The mother of the loner who massacred 26 pupils and staff at a US primary school may have played a major part in his catastrophic mental breakdown, it emerged last night.
Friends and family portrayed Adam Lanza's mother Nancy as a paranoid 'survivalist' who believed the world was on the verge of violent, economic collapse.
She is reported to have been struggling to hold herself together and had been stockpiling food, water and guns in the large home she shared with her 20-year-old son in Connecticut.
Mrs Lanza, 52, was a 'prepper' - so called because they are preparing for a breakdown in civilised society - who apparently became obsessed with guns and taught Adam and his older brother, Ryan, how to shoot, even taking them to local ranges .
That backfired horrifically on Friday when Adam Lanza began his killing spree by shooting his mother dead in bed.
Oy. This is not gonna go well.
Some of those behaviors that were 'strange' or 'suspicious'? They're SOP around here. We never let people who aren't close friends into the house. We don't let people know where we live. We stockpile all sortsa goodies. And yet ... we haven't shot up a school.
You watch .... the survivalist / preparedness community, such as it is, is going to go from being regarded as that odd-but-harmless-cousin you shake your head about, to being regarded as a ticking timebomb.
For giggles, I went to a local gun shop Friday just to see if the panic buying had hit. Yup ... mags were moving briskly and there were several people filling out the forms to pick up their new AKs. Ammo was walking out the door too.
I'm not going to say it's a conspiracy, but lets look at this broadly: Obama gets re-elected, Fast N Furious spotlight those evil black guns, throw in a couple mass shootings, toss in some end-of-the-world drama, get out the usual pot-stirrers like Schumer, and you've got a recipe for something ungood coming down the pike shortly regarding your firearms. Magazine ban? Certainly thats the easiest thing to do since it doesn't fly in the face of any Second Amendment issues. Bring back the AW ban? Maybe.
Regardless, I'm hoping this hits the end of the news cycle in about a week and we get back to our regular doom-n-gloom, but this story may have legs and wind up being the casus belli that this administration has been needing in order to 'do something' about the 'easy access' to 'military style weapons that have no place on our streets'.