A bit over a week ago, a guy named Adam Lanza snapped. He went full-blown batshit crazy, murdered his own mother, then stole her guns and used them to commit mass murder of innocents. He then killed himself.
Ever since, the “liberals” and “progressives” have been virtually falling over each other to be seen advocating more gun laws. How dare Lanza’s mother have owned those “evil” guns! Those guns were to blame for this tragedy! And in true “never let a crisis go to waste” spirit, we’re already hearing rumblings about more Federal legislation to restrict exercise of rights guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment vice any actual discussion of what happened.
Let me offer a theory to explain this. They’re following the playbook. In part, this is a deliberate attempt to change the subject and divert attention from the actual cause of the Sandy Hook massacre.
In fact, the political left is directly responsible for the massacre at Sandy Hook – not law-abiding gun owners or morally-neutral things called guns. I’ll explain why.
By all accounts Adam Lanza was a profoundly mentally disturbed youngster. While he allegedly had been determined to have Asperger’s syndrome, very obviously that wasn’t all that was wrong with Lanza. His actions prove that quite clearly.
Lanza’s mental health issues appear to have become more pronounced as he got older. In fact, Lanza was so profoundly disturbed that his own mother – who’d consistently supported and protected her son, pulling him out of school and home-schooling him when his issues started to become severe – was apparently at her wit’s end. She was reportedly in the process of attempting to have her son institutionalized at the time her son murdered her. Indeed, her attempt to have Adam Lanza committed is thought by some to have been the trigger for his rampage.
Now, here’s something you won’t see much of in the media. Under Connecticut law, Lanza’s mother had little to no chance of getting him involuntarily committed. It seems Connecticut law in general only allows people to be involuntarily committed after they have harmed themselves or others. Before they hurt someone? In general, you can file that under “Not Gonna Happen”.
That’s bad enough, but it gets even “better”. It also seems that Connecticut considered a change to its laws earlier this year that would have allowed Lanza to have been involuntarily committed. However, the proposed law did not pass the Connecticut legislature. It was defeated.
Connecticut is quite liberal. It is today one of the bluest of the Blue states. The Democratic Party rules there with an iron grip. It currently has in excess of a 60% majority in each house of the Connecticut General Assembly: 22 of 36 seats in the Connecticut Senate, and 99 of 151 seats in the House. The current Governor is also a Democrat. Clearly, laws in Connecticut pass or fail as the Connecticut Democratic Party desires.
I’m not a fan of making it easy to involuntarily commit a person to a mental institution. That’s an extreme step; it should be rare, and should always be the option of last resort. So long as a person isn’t a danger to themselves or others, and is capable of caring for themselves, more power to them – whether we consider them crazy or not.
But society does have the right to protect itself. Some people are simply full-blown batshit crazy and are also dangers to themselves and others. There should be a legal mechanism – one having appropriate legal due process and other safeguards – to allow dangerous lunatics to be removed from society before they injure or kill themselves or others.
One doesn’t need to wait for the car to roll over the cliff before hitting the brakes. By then, it’s too to save the driver – or the folks at the bottom of the cliff who get hit.
In practice, such a mechanism does not exist in Connecticut today. The Democratically-controlled Connecticut legislature had the chance to institute such a measure earlier this year – and refused.
Viewed in this context, it’s easy to see why the liberal side of the political spectrum is beating the gun control drum so hard. IMO at least part of the reason is that they’re doing so to distract attention from the fact that the blood of innocents is on their hands. They’re simply trying to shift that blame to someone else.
They could have acted to take Adam Lanza off the street earlier this year. And they consciously decided to let that remain impossible, consequences be damned.
So if you want to see who’s truly responsible for the murdered innocents at Sandy Hook, my liberal “brethren” – just look in a mirror. You’re the ones who decided that letting lunatics live free among you – danger to others be damned – was more important than the lives of innocents.