Did Adam Lanza's 'paranoid' mother trigger killing spree?

Nancy Lanza was stockpiling guns and struggling to hold it together, say friends and family

LAST UPDATED AT 10:21 ON Mon 17 Dec 2012

NANCY LANZA, the mother of the 20-year-old gunman who killed 27 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut school on Friday, was a deeply paranoid survivalist who stockpiled guns, food and water because she was convinced society was on the brink of collapse.

The Daily Mail says questions are being asked about the part the 52-year-old divorcee played in Adam Lanza's "catastrophic mental breakdown" that lead to the slaughter of 20 children aged six and seven and six adults.
 
Nancy Lanza was a "prepper" – someone preparing for the violent breakdown of society – and her passion for guns saw her stockpile a small armoury of pistols and rifles. She was also "struggling to hold it together", according to friends and family.

Adam's aunt, Marsha Lanza, told the Connecticut TV station 7News: "Last time we visited with her [Nancy] in person we talked about prepping and you know, are you ready for what can happen down the line when the economy collapses."

Nancy passed her growing love of guns and fears about the world to her sons, teaching them to shoot at local gun ranges. In the end, Adam – a shy, socially-awkward loner who spent much of his time playing violent computer games in his room - turned those weapons on his mother, shooting her four times in the head, possibly as she slept.

Adam then unleashed hell in the classrooms of Sandy Hook school using three weapons from his mother's arsenal: two handguns and a semi-automatic assault rifle.
 
"She [Nancy] told me she liked the single-mindedness of shooting," said Dan Holmes, who looked after the large garden that surrounded her rambling house in Newtown. He also recalled how she would go target shooting with her boys "pretty often".

The Mail says Adam spent much of his time on his computer, but did not connect to the world via Facebook or Twitter. Police are trying to repair a hard drive which was found shattered on the floor in Adam's bedroom, hopeful that it might hold clues to his motive. · 

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Certainly looks like it. She was helped by the right to stockpile weapons and if civil unrest happened she would be ready to put those weapons to use. With people like her and a legal system such as the USA has, they should all get on our knees and pray

I feel that, in large measure, she was indirectly responsible for this terrible tragedy. Nevertheless - if the USA could see itself as the rest of the world sees it, it would (or should) feel acute embarrassment and shame - this is simply another in a string of such terrible and horrific incidents - the first of which should have resulted in stringent and meaningful gun-control measures being passed and universally adopted throughout that country.

It is unnerving to think that there are many, many more such paranoid and unstable individuals in the USA who have unrestricted access to guns - a very sad and disturbing fact to contemplate.

With the "right to bear arms" as quoted (inaccurately) in the 2nd amendment, should go the automatic responsibility of the Administration to ensure that such a right should not be abused - as it clearly is being abused, on a routine basis.

President Obama is, clearly, a very decent man - nevertheless, he remains powerless to bring about or influence any meaningful change in the current and entirely inadequate "gun laws" - that sad fact should be a source of soul-searching and shame for such a violence-inclined nation - and, "no" - I am not a pinko liberal - I am a British ex-soldier who is able to see and understand the need for weapons - but not in the hands of just anyone who fancies the idea of owning one.

He was probably very angry

He definitely was one very angry young man. Mother probably took everything OTT. Stockpiling , for heaven's sake, who does that nowadays ?

The divorcee who receives 250k a year from her ex-husband is worried about the collapse of the economy... she should have just kept money stashed in her mattress or something if she was going to extreme measures.

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