The Sandy Hook Shooting and Adam Lanza’s Autism, by Alec Frazier
Hello all. As an autistic advocate, one of my goals is to foster discussion on key issues. What follows is a Facebook post I made, and the discussion that ensued. A little bit of detail on my points of view, the posters/likers, and my connection to them follows.
Yes, Adam Lanza had autism. But before you degrade my kind--people with autism--consider this: Isaac Newton, Andy Warhol, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Michelangelo, Stanley Kubrick, Thomas Jefferson, and many more, all had autism. Without autism, there would be no Theories of Evolution or Relativity. Without autism, there would be no Declaration of Independence or Little Mermaid. Without autism, there would be no Law of Gravity or cell phones or Pieta or Dr. Strangelove or much, much, more. Think of that. — with Anthony Mancini and 19 others.
From my blog post My Point of View On…Gun Control:Guns should not be owned by private citizens. There are plenty of more efficient, less deadly ways to protect oneself. There are alternative means for hunting, too.
Should Adam Lanza have had access to guns? No. He had a clear and present history of mental difficulties and had been taken out of school due to problems adjusting with society. The fact that he was using his mother’s firearms proves how easy it is for anyone severely imbalanced to have access to guns. I will now reiterate my doubtlessly controversial point of view that Adam Lanza’s mother should not have had access to guns. Only the armed forces and, in some special cases police should have guns. Trust me, the average people of this country have shown time and time again that gun ownership is not a right, but a danger. Will it be hard to ban ownership of firearms? You bet. But the results will be more than worth the trouble. As an aside, let me reiterate that autism isn’t what caused this tragedy. Based on word from authorities and confirmed by his brother, Adam was autistic. Nevertheless, I could expound upon the positive qualities of autistic people at great length. But let me suggest that anyone who believes autism was a cause does not know autism! Look at how the kid was raised on firing ranges for the problem. Look at how educators and at least one parent and a sibling gave up on him rather than educating him and, if need be, accommodating him. Like I said, I could go on and on about how this wasn’t autism, but because it isn’t, I’m not going to explain a moot point. If, in fact Adam Lanza did not have autism, then it stands to reason, as there is a negative correlation between autism and violence. In the end, raise your kids. Let them be raised. Love your kids. Let them love you. Do right by each other, and the world will do right by itself. You can’t help your kids if you don't give them the resources to succeed. People Tagged in this post include: Quentin Potter, Izzy Chmiel, Marilyn Pifer, Randall Cadenhead, Garrett Dicembre, Chris Dietrich, Kristen Guin, Heidi Jane Wangelin, Donald Frazier, Christine Pifer, Ralph Brill Jr., Betti Gefecht, Melody Latimer, Meredith Davidson-King, Doc Kinne, Ross Haarstad, David Dodge, Andi Dietrich, Ari Ne'eman
People who liked the
post include: Jeff Freeland, Izzy Chmiel, Christine Pifer, Randy Blaser,
Greg Zilis, Christina Lazzaro, Elena Masen, Quentin Potter, Joe Davis, Jeff Poyer, Katie Kutz, Andi
Dietrich, Randall Cadenhead, Amber Buckley-Shaklee, Drew Cioffi, Nick Savarese,
Don Krick, Catherine Scharf, Mike Ulloa, David Haukeness, Morgan Leigh Hayes,
Benjamin Latrobe, Sue Roenke, Cookie Coogan, Dominique Alvarado-Bennett, Gina
Morse, Christopher Stephen Jenks, Catarina Wiggins, Kristen Guin, Ola Ojewumi,
John Anderton, Brianna Boedecker, Ryan Kay, Anupa Iyer, Jason Ross, Chris
TheFedora Muir, Cindy Tabor, Karen Kapko Harris, Mandi Roberts, June Lucarotti,
Andrea Martinez, and Lucy Treviño.
Betti Gefecht is a very talented fanfiction authoress, having concocted an all human (AH) alternate universe (AU) version of Twilight with an autistic Edward. She writes the character very well, despite not actually having exchanges with an autistic person until I met her. Meredith Davidson-Kingis a very talented fanfiction authoress, with an autistic son. She has based a story on her experiences.
Jeff Freeland is a friend of mine who loves architecture, but not as much as he loves comparing Colonial Williamsburg to Disneyland!!!
Izzy Chmielis a friend of mine from my time in Boulder, Colorado. He has autism.
Christine Piferis a friend of mine with autism. She is the daughter of the Honorable Ambassador Steven Pifer.
Randy Blaser is a friend of my family’s from the time when my parents went to college with him. Greg Zilisis a friend of mine from my time in Boulder, Colorado. Christina Lazzaro is an acquaintance through a mutual friend. Elena Masen is a fellow Twilight fan. Quentin Potter is a friend of mine with autism through the ACI autism leadership training institute. Ze loves Harry Potter and studied Political Science at Michigan State University. Joe Davis was the President of Residence Hall Council at TC3 while I was Parliamentarian of that body. Katie Kutz is the girlfriend of one of my brother’s friends. Andi Dietrich is a dear friend of mine and fellow Trekkie with autism. Randall Cadenheadis a friend of mine with autism through the ACI autism leadership training institute. He studied history at El Paso Community College in Texas. Amber Buckley-Shaklee was a fellow intern of mine in the AAPD’s summer internship program. Like me, she is a huge fan of 3E Love. Drew Cioffi is a friend of mine from my time in Boulder, Colorado. Nick Savarese was an aide to me in school in Boulder, Colorado. He is now a great friend. Don Krick is a very like-minded individual to me. Catherine Scharf is a young adult with disabilities who paneled at the 1st Annual UB Diversity in Disability Symposium. Mike Ulloa is a friend of mine with autism through the ACI autism leadership training institute. He studied mathematics at Franklin Pierce University. David Haukeness is a friend of mine from my time in Boulder, Colorado. Morgan Leigh Hayes is a friend of mine from my time in Boulder, Colorado. Benjamin Latrobeis a very like-minded individual to me. Sue Roenke is a member of my society of faith, FUSIT, the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca. Cookie Coogan is a friend from my hometown of Ithaca. Dominique Alvarado-Bennett is a fellow Twilight fan. Gina Morseis a very like-minded individual to me. Christopher Stephen Jenks is an Episcopalian Brother with a love for architecture and social justice. Catarina Wiggins is a mother of two autistic children. Kristen Guin is autistic and a fellow member of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Ola Ojewumi was a fellow intern of mine in the AAPD’s summer internship program. John Anderton is a lovely New Orleans gentleman with a passion for architecture only equaled by his passion for GRITS!!! Brianna Boedecker is a friend of mine from my time in Boulder, Colorado. Ryan Kay is a friend of my brother’s. Anupa Iyer was a fellow intern of mine in the AAPD’s summer internship program. Jason Ross is a fellow autistic adult. Chris TheFedora Muir is Christine Pifer’s boyfriend. He likes fedoras. I do not know Cindy Tabor, Karen Kapko Harris, Mandi Roberts, June Lucarotti, Andrea Martinez, and Lucy Treviño.