Monday, February 18, 2013

Motive?Police sources: Newtown shooter motivated by Norway massacre&obsessed by Anders Breivik&violent video games

Could Adam Lanza's anti-social, fantasy world of violent video games and an obsession with Anders Brevik be the reason for the Newtown shooting massacre? Evidence and recent police reports leave reason to believe this may be the motive for Lanza's senseless violence.
CBS Reports
Adam Lanza's attack on defenseless children motivated by video games, desire to out-kill Anders Breivik, law enforcement sources say.
Sources say Lanza saw himself as being in direct competition with Anders Breivik, a Norwegian man who killed 77 people in July 2011. 
Breivik killed eight with a bombing in downtown Oslo. He then moved to a nearby island where hunted down and fatally shot 69 people, mostly teenagers attending a summer camp. 
Two officials who have been briefed on the Newtown, Conn., investigation say Lanza wanted to top Breivik's death toll and targeted nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School because it was the "easiest target" with the "largest cluster of people." 
Unlike Breivik, who surrendered, Lanza killed himself as police closed in. Just before his suicide, Lanza fired some shots at police in the school's parking lot.  
Officials have not publicly revealed what led them to the motive, but sources say investigators have found evidence Lanza was obsessed with Breivik. 
Update @NBCNews: Police spokesman calls it 'mere speculation' at this point to say what motivated Adam Lanza in Newtown shooting.

In addition, a recent report from Newsbusters found that:
America’s media are always quick to discount the impact violence in movies, television, and video games has on society. 
It therefore will be interesting to see what the response will be to a Hartford Courant report Sunday that police found thousands of dollars of graphically violent video games in the home of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza: 
In some quarters, Nancy Lanza, 52 at the time of her death, is viewed as a villain, a gun-obsessed mother who allowed her disturbed son access to firearms and let him fester in the basement playing violent video games while she traveled and enjoyed night life. [...]During a search of the Lanza home after the deadly school shootings, police found thousands of dollars worth of graphically violent video games.  
And detectives working the scene of the massacre are exploring whether Adam Lanza might have been emulating the shooting range or a video-game scenario as he moved from room to room at Sandy Hook, spewing bullets, law enforcement sources have told The Courant.
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And I and the NRA were criticized for calling for a look at violence in video games, movies and entertainment. This should have parents taking into consideration how much violence in video games and movies their children are exposed to, especially if they know their child already has issues with behavior problems and outbursts, as Adam Lanza was described to have had, in addition to asperger's, a more mild form of autism.

Now if only politicians, teachers and parents would look into the reason he was obsessed with playing violent video games and spending his time secluded from social interaction, as well as ways to reduce violence in children's entertainment than perhaps a real solution can be found to prevent such poor choices. 

However, in the end the person who makes the choice to commit an act of violence is the one who should be blamed most of all. Not the weapon of choice or anyone else. Although, I do feel his mother was a bit reckless in allowing him to have access to lethal weapons and violent video games considering his mental instability issues. 

What she thought was perhaps therapeutic or enjoyment for him and a way to bond with her son ended up being a lethal combination. 

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