15, 2012 8:48 AM

The catalyst of this evil witnessed can be summarized in three words: Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Posted by: Don't breed 'em if can't feed 'em at December 15, 2012 9:31 AM

You speak for me, V-man.

Posted by: james wilson at December 15, 2012 12:38 PM

So sad....God bless all the victims and their families.
If you have loved ones hug them when you can.
Another coward who lived in a video game, small dick, no job loser world who could not accomplish anything but this pathetic act in his sick short life. Monster? no....he was likely afraid of his own doodoo. More like spineless rat bastard.

Posted by: IrishEd at December 15, 2012 2:28 PM

Defective merchandise should be turned off, placed in a box and sent back to the manufacturer.

Posted by: B Moe at December 15, 2012 3:25 PM

Well said, man.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at December 15, 2012 5:16 PM

I direct everyone's attention to the must-read "Madness in the Streets: How Psychiatry and the Law Abandoned the Mentally Ill," by Rael Jean Isaac and Virginia C. Armat, published in 1990. In a nutshell, both the Right and Left agreed that closing the state mental hospitals was a great idea; the Right wanted to save the costs, the Left wanted to "liberate" another "oppressed" population. Community mental health centers were supposed to take over. We have just witnessed yet another example of the inevitable outcome. Thank you for bringing up this issue.

Posted by: werewife at December 15, 2012 5:58 PM

PRE-cisely! Just as we agreed with friends - there was a day that the sort of madness he was under was dealt with just as you note above. It was understood that you simply did not allow that kind of person to love among others, with innocents.

Posted by: LauraB at December 15, 2012 6:12 PM

One can't institutionalise someone anymore for longer than a day or two at most thanks to the ACLU in particular, and legions of lawyers in general. The doctors at mental health facilities will tell you that they can't hold someone unless they are constantly displaying violent behavior. And they will tell you and agree with you that the person you are trying to commit IS crazy and dangerous, and SHOULD be permanently committed. And the mental patients know this. The most violent of mental patients know this, and therefore they have learned how to game the system in their favour, by curtailing their violent behaviors just long enough to be released. And they are laughing when they leave. If this and the previous incidences of these violent attacks don't demonstrate the cunning of these killers, I don't know what will. Therefore the blame and the responsibility for these multiple murders lies squarely with the left. They are more than willing with malice aforethought, to put every child at risk of such attacks, and permit as many attacks and as such, tolerate as much human carnage as they feel confident enough to proceed to decree the banning of all ownership of firearms- Whether there is any clamor for it or not from "the masses", the constitution be damned. They will fabricate that distorted "outcry" through the media, with push polls, and shoddy performances such as Soledad O'brien's brazenly biased skewed interviewing demonstrates. These politicos are as psycho and cunning as Arizona killer Lofner, or the Aurora killer James Holmes, or Adam Lanza, and they want more and more power, And there isn't enough more absolute power to satisfy them. They are merely just less conspicuous than even Lanza. They want an end to any further accountability, they want absolute rule, and unquestioned authority, and they think they are close to getting it. These covetous politicians on the left, and their handlers/enablers/accomplices in the media, are neither sane nor reasonable, as the rest of us are. They want power and the agenda to get it. You want your family, friends and community protected. And they want you to lose and they want themselves to win on this one. We trust them at our peril. They want the left to weild the firearms, and the public to be at their mercy, just as any organised crime syndicate would want it.

Posted by: Foreign Puppet at December 15, 2012 8:31 PM

You're a sick fuck. What the hell are you suggesting here? That we start euthanizing every odd individual out there? We don't know many of the details about this guy or his mother.

I cannot imagine what sort of revenge one could have against a class of 5 year-olds, but the fact that a 20 yo nut was arguing with the principal of an elementary is bizarre. Perhaps this principal or someone else in the office should have called the cops at that point. Perhaps they did.

Obviously, there are lessons that must be learned from this tragedy. First though, lets learn some facts about what happened.

Posted by: vinny at December 16, 2012 7:48 PM

I had this conversation with my boss yesterday. (This may be a long comment... sorry.)
About five years ago we had a pastor that decided that the city of WPB wasn't doing jack to help the homeless. So he decided to house, clothe and feed the homeless in his church. The city went into an uproar. How dare someone take it upon themselves to do something as if the city wasn't doing a good enough job? So they filed a law suit against him and the masses came out to support this pastor monetarily.

I decided to take all my used clothes, toys and furniture to his church. The women and children slept in the church. The men slept in tents. He had it all.

On my multiple visits down there I saw all the throw away people, the mentally unstable, the mentally incapasitated (IQs so low there is no thinking), and the homeless vets... most of who were mentally ill.

I said to my boss, "When did we get rid of insane asylums? When did we get rid of the big institutions that take in the mentally ill and keep them off the streets where they can hurt the public?"

That's where that kid belonged. And I am so very blessed I'm not in the situation of that Mom... but we allow our mentally ill to roam now and that's a societal issue. That Mom's hands were tied... and now she's dead and so are babies.

Posted by: Bou at December 16, 2012 7:50 PM

Well said V-men, but as usual, the rat bastard commies blame the guns. This lad should have been in a place for the mentally bewildered, then the guns couldn't have taken over his mind and forced him to kill those children. After all, it's not the kid's fault, it's those evil wicked guns! Never let a crisis go to waste. Ban guns now! Expect to hear that drum beat for the next few weeks.

Posted by: denny at December 16, 2012 8:53 PM

It is almost impossible to commit anyone against their will unless they have already harmed other people... to the point where criminal law gets involved. It's a clusterfuck of a situation, the combination of Reagan-era cuts in mental health spending and the misguided liberal-driven crusade to shut down so many of the old institutions. Riddled with problems they were, but at least there was a place to put that crazy uncle... or take your teenage kid before he acted out in a big, savage way. Now? Not so much.

This is a discussion we need to have... and what we do NOT need to do is to generate some stupid-ass quick fix.

Maybe a bit of self-examination is in order. What is it in the American character that makes this sort of shit (in less extreme forms, but still) almost a regular event?

My heart aches. I know Newtown. Used to live two towns to the south. I've driven past that flagpole, the one planted dead in the center of Main Street, many times. That something like this could happen there only tells me there is something seriously wrong with our national soul... for there are too many monsters among us.

Posted by: Elisson at December 17, 2012 12:47 PM

Actually, Elisson, the US ranks 12th in per capita violent crime at 470 per 100,000. The UK, with severely strict gunlaws, leads with 2,034 per 100,000. Other strict gun control countries (Austria, Belgium, Sweden, France) all make the top 10. America's violent crime rate peaked in 1929. On the other hand, we've lost 95% of the beds for the mentally ill since 1955. And Reagan didn't cut that spending for mental illness treatment. The Democratic Congress did, egged on by the ACLU.

Posted by: Velociman at December 17, 2012 6:49 PM

Vinnie plays the euthanasia card. As progressives always do. Hell, they invented it. Nice bit of projection there, bud, but don't tar me with your filthy brush.

Posted by: Velociman at December 17, 2012 6:54 PM

Who is projecting now? You're the one showing your progressive roots with post. I also agree with Elisson in that we don't need to generate some stupid quick fix. Lets at least learn more about this situation.

Posted by: vinny at December 17, 2012 10:57 PM

Vinny, I was recommending increasing spending on things like Assisted Outpatient Treatment and allowing Medicaid to include hospitalization for mental illness instead of monetarily inciting communities to take the mentally ill back into the community. And you accuse me of wanting to institute euthanasia, like I was Margaret Sanger.

Here's an idea: hereabouts, every school has an SRO (School Resource Officer). This is an on-duty police officer. With access to a firearm. Why doesn't every school district in the country have these? Can't afford it? Then fire your fucking diversity officer or your middle school "graduation coach" or any other administrative bloat-toad on your staff and pay for a cop. Better yet: hire a vet.

Better treatment for the mentally ill and on-site police officers are NOT stupid-ass quick fixes. I'm sure Elisson would agree.

Posted by: Velociman at December 18, 2012 6:18 PM

Ok, here are your words that got my ire:

"I would posit there's a good reason that crazy half uncle never returned from that hunting excursion. If I'm a rancher and my cow gives birth to a two-headed calf I'll either 1) parade it around for money or 2) asphyxiate it. I'm not going to leave it with the herd and pretend it's okay. Because it's not. It's eventually going to kill itself because the one body struggles with satisfying two competing brains. It's cruel to treat it normally."

As far as ridding us of diversity officers, I am with you. I told one of the doctors I supervise that if I keep hearing the word "ax" from her instead of the proper "ask", I will fail her. I got a blank stare back. The inner cities have turned into live replays of Idiocracy.

Posted by: vinny at December 18, 2012 7:13 PM

Hahaha....Vinny nails it with "Idiocracy". Take a good look around next time your at WallyWorld...I mean really LOOK AROUND at your fellow citizens and even talk to a few of them. Then watch that movie. Downright scary.

Posted by: IrishEd at December 18, 2012 9:01 PM

I'm a new commenter here,but I thank you for this excellent post. When I was a child I had a much older cousin who was institutionalized.I only met him twice on home visits, and he scared the crap out of me. When his institution was closed,he was released, and eventually disappeared. I've often wondered if he is walking the streets somewhere. He was a big scary guy, and I think he would do harm. Letting him out did not help him, and probably didn't help anyone.

Posted by: Bill at December 19, 2012 4:08 PM

Vinny, I wouldn't worry too much about what I post here. Joking about whacking one's crazy relatives is obviously not a policy prescription, and Adam Lanza was not a two-headed calf.

On the other hand, Belgium is considering a law that allows terminally-ill minors and Alzheimer's patients to request euthanasia. Both groups acknowledged under all other Belgian jurisprudence to be incompetent of making rational decisions. Perhaps you could direct some ire thataway.

Posted by: Velociman at December 19, 2012 5:51 PM

Why? I like you, and don't care much for Belgians. Aside from nice chocolate and beer, they are a rude bunch of party poopers.

Posted by: vinny at December 19, 2012 10:14 PM

Nail. Head.

Posted by: Marianne at December 20, 2012 12:17 AM

In view of this post, it's interesting that we are now seeing indications that it may have been the mom's efforts to institutionalize the kid that set him off in the first place.

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