With all the misinformation that continues to flow freely from the mainstream media and (mostly) Democrats in the aftermath of the Friday’s horrific events in Newton, CT – and as discussions of the murderer and his alleged state of mind ramp up – I thought it would be a good idea to link to this piece to help clear up some misconceptions about autism:
(CNN) – Since news first broke about the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, people began wondering how something so horrible could happen.
Within a few hours, before the magnitude of the tragedy was fully known, reports began to surface that the shooter, Adam Lanza, was autistic or had Asperger’s syndrome in addition to a possible personality or anxiety disorder such as obessive-compulsive disorder.
A relative told investigators that Lanza had a form of autism, according to a law enforcement official, who spoke under condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the investigation. CNN has not been able to confirm independently whether Lanza was diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s syndrome, a higher-functioning form of autism.
Russ Hanoman, a friend of Lanza’s mother, told CNN that Lanza had Asperger’s syndrome and that he was “very withdrawn emotionally.”
However, national autism organizations cautioned against speculation about a link between violence and autism or Asperger’s.
While the motive for this crime is still unknown and may never be fully understood, what is clear, according to experts, is that autism cannot be blamed.
There is absolutely no evidence or any reliable research that suggests a linkage between autism and planned violence,” the Autism Society said in a statement. “To imply or suggest that some linkage exists is wrong and is harmful to more than 1.5 million law-abiding, nonviolent and wonderful individuals who live with autism each day.”
Peter Bell of Autism Speaks said, “Autism did not cause this horror.” Bell, executive vice president for programs and services for the advocacy and research group, is also the father of a son with autism.
Bell said it’s not unusual to want to figure out why someone would commit such a heinous crime, but he also cautioned people to do so responsibly.
And by definition, he said, people with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger’s are not inclined to commit an act of violence. The likelihood of this happening would be no different than the rest of the population, he added.
Make sure to read the whole thing. And please continue to keep the devastated families in your thoughts and prayers. The first of the funerals started today.