Lanza had gone to a Dick’s Sporting Goods recently to purchase a rifle, and he declined to make the purchase when told that he would have to undergo a background check. That’s a point where I would be willing to say that someone should be reported to law enforcement for further investigation. I’d rather have someone attempt to make the purchase and fail the check than decline to purchase because of the requirement for a check.
It’s like here in Volusia County, Florida, the Sheriff (Vogel) once set up signs on I-95 on the northbound lanes saying “Drug Interdiction Stop Ahead - Be prepared to stop.” Then he parked deputies on the other side of the highway and stopped people who turned around in the median. They caught lots of people with drugs that way until some judge ordered that the signs were unconstitutional.
What we don’t know and my never really know is just how badly this guy had turned in recent weeks or months. I would venture a guess that his mother knew that something had changed with him. His brother said that he hadn’t been in contact with Adam since 2010. Why? What happened in 2010 that caused a break in that relationship? Was the mother trying to keep the plates spinning and protect Adam’s reputation and her own rather than working with appropriate mental health counselors to protect everyone else from Adam? If anything like that was true, and she kept guns and ammunition where he could get to them, then she made a major mistake.
I think that happens in the vast majority of cases where there is a severely disturbed individual. Rather than acknowledge it and do something about it, which could be a source of embarrassment for the family, they just ignore it and try to pretend that it will sort itself out.
Maybe the mother didn’t want to have him committed because the the fathers money might have stopped coming to her and gone to where ever he was being treated. She might have wanted to be the one controlling her son and loved him and wanted him to continue to live with her. As a parent you always think that you can do better by your child than strangers that he does not even know.
The original intent of the background check was to file charges on ineligible people that attempted to purchase a gun. That has never happened.
You have a loner, who is into Goth which promotes death and torture among other very dark topics, a single parent, and more than likely on psychotropic drugs prescribed by a psychiatrist here in lies your recipe for disaster.
Go back and look at some of the school shooting in the past. The perpetrators were on prescription medicine.
Instead of banning guns we need to ban the over prescribing of drugs to our youth. Also if your going to be a parent accept the job of raising your children properly.